St. Patrick’s Day 2015 may be over, but it’s never too early to start planning for next year’s festivities! And where better to celebrate than in the country where the holiday began? St. Patrick’s Day dates back to A.D. 461, when St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, passed away. The holiday was made an official Christian feast day in the early 17th century. In the modern era, St. Patty’s is celebrated the world over with parades, festivals, special meal and drinks, wearing the color green and more.
We here at Celebrity Cruises® know the value of traditional cuisine and raucous good fun—not to mention a good Irish pint and pub—so we’re offering you the chance to experience Ireland and St. Patrick’s Day merriment just like a local with a bevy of different shore excursions in Cork (Cobh), Dun Laoghaire and Waterford (Dunmore East), Ireland. All excursions include a tasty spirit or two (as well as time to walk your drink off), so book your adventure today.
Jameson Irish Whiskey is the world’s best-selling Irish whiskey, so the Jameson Heritage Center—the highlight of Celebrity’s Cork City & Irish Whiskey shore excursion—is a must do for any hard liquor lover visiting the active seaside city of Cork. At the Center, visitors can learn all about the history of whiskey making via a guided tour through the Old Middleton Distillery and finish off the adventure with a glass of Jameson Whiskey. To complement the Jameson experience, tour guests also have the opportunity to see Cork’s old wharves and learn about the city’s role during the Irish War.
Celebrate A Drink for the Ages
What trip to Ireland is complete without a taste of Guinness? On Celebrity’s The Guinness Story tour, guests will take a tour of St. James’s Gate Brewery, the birthplace of the world’s most famous creamy stout over 230 years ago. Though authorities initially regarded Guinness as a social evil, the drink has since become synonymous with Ireland and 10,000,000 glasses of the “black stuff” is enjoyed every day around the world. So pick up your glass and celebrate Ireland’s great stout with this tour, which brings you a few hundred yards of where its actually made.
Pubs, Pubs and More Pubs
While many of our other tours take you inside a spirit company’s distillery, our Countryside Drive and Irish Pub shore excursion sits you down in a genuine Irish pub (with a thatched roof!) where you can kick back and enjoy the classics. The day starts with a scenic tour of the resort town of Tramore—which is known for its golden beaches—and continues with a scenic tour of Waterford, the oldest city in Ireland, as well as the charming villages of Fenor, Annestown and Boatstrand. The day appropriately ends with the pub visit—a perfect way to conclude your Irish vacation.
In addition to these tours, you can also create your very own customized St. Patrick’s Day experience in Ireland with a Private Journey, such as combining a sightseeing shore excursion with a pub crawl, or a private castle tour plus whiskey tasting. However you want to see (and taste) Ireland, Celebrity is here to make it happen.