Ports of call for cruises from New York to Ireland include Cork or Cobh when traveling to North European ports of call. While in Cork, visitors can visit the castle-like Cork City Gaol Heritage Center, renowned for its wax figures portraying every day prison life in the 19th century. The Cork Butter Museum, representative of Ireland’s successful food industry, is another interesting site to visit. Waterford, Ireland, featured on only one cruise, offers coastline vistas and beaches.
The sound of Cunard Cruise Line’s “Queen Mary 2’s,” whistle can be heard as far away as 10 miles. The “Queen Mary 2” is as long as 41, double-decker London buses. “Silver Whisper” has all-inclusiveness offering guests wine, sodas and cocktails. Additionally, “Silver Whisper” includes gratuities and shuttles while in port. Holland America has offered transatlantic passenger service between New York and Rotterdam for over 100 years. “ms Rotterdam” is the fastest ship traveling at 25 knots which is 25 percent faster than average.
Grand Around the British Isles – 22 Day
The Queen Mary 2 of Cunard Cruise Lines departs New York, New York, making a six-day transatlantic voyage to Southampton. The 22-day cruise makes stops in Cherbourg and Cork, before making a complete circle around Great Britain and returning to New York. Queen Mary 2 is 1,132 feet-long and has a passenger capacity of 2,620. Queen Mary 2’s ballroom, the Queens Room, spans the width of the ship, 134 feet. The ballroom affords spectacular views to the sea. Its high ceilings showcase crystal chandeliers, and tiered seating provides line of sight viewing of the dance floor. For a view into virtual outer space, Queen Mary 2 has a full-scale planetarium. Guests can engage in Canyon Ranch SpaClub pampering with spa treatments, such as stone massages, facials and makeovers and Thai treatments. Guests have access to five swimming pools. Most of the staterooms have balconies, and range from interior staterooms to Princess Suites with a mini-refrigerator and 24-hour room service. An exclusive reserved table in the Queens Grill restaurant is Included with a Princess stateroom.
A sweeping stairway takes guests down into the main dining room, Britannia Restaurant. The Todd English restaurant, named after the leading Boston chef, serves Mediterranean cuisine. For Asian cuisine, guests can select to dine in the Lotus restaurant. In the Chef Gallery, guests gain culinary secrets interacting with the chefs. Sir Samuels’ coffee bar is open during the day and at night becomes a wine bar.For a cigar break, Churchill’s Cigar Bar has fine cigars and cognac.
New York City to Southampton – 14 day
The “Silver Whisper” departs from New York, New York, with two stops in Ireland, Cork and Waterford, before reaching its final destination of Southampton, UK. The elegant 610 foot-long ship, “Silver Whisper,” launched in 2001, has a passenger capacity of 382. Most ocean-view staterooms have verandas. For relaxation and rejuvenation, spa services such as hot lava rock massage, body wrap and Japanese facials are available. The Show Lounge features jazz, piano, and cabaret, while The Bar hosts local performers. While enjoying wines, guests can dance in The Panorama Lounge. For cigar aficionados, The Humidor offers a fine selection of cigars and vintage ports and cognacs.
The main dining room, The Restaurant, has open seating and occasional nightly orchestra music. It serves modern and classical French cuisine, as well as a low carb and lite menu are available upon request. Le Champagne serves six-course dinners and La Terrazza is an al fresco dining cafe.
Classic Crossing – New York to Rotterdam – 9 Day
The “ms Rotterdam” departs from New York, New York traveling six days at sea before reaching Cork, Ireland. Passengers spend a day in Cork before sailing to Rotterdam, The Netherlands, for disembarkation ending the nine-day Classic Crossing. The 780-foot long “ms Rotterdam” holds 1,404 passengers. Interactive hands-on demonstrations are given by the culinary staff. In the state-of-the-art show kitchen at sea, The Culinary Arts Center, chefs share secret food preparation tips. Guests sample local and regional wines in the wine cellar. Guests may request select, tasted wines for dinner. One of the ship’s December 2009 enhancements is its spa lanai staterooms that open to a spacious teak promenade. Spa staterooms have easy access to The Greenhouse Spa. Even though “ms Rotterdam” serves over 6,000 meals at day at 20 knots, it offers made-to-order dishes for every guest. In addition to the two-tier main dining room, La Fontaine Dining Room, the ship has a reservations-only, Pinnacle Grill, and Lido Restaurant for a casual atmosphere. The Mix is a gathering place and includes: Martinis for 19 varieties, Champagne for late breakfast mimosa, or Spirits & Ales for micro-brews. For a coffee house environment, the Explorations Cafe, sponsored by the New York Times, has over 2,000 books, world news online and personal listening stations. Guests can also read the morning newspaper, check email and surf the Internet. Club HAL has activities for kids, three to 12 years of age, and The Loft, 13 to 17 years of age.
Cork City Bus Tours: Cork City Bus Tours
Cork City Gaol: Cork City Gaol Heritage Center
Whats On When: Cork Butter Museum