Cruise Ship Visitors
The number of visitors coming to Northern Ireland by cruise ship as part of their round Ireland & British Isles holidays has been growing year on year, with over 150,000 in 2017 alone. With the planned £15m investment by Belfast Harbour Commissioners to develop a new Cruise Terminal during 2018/9, and their recent investment of £2m in new pilot ships, these figures are expected to grow even further in the years ahead as word spreads further afield of what a well kept secret our wee country really is and even more cruise lines add us to their itineries!
Why? Northern Ireland is a great place for a city break with all the historic sites & attractions that Belfast has to offer, the locals' hospitality & craic and, of course, the outstanding scenery that has been used across all seasons of the Game of Thrones. But it gets even better than that; a lot of its headline visitor attractions, such as the UNESCO World Heritage site the Giant's Causeway, are easily accessible on a day trip so it can become a country visit as well as just a city break.
Obviously there is too much to get everything done in just one day, but being regular cruise passengers ourselves we fully appreciate what your top priorities are, as they are what we look for ourselves. We want to be collected by a reputable & reliable company who will be waiting at the agreed time and transport me & my family in comfort & safety, with good knowledge of all the places visited and, of course, making sure we get the most out of our time at each location whilst getting back to the ship in good time for departure.
For this reason we're happy to start as early as you can disembark and stay with you for as long as your day in Northern Ireland allows. We have put a lot of thought into route map options so that we can offer a bespoke trip for each client. Our recommendation is to whisk you away to the north coast to visit the Giant's Causeway and Carrick-a-rede rope bridge before the crowds (and queues) arrive, bringing you back along the coastal route at a more leisurely pace where you can choose from the locations you want to stop at. We can finish up with a driving tour of the 4 cultural quarters of Belfast, leaving the Titanic centre and the attractions of East Belfast to last (as they are closest to your ship so that you won't get caught in traffic). To save more time, and to avoid queuing for lunch, we can bring along a picnic lunch (pre-chosen by you) thereby saving you another hour during your day to visit even more of what Northern Ireland has to offer. We even stock a selection of locally made products as keep-sakes of your visit and these can be purchased on the day (again, saving more of your valuable time).
You probably already have an idea of what you would like to see in Northern Ireland, or maybe you need some inspiration from our pages for the North Coast, Belfast or Derry/Londonderry under 'Tourism & Visitor Experience' on the toolbar above. Either way, please feel free to contact us with your wish list of locations for a quotation, together with your arrival & departure times to receive a quote for your bespoke tour so that we can include as many stops as possible.