Shannon Princess barge cruise

Shannon Princess

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Cruise highlights

10 passengers
★★★★★ 5 star rating

  • Tour the legendary 6th-century Clonmacnoise ruins
  • Full day excursion to Portumna Castle and Galway
  • Visit the unusual haunted Leap Castle
  • Birds of prey demonstration at Adare Manor
  • Tour of the Kilbeggan Whiskey Distillery with a private tasting
  • Excellent walking and fishing opportunities

Shannon Princess cruise route & itinerary

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Glasson to Killaloe on the river Shannon cruise ↓

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  • From 4600 USD per person
  • Charters from 39, 300 USD

Boat size

  • Length 114′10″ ft (35.00 metres)
  • Width 16′5″ ft (5.00 metres)


  • Crew members : 5
  • Up to 10 guests
  • Double cabins : 5


  • Central heating
  • Air-conditioning
  • Spa or pool
  • Wifi
  • Touring bicycles on request

Guests comments

I rate the boat a 9.9/10... the food, rooms, everything
The Cruise route was better than expected, scenery, day trips..
We would book with you again ( second cruise) as you provide a good service.

Larry Cerson, Canada. September 2014

About Shannon Princess barge cruises

Luxury barge Shannon Princess

The deluxe Shannon Princess is the largest hotel barge cruising on the River Shannon and its picturesque loughs.

The interior has been designed for optimal views using panoramic windows in the comfortable saloon and dining area. Comfy sofas and armchairs invite you to relax as the rich scenery drifts by.
Equally inviting is the sundeck, complete with loungers and a convivial round table for alfresco dining on warmer days.

After a day of cruising and discovering the region, guests can retire to their welcoming stateroom.  Each can be configured as a double or twin and has panoramic windows for maximum light and a modern ensuite shower room.  The air-conditioned staterooms are tastefully decorated to enhance your stay.

The Shannon Princess is the perfect choice for groups of up to 10 guests for an unforgettable taste of the Emerald Isle.

Shannon Princess deck and cabin plans

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Shannon Princess cruise route & itinerary

Glasson to  Killaloe on the river Shannon map

Glasson to Killaloe on the river Shannon

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Guests are met at the designated meeting point and transferred by coach to the Shannon Princess moored at Glasson.
Your Captain and his crew welcome you on board the delightful Shannon Princess with Champagne, Black Velvets or Irish Coffees!
Dinner aboard

Glasson to Athlone
The adventure begins this morning as we cruise around the beautiful 'inner lakes' and then continue north to Lough Redd exploring some of the 365 islands on the lake, before arriving at Athlone.
No trip to Ireland would be complete without a trip to a distillery, so after lunch, we visit the Kilbeggan Whiskey Distillery, the oldest licenced whisky distillery in the world.  After discovering the history here, we'll continue on to visit an artisan craft village at Balllinahown before returning to the barge.
Dinner aboard.

Athlone to Shannonbridge
Today we negotiate Athlone Lock and head south through Europe's finest example of 'Callow' landscape, rich with wildlife. We moor at Clonmacnoise ruins, a famous 6th-century university and monastic settlement.
After a tour, we continue our cruise on to Shannonbridge, our mooring for the night.
After lunch, we take a private guided trip of Leap Castle.  Will we sense any spirits in this reputedly most haunted house?
Dinner aboard, after which the Captain invites you to join him for a traditional pint in Killeen's pub for an entertaining evening with the locals.

Shannonbridge to Terryglass
We cruise a very pretty stretch of the Shannon through Meelick Lock, pausing as Portumna swing bridge is opened to allow us passage onto idyllic Lough Derg and then moor at Terryglass Harbour.
After lunch, we set off to visit the stunning Birr Castle with its magnificent gardens, fascinating Science centre and the historic Great Telescope which was the largest in the world when built in 1845!
After such an informative afternoon, we return to Shannon Princess for our evening dinner aboard.

Terryglass to Mountshannon
Cameras at the ready again today... We visit the beautiful walled gardens of Portumna Castle and the lively centre of Galway city before lunch in a traditional Guinness and Oysters pub.
Then, time to relax and admire the views during our afternoon cruise along Lough Derg to moor at Mountshannon.
Dinner aboard.

Mountshannon to Killaloe
For our final cruise, we head toward Killaloe, where we have time to explore the town briefly.  After lunch on board, we'll head off to visit Aldare Manor, a splendid estate on the banks of the River Maigue, for a falconry demonstration.
The afternoon draws to a close by visiting a traditional Irish hand-weaving workshop to discover this art before rejoining Shannon Princess for our
'Slainte' cocktail reception and Captains Dinner aboard.

After breakfast, disembark the barge and transfer by private minibus to Dublin

Glasson to Killaloe on the river Shannon rates

2024 USD, for American and Canadian residents Regular Value
Whole boat charter for 10 52, 000 USD 46, 000 USD
Whole boat charter for 8 49, 000 USD 43, 700 USD
Whole boat charter for 6 46, 000 USD 41, 300 USD
Junior suite per person 5, 650 USD 4, 850 USD
Single supplement 1, 900 USD 1, 680 USD
2023 USD, for American and Canadian residents Regular Value
Whole boat charter for 10 52, 000 USD 46, 000 USD
Whole boat charter for 8 49, 000 USD 43, 700 USD
Whole boat charter for 6 46, 000 USD 41, 300 USD
Junior suite per person 5, 650 € 4, 850 USD
Single supplement 1, 900 USD 1, 680 USD
2023 STERLING rates Regular Value
Whole boat charter for 10 £42, 300 £37, 500
Whole boat charter for 8 £40, 100 £35, 600
Whole boat charter for 6 £37, 900 £33, 700
Junior suite per person £4, 590 £3, 990
Single supplement £1, 500 £1, 400
2023 EURO rates ALL OTHER COUNTRIES Regular Value
Whole boat charter for 10 47, 500 € 42, 000 €
Whole boat charter for 8 45, 100 € 39, 900 €
Whole boat charter for 6 42, 700 € 37, 800 €
Junior suite per person 5, 250 € 4, 550 €
Single supplement 1, 800 € 1, 600 €
Prices include local transfers between Dublin and the hotel barge (approximately 2hr - 2h30 depending upon the cruise direction), a luxury 6-night cruise, all meals on board catered for by the on board Master Chef, an open bar 24/7 with a large range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, all wines served throughout the cruise, excursions and admittance fees as per the itinerary, the services of 5 crew and use of barge facilities including wireless internet access, spa pool and bicycles on request.
Optional extras
Golf charters: 1025 USD / £725 / 825€ supplement per player
Walking charters : 2750 USD / £2000 / 2250 € supplement
Artisan charter: No supplement
Departure Dates 2023
Value: April 16 - April 30;
Regular: May 7 - September 24

Departure Dates 2024
Value: April 21; May 5
Regular: May 5 - September 22

These are sample itineraries, on alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction.

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