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Blarney Castle
Jameson Experience at Midleton Distillery

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Cork, the second-largest city in the Republic of Ireland, is located in the rugged south-west of the country. This MSC Northern Europe Cruises destination boasts a fascinating historical centre and a deep-rooted cultural identity. Discover ancient bow-fronted houses, a wonderful waterfront, elegant bridges, and avenues resplendent with Georgian architecture. Away from Cork, stop by medieval Blarney Castle and the iconic Jameson Distillery.

MSC Cruises excursions offer plenty of exciting things to see including:

• Blarney Castle

• Jameson Experience at Midleton Distillery

• Kinsale

Enjoy a panoramic sightseeing tour of Cork on an MSC Cruises excursion. Pass by major sights including the Opera House, University College, and St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral. Proceed to medieval Blarney Castle, built nearly 600 years ago by one of Ireland's greatest chieftains. Here, you’ll discover the historical castle, enchanting Rock Close, and 60 acres of sensational gardens. Don’t forget to kiss Blarney Stone which, according to legend, rewards you with the ‘gift of the gab’. Then, stroll through the grounds on one of the many walks including the Herbaceous Border and the Seven Sisters.

Ireland is renowned for its whiskey production and on an MSC Cruises excursion to Midleton, you’ll visit the iconic Jameson Distillery. Enjoy an audio-visual presentation about the history of Irish whiskey followed by a guided tour of the site’s many buildings. See archival photographs, superbly restored machinery, and dramatic recreations. Afterwards, browse the gift shop and, if you like, purchase a bottle of Jameson!

Visit beautiful Kinsale, just south of Cork, on an MSC Cruises excursion. Located in an environmentally pristine area on the banks of the River Bandon, the town was the winner of the inaugural European Prize for Tourism and the Environment. Kinsale dates back to the Anglo-Norman era and is celebrated for its array of colourful houses and buildings.  Here, you’ll take a walk around the town centre, browsing in the shops and soaking up the local atmosphere. Afterwards, travel to the remarkable remains of the star-shaped Charles Fort, completed around 1682. This impressive landmark is located on the water’s edge and offers truly spectacular views.

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    Where the land is greener
    Where the land is greener

    A cruise to Ireland will fulfill all your romantic preconceptions. An uncommon geological richness and the warming effect of the Atlantic produce an astonishing diversity of terrain on this small island, which is splashed throughout with lakes and primeval bogland.

    In the east, the crumpled granite of the Wicklow Hills sits in utter contrast to the horse-grazing plain of the Curragh just a few kilometres away, and in Connemara on the west coast, you can walk from beach to mountain to fen, from seaweed-strewn inlet to lily-covered lough, in a matter of hours.

    is the Republic’s main entry-point, a confident capital whose raw, modern energy is complemented by rich cultural traditions, and which boasts outstanding medieval monuments and the richly varied exhibits of the National Gallery and National Museum.

    South of the city, the desolate Wicklow Mountains offer a breathtaking contrast to city life. On Ireland’s southern coast, Cork’s shoreline is punctuated by secluded estuaries, rolling headlands and historic harbours, while Cork city itself is the region’s hub, with a vibrant cultural scene.
    Stunning early Christian monuments abound, too, including the Rock of Cashel and atmospheric sites at Clonmacnoise, Glendalough and Monasterboice.