DESTINATIONS / IRELAND

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RIVER CRUISES/HOTEL BARGES

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Ireland

Choose Ireland  for some athletic holidays on one of the several green golfs of the country.
Try or perfect yourself at angling while enjoying lakes and canals!

These are nice cruises: 

Nature

Our highlights :

- Green golfs on the water side 
Bunratty's castle 
Portumna's castle and its french architectural influences 
Lough    Derg  and its famous pubs
- Shannon and Erdre rivers,perfect for angling 

Take centuries-old monastic settlements, lush landscapes, dramatic scenery and delightful small villages with a big heart - and you have all the ingredients for a perfect cruising holiday. No wonder cruising the River Shannon with Emerald Star is such a popular holiday option in Ireland.

From our two strategically placed bases - Portumna , Carrick-on-Shannon - you can cruise the full expanse of the Shannon and its lakes or just select a particular area in which to potter about and enjoy your holiday.

Cruising at a very leisurely pace along the Shannon-Erne waterway, Europe’s longest inland cruising system, you’ll soon cast aside the pressures of today’s more hectic lifestyles as you settle down to enjoy a very different holiday experience - one that gives you a whole new perspective on the beautiful countryside, historic castles, grand houses, deserted hamlets and ancient monastic settlements that surround you.

The River Shannon and surrounding network of peaceful loughs are an angler’s paradise - so make sure you hire a dinghy to reach the best bits! On land, it is a rambler’s heaven too, as national parklands, historic ruins and grand houses in abundance are there to be explored.

Carrick-on-Shannon, the gateway to both the north and south Shannon cruising region, is a major boating centre and thriving town. Its old-fashioned narrow streets, diversity of shops and traditional Irish nightlife make this a perfect place to start your holiday. Don’t forget to visit Ireland’s smallest church - the Costello Chapel is only 18m2 in size!

From peaceful Portumna , enjoy the delights of Lough Derg , one of Ireland’s finest lakes. Easy access to Lough Ree and the entire Shannon waterway is also possible. Portumna’s broad streets and majestic parades of shops and houses are an obvious reminder of the town’s Georgian past.

But wherever you cruise, you can be sure to enjoy Ireland’s renowned reputation for hospitality everywhere you go, from friendly lock-keepers to outgoing publicans and from helpful shop-owners to awardwinning restaurateurs, we’re certain you’ll enjoy ‘the craic’ in Ireland!

HOTEL BARGES IN THIS REGION

Shannon Princess II

10 berths
The ten passenger Shannon Princess II is the only luxury hotel barge cruising the waterways of Ireland. Her thoughtfully designed interior has panoramic windows, through which you can view the passing scenery, and includes a comfortable saloon, dining area and bar. The Shannon Princess II also...

SELF DRIVE BOATS IN THIS REGION

Horizon 2S

5 stars 4 Permanent Berths 1 Temporary Berths
The Horizon 2-S, has two en-suite cabins, albeit a smaller master cabin than the Horizon (2&2) model and no separate shower cubicle in the second en-suite. However, it enjoys the same saloon and sundeck space and is perfect for two couples looking for a bit more privacy or a family who would...

Horizon 3

5 stars 6 Permanent Berths 1 Temporary Berths
The Horizon 3 has the same high specs and quality finish as other Horizon models. It offers three en-suite bathrooms allowing larger groups to ejoy a good mix of social and private space. Boat Size: 13. 5m x 4. 3m 1 large forward cabin with convertible double bed 2 side cabins with...

Linssen Grand Sturdy 34.9

5 stars 4 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
Optimum use of space and the quality of the decorations are the real strong points of the Linssen Grand Sturdy®. These splendid yachts, which can house up to 6 people, will provide optimum comfort for 4, with comfortable and spacious living areas. The living area comprises a kitchen,...

Vision 3

5 stars 6 Permanent Berths 4 Temporary Berths
Manoeuvring is simple with joystick steering, making this diesel boat hire a breeze to handle! Full-size twin beds convert to doubles, and two other sleeping areas allow for a total crew of 10. The Vision3 offers elegance, privacy, and common areas for socialising inside and outside! It’s...

Vision 3 SL

5 stars 6 Permanent Berths 4 Temporary Berths
Special pod drives make the boat as easy to manoeuvre as a car. The three staterooms have full-size twin beds that convert to doubles, plus there’s a fold-down bed (suitable only for a child or teenager) and an extra bed in the saloon, making the boat ideal for families and friends! New to...

Vision 4

5 stars 8 Permanent Berths 1 Temporary Berths
Ranked amongst our most popular canal boats, this model offers you luxurious and spacious accommodations. A settee in the elegant saloon converts to a single bed, upping the total sleeping capacity to nine. The saloon has a full entertainment center, and cabins have TV/DVD players. The boat was...

Elegance

4 stars 6 Permanent Berths
Sleeping a maximum of six, the Elegance boasts three staterooms each fitted with single beds that convert to doubles, allowing sleeping flexibility on your boat holidays. The cabins and three bathrooms with showers are all forward of the generous saloon with its two dining tables and glass sliding...

Magnifique

4 stars 8 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
Our Magnifique boat hire is an ideal choice for parties up to 10. The cabins are set fore and aft to enhance privacy, and to give the central saloon prominence. A huge sundeck features a fixed table, cushioned seats, a sun canopy and cool box. Speakers pipe music in. About as upscale as you can...

Penichette 1020FB

4 stars 4 Permanent Berths 1 Temporary Berths
Minimum headroom: bows: 1,92m stern: 1,92m Midships: 1,97m Prices are valid in France, Holland  and Italy To enjoy a canal or river cruise, you can rent the boat Penichette 1020FB . Forward cabin with either 1 double or 2 or 3 single berths (with one upper bunk...

Penichette 1400FB

4 stars 8 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
At the bows two cabins each with two single beds that can be joined to make a double bed Hanging cupboard and storage Each cabin has its own shower, handbasin and WC At the stern, one cabin with double bed, with the possibility of installing one small, child size, upper single berth;...

Caprice

3 stars 4 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
A superb choice for a boat hire in the UK, the Caprice is ideal for parties up to six. The two en-suite staterooms (most offer air-conditioning) are located forward, leaving lots of room in the rear for the saloon and aft deck. The saloon has a radio/CD player and MP3/USB connectivity, and most...

Consul

3 stars 4 Permanent Berths
With comfortable sleeping accommodations for four people, a Consul boat hire is well suited as a cruiser for boat holidays with a couple and two children, or with two couples. These fine canal craft offer elegance throughout, and a saloon that’s ideal for entertaining family and friends....

Crusader

3 stars 6 Permanent Berths
  Three separate cabins with en-suite bathrooms give these canal boats unparalleled privacy. This model offers a variety of sleeping arrangements from single and double beds to singles that convert to doubles, making it possible for you to cruise with children, single adults and couples....

Penichette 1120R

3 stars 4 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
Two large forward cabins with double bed handbasin, hanging cupboard and storage in each cabin Two shower compartments, each with shower, handbasin and electric WC Fitted kitchen, inside steering, two large sliding sunroofs Dinette converts into a double bed 230 V socket in the...

Penichette 1165FB

3 stars 6 Permanent Berths 1 Temporary Berths
Superb forward double cabin with large en suite shower compartment, with basin, shower and electric WC. Hanging cupboard and storage At the stern one cabin with double bed, hanging cupboard and storage, one cabin with upper and lower single berths, hanging cupboard and storage. Shower compartment...

Penichette 1500R

3 stars 8 Permanent Berths 4 Temporary Berths
Four cabins that each have a double bed that can be expanded with an additional upper pullman berth (front cabins only) Hanging cupboard and storage Each cabin has its own double bed, handbasin, wardrobe and storage Saloon with 230 V socket (quayside connection) Raised inside...

Classique

2 stars 8 Permanent Berths
With four cabins, Classique boat rentals sleep a maximum of eight. You’ve got cabins fitted with bunk beds for kids, and singles that convert to doubles. The big saloon with U-shaped settee and large dining table has a radio/CD player with MP3/USB connectivity. These recently upgraded...

Corvette A

2 stars 4 Permanent Berths
 Superb for boat cruises with two couples, the Corvette sleeps a maximum of four in front and rear staterooms with en-suite bathrooms and showers. Picture windows illuminate the saloon, which has a radio/CD player (some boats have flat-screen TV/DVD players). A Corvette boat hire pampers and...

Corvette B

2 stars 4 Permanent Berths
Corvette B is the perfect boat for two couples cruises. One room at the front, another at the back, each one with its own bathrooms, with a living room at the middle of the boat that ensures you privacy and tranquillity. In the back stateroom, there is a bunk bed that can be changed in a double...

Penichette 1107W

2 stars 5 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
Ideal for families Forward cabin with double bed, hanging cupboard and storage Central cabin with one double bed and one single bed Dinette convertible to double bed Additional storage and hanging cupboards opposite the shower compartment Shower compartment with shower, hand...

Penichette 935

2 stars 3 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
Ideal for couples or couples with one child Forward cabin with double bed, hanging cupboard and storage One single bed in the corridor Shower compartment with shower, hand-basin and toilet Dinette convertible to double bed Fitted kitchen Saloon with 230 V socket (quay side...

Shannon Star

2 stars 6 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
A great choice for larger parties, this canal boat rental features a large saloon and flexible sleeping options with single and double beds in the three cabins. Up forward you’ll find a fourth small cabin and bed for a young child. With its easy access to the sidedecks and sundeck, the...

Capri TS

1 stars 2 Permanent Berths 1 Temporary Berths
Ideal for couples with a single child, a Capri TS boat hire features a nicely appointed private cabin forward with a double bed and a closet. The bathroom is easily accessed via the saloon, which has a spacious dining area across from the L-shaped kitchen equipped with an electric fridge and...

Carlow Class

1 stars 2 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
Built to Carrickcraft's own exacting specification, the Carlow Class offers the very best in two berth cruising. Very easily handled by two people, but with enough room for comfort. 1 cabin / 1 saloon / 1 bathroom The aft-deck area opens into a separate driving compartment which in...

Tamaris Lake Star

1 stars 4 Permanent Berths 1 Temporary Berths
With two separate staterooms and additional sleeping accommodations in the saloon, the Tamaris is laid out with parties of six in mind. The luxury of a Tamaris boat hire is evident in the skipper’s stateroom in the rear with an en-suite bathroom and large double bed. A nice choice for a 9....

Kilkenny Class

0 stars 4 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
Designed and built exclusively for Carrick Craft, this wide-beam craft offers the very best in four berth cruising. Easy handling and bright, airy feel make this a most popular boat. Up to 6 peoples 2 cabins / 1 saloon / 2 bathrooms The main features include a superbly fitted galley and...

Waterford Class

0 stars 6 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
One of our most popular boats. 3 double/twin cabins, all ensuite. Flybridge and large sundeck for outdoor enjoyment. Large saloon and galley.  Available at all three marinas and on both one-way itineraries - the Waterford is a fabulous 3-cabin boat. Up to 8 peoples 3 cabins / 1 saloon /...