Waterford City has three city center berths up to 7.50mtr at low water. These are used in general for ships up to 150 meters.
The Ocean Cruise berth at Belview Port some four miles downstream of the city center has a quay of 393mtrs in length with 9.0mtrs at low water. These is used in general for ships up to 210 meters.
When big ships over 210 meters list Waterford as a Cruise Port they’re really stopping at Dunmore East (shown below), a small village with a picturesque harbor that’s about a 30-plus minute (20 km) drive from the bigger city. It’s also a bit of a hassle from the ship as this is a tender port, which means the big ships do not dock in town; it anchors out in the harbor and transports passengers via tenders, also known as lifeboats. That adds another 45 minutes or so to the journey (leaving time to queue on either end and then the 20 minute, very beautiful ride to the town dock).
To get to Waterford itself you can take a taxi for about 25 Euro or, as the region laid on a shuttle, pay 4 Euro each way to ride a motorcoach; you’re dropped right by the slick and splashy tourist center. It’s got a museum, a few shops and a cafe. The bus stop is about 300 meters from the tender pier. Extra buses are often provided when a ship is in town.
Map of Waterford.
Cruise calendar for this port and where you will be docked or tendered.
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Dunmore East has one main street that follows along a cliff overlooking the harbor. Thatched roof houses are plenty and a sight buy itself.
Waterford as a Cruise destination, offers visitors an option that no other Port in Ireland can. Visitors to Waterford and the Ireland's South East can access the attractions of the region's counties of Carlow, Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford.
Ireland's Celtic, Christian, Viking, and Norman past can be experienced at the many heritage sites located in the South East:
Waterford City is the home of Waterford Crystal, a lifestyle product of exquisite craftsmanship. A visit to the House of Crystal visitor center includes an opportunity to choose from the world's largest selection of Waterford Crystal. The factory tour offers first hand access to all areas of traditional crystal production.
Train schedules to Kilkenny.
It pays to compare your cruise line tours here.
As Ireland's Mediaevel Capital, Kilkenny offers the traveler a mixture of an exciting vibrant night-life, beautiful street-scapes, great shopping opportunities and a rich cultural heritage.
Kilkenny Castle and Gardens. This stunning Norman Castle, which is the dominant feature in the city, is its principal attraction. It overlooks the River Nore. The Castle is three sided in shape. Inside The Great Hall is very impressive. Their is a beautiful rose garden to the front. Its huge forested gardens are beautiful to walk during the day. Access to the grounds is free.
Offices: 9am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday. Shops: 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday, until 8pm on Thursday; Saturday: 9am to 6pm; Sunday: Limited Hours Pubs: 10.30am to 11.30pm, Monday to Thursday. Closing is at 12.30am Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, 12.30 to 11.30pm. Pubs are closed on Christmas Day and Good Friday.
January 1 - New Year's Day March 17 - St. Patrick's Day Good Friday (Not a statutory holiday) Easter Monday May 1 - May Day First Monday in June - Bank Holiday First Monday in August - Bank Holiday Last Monday in October - Bank Holiday December 25 - Christmas Day December 26 - St. Stephen's Day
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