About the Barge : Specifications, Fact Sheet
Dimensions: 105 ft long, 20 ft wide
5 Crew: Captain, Tour Guide, Chef, x 2 Host/Hostesses. All staff speak English.
5 Guest cabins (configured to Twins or Double, as you prefer)
Air conditioning and central heating throughout
Upper Sundeck and a smaller front viewing deck
Air conditioned minibus, 12 seats +driver
Bicycles: 2 on board, more on request at no charge
DVD / Satellite TV available upon request
Shannon Princess accommodates up to 10 passengers in 5 cabins. All cabins have a choice of twin or double bedding. Each cabin has a closet with ample storage space, private en-suite bathroom, individually controlled central heating and air conditioning, bottled water and chocolates. Excellent storage is provided with both hanging and shelved wardrobes, and drawers. The cabins are all well above waterline with large, opening panoramic windows of 6'5" x 1'6" (2m x 0.5m) allowing passengers a full, uninhibited view.
Size of the cabins:
All cabins are similar in size, approximately 9ft 10" x 12ft 9" (3mx4m) and about 131sq ft (12.1m sq) and are equally comfortable. The cabin height is 6ft 9" (2.1m).
All measurements are approximate and include the bathroom.
- Scarriff Bay (Bow end)
- Meelick Waters
- The Callows
- Inner Lakes (Stern end)
Size of the beds:
- As single beds they measure 3ft x 6ft 9" (90cm x 2.1m)
- As a double bed they measure 6ft x 6ft 9" (1.8m x 2.1m)
Each cabin has an ensuite bathroom measuring 3ft 3" x 6ft 6" (1m x 2m). All have shower, hand basin, WC, and have tiled floors and walls with white and stainless steel fittings. Each is supplied with washing gel, hand soap, shampoo, shower cap, towels, robes and hair dryer. There is an extractor fan but no windows in any of the bathrooms.
SALON & DINING ROOM
- Room size 20ft x 35ft (10.6m x 2.1m)
- Height from floor to ceiling is 6ft 9" (2.1m)
- There are two large sofas, 3 armchairs and 2 coffee tables
- Dining table with seating for 10 passengers
- Fully stocked bar
- Carpeted throughout
- Large picture windows run along 3 sides of salon
- Same deck level as guest cabins
- 11 steps from salon to upper deck with a handrail
Very large sundeck area on the upper deck measuring 1800 ft² (167m²). There are 2 steamer chairs, 8 reclining chairs and assorted deck furniture with a large circular dining table with matching chairs, and a parasol for al fresco dining. There is also a hot tub (spa pool). From the sundeck there are 11 steps with a handrail down to the salon and guest cabins level.
LEISURE & ENTERTAINMENT:
- 5-person hot tub (spa pool) on the sundeck
- 2 bicycles on board, but more available on request at no charge
- Small library of books and maps
- Board games including: Scrabble, Monopoly, Chess, Checkers, Backgammon...
- Binoculars for watching birds and wildlife
- iPod dock for connecting guest iPods to barge's Hi-Fi system
- Hi-Fi system with CD player. Guests are welcome to bring their favorite CDs from home.
Shannon Princess is wired for 220 volts/ 50 Hertz with each bathroom having a 110-volt socket for shaving. We suggest you bring an adapter for your particular devices, which should correspond to the standard UK 3-prong plug.
If you wish to use your electrical appliance on board, please ask one of the crew when you arrive to ensure that it is suitable to the barge's electrical system.
We cannot be held responsible for unforeseen voltage fluctuations which sometimes occur when swapping from one voltage system to another.
Each cabin has individually controlled cooling and heating.
COMPUTER & TELEPHONE
Complimentary WiFi is available on board for guests bringing their own appliances. Connectivity can be limited in remote locations.
Guests can also gain internet access at libraries and cybercafes while visiting towns and villages during the cruise.
There are no passenger telephones on board Shannon Princess.
PASSENGERS WITH MOBILITY RESTRICTIONS
Please let Paradise Connections know in advance of booking your cruise if you have a physical disability and require any assistance.
The interior of Shannon Princess is all on one level with no steps between salon and guest cabins.
There are 11 steps with a handrail between the salon and the upper sundeck.
The smaller, forward sundeck has no steps as it is on the same level as the salon and guest cabins.
Most of our excursions are on level ground with no steps to climb and the minibus transfers you to the sites so there is minimal walking. The only excursion that may be slightly difficult is to Cragganown as this has a challenging walk for those that are less mobile and there are some steps involved.
Wheelchairs can be hired locally if required. Cost is approximately 100 euros per week. Please notify us at least 8 weeks in advance if you would like to arrange a wheelchair rental. The charge should be paid directly to the barge captain upon arrival.
FOOD & DRINK
All meals aboard are prepared fresh by your chef and most meals are a set menu (there is no choice available). International and local cuisine is featured.
We are able to arrange special meals, such as vegetarian / no fish / vegan, etc; and we are able to cater for any preferences or allergies. However, it is important that we are notified at least 8 weeks prior to your departure date. Failure to notify us in advance of your cruise may result in disappointment on board.
There is no assigned seating for meals and the dining table accommodates all guests at a single sitting.
Breakfast: Continental-style buffet breakfast with toast, fruit, cereals, fruit juices, decaffeinated or regular tea and coffee. A full cooked Irish breakfast is also offered.
Lunch: Usually consists of a selection of colorful salads, pâtés and fish dishes. Lunches are buffet or waiter service, occasionally a picnic outdoors is arranged (weather permitting). Lunch is accompanied by quality wines selected by the chef.
Dinner: Always a gastronomic adventure created by your talented chef. A taste of regional cuisine by candlelight, complemented by fine wines, followed by a selection of regional cheeses, coffee, and liqueurs.
Captain's Farewell Dinner: Captain's dinner on the last night of the cruise. Guests may choose to dress slightly more formal.
Drinks included in the cruise price: Non-alcoholic beverages and regular or decaffeinated coffee and tea, whole or low fat milk, are offered with all meals. The well-stocked bar is open 24-hours per day which include wines, spirits, beers, and soft drinks. All wines are served with meals and there is a Champagne Welcome on arrival.
Drinks not included in the cruise price: Champagne (with exception of the reception) and special vintage wines, although you may purchase bottles at cost price if you let us know in advance how many of each you require. We do not recommend special ordering unless you are chartering the whole barge.
Water: Tap water in Ireland and aboard Shannon Princess is potable and bottled water is also available.
The Shannon Princess has an air conditioned, 12-passenger minibus which is used for transfers and for several excursions during the cruise. Some excursions are within walking distance from the boat mooring.
For charter bookings, the itinerary can be adapted to suit your group's particular needs. If a destination or excursion is within a reasonable distance of the barge, we will do everthing we can to arrange it. Please speak with us in advance of your cruise so we can pre-arrange with the Captain.
Any guests not wishing to participate in an excursion are welcome to remain on the barge.
CYCLING AND WALKING
Passengers are welcome to walk or cycle using the bicycles as often as they like. There are 2 bicycles kept on board and additional bikes can be hired on request at no extra charge. Please inform Paradise Connections at least 8 weeks in advance should you require these.
Once on board, the captain will be happy to discuss daily opportunities for walking or cycling and nearby places of interest to visit.
HOT AIR BALLOONING
The region Shannon Princess cruises through is not suitable for hot air ballooning.
Shannon Princess offers ad-hoc golf while cruising. Your captain will be pleased to discuss this on board and is able to reserve tee times, equipment hire, and transportation to and from the golf clubs. Any charges for golf will need to be paid locally to the relevant club and taxi company.
However, if you would like to book your golf in advance, please contact Paradise Connections at least 4 weeks prior to your departure.
Guests who wish to play golf may need to present official handicap cards and/or letters of introduction from local golf clubs at home.
Shannon Princess offers a variety of cruises available for charter groups which include cycling, golf, fishing, pony-trekking, family adventure, walking, antiques, crafts, and spa treatments. For more details, visit the ITINERARY page.
Our barges have a strict non-smoking policy for safety reasons and for the comfort of fellow passengers. If you would like to smoke we request that you smoke outside on deck away from fellow passengers.
Please let us know in advance of your cruise if you require frequent or ongoing medical attention. The crew are unable to administer medicines but can accompany you to a chemist/pharmacy for you to purchase any necessary medicines. Due to your cruise being in a rural location, we recommend you bring all necessary medications with you. Doctors are usually not far away for an urgent consultation and the Emergency Services can be called if required.
We recommend that you bring sufficient clean clothing for your cruise as there are no laundry facilities on board. However, the crew may be able to assist in an emergency on a request basis.
LUGGAGE / WHAT TO PACK
Space is limited on board and on the transfer vehicle. Please try to fit everything for your cruise into one reasonably-sized suitcase per person. Soft-sided luggage will be easier to store once you have unpacked.
Practical comfort and casual clothing is the norm aboard Shannon Princess and for most excursions. The dress code for dinner is relaxed and informal. For the Captain's Farewell Dinner on the final evening, guests often dress up, which is optional.
The weather in Ireland can be changeable and we recommend that you prepare for varied weather conditions particularly in early April and October.
Suggested things to pack:
- Light clothing including T-shirts and shorts. A sweater or lightweight jacket is recommended for evenings.
- During spring and autumn, you may need medium-weight clothing. A lightweight raincoat for showery times, and an umbrella are advisable.
- For summer, a sun hat can be useful.
- Comfortable walking shoes with textured, non-slip soles are recommended.
- There is a hot tub on board, so don't forget your swimwear. Towels are provided.
The local currency in Ireland is the Euro. The barge is unable to accept credit or debit cards on board.
Gratuities are not included in the cruise fare. Tipping is entirely discretionary but is greatly appreciated by the crew if you are fully satisfied with the level of service on board. As a guidance, our passengers on average tip approximately 5-7% of the cruise fare. All tips should be given to the Captain and are shared between the whole crew on board.
Please note that gratuities can only be made on board by cash payment.
PROBLEM DURING YOUR CRUISE
If you have a problem during your cruise, please give us the immediate opportunity to make things right. Bring any concern to the private attention of your Captain who will often be able to solve any issue immediately.
SAFETY AND SECURITY
Once you are on board your Captain will talk you through the Cruise Safety Procedures.
Please note that we cannot be responsible for any valuables that you bring on board. We strongly recommend that you do not bring valuables with you unless required and that you ensure that any valuables are covered by your travel insurance.
Safes are provided in each cabin. For safety reasons, cabin doors are usually unlocked.
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