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SHANNON PRINCESS II 

Barging / River Cruises in Ireland:
Luxury river barge cruise vacations on the Irish hotel barge SHANNON PRINCESS II cruising the Shannon River.  Treat yourself to a barging holiday and enjoy the Irish culture and beautiful countryside.
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SHANNON PRINCESS II
Irish hotel barge vacation river cruises
The Lower Shannon River, Ireland
~ ABOUT THE BOAT ~

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 features full length, roof top sun deck ideal for relaxing with a drink, or watching the sunset after dinner. Throughout the barge, you will find antiquities, crafts, and art with many works by Irish & local artists .

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SPECIFICATIONS:
  • 107-feet long
  • 10 Passengers
  • 5 Crew: Captain, Tour Guide, Chef, x 3 Host/Hostesses. The crew is Irish and speak English.
  • 5 Guest cabins (configured to Twins or Double, as you prefer)
  • Central heating
  • Panoramic windows
  • Sundeck
  • Air conditioned minivan, 12 seats +driver
  • Bicycles, on request
  • DVD / Satellite TV available upon request
  • Broadband internet
GUEST CABINS:

Shannon Princess accommodates up to 10 passengers in 5 suites. All Suites have a choice of twin or double bedding. They also have a closet, private en-suite bathroom, individually controlled central heating, bottled water and chocolates.  The cabins are all well above waterline with large panoramic windows allowing passengers a full, uninhibited view and have ample storage space.

SIZES OF THE CABINS
They are all about the same size, approximately 9ft 10” x 12ft 9” (3mx4m) and about 131sq ft (12.1m sq)
  • Scarriff Bay (Bow end)
  • Benjamimes
  • Meelick Waters
  • The Callows
  • Inner Lakes (Stern end)
CEILING HEIGHTS: The height of the cabins is 6ft 9” (2.1m).

SIZE OF THE BEDS:
  • As single beds they measure 3ft (0.9m) wide x 6ft 9ins (2.1m) in length
  • As a double bed they measure 6ft  (1.8m) wide x 6ft 9ins (2.1m) in length
BATHROOMS:
All bathrooms have showers, wash hand basin, a W.C., tiled floors and walls and white and stainless steel fittings. Each is supplied with washing gel, hand soap, shampoo, shower cap, towels and robes.

PUBLIC ROOMS

SALOON/DINING ROOM DIMENSIONS & DESCRIPTION: 
  • Room size 20' (6m) x 35’ (10.6m)
  • Height from floor to ceiling is 6ft 9” (2.1m).
  • There are two large sofas , 3/4 armchairs and 2 coffee tables.
  • Dining table with seating for 10 passengers
  • Fully stocked bar
  • Carpeted throughout
  • Large observational windows running the length on 3 sides.
SUNDECK:
Very large sundeck area measuring 1800 sq feet (548.64m). There are 2 steamer chairs, 8 reclining chairs and assorted deck furniture with a large matching table and parasol for al fresco dining.

CLIMATE CONTROL & ELECTRICITY:
  • AIR CONDITIONING: Not required for Irish weather
  • CENTRAL HEATING: Yes, individually controlled
  • ELECTRICITY SUPPLY: The Shannon Princess is wired to supply 220 volts/50 hertz.  We suggest you bring an adapter for your particular appliance, which corresponds to the standard British Isles 3-pin plug.  If you wish to use an electrical appliance on board, please ask one of the crew when you arrive on board 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.
WALKING & CYCLING

There are no bicycles kept on board but can they can be hired on request at no extra charge. Please inform Paradise Connections at least 8 weeks in advance if you require these. Speaik to the Captain on the first evening and ask him to inform you when the daily opportunities arise for walking and cycling. The Captain will let you know the barge meeting points and places of interest to visit nearby.

GOLFING

Shannon Princess offers golfing as a themed cruise for private charters. Passengers who wish to play golf will need to be in possession of official handicap cards and/or letters of introduction from their golf clubs at home.  (Either or both of these must be presented at some courses prior to play.). Equipment can be provided at a supplemental cost. Powered golf carts are not available on all courses.

HOT AIR BALLOON RIDES

Not available on Shannon Princess II

EXCURSIONS BY MINIBUS

12-seater (excluding driver) with air conditioning.

THEMED CRUISES

Shannon Princess II offers themed cruises for private charters on a variety of subjects, such as golfing, fishing, horse-trekking, watersports, antiques and crafts, family, spa treatments.

CLOTHES & LUGGAGE

Practical comfort and relaxed is the norm aboard the ‘Shannon Princess’ and for most shore excursions. Dress codes for dinner are relaxed and informal; however, for the Captain's Dinner, gentlemen may opt to wear a jacket and ladies a dress or coordinated outfit. Passengers may choose their own standard of evening dress on chartered departures. Suggested items to pack: A sweater or lightweight jacket for evenings and air-conditioned interiors. During spring and autumn cruises, medium-weight clothing made of wool (or similar fabric) will be necessary. And a lightweight (preferably non-plastic) raincoat or poncho; and an umbrella. We also suggest comfortable walking shoes with low or no heels and textured non-slip soles. In the summer, a sun hat can be useful.
  • LAUNDRY FACILITIES: The Captain can arrange for laundry to be done ashore mid week and there is a small charge of about €6 per person.
  • LUGGAGE: Please try and fit everything for your cruise into one reasonably sized suitcase per person. Soft bags are preferable
SMOKING

Our barges have a strict non-smoking policy. Smokers are asked not to smoke inside the barge as this may create an offence to your shipmates.  Smoking is categorically not permitted in the cabins for safety reasons.  If you would like to smoke, you are requested to smoke outside on deck away from fellow passengers.

COMPUTER & TELEPHONE FACILITIES
  • There are no passenger telephones aboard Shannon Princess.
  • There is WiFi on board for passengers to connect to the internet if they bring their own laptop or phones.

PASSENGERS WITH MOBILITY RESTRICTIONS

Shannon Princess is all on one level with no steps from the saloon to the cabins. There are 11 steps from the saloon to the outside upper deck and a handrail. If you feel 11 steps would be too much then there is another outside deck with no steps. Ninety-five percent of the daily excursions are on level ground, so no worries with climbing steps; also the minibus transfers you to the sites – so not much walking if you prefer not to. We can arrange the hire of a wheelchair for the week if one is required. The only excursion that may be a little difficult would be Cragganown as this does have a challenging walk for those who are less mobile and some steps are also involved. You would be very welcome to relax on deck if you prefer not to participate on that excursion. Shannon Princess can arrange the hire of a wheelchair for the week. Payment would be made directly to the Captain once on board.  Please advise Paradise Connections at least 10 weeks before cruising if this is required.



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