Getting on/off motorcoach; driving about 6 miles to dock, approximately 3/4 hour.
We’ll begin the morning with some time for independent exploration. In the late morning we’ll regroup at the hotel and walk to a nearby whiskey distillery, where we’ll learn about Dublin’s enduring distilling heritage during a docent-led exploration including a tasting.
At a local restaurant, we’ll enjoy a 2-course plated and served meal with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.
We will travel by motorcoach to the dock, where we’ll embark our ship. Once we have boarded, there will be a safety drill. Following that, we will have some free time, giving us the opportunity to explore the ship and get settled. Expedition ships — more rugged than traditional sailing vessels — are designed to venture into remote landscapes, enabling us to seek opportunities for getting up close to nature and wildlife. These educational adventures have flexible schedules. The itinerary may change daily based on weather, sailing conditions, and potential wildlife sightings. There may also be serendipitous occasions to experience something unexpected. Due to the remote location of the ports, each embarkation and disembarkation will be done via Zodiac boats. Staff will be available for assistance. Should you require medication during the day, please ensure you keep this with you. While on board, rotating members of the ship’s resource staff will offer educational presentations on a variety of topics. Many are active researchers with expertise in areas such as history, paleontology, geology, and biology. At each expedition port of call, we will have a choice of field trips that will vary by location such as nature activities (minimal walking), short walks (about .5 – 1.5 miles), longer walks (2 – 3 miles), and photography sessions led by resource staff.
Aboard the ship, we’ll have a 3-course a la carte meal with meat, seafood, and vegetarian options, incorporating local delicacies when possible, with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.
At leisure. With lively talks, presentations, trivia nights, concerts, and movie nights, there’s certainly no shortage of evening activities!