ABOVE:The Shannon Princess at the Meelick Lock on River Shannon. BELOW: The saloon on Shannon Princess.
The Shannon Princess River Barge Cruise Company is introducing a "Walking Cruise Itinerary" in 2011. Passengers aboard the MV Shannon Princess will be able to take guided walks during their 7-day/6-night cruises on Ireland's River Shannon, which is the longest river in Ireland and the British Isles.
The walking cruises, which will run throughout the 2011 summer season, are designed to please walkers at most levels of ability. Each cruise includes five walks led by "professional walking guides with backgrounds in archaeology, history, and natural science, along with a smattering of local knowledge."
When they aren't walking, Shannon Princess guests will enjoy "natural beauty, unspoiled landscapes, wild fowl reserves, history, antiquity and folklore" as the 10-passenger hotel barge cruises slowly through the Irish countryside. (Passengers who get tired of walking or admiring the view from the sun deck can retreat to the saloon, which has a library, bar, and dining area. The luxury barge also offers broadband Internet access.)
The Shannon Princess is available for individual cruising or charter. Fares include gourmet meals, wine, an open bar, excursions in an air-conditioned minibus, use of the barge's bicycles, and transfers to and from Dublin.
For more information, visit www.shannonprincess.com.
Photos: Shannon Princess River Barge Cruise Company.