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Cruise Line Does It All – Ship Tour – Cruise line does all the research and planning and you sit back and enjoy. The best way to see the most in a limited time and can be the most cost-effective. Ship does not leave until all ship tours are back.

You Do It All – “Independent.” For people who like to do their own research & planning using travel guidebooks, Internet, etc. You do the work and you are independent. It is your responsibility to get back to the ship on time. [Independent group tours generally are best booked online in advance based on recommendations you trust.]

Information
• Richard’s Port Talks – Live and on cabin TV
• Tourist Information Web site: www.discoverireleand.com, http://www.visitdublin.com/
• Cruise line provided port map & guide delivered to your stateroom
• There are many detained and interactive maps available online. Due to copyright regulations the cruise line cannot download and provide these but you can access them independently online.

Money
• Ireland is part of the Euro-zone and uses the Euro
• Obviously rates change daily: check online for current rate
• Tipping: 10-15%

Getting Around
• Most ships dock Alexandra Quay – 1.25 mile [2 km] to from city center – commercial port – no walking
• Taxis outside the terminal
• Local bus 53 – Rambler Ticket good all day 6 Euro
• Cruise line shuttle, often offered sometimes at additional cost, not a tour, just a bus transfer from the ship to Kildare Street, downtown, opposite National Library, every 30 to 40 minutes
• Several Hop On Hop Off bus operators in Dublin– tickets online or on bus

Sightseeing
• Dublin Castle until 1922 center of British rule in Ireland – Record Tower dates back to 1228 – 5 Euro
• Trinity College, Book of Kells, Old Library – expect lines, 9 Euro
• St. Patrick’s Cathedral, built 1220, Anglican Cathedral, dress respectfully
• National Leprechaun Museum, Mon-Sat 9:30am – 4:30pm, Sun 10:30am-4:30pm, 10 Euro
• Malahide Castle, 260 acres (1.1 sq km), 9 miles (14 km) north of Dublin, 7 Euro, Bus 42 from city centre to Malahide, Northbound DART and suburban trains from Connolly, Tara or Pearse Street stations to Malahide, 15 minutes walk from train station to Castle

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