Shannon Princess barge cruising Ireland's River Shannon, past a castle & bright green trees on a sunny day.
Man sits in hot tub & 3 guests sit on upper sun deck furniture while Shannon Princess barge cruises Ireland's River Shannon.
Shannon Princess barge sundeck with woven couch with cushions & coffee table with vase of lavender flowers & magazine in the sun.
Common area with soft white & tan leather couches, wooden coffee tables, carpets, wooden ceiling, large view windows & 10-guest wooden dining table aboard Shannon Princess barge.
Suite aboard Shannon Princess barge with double bed, white-&-gold linens, large view window, 2 bedside tables & binoculars.
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Shannon Princess

year built
crew members
110 feet
20 feet
cruising speed
12 knots (max)

The charming 10-guest Shannon Princess barge features thoughtful, inviting spaces for ultimate relaxation while taking in the sights and sounds of the Irish countryside. Cruise the River Shannon and its picturesque intertwining lakes in comfort and style aboard a modern-made hotel barge that’s ready to reveal rolling green fields, ancient Celtic landmarks and an abundance of wildlife.

Shannon Princess Barge Review

AdventureSmith Explorations’ Shannon Princess review includes a detailed description of the small ship including deck plans and a photo gallery. Please read our Shannon Princess barge review below then contact our small ship cruise experts to compare the Shannon Princess canal boat in Ireland with other small cruise ships and yachts offering small ship cruises in Northern Europe.

Choose the Shannon Princess barge for a hospitable Irish atmosphere paired with cuisine evocative of the landscapes through which she drifts. Immerse in Ireland’s rich cultural heritage and traditions, with daily options to explore by bike and on foot, as well as excellent fishing opportunities. This canal boat in Ireland is also an excellent option for private charter cruises, with themes including cycling, golf, fishing, pony-trekking, antiques, crafts and even spa treatments, or customize your own itinerary.

Common Areas Aboard Shannon Princess

Shannon Princess barge’s light and airy saloon and dining area is wrapped in large picture windows that usher in the Irish countryside as the hotel barge rambles along. The well-stocked bar offers a wide range of wines, spirits, beers and soft drinks. The contemporary interior provides a feeling of respite among large sofas, armchairs and coffee tables. A door out to the lower sun deck invites indoor and outdoor lounging. The upper sun deck features a large outdoor patio that welcomes guests to observe Ireland’s rolling hills from the hot tub, chaise loungers, sofas, wicker chairs and dining table for al fresco meals.

Dining Aboard Shannon Princess

This canal boat in Ireland invites her 10 guests to dine alongside each other at a communal table, with open seating. A relaxed ambiance is livened by gourmet fare and wine pairings delivered daily by the Master Chef. Signature dishes feature both classic Irish provisions and international favorites prepared by a Ballmaloe School-trained culinarian. Most allergies, preferences and special diets such as vegetarian, vegan and no fish may be accommodated with advanced notice.

The daily continental-style breakfast offers options such as onboard-baked fresh breads and pastries, fruit, cereals, fruit juices, tea and coffee; or opt for a full cooked Irish breakfast. Lunch typically features colorful salads, pates and fish dishes, and the occasional outdoor picnic on the upper sun deck, all paired with chef-selected wines. Dinner is always a gastronomic adventure with a taste of regional cuisine by candlelight, complemented by fine wines and followed by a selection of regional cheeses, coffee and liqueurs.

Non-alcoholic beverages, coffee, tea and milk are included, as is a 24-hour bar with wines, spirits, beers and soft drinks. All house wines are provided with meals and guests may enjoy a champagne welcome on arrival.

Activities Aboard Shannon Princess

When docked, this Irish hotel barge meets its 12-guest minibus for transfers and excursions that aren’t within walking distance. Internet access is available at libraries and cyber cafes within the towns and villages visited during the cruise. The ship welcomes guests to remain on board during excursions as desired, or guests may choose to walk, ride a bike or fish both during excursions or while the Ireland barge cruises. Two bicycles are carried on board, and additional bikes can be provisioned with advanced notice. While the Princess Shannon barge does not carry fishing rods, a Gillie can be hired who will provide rods, the boat and all necessary equipment to take advantage of the outstanding fishing opportunities along the way.

On board, passengers may enjoy complimentary WiFi on their personal devices, subject to availability in remote locations. Passenger iPods may be connected to the stereo system, or CDs are available to enjoy. The upper sun deck’s 5-person hot tub provides moments of relaxation while the Ireland barge meanders along. Entertainment options also include a small library of books and maps to peruse, a collection of board games to play and binoculars for spotting birds. The open bridge encourages guests to chat with the captain and perhaps learn more about the vessel and Irish countryside through which she roams.

Cabins & Deck Plan Aboard Shannon Princess

The Shannon Princess barge’s five temperature-controlled cabins each offers a choice of two single beds or one double bed. Large opening panoramic windows enable unrestricted views from each above-waterline suite. Each suite includes a fully tiled ensuite bathroom with shower, sink, toilet, 110-volt shaving socket, extractor fan, body wash, hand soap, shampoo, shower cap, towels, bathrobes and hair dryer. Each suite also offers a safe to secure valuables, as well as a closet with ample storage space, bottled water and chocolates. The Shannon Princess barge is wired for 220 volts, with sockets which correspond to the standard UK three-pin plug.

Suite aboard Shannon Princess barge with 2 twin beds, beige linens, large view window, bedside table & binoculars.

Located mid-ship to mid-stern with large opening panoramic window. Two single beds or one double bed. Approximately 117 sq ft.

Deck plan of Shannon Princess barge, with 2 passenger decks including 4 cabins, dining table, saloon & sun deck with hot tub.
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