Belfast Cruises – Cruise to Belfast in Northern Ireland with P&O Cruises

P&O Cruises now offer a selection of cruises that include the city of Belfast in Northern Ireland as a Port-of-Call.

Belfast, capital of Northern Ireland, enjoys a wonderful setting of high hills, sea lough and river valley. Its name originated from the Gaelic ‘Beal Feirste’ meaning ‘mouth of the sandy fjord’. Founded in the 17th century, the city prospered becoming one of the world’s leading industrial names, and was home to Harland and Wolff – the shipbuilders who built the ill-fated Titanic.

Despite its more recent political troubles, Belfast has emerged as a vibrant, alluring destination. Amidst its beautiful Victorian buildings you can shop in stylish boutiques, sip a Guinness in one its charming old pubs or take a scenic stroll in Barnett Demesne park. The centrepiece is the City Hall, completed in 1906, with its domed roof and grand Italian marble staircase.

Other points of interest on the city include Belfast Cathedral, which has the largest Celtic Cross in Ireland plus Celtic themed mosaics and stained glass, Belfast Castle, sitting on the slopes of Cave Hill, and Belfast Zoo.

A full list of the P&O cruises that feature Belfast as a Port of Call can be found here:

Belfast Cruises from P&O Cruises

P&O Belfast Cruises also feature a fantastic selection of shore excursions. We’ve listed a few of the most popular excursions below. Please check the P&O Belfast Excursions page for a complete list of current excursions.

Belfast Panorama
This leisurely drive will introduce you to the industrial and elegant Titanic city of Belfast with its rich and varied past.

Embark on a journey around the main sights of Belfast including the Grand Opera House, the Albert Memorial, Queen’s University and the Botanic Gardens, as your friendly guide brings the local area to life.

In the grounds of the impressive renaissance style building of the Belfast City Hall, there’ll be a stop to see the marble Titanic Memorial, which was erected to commemorate the sinking of the RMS Titanic, the ill-fated Belfast built liner in 1912.

Travelling a short distance outside the bustling city, you will learn about Northern Ireland’s troubled past as you pass by Stormont, seat of the Northern Ireland Assembly, before reaching Cave Hill Country Park for views of Belfast Castle. The Castle is one of Belfast’s most outstanding and historically significant buildings. There are beautiful gardens and an adjoining country park. Don’t miss the splendid views of Belfast Lough and sight of the city below you.

Cave Hill has become ingrained into Belfast’s social history and culture, and into the very lives of its people. Indeed the Hill is one of the most celebrated landmarks of the city along with ‘Mac Art’s Fort’, a rock where United Irishmen planned the rebellion of 1795.

Leisurely Belfast and Crown Liquor Saloon
Visit the famous landmarks that are a part of the city’s colourful history followed by refreshments in the Crown Liquor Saloon.

Take a leisurely drive around Belfast’s well-known landmarks such as City Hall, Queen’s University, Ulster Museum, Botanic Gardens and the Albert Clock as your knowledgeable guide provides information about Belfast’s long and often turbulent history, including the great industrial triumphs and the civil unrest that has often tarnished its image.

See the political wall murals located on the Protestant Shankill Road and the Catholic Falls Road, which are a unique cultural experience. Look out for the former Crumlin Road Court House, Crumlin Jail and the Peace Line.

Experience the atmospheric setting of one of Belfast’s most famous pubs, the Crown Liquor Saloon, whilst enjoying refreshments of tea or coffee and delicious scones. Marvel at the period gas lighting, cosy snugs, and the ornate interior of brightly coloured tiles, carvings and glass that surround you. This beautiful building, owned by the National Trust, has been wonderfully preserved and is a Victorian homage to the art of drinking.

Belfast City Walking Tour
Experience the sights, sounds and atmosphere of Belfast whilst listening to its captivating history.

Stroll the charming streets of Belfast and immerse yourself in 300 fascinating years of history. Savour the architectural gems as you explore the city’s humble origins and follow the original 1660’s street layout. Starting at Queen’s Square, the oldest part of the city, you will see the Custom House and Albert Clock, before wandering down to the River Lagan. Here, you can glimpse the cranes of Harland and Wolff shipyard whilst listening to tales of the famous ill-fated Titanic that was constructed here. As you amble along the High Street your guide will explain the city’s historic origins whilst you pass Pottingers Entry, Ann Street, Cornmarket, Castle Lane, Castle Arcade and Donegall Place. Marvel at the City Hall, a symbol of Belfast’s Victorian greatness, where the Titanic Memorial is located in its grounds.

Belfast’s friendly pubs have been the cornerstones of the city’s social life for centuries. You’ll stop at one of these pubs where you’ll be able to soak up the local atmosphere whilst enjoying refreshments of tea, coffee and scones.

On the return drive, you will pass the renowned Catholic Falls Road and Protestant Shankill Road. A photo stop will be made at the murals which tell the story of Belfast’s troubled past.

A Visit to Giant’s Causeway
Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland’s most famous landmark.

Travel inland through Ballymena and Bushmills to the dramatic North Antrim Coast, home to the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Giant’s Causeway.

The unique rock formations of the Causeway have, for millions of years, stood as a natural rampart against the unbridled ferocity of the Atlantic storms and the rugged symmetry of the columns never fail to intrigue and inspire. Be amazed as you scan the mysterious stones and look for the structures which resemble objects such as the Organ, Giant’s Boot, Camel’s Hump and Chimney Stacks.

Following your memorable visit to this top visitor attraction, a photo stop will be made at the magnificent cliff-top Dunluce Castle and if there is time a brief stop will be given to take photos of the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge that spans a chasm of 80 feet deep.

The Titanic Trail
Immerse yourself in the history of the legendary Titanic whilst exploring her birthplace and surrounding areas.

Follow in the footsteps of Titanic’s builders on this tour of Queen’s Island, where Titanic was designed, built and launched.

During this guided tour you will have special access to some historic buildings and places including: Titanic Quarter; the former Headquarters of Harland and Wolff; Titanic’s Drawing Offices; Titanic’s Slipways and Titanic’s Dock and Pump-House.

The structures of Titanic’s Dock and Pump-House were integral parts of her creation and are still largely intact. Gain an in-depth understanding of the dock, the people who worked here and discover how such amazing ships were built in a city with no steel.

Step back in time to the sights, sounds and smells of the steam-powered pumps and hear the apprentice’s story of his first week at work as you view an interactive audio-visual display. Trace along the full length of the dock to truly capture the size and scale of the Titanic, and where the caisson gate – over 100 years old – still stands today in perfect condition.

Refreshments will be served in the new Pump House Café and Visitor Centre where you can relax admidst the history of Titanic.

Picturesque Coast and Scenic Glens
Discover Northern Irelands’ finest scenery ranging from the magical beauty of the Glens to its dramatic, rugged coastline.

Glenariff Forest Park is situated amid the world famous Glens of Antrim, an area to which visitors have been coming for over a century. Glenariff, the Queen of the Glens, is considered by many people to be the most beautiful of the 9 Antrim Glens.

The Park, now including the former Parkmore Forest, covers an area of 2928 acres of which 2224 acres has been planted with trees. The remainder consists of several small lakes, recreation areas and open space left for landscape and conservation reasons. Bisecting the Park are 2 small but beautiful rivers; the Inver and the Glenariff, containing spectacular waterfalls, tranquil pools and stretches of fast flowing water tumbling through rocky steep-sided gorges.

Enjoy some free time to explore the Park independently before proceeding to the famous Glenariff Tea House for refreshments of tea or coffee and delicious homemade scones.

As you return via the coastal road, you will be constantly delighted as dramatic headland and scenic bays come into view. On a clear day, you may even be able to enjoy uninterrupted views of Scotland’s Mull of Kintyre.

Belfast by Duck
Enjoy an entertaining journey on an amphibious ‘Duck’ to see the surrounding sights of Belfast by land and river.

Board your amphibious vehicle for a drive through the streets of Belfast. Belfast is a city of industry and elegance and boasts a rich and varied past. Its origins go back to an ancient fort controlling the ford across the River Lagan, which flows through the city. The city tour will introduce you to the many varied features of Northern Ireland’s largest city. Built with 19th century industrial money, many fine buildings from this era still grace the city and are reminders of its prosperous past.

Enjoy commentary on such sights as the Grand Opera House and the Albert Memorial before passing Queen’s University. You’ll drive past the impressive renaissance style Belfast City Hall with its 300 foot long façade of Portland stone, which dominates Donegal Square.

Enter the River Lagan up stream to view Belfast from a uniquely different perspective. After splashing into the river, your ‘Duck‘ will sail downstream, allowing you to view the remarkable regeneration and renaissance the river area has seen since The Good Friday Peace Agreement of 1998. The original Belfast Gasworks is visible, alongside the Scirocco site where air conditioning was invented. The modern Waterfront Hall, and its copper dome is a world class conference and concert venue. It sits on the river beside the fabulous new statues and modern art work. Wild salmon and trout jumping out of the water alongside herons and gulls can all be seen any day throughout all times of the year.

You will find the full and current list of P&O Belfast Shore Excursions at

Belfast Shore Excursions from P&O Cruises

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All P&O Cruises to Belfast are fully bookable online at P&O Cruises.

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