About Belfast

Belfast 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 was one of the world's leading industrial names, home to Harland and Wolff - the shipbuilders who built the ill-fated Titanic.


Despite its more recent political troubles, Belfast is today an alluring destination. Amidst its majestic Victorian buildings, shop in stylish boutiques, sip a Guinness, or take a scenic stroll in Barnett Demesne park. The city's centrepiece is the City Hall, completed in 1906, with its domed roof and grand Italian marble staircase. 


Must-sees include the Crown Bar. Owned by the National Trust, it's still a vibrant drinking venue, with an amazingly rich and ornate interior of brightly coloured tiles, carvings, stained and etched glass, period gas lighting and cosy snugs.


Shore excursions in Belfast

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

The Giant's Causeway

Activity medium

Duration: 6 hours

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. Explore the causeway at your own leisure and discover the history via the Visitor Centre audio guide handsets.

During your tour, enjoy brief photo stops at the magnificent cliff-top Dunluce Castle, and at a viewpoint that overlooks the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge.

If time permits, a short panoramic city drive of Belfast will be made, before returning to the pier.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. In the interests of conservation, the Giant's Causeway restricts the number of daily visitors and capacity is restricted. It is important to note that once this tour is sold out, additional space cannot be obtained. To make the most of your time at the Causeway, you are encouraged to use the complimentary shuttle bus service which runs from the coach park directly to the Causeway. The journey time is 5 minutes. Due to the location of the Giant's Causeway it can feel windy and slightly cooler so it is advisable to take a jumper or light jacket. The city-drive will only be undertaken if time permits and cannot be guaranteed.

Belfast Highlights and Titanic Experience

Activity medium

Duration: 4 hours

Combine the main sights of Belfast with a visit to the innovative Titanic Belfast for a fascinating and interactive Titanic Experience.

A leisurely drive around Belfast’s main sights will introduce you to the many varied features of Northern Ireland’s largest city including the Grand Opera House, Albert Memorial, Queen’s University, Botanical Gardens and many of its other fine buildings. Your knowledgeable guide will explain all about Belfast’s rich and varied history as you pass the majestic renaissance style Belfast City Hall which houses the Titanic Memorial in its grounds. A photo stop will be made at the political wall murals at the Protestant Shankill Road and the Catholic Falls Road, which are a poignant reminder of Belfast’s turbulent past.

The main highlight is a visit to the new state-of-the-art Titanic Belfast, which is housed in an iconic, hull shaped building adjacent to the site where the Titanic was constructed. This fascinating Titanic Experience, created to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the tragic liner, uses special effects, full-scale reconstructions and innovative interactive features to explore the Titanic story in a fresh and insightful way.

You’ll have around 2 hours to explore the 9 large galleries on a self-guided audio tour and to discover the story of the Titanic. You’ll hear stories of the passengers, crew and the heroes of the day before reliving the drama of Titanic’s tragic end. Finally, in the unique Ocean Exploration Centre, you’ll be able to see the wreck at her resting place on the floor of the North Atlantic Sea. If time permits, you can also view the slipways where the Titanic was launched, relax in one of the restaurants or browse the extensive gift shop before returning to the port.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The visit to Titanic Belfast is a self guided audio tour. There are lifts to all of the 6 floors and guests will have around 2 hours in total at the attraction.