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About Belfast

There was a time when the name Belfast raised an immediate red flag to visitors, but these days, the town's highly publicized political unrest has greatly subsided. Curiosity-seekers can still find elaborate murals and other relics from turbulent times lingering in certain neighborhoods, but for the most part, Belfast is now safer than many other European capitals, and its new image is one of both progress and hospitality.

If you've been to Dublin, the differences between that city and Belfast may seem striking. Belfast, of course, is part of Northern Ireland, which itself is part of the United Kingdom; the Republic of Ireland is part of... just the Republic of Ireland.

So British influence seems to have coated Belfast with a more polished veneer and a Victorian elegance that's evident in the town's shops, restaurants and even its pubs. The omnipresent Irish charm still exists, but Belfast also projects a cosmopolitan flair that's rarely seen elsewhere on the Emerald Isle. The glittering row of boutiques lining the Golden Mile, Belfast's premier shopping district, is more reminiscent of Paris or Milan, while a new wave of trendy restaurants now offers visitors haute cuisine in addition to local favorites. The city has come a long way since the days of security checkpoints and armored patrols, and Belfast now appears poised to shed its unfortunate past and take its place among Europe's new hot spots.

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Norwegian Dawn
Norwegian Dawn

10 Night
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2,839 Reviews
Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Sep 15, 2022
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Norwegian Getaway
Norwegian Getaway

13 Night
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Leaving:New York
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Apr 16, 2023
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Anthem of the Seas
Anthem of the Seas

5 Night
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Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
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Norwegian Star
Norwegian Star

12 Night
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Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Sep 4, 2022
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10 Night
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Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Oct 5, 2021
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7 Night
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Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Sep 28, 2021
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10 Night
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Leaving:Dublin
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
Jul 3, 2022
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10 Night
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784 Reviews
Leaving:Dublin
Cruise Line:Azamara
Aug 29, 2023
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7 Night
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Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
Oct 2, 2021
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12 Night
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Leaving:Dover
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
Jul 10, 2022
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6 Night
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Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
Oct 9, 2021
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12 Night
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Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Jul 20, 2022
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Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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12 Night
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Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Aug 13, 2022
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Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Sep 24, 2023
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12 Night
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19 Reviews
Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
May 14, 2022
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10 Night
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Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Oct 5, 2022
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10 Night
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Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Sep 29, 2023
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12 Night
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Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
Aug 7, 2022
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14 Night
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Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:P&O Cruises
Jul 5, 2022
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50 Night
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Leaving:Brisbane
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Jun 6, 2023
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12 Night
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Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
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10 Night
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Leaving:Dublin
Cruise Line:Azamara
Aug 20, 2022
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14 Night
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Leaving:New York
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Apr 24, 2022
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Why go to Belfast?

Pros:

Belfast has a cosmopolitan flair that most other places in Ireland lack

Cons:

The city's unsavory past has given it a stigma that it's still overcoming

Bottom Line:

Victorian elegance mixes with Irish charm in this city

Belfast Cruise Port Facilities?

Unfortunately, the amenities at the port itself are scarce, and there's very little of interest within walking distance. Visitors are better off taking one of the free shuttles that run between the harbor and the city center every 15 minutes.

Good to Know?

As you would in any city, keep unnecessary valuables onboard in your cabin's safe.

Getting Around?

On Foot: Belfast is one of those small, intimate cities that caters to pedestrians, so walking here is a pleasure. Many attractions are within a short stroll of each other and there are plenty of pubs for those who need to stop along the way and refortify themselves.

By Bus:> Belfast's Metro bus system is quick, easy and fairly inexpensive. You can purchase one-way trips or all-day passes.

By Taxi: Cabs in Belfast are plentiful but expensive. Look for the classic black London-style taxis, and avoid the non-official varieties that may not have a meter and can sometimes charge outrageous fares.

By Rental Car: Avis, Budget and a host of other rental car companies have offices in Belfast. Trying to drive and park in the downtown area can be quite a chore, though, so it's better to rent a car only if you're planning to explore the surrounding countryside.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

Belfast, like the rest of Northern Ireland, uses the British pound. Many large stores will accept euros as well, although a service charge may apply.

Most banks are open Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and a few are open on Saturday mornings. ATM machines are commonplace, and you'll find one on practically every corner. Currency exchange booths are plentiful, too. You'll find one located inside the Belfast Welcome Centre on Donegall Place.

For up-to-the-minute conversion rates, be sure to check www.xe.com.

Language?

The language spoken is English. Unlike in the Republic of Ireland, you'll rarely find Gaelic signage in the north.

Where You're Docked?

You'll dock at the Port of Belfast, roughly two miles northeast of the city center.


Belfast Cruise Reviews
Excellent Belfast City Tour well worth it... Read More
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NightWoman
The coach tour started very well. We saw most of the attractions and were able to get out to see the outside of Belfast City Hall and Stormount Castle. Then our coach broke down and we had to wait over 40 minutes... Read More
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olivanova
Tours had to be through the ship Very good City Tour - the guide (think her name was Janice) was excellent accredited City Guide. Gave a very well balanced view of both political sides of Belfast, its history and... Read More
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uktog
Lovely to be in Belfast, such a friendly, atmospheric, fascinating and in parts beautiful destination. So we didn't mind the extra time there, though the chaos and non-communication arising from this was less... Read More
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