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CRUISE HOLIDAYS UK

Call Sarah Ebden on: (0800) 377-7183, or e-mail: sebden@cruiseholidaysuk.co.uk

DESTINATIONS

 

Africa

 

Alaska

 

Asia

 

Bahamas

 

Bermuda

 

Canada / New England

 

Caribbean

 

Hawaii

 

Mediterranean

 

Mexican Riviera

 

Northern Europe

      Amsterdam, Holland

 
      
Belfast, Northern Ireland

 
      
Berlin (Warnemunde),

      Germany

 
      
Brussels (Zeebrugge),

      Belgium

 
      
Copenhagen, Denmark

 
      
Cork, Ireland

 
      
Dublin, Ireland

 
      
Edinburgh, Scotland

 
      
Gdansk (Gdynia), Poland

 
      
Helsinki, Finland

 
      
London, England

 
      
Oslo, Norway

 
      
Paris (Le Havre), France

 
      
Riga, Latvia

 
      
St. Petersburg, Russia

 
      
Tallinn, Estonia

 
      
Stockholm, Sweden

 

Panama Canal

 

South America

 

South Pacific

 

Low-slung, gray, and solid, Ireland's premier city can look surprisingly dark and gloomy at first glance. Its appearance -- the result of its 19th-century architecture of Irish stone and granite -- is deceptive. The town itself is anything but gloomy, and it's not the stodgy, old-fashioned city of the late 20th century. Behind all those sturdy columns and beneath all that gray is the real, modern, Euro-Dublin -- an affluent place filled with trendy coffee shops, organic juice bars, five-star restaurants, and designer boutiques.

 

Gone are the days when many visitors to Ireland chose to skip Dublin altogether. Nowadays, a weekend in Dublin is one of the hottest city breaks in Europe, as people pile into its old pubs and modern bars, shop in its thriving markets and malls, and relax in its trendy cafes. Because of all of this, Dublin's population has swollen to 1.5 million; more than a third of the Irish population lives in this city, which, while good news for the economy, has residual side effects of overcrowding, high property prices, and gridlocked traffic. It has also helped make Dublin one of the world's most youthful cities, with an estimated 50% of the population under 25 years old.