Planning Your Trip

Things you should know before you set sail

We have a range of different cruises to suit all interests

Planning a trip with Cork Harbour Cruises

Cork Harbour is steeped in history and natural beauty and Cork Harbour Cruises offers you a unique opportunity to see it up close on the water. Cork Harbour Cruises has a range of different cruises to suit all interests – from historical guided tours of Spike Island and cruises around Cork Harbour to twilight trips that allow the wind and tides to guide our route.

We sail from both Cork City and Crosshaven and one of our most popular trips – Around The Islands — sets off from Crosshaven and takes in all the wonderful sites of Cork Harbour.

What you get

What’s On Board

Cork Harbour Cruises can comfortably accommodate up to 100 passengers on our distinctive bright-orange Cailín Óir ferry which boasts 360 degree views from the top deck, heated indoor seating and further outdoor seating on the lower deck. Once on board, there are viewing decks with plenty of space to move around and catch the spectacular views of this unique harbour and its surrounding islands.

If you prefer to remain indoors, our spacious windows mean you can still enjoy the great views from the comfort of our interior seating area while enjoying a snack from our tuck shop and a hot drink from our coffee dock.

Some things that you should know before you set sail

Planning a trip with Cork Harbour Cruises

If you are planning a trip with Cork Harbour Cruises, here are some things that you should know before you set sail.

  • In the unusual event that your sailing has to be cancelled due to weather, you will be offered another sailing or your money back. We will update you on any changes but the XCWeather app is a good one to keep an eye on.
  • All our ferries are wheelchair and buggy accessible.
  • Only service dogs are allowed on board.
  • Toilets are available on all ferries.
  • We have a tuck shop and coffee dock on board. Alcohol is served on evening cruises only. Please note, wi-fi reception when on the water can be patchy so cash is preferred on board.
  • We board 15 minutes before departure for all our cruises.
  • There is no parking on the piers so please allow adequate time for parking, especially during busy holiday seasons.
  • Some suggestions for parking include City Hall car park or the overflow car park at Kent Station. You can pre-book parking at the station online. Please note there is free parking in Crosshaven village but it gets busy at weekends.
  • Life jackets are stored on board for each passengers but are only to be worn in case of an emergency.
  • There is no need to print your tickets; a booking reference number on your phone or tablet is all that is required.
  • Do bring! Several light layers to be ready for Ireland’s famous changeable weather. Pack a rain jacket, sun glasses and camera all year around; add a blanket for your legs in cold months and sun cream in the summer.

Don’t bring! An umbrella. You’ll take off like Mary Poppins once we hit Lough Mahon.

What not to wear on the boat 🙂

Photo Gallery

Photos of cruises with Cork Harbour Cruises