Irish Hotel Barge Shannon Princess - Barging in Ireland -

Barge Cruising the Lower Shannon River, Ireland - Between Glasson and Killaloe

Facts About the Barge Shannon Princess

Discover Ireland aboard the family-run, 10-passenger Irish Hotel Barge Shannon Princess. It's the perfect way to explore what the Shannon River and her loughs have to offer.

Irish Hotel Barge Shannon Princess - Cruising Ireland

115 ft long, 20 ft wide (35m x 6m)
10 Passengers
5 Crew
5 Guest cabins
Air conditioning and central heating
Panoramic windows
Upper sundeck and front viewing deck
Air conditioned minibus

Barge Specifics

Your Crew On Board

Accommodation On Board

Maximum 10 passengers in 5 cabins which can all be configured with either 2 single beds or a double bed.

All cabins have a closet with ample storage space, private bathroom, central heating, bottled water, and chocolates.

The cabins are all well above the waterline with large opening panoramic windows 6ft 5” x 1ft 6” (2m x 0.5m), allowing unrestricted views.

Cabin Sizes

All cabins are similar in size 9ft 10” x 12ft 9” (3m x 4m) and are equally comfortable. The cabin height is 6ft 9” (2.1m).

All measurements are approximate and include the bathroom.

Size of the beds:


Climate Control

Each suite has individually controlled heating and air conditioning.

Computer and Telephone

Wi-Fi is available on board for guests to connect to the internet who bring their own laptop or phone. This is subject to availability in some remote locations.

Guests can also gain access to the internet at libraries and cyber cafes whilst visiting towns and villages during the cruise.

There are no passenger phones on board Shannon Princess.


The local currency in Ireland is the Euro. Shannon Princess is unable to accept credit or debit cards on board.

Cycling & Walking

You are welcome to walk or cycle using the on board bicycles as often as you wish. There are 2 bicycles kept on board and additional bikes can be hired on request at no extra charge. Please inform Paradise Connections at least 8 weeks in advance should you require these.

Once on-board, the Captain will be happy to discuss daily opportunities for walking or cycling and places of interest nearby to visit.

Dining Room & Saloon

The light and airy Saloon is 20ft (6m) x 35ft (10.6m) and the height is 6ft 9” (2.1m).

The modern interior is carpeted throughout and there are 2 large sofas, 3 armchairs and 2 coffee tables. The dining table seats all 10 passengers at a single sitting and there is a fully stocked bar.

Large picture windows run along 3 sides of the Saloon which is on the same level as the cabins.

There are 11 steps from the Saloon to the Upper Deck with a handrail.


Shannon Princess is wired for 220 volts / 50 hertz with a 110 volt socket in each bathroom for shaving. We suggest you bring an adapter for your particular appliances, which should correspond to the standard UK 3-pin plug.

If you wish to use your electrical appliance on board, please ask one of the crew when you arrive on board to ensure that it is suitable to the barge’s electrical system

We cannot be held responsible for unforeseen voltage fluctuations which sometimes occur when swapping from one voltage system to another.


The Shannon Princess has an air-conditioned 12 passenger minibus which is used for transfers and for several excursions during the cruise. Some excursions are within walking distance from the boat mooring.

For charter bookings, the itinerary can be adapted to suit your group’s particular needs. If a destination or excursion is within a reasonable distance of the barge, we will do everything we can to arrange it. Please speak with Paradise Connections n advance of your cruise and we can pre-arrange with the Captain.

The barge does not carry fishing rods. For those wanting to fish, a Gillie can be hired who will provide rods, the boat and all necessary equipment. The cost is 100 Euros for an afternoon for two people.

Any guests not wishing to participate in an excursion are welcome to remain on-board.

Facilities On Board

Food & Drink

All meals on board are freshly prepared by your chef and most meals are a set-menu (there is no choice available). International and local cuisine is served.

We are able to arrange special meals, e.g. vegetarian / no fish / vegan etc; and we are able to cater for any preferences or allergies. However, it is most important that we are notified of any specific requirements at least 8 weeks prior to your departure date. Failure to notify Paradise Connections in advance of your cruise may result in disappointment on board.

There is no assigned seating for meals and the dining table on Shannon Princess seats all guests at a single sitting.

Breakfast is Continental-style with fresh breads and pastries baked on board along with fruit and cereals. A full cooked Irish breakfast is also offered.

Lunch is usually a selection of colourful salads, pates and fish dishes. Lunches are buffet or waiter service, occasionally a picnic out is arranged (weather permitting). Lunch is accompanied by quality wines selected by the chef.

Dinner: Always a gastronomic adventure created by your talented chef. A taste of regional cuisine by candlelight, complemented by fine wines, followed by a selection of regional cheeses, coffee and liqueurs.

Captain’s farewell dinner: is held on the last night of the cruise. Guests may choose to dress slightly more formal.

Drinks included in the cruise price: Non-alcoholic beverages and regular or decaffeinated tea and coffee, whole or low fat milk, are offered with all meals. The well-stocked bar is open 24 hours, which includes wines, spirits, beers & soft drinks. All wines are provided with meals and there is a Champagne welcome on arrival.

Drinks not included in the cruise price: Champagne (with the exception of the reception) and special vintage wines, however these can be purchased in advance of your cruise at cost price – please speak to Paradise Connections. We do not recommend specific beverage orders unless you are chartering the whole barge.

Hot Air Balooning

The region Shannon Princess cruises in is not suitable for hot air ballooning.


We recommend you bring sufficient clean clothing for your cruise as there are no laundry facilities on board. However, the crew may be able to assist in an emergency on request.

Luggage / What To Pack

Space is limited on board and on the transfer vehicle, so please try and fit everything for your cruise into 1 suitcase per person. Soft bags are preferable as they are easier to store after unpacking.

Practical comfort and casual clothing is the norm aboard Shannon Princess and for most excursions. The dress code for dinner is relaxed and informal. For the Farewell Dinner on the final evening, guests often dress-up, which is optional.

The weather in Ireland can be changeable and we recommend you prepare for varied weather conditions particularly in early April / October.

Suggested things to pack:


Please let us know in advance of your cruise if you require frequent or ongoing medical attention.

The crew are unable to administer medicines but can accompany you to a chemist for you to purchase any necessary medicines. Due to your cruise often being in a rural location, we recommend you bring all necessary medication with you.

Doctors are usually not far away for an urgent consultation and the Emergency Services can be called if required.

Problem During Your Cruise

If you have a problem during your cruise, please give us the immediate opportunity to make things right. Please bring any concern to the private attention of your Captain who will often be able to solve any issue immediately.

Restricted Mobility

The interior of Shannon Princess is all on one level with no steps between the Saloon and the Cabins.

There are 11 steps between the Saloon and the Upper deck with a handrail. There is a smaller Sundeck without any steps.

Most of our daily excursions are on level-ground with no steps to climb and the minibus transfers you to the sites so there is minimal walking. The only excursion that may be slightly difficult is to Cragganown as this has a challenging walk for those who are less mobile and there are some steps involved.

We can arrange the hire of a wheelchair for the week for approximately 100 Euros. If you would like us to hire a wheelchair so that it is available on your arrival, please contact Paradise Connections at least 8 weeks prior to departure. The charge should be paid directly to the barge captain on arrival.

Safety & Security

Once you are on board, your Captain will talk you through the Cruise Safety Procedures. Safety Instructions are detailed below.

Please note that we cannot be responsible for any valuables that you bring on board. We strongly recommend that you do not bring valuables with you unless required and that you ensure that all valuables are covered by your travel insurance.

Safes are provided in each cabin on board Shannon Princess in the bottom of the closet. Cabin doors are not usually locked, for safety reasons.


Shannon Princess has a strict non-smoking policy for safety reasons and for the comfort of your fellow passengers.


There is a very large sundeck measuring 1,800ft² (167m²) on the upper deck. There are 2 inviting seating areas with outdoor sofas and comfy chairs along with reclining chairs and parasols for shade. There is also a hot tub.

From the sun deck there are 11 steps down to the saloon and cabins on the lower deck.

Themed Cruises

Shannon Princess offers ad-hoc golf whilst cruising. Your Captain will be pleased to discuss this on-board and is able to reserve tee times, equipment hire, and transportation to and from the golf clubs. Any charges for golf will need to be paid locally to the relevant club and taxi company

However, if you would like to book your golf in advance, please contact our Paradise Connections at least 3 weeks prior to your departure.

Guests who wish to play golf may need to present official handicap cards and/or letters of introduction from local golf clubs at home.

Shannon Princess offers a variety of cruises available for charter groups which include cycling, golf, fishing, pony-trekking, walking, antiques, crafts and spa-treatments. Special interest cruises often have a supplement, for details please visit Shannon Princess's Itinerary page and Rates page.


Gratuities are not included in the cruise fare. Tipping is entirely discretionary but is greatly appreciated by the crew if you are fully satisfied with the level of service on board. As a guideline, the average tip given by our guests from around the world is approximately 5% of the Cruise Fare.

The usual way to give the tip is to give the amount in cash as one lump sum to the Captain / Cruise Director on the last day of the cruise. They will distribute the amount equally amongst the crew.

Euros or Dollars are equally appreciated. ATMs are accessible for cash withdrawal on most itineraries during the cruise and the crew can advise where these are located.


For details of the Shannon Princess vehicle, please see “Excursions,” above. The approximate transfer duration between Dublin and Shannon Princess is 2 / 2.5 hours depending on the cruise direction.


Tap water in Ireland and on-board Shannon Princess is potable and bottled water is also available.

Safety Instructions On Board Shannon Princess

On arrival the Captain will talk you through the Cruise Safety Procedures on board.In addition, it is important that all passengers are familiar with the safety instructions detailed below.

Please ask a member of the crew on board if you require any further safety advice

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