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Excellent dinner cruise. It was so nice sitting on the top of the boat as we cruised down the canal. Excellent food.
We booked this tour about three weeks before traveling to Dublin. We took a cab from our hotel on O'Connell Street, about 2.5 miles from the departure point. The cabbie had a hard time finding the spot, so remember to tell yours that the landing is directly across from the Hilton Dublin. When we got there 30 minutes early as the guide requested, the boat had not yet arrived. There is no signage to tell you this is the place so just wait there and be patient. They showed up at about 7:55 for the 8:15 departure so no big deal. There were only three couples that night so we had the crew to ourselves. The guide said:"Before setting off, your crew will entertain you with funny anecdotes, trivia and history about the city and, of course, the famous Guinness drink", but that was not the case. Probably due to the light crew with so few guests. The crew were very friendly and the meal was wonderful. I had the Salmon Tartar, Atlantic Fish Pie, and Apple Tart. The fish pie was average, a bit bland, but the tartar and tart were excellent!
The guide encourages you to: "Enjoy a pre-dinner drink from the onboard bar...". I felt this implied it was part of the meal cost but this turned out not to be true. Alcoholic drinks are a separate charge and you must settle up before leaving the boat.
The cruise itself was perfect. We saw the city a whole new way and enjoyed watching the pilot get us through the locks along the canal. We finished at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, a beautiful building to see at night. A recommend this experience highly!
Great food, End of season and not well attended, so as a night-life activity it was somewhat dull. Different experience.
The food was good and the people were nice and service minded.
There was some serious problems with the boat and the concept:
- Exhaust from the engine came in to the dining area, and the boat smelled from oil and gasoline.
- The saloon had no heating, so it got a bit cold ......
- From the saloon you only se the grass on the channel bank.
- The crew had difficulties handling the boat and the first thing that happened was that the boat was stuck across the canal. When they managed to get loose they bumped into the sluice gates several times during the ride down the canal.
Both my wife and me have a positive attitude, we are interested in boats and found the hole thing quite entertaining.
What to do to improve the concept:
- lead the exhaust out under water, or go electric
- turn the boat around, it's much easier to handle the boat going forward than backward like we did
- Place some bumpers in the ends and around the boat
- Place more of the cruise in open water where people can see the surroundings. Walking home from the cruise we saw a lot of spectacular lightened buildings by the river Liffey .............
The staff was nice, so we wish them all the best with their project!