Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Dublin Dinner Cruise by Guinness Barge. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.
Excellent dinner cruise. It was so nice sitting on the top of the boat as we cruised down the canal. Excellent food.
Nice crew. Well looked after. The food was well presented and cooked. Very relaxing trip. Congratulations to the crew. Will recomend to others.
Intimate setting for couples food was good service excellent and the barge was in immaculate condition. The wife and I got our money's worth.
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!
overall a very pleasurable evening. A couple of niggles - said first drink included but it wasn't , you had to pay for it. Said there would be guide, stories and banter which there wasn't. Most of staff were foreign. Was looking forward to Irish stories etc. food fine but could have been hotter .
This was a good tour with delicious food. The ride was quite fascinating but no one really told us anything. We got to go through locks which was cool and the scenery of Dublin that we did see was nice.
I had great difficulty in finding the pier the first taxi I took left me at the wrong part of the canal , despite showing him the voucher which clearly states the name of the pier, my advice to anyone is to tell the driver that the pier is next to the Hilton hotel, The interior of the barge is impeccable and the food although sparse was of good quality, I felt that a bit of soft music and the occasional commentary would have added a bit more charisma to this trip as it felt very impersonal.
Great food, End of season and not well attended, so as a night-life activity it was somewhat dull. Different experience.
This cruise was very poor. Not only by the operator but also by Viator!
We received our confirmation and address where to meet the boat. We were also reminded to be there 1/2 hour early. We went to the address, we there 45 minutes early. The boat wasn't there. Finally after walking around, calling the local number, and asking for information from local businesses all while it was raining a young man showed up on a bicycle asking if we were looking for the boat tour. The boat was parked 1 mile down the canal. Apparently it changed its departure spot a month earlier.
As we slogged down to the boat the young man on the bike, asked us if we had received their e-mail telling us of the change. We had not. There had been no e-mail, or it went to Viator, who failed to pass it along. He also mentioned that this was a common occurrence.
The boat itself was nice enough, but since the cruise doesn't start until late and you are downstairs, you don't see anything. In addition rather than traveling down the canal and docking at a different spot, we ended up going down the canal through a lock and back to our original starting point???
I also have to ask the tour operators, What's up with the music? When we arrived there was a CD playing with music from Italian-American crooners. After that CD was done, it started playing Dean Martin songs. Then the Dean Martin CD repeated. And then it played again. Dean Martin is okay, but aren't we are in Ireland? Did you really think I wanted to hear Dean sing the same songs over and over and over again. NO!
The food was okay, but the whole experience was not worth the price. My advice go to a nice restaurant. Skip this tour.
Not at all what we expected, there wasn't a guide telling us anything, the music was very loud and jazz music not irish music, no scenery, we got stuck in a loch for 15 minutes because they weren't able to get it open. My tip save your money huge disappointment, we couldn't get off the boat fast enough.
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!