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The Perfect Summer Family Day Out with Dublin Bay Cruises

Summer is here, and with it comes (hopefully) warm days, clear skies, and the perfect opportunity for a family adventure. For those looking to explore the beauty of Dublin’s coastline and experience a unique family day out, Dublin Bay Cruises offers the ideal solution. Let us take you through what makes a cruise on Dublin Bay the perfect summer family day out.

Setting Sail: The Start of Your Adventure

Your journey begins as you board our comfortable and spacious vessel at one of our 3 departure points. Whether you’re embarking from Howth, Dun Laoghaire, or Dublin City Centre, the excitement is real amongst passengers, from the youngest explorers to the most seasoned of seafarers!

Scenic Views and Fresh Sea Air

Once aboard, the stunning views of Dublin’s coastline are immediate and breathtaking. Children and adults alike will be mesmerised by the panoramic views of the iconic landmarks, such as the Poolbeg Lighthouse, Howth Cliffs, and the historic Dun Laoghaire Harbour.

Wildlife Spotting: A Delight for All Ages

One of the highlights of a Dublin Bay Cruise is the chance to spot local wildlife. The Irish Sea is home to a variety of marine creatures, and if you’re lucky, you might catch a school of playful dolphins, graceful seals, or even the occasional porpoise. For the bird enthusiasts, the cliffs and islands along the coast are teeming with seabirds, making it a perfect spot for birdwatching.

Educational and Entertaining

A Dublin Bay Cruise isn’t just about stunning views and wildlife; it’s also a rich educational experience. Our knowledgeable crew provides fascinating commentary throughout the journey, sharing insights into the history, geography, and ecology of the bay. Kids will be captivated by stories and the vibrant history of Dublin’s maritime past, making learning fun and engaging.

Relaxation and Refreshments

For parents looking to unwind, the cruise offers a relaxing break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Sit back and enjoy a cup of coffee from the onboard cafe/bar while soaking up the sun on the deck.

Creating Lasting Memories

A cruise on Dublin Bay is more than just a trip; it’s a memory-making experience. The shared adventure brings families closer together, providing a backdrop for laughter, conversation, and bonding. Be sure to bring your camera to capture the moments – from the awe on your children’s faces as they see a dolphin for the first time to the beautiful family portraits against the backdrop of the Dublin coastline.

Practical Tips for Your Cruise

-Our most family friendly trips: For families with children, we recommend either our 9.30am Dun Laoghaire to City sailing, our 11am City to Dun Laoghaire sailing or our 3.30pm Dun Laoghaire to Dalkey Island roundtrip (children travel for just €10 on these trips, and under 3s are free!). If you are taking a one way trip with us why not extend the adventure and take the DART back to your starting point!

-Book in advance: Our trips tend to sell out days, sometimes weeks in advance especially in the summer. To avoid disappointment, book your tickets as early as possible.

-Dress comfortably: Even on warm days, it can get breezy on the water. Bring a light jacket and wear comfortable shoes.

-Pack snacks: While there are refreshments available on board, having a few of your kids’ favourite snacks can be handy.

-Stay sun safe: Don’t forget sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses to protect against the sun’s rays.


A summer day out with Dublin Bay Cruises is the perfect way to explore the beauty and history of Dublin’s coastline. It offers something for everyone – adventure, relaxation, education, and above all, a chance to create wonderful family memories. So, gather your loved ones, hit the ‘Book Now’ button above and let Dublin Bay Cruises provide the perfect family day out this summer!


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