Come sailing with us to the charming Irish town of Cobh, from which you can easily reach cosmopolitan Cork. Often referred to as Ireland’s “second city”, this south-western destination is home to a thriving waterfront neighbourhood, hip and happening coffee shops and bustling markets filled with local produce. The most famous is the English Market, which dates back to 1788. The building itself is impressive enough – think gleaming marble details and vaulted ceilings – and then there’s the vendors selling everything from artisanal cheese to modern street food. Grab something to take with you on your explorations of Cork. Walk by iconic architecture, including the Cork City Gaol and St Fin Barre’s Cathedral. On Cork cruises, it’s always best to expect the unexpected. Take, for example, the Cork Butter Museum, where you can discover more about the city’s long history of butter-making, or Blackrock Castle, which now houses a science centre and inflatable planetarium. If you’re feeling energetic, embark on a guided kayak tour around Cork’s network of waterways or take a hike to Blarney Castle, which is home to the fabled Blarney Stone. If you kiss this medieval limestone relic, it is said to give you the gift of the gab.