Vessel Tours


RV Celtic Explorer - Marine Institute

10am - 1pm
2pm - 6pm

Tour the Marine Institute’s marine research vessel the RV Celtic Explorer and speak to scientists about the research that is undertaken on board and see some marine species found in Irish waters. The vessel is used for fisheries research, oceanographic, hydrographic and geological investigations and seabed mapping.

Visit the Marine Institute website here

The Phoenix - Tall Ship

The Phoenix

*All Day

One of the world's most famous tall ships, The Phoenix, will be at SeaFest from 7 - 9 June. The 112 foot long twin masted Brigantine which carries 4,000 square feet of sail, has featured in various films, such as the Ridley Scott film “1492: Conquest of Paradise”. 

Built in Frederikshavn, Denmark in 1929, she began her working life as an evangelical Mission Schooner. Twenty years later she retired from missionary work and carried cargo until her engine room was damaged by fire. The Phoenix was purchased by Square Sail in 1987, who performed a first-aid over-haul and allowed her to return to the seas. 

Visit the Square Sail website here. 

MFV - Alannah Riley - BIM 


*All Day

Drop by the BIM Clean Oceans Experience at SeaFest and meet the crew of the MFV Alannah Riley, a 28m white fish vessel that usually works out of the fishing port of Castletownbere.

Visit the BIM website here

LÉ George Bernard Shaw - Defence Forces


2pm - 6pm 

Join the Defence Forces and meet the crew and take a tour of the impressive LE George Bernard Shaw! 

Visit the Defence Forces website here

*Please note, times are dependent on access and tidal conditions