We arrived at the port of Dublin early morning. The cruise ship had to be navigated into a narrow passageway to the harbour, and then manoeuvred around by almost 180 degrees to berth it for its departure Tuesday night. Our excursion for the day took us to an estate and garden called Powerscourt in the southern outskirts of the city for the morning, and then we were brought back to downtown Dublin and left to our own devices to find a pub for lunch, take in the scenery and do some shopping. It was raining on and off, but we still managed a good amount of walking around between the rain showers. I was impressed with the mix of old and new buildings. The commercial property development on the north side of the river came to an abrupt halt with the 2008 financial crises, however. Several new buildings are sitting idle and waiting for tenants. We are sailing across the Celtic Sea to the United Kingdom for an arrival at Liverpool on Wednesday.