Luisa, my trip in July of 2011 was the first, or almost the first, that included Waterford. We were originally supposed to have an overnight stop in Wexford and that would have got us to Dublin even later. In fact, we would have stopped at Trinity College and seen the Book of Kells on the way to our hotel and left the next morning. That was why I had chosen to take the post-trip extension.
I agree about Waterford. I've seen exhibitions of glass-blowing many times before. I don't particularly care for that glass, although I have two bedside lamps from Waterford. But as an example of "art" glass, it leaves me cold. And I thought that the hotel was at the bottom of the list as far as the hotels we stayed at on that trip. But perhaps the travel planners felt that people would feel short-changed if they didn't get to Waterford now that the showrooms had re-opened.