Belgium Cruises

Ghent Picturesque medieval buildings overlooking the Graslei harbor on Leie River,  Ghent Town, Belgium
Ghent Picturesque medieval buildings overlooking the Graslei harbor on Leie River,  Ghent Town, Belgium
Traditional Flemish architecture in Belgium, Antwerp

Nestling in the heart of Western Europe, Belgium’s compact beauty blends historic intrigue with a modern twist. Its medieval castles and towers give way to contemporary art museums and trendy cafés. And there’s all the country's indulgent food: chocolate, waffles, moules frites, all washed down with Belgium’s famously-delicious beer.  [ReadMoreMob]

For lovers of the great outdoor lovers, scenic forests, rivers and coastline offer some great walking. For cultural treats, there are the narrow cobbled streets of the UNESCO- listed Bruges. This devastatingly beautiful city, which hosts one of Europe's very best Christmas markets, is the highlight of any Belgian cruise.

Other Belgian cities, like Brussels and Antwerp, present delightful restaurants, fine antique shops, chic boutiques and exclusive chocolate outlets and, of course, exciting nightlife. But Belgium also has a more sombre side; its cities, and poignant locations such as Flanders Fields, bear the scars of centuries of invasion, siege and conquest. [ReadMoreDesk]

All in all, a cruise to Belgium, its cities, countryside and historic sites offers an insight into one of the most beautiful and unspoilt areas of Europe.

Cruises to Belgium

Tulips & Chocolates

Tulips & Chocolates

Departs: Southampton • Fri 09 Apr 2021
7 nights • Braemar • M2108

  • Stimulate your senses on this indulgent springtime cruise, with chances to smell seasonal floral scents, indulge with sumptuous chocolates and see iconic sights, as Braemar takes you closer to stunning cities.
  • After a short foray to Honfleur, stop overnight in Antwerp to explore the legendary diamond district, revel in the city’s architecture, arts and culture and sample wares from artisan Belgian chocolatiers.
  • You’ll also visit futuristic Rotterdam and Amsterdam where you can tour the Dutch capital’s famous canals and marvel at the seasonal splendour of millions of tulips in spring bloom at the Keukenhof Gardens.

From £619pp

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Belgian Chocolates and Floral Holland

Belgian Chocolates and Floral Holland

Departs: Newcastle • Sat 24 Apr 2021
7 nights • Balmoral • L2111

  • Bypassing coastal ports, Balmoral will take you inland to uncover the unique highlights of a trio of Belgian and Dutch cities, from tempting diamonds and chocolates to iconic canals and fragrant flora.
  • Make the most of an overnight stay in Antwerp to explore at leisure – prized possessions such as the legendary diamond district, Royal Museum of Fine Arts and quintessentially Belgian chocolate shops await.
  • In the Netherlands, Rotterdam’s contemporary architecture and culture offers an interesting contrast, while in Amsterdam, you could explore the famous waterways and revel in the springtime splendour of the Keukenhof Gardens tulip fields.

From £549pp

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Belgian Chocolates & Floral Holland

Belgian Chocolates & Floral Holland

Departs: Dover • Sat 01 May 2021
5 nights • Bolette • T2110

  • With a destination to explore every single day, plenty of highlights awaiting discovery in each, and evenings of scenic cruising to enjoy too, this five-night escape is a rewarding Bank Holiday break.
  • After a day in contemporary Rotterdam, a specially timed visit to Amsterdam will afford a chance to visit the Keukenhof Gardens revel in the seasonal colours and scents of iconic tulips fields.
  • An overnight stay in Antwerp allows ample time for exploration: you can uncover gems such as the legendary diamond district and Royal Museum of Fine Arts, and indulge with authentic Belgian chocolates.

From £599pp

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Netherlands & Belgium City Break

Netherlands & Belgium City Break

Departs: Southampton • Fri 28 May 2021
5 nights • Braemar • M2112

  • A rewarding journey from start to finish, this enriching five-night triple city break offers a blend of impressive sights, cultural delights, tempting flavours and a taste of the Fred. Olsen experience.
  • Enjoy two rewarding days in the Netherlands: you’ll sail the Niewe Maas to futuristic Rotterdam and visit Amsterdam for a chance to take in its world-famous attractions and explore the iconic canals.
  • In Belgium, enjoy ample time to uncover the gems of Antwerp, such as Grote Markt, the Diamond District and traditional Belgian chocolate shops, at leisure during an overnight stay.

From £449pp

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Waterways of Belgium & France

Waterways of Belgium & France

Departs: Dover • Sat 29 May 2021
5 nights • Bolette • T2113

  • A five-night journey of discovery combining scenic river cruising through breathtaking countryside with visits to three inspirational cities, this is an enriching short break.
  • Enjoy a short French foray including chances to explore the charming cobbled streets and historic harbour of Honfleur, and the dramatic fortifications of St Malo and Mont St Michel.
  • There’s a memorable day in Belgium too; Bolette takes you on a journey along the Western Scheldt River to Antwerp, a city famed for its cathedrals, chocolate shops and sparking diamonds.

From £749pp

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Rivers & Cities of France & Belgium

Rivers & Cities of France & Belgium

Departs: Rosyth (Edinburgh) • Wed 09 Jun 2021
8 nights • Balmoral • L2118

  • For an inspirational summer cruise adventure, let small ship Balmoral whisk you away to the beautiful rivers, gorgeous countryside and charming cities of France and Belgium.
  • On the River Seine, you’ll sail through fabulous French countryside; have time to immerse yourself in Rouen’s rich, diverse history; and delve into Honfleur’s rich maritime heritage.
  • Cruising the picturesque Western Scheldt River begins two days in Belgium, before an exploration of Antwerp offers opportunities to discover an abundance of elaborate and iconic attractions.

From £1,149pp

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Germany & the Low Lands with Kiel Week

Germany & the Low Lands with Kiel Week

Departs: Dover • Wed 23 Jun 2021
9 nights • Bolette • T2116

  • A very special few days in Germany includes an unmissable opportunity to experience the Kieler Woche extravaganza, and enjoy scenic cruising through gorgeous countryside scenes.
  • Kiel will be alive with the excitement of Kieler Woche, with its spectacular Windjammer parade of historic tall ships and traditional German festivities.
  • Elsewhere in Germany, the picturesque River Elbe is your route to the attraction-packed city of Hamburg, while there are also visits to Danish, Dutch and Belgian delights of Antwerp, Amsterdam and Copenhagen too.

From £1,099pp

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Historic Heritage Sites of the Med

Historic Heritage Sites of the Med

Departs: Newcastle • Tue 12 Oct 2021
16 nights • Balmoral • L2132

  • Immerse yourself in the rich, fascinating history of cities on Spain’s beautiful Mediterranean coast, with time to explore their centuries-old hearts and seek-out their many monuments and landmarks.
  • Uncover the ancient history of Cádiz’s old town; tour to the UNESCO-listed Antequera Dolmens archaeological site from Malaga; delve into Cartagena’s Roman heritage; and much more.
  • What’s more, there’s also a special visit to Portugal, to experience a memorable day of celebration and festivity at the ‘Four Ladies in Lisbon’ event.

From £1,999pp

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Netherlands & Belgium City Break

Netherlands & Belgium City Break

Departs: Southampton • Tue 02 Nov 2021
5 nights • Bolette • T2126

  • A five-night cruise combining a taste of Fred. Olsen’s cruising experience, and visits to two culture-rich cities, this is a perfect short break.
  • In Belgium, Bolette will sail the scenic Western Scheldt to Antwerp, where highlights such as the iconic Cathedral of our Lady, Grote Markt and the legendary Diamond District await.
  • Visiting Amsterdam offers a chance to discover the Dutch capital’s highlights, from Anne Frank House to Rijksmuseum, and experience a boat tour of the iconic, UNESCO-listed Canal Ring.

From £599pp

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Netherlands & Belgium City Break

Netherlands & Belgium City Break

Departs: Southampton • Thu 18 Nov 2021
5 nights • Braemar • M2128

  • A five-night cruise combining a taste of Fred. Olsen’s small-ship cruising experience, and visits to two culture-rich cities, this is a perfect short break.
  • In Belgium, Braemar will sail the scenic Western Scheldt into the heart of Antwerp, where highlights such as the iconic Cathedral of our Lady, Grote Markt and the legendary Diamond District await.
  • Docking closer to the centre of Amsterdam brings the Dutch capital’s attractions, from Anne Frank House to the UNESCO-listed Canal Ring, within easy reach.

From £599pp

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Belgium & the Netherlands at Christmas

Belgium & the Netherlands at Christmas

Departs: Southampton • Fri 17 Dec 2021
5 nights • Balmoral • L2139

  • An immensely rewarding and relaxing pre-Christmas escape to France and Belgium, combining immersive city and scenic river exploration with Fred. Olsen’s small ship cruising experience.
  • Sail the picturesque Western Scheldt River into the heart of Antwerp, where elaborate architecture, the iconic Diamond District, authentic Belgian chocolates and much await.
  • Revel in the world-famous attractions of Amsterdam, from Anne Frank House to the iconic, UNESCO-listed canals, and visit the Dutch capital’s fantastic Christmas markets too.

From £599pp

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Uncrowded City Stays

Uncrowded City Stays

Departs: Southampton • Mon 07 Feb 2022
8 nights • Balmoral • L2203

  • Experience three beautiful European cities at their uncrowded best, exploring them – by day and by night – at a time of year when there are less tourists around.
  • Discover Antwerp’s highlights, such as the Diamond District and authentic Belgian chocolate shops, from Balmoral’s city centre berthing location.
  • Your small ship sails the Seine all the way to the historic French city of Rouen, while a full day in Amsterdam allows ample time to fully immerse yourself in the Dutch capital’s delights.

From £799pp

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