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About Antwerp

Flanders, the northern half of Belgium, has four lovely cities to visit. Brussels is the national capital, and it's full of well-heeled diplomats as the home of the European Union. Brugge by comparison is tiny and almost impossibly beautiful in its own medieval way. Ghent can be a tourist trap, but it's also very much a place for students. Antwerp, of the four, is the trendiest. It's the fashion hub of the Low Countries and a renowned center in the international diamond industry. "Cut in Antwerp" commands international respect in jewelry circles.


Though it receives its share of visitors, drawn to its churches, medieval guild houses and winding backstreets, Antwerp is the least touristy of Belgium's Big Four. Everyday life goes on, largely undisturbed by visitors, and it goes on with enthusiasm. There are lots of places to eat in Antwerp, but the majority are full of locals.


Antwerp is also home to one of the pre-eminent collections of artwork by the painter Peter Paul Rubens, who spent much of his life there. Visitors can tour the house where he ate, slept and painted, and then check out samples of his work in the Cathedral of Our Lady. A more 19th-century kind of art can be found across town in the stylish residential neighborhood of Zurenborg, where most of the opulent mansions are showcases of Art Nouveau architecture and interior design.


Antwerpenaars are very proud of their city. In fact, someone whose parents were both born in Antwerp can refer to himself as a "sinjoor" from the Spanish, Senor. The people of Antwerp are also proud of their Flemish identity. Belgium has long been governed by a French-speaking minority based in Wallonia, the southern half of the country. Antwerp has led the Flanders region in maintaining the Flemish language, cuisine and culture. This has occasionally been taken to extremes, particularly by the Antwerp-based political party Vlaam Belang, which has pushed an anti-French-speaking agenda and campaigned for Flemish independence.


While most Antwerpennaars do not hold such extreme views, there is still a lingering rivalry within Belgium between Flanders and French-speaking Wallonia. Visitors should be aware that speaking French to the locals in Antwerp may sometimes be received as rude or insulting. If you don't know Flemish (or Dutch, to which it's quite similar), try English instead.


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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Antwerp

    Leaving:
    Amsterdam
    Visiting:
    Rotterdam, Antwerp ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Avalon Waterways
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    7 Night Cruise to Antwerp Route (Avalon Waterways)
    • Day 1
      Amsterdam
    • Day 2
      Rotterdam
    • Day 3
      Antwerp
    • Day 4
      Ghent
    • Day 5
      Middelburg
    • Day 6
      Willemstad (Curacao)
    • Day 7
      Amsterdam
    • Day 8
      Amsterdam
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    Avalon Panorama - Avalon Waterways

    Features 66 200-square-foot panoramic suites

    Luxury touches: live orchids & L'Occitane bath products

    Wine with dinner and Wi-Fi included in fare

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    Avalon Panorama Reviews

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    5.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining5.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

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    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Amsterdam-Basel - Avalon are functional, but AMA are fun!
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    Sail Date Oct 2019
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  • 9 Night
    Cruise to Antwerp

    Leaving:
    Amsterdam
    Visiting:
    Amsterdam, Hoorn ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Viking River Cruises
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    9 Night Cruise to Antwerp Route (Viking River Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Amsterdam
    • Day 2
      Amsterdam
    • Day 3
      Hoorn
    • Day 4
      Rotterdam
    • Day 5
      Kinderdijk
    • Day 6
      Wesel
    • Day 7
      Nijmegen
    • Day 8
      Maastricht
    • Day 9
      Antwerp
    • Day 10
      Antwerp
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    Viking Kvasir - Viking River Cruises

    Tours and most drinks included in price

    Real balcony cabins; a rarity in river cruising

    Sails Europe's Rhine and Danube

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    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value3.0

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    Sail Date Aug 2019
    Beautuful Europe
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    Sail Date Aug 2019
    Great ship, excursions and food
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Antwerp

    Leaving:
    Amsterdam
    Visiting:
    Amsterdam, Hoorn ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Crystal River Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Antwerp Route (Crystal River Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Amsterdam
    • Day 2
      Amsterdam
    • Day 2
      Hoorn
    • Day 3
      Kinderdijk
    • Day 3
      Rotterdam
    • Day 4
      Antwerp
    • Day 5
      Ghent
    • Day 6
      Middelburg
    • Day 7
      Amsterdam
    • Day 8
      Amsterdam
    Ship Details

    Crystal Bach - Crystal River Cruises

    Pros

    Exceptional dining and wine options makes ship a foodie haven

    Cons

    Nascent enrichment programming still has holes

    Bottom Line

    Beautifully designed ship with top-notch service provides luxurious cruising experience

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    Crystal Bach Reviews

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    5.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.5

    In Crystal Bach, Crystal River Cruises has elegantly stitched together a gorgeous ship that sai...

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    USC Adventurer
    Sail Date Nov 2019
    The Most Fabulous Cruise Experience
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    Sail Date Apr 2019
    Nice ship, Interesting itinerary, Poor dining room service.
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  • 17 Night
    Cruise to Antwerp

    Leaving:
    Fort Lauderdale
    Visiting:
    Horta, Praia da Vitoria ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    17 Night Cruise to Antwerp Route (Holland America Line)
    • Day 1
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Horta
    • Day 9
      Praia da Vitoria
    • Day 10
      Ponta Delgada
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Brest
    • Day 14
      Cherbourg
    • Day 15
      Le Havre
    • Day 16
      Brugge (Bruges)
    • Day 17
      Cruising
    • Day 17
      Antwerp
    • Day 18
      Amsterdam
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    Veendam - Holland America Line

    Pros

    Lanai cabins provide direct access to outdoor deck areas

    Cons

    Service can feel snail-paced at times

    Bottom Line

    A "no bells and whistles ship," ideal for relaxing

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    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service3.0
    Value4.0

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    Mustering up again
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Thank You to The Staff!
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    Hobbsey
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Relaxing Week with HAL
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

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      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
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      Soda and Juice
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      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
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  • 3 Night
    Cruise to Antwerp

    Leaving:
    Amsterdam
    Visiting:
    Rotterdam, Antwerp ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    CroisiEurope
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    3 Night Cruise to Antwerp Route (CroisiEurope)
    • Day 1
      Amsterdam
    • Day 2
      Rotterdam
    • Day 3
      Antwerp
    • Day 4
      Antwerp
    Ship Details

    Europe - CroisiEurope

    Relatively affordable, value-for-money cruises

    Line cruises Europe's major rivers, the Volga and the Mekong

    Standards of cuisine are generally good on the French line

    Reviews
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    0.0/5

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    Sail Date Apr 2019
    Great Rhine River Cruise
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    Sail Date May 2018
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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Antwerp

    Leaving:
    Dublin
    Visiting:
    Fishguard, Antwerp ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Regent Seven Seas Cruises
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    14 Night Cruise to Antwerp Route (Regent Seven Seas Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Dublin
    • Day 2
      Fishguard
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Antwerp
    • Day 5
      Rotterdam
    • Day 6
      Kiel Canal
    • Day 7
      Rostock (Warnemunde)
    • Day 8
      Baltic Sea (Cruising)
    • Day 9
      Stockholm
    • Day 10
      Helsinki
    • Day 11
      St. Petersburg
    • Day 12
      St. Petersburg
    • Day 13
      Tallinn
    • Day 14
      Baltic Sea (Cruising)
    • Day 15
      Copenhagen
    Ship Details

    Seven Seas Navigator - Regent Seven Seas Cruises

    Pros

    Lovely public spaces, excellent cuisine, free tours, drinks and tips

    Cons

    Entertainment is limited and offerings could use a refresh

    Bottom Line

    Intimate, all-inclusive ship is a comfortable home base for exploration

    Reviews

    Seven Seas Navigator Reviews

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    4.5/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.5
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    These days, the 33,000-ton, 490-passenger Seven Seas Navigator feels so elegant and contemporar...

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    The Shadow
    Sail Date Feb 2018
    Brown water in bath
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    Sail Date Dec 2019
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    Fare Includes

    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Antwerp

    Leaving:
    Amsterdam
    Visiting:
    Hoorn, Middelburg ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    AmaWaterways
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    7 Night Cruise to Antwerp Route (AmaWaterways)
    • Day 1
      Amsterdam
    • Day 2
      Hoorn
    • Day 3
      Middelburg
    • Day 4
      Ghent
    • Day 5
      Antwerp
    • Day 6
      Schoonhoven
    • Day 7
      Amsterdam
    • Day 8
      Amsterdam
    Ship Details

    AmaPrima - AmaWaterways

    Terrific variety of fee-free shore excursions

    Many cabins offer French and traditional verandahs

    Warm and personable service