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About Ghent

Brugge (Bruges) may be the better known -- and possibly better looking -- of Belgium's medieval cities, but Ghent (Gent) is a viable alternative, as it is larger (twice the population), more authentic and less crowded, especially during the busy summer months. Its central location puts it almost equidistant from Brugge, Brussels and Antwerp.

In medieval times, Ghent was second only to Paris in power and population. The source of its wealth was the making of cloth, using imported English wool. Ghent was also once a major trading port, due to its ideal location at the intersection of two rivers (Schelde and Leie) and along a network of connecting canals. Today, the waterways are used mostly for pleasure barges and sightseeing launches -- the latter recommended as an alternative to walking -- and the city's heady past is reflected in the richness of its civic, commercial, religious and residential architecture.

Ghent is reached via the cruise ports of Antwerp or Zeebrugge. (River boat passengers arrive just outside the city center.) No need to be cooped up in a bus there -- the best methods of transportation are two feet, two wheels or a boat. In fact, most of Ghent's historic center is car-free, and its narrow lanes are inviting to explore. And, when you're not walking, feel free to stare at the city's eclectic architecture -- whether it be the three towers of Ghent (the belfry, St. Bavo's Cathedral and St. Nicholas' Church), the foreboding Gravensteen Castle, the schizophrenic Stadhuis or the elegant facades along the Graslei and Korenlei Rivers.


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  • 9 Night
    Cruise to Ghent

    Leaving:
    Amsterdam
    Visiting:
    Amsterdam, Hoorn ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Viking River Cruises
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    9 Night Cruise to Ghent Route (Viking River Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Amsterdam
    • Day 2
      Amsterdam
    • Day 3
      Hoorn
    • Day 4
      Arnhem
    • Day 5
      Kinderdijk
    • Day 6
      Antwerp
    • Day 7
      Ghent
    • Day 8
      Zeeland
    • Day 9
      Amsterdam
    • Day 10
      Amsterdam
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    Viking Gefjon - Viking River Cruises

    Sails Europe's Rhine and Danube

    Tours and most drinks included in price

    Real balcony cabins; a rarity in river cruising

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    Viking Gefjon Reviews

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    0.0/5

    One of Viking's "Longships," Viking Gefjon has a contemporary, Scandinavian-design feel, with l...

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    Croatia2020
    Sail Date Oct 2019
    Grand European Cruise exceeded our expectations!
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    Lindsay Hughes
    Sail Date Apr 2019
    Faultless Fortnight
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Ghent

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

    Pros

    Excellent dining and a variety of cabin choices, including many with twin balconies

    Cons

    Problems with the Apple Infotainment system

    Bottom Line

    Upscale ship with spacious cabins, as well as shoreside options tailored to activity level

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    AmaSerena Reviews

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    4.5/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value5.0

    AmaWaterways is an ideal river cruise choice for fit and active baby boomers and Gen X'ers seek...

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    Sandi Barrett
    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Superior Service
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    MichiganMichelle
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Beautiful
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Ghent

    Leaving:
    Amsterdam
    Visiting:
    Amsterdam, Hoorn ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Crystal River Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Ghent 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
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    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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    radar65
    Sail Date Apr 2019
    Nice ship, Interesting itinerary, Poor dining room service.
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Ghent

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

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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Ghent

    Leaving:
    Amsterdam
    Visiting:
    Amsterdam, Hoorn ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Crystal River Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Ghent 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
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    Crystal Debussy - Crystal River Cruises

    Sailings on the Rhine, Danube and Main rivers

    Launching in April 2018

    Onboard water-sports equipment includes kayaks, bikes and personal watercrafts

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    Along with its sister ships, Crystal Debussy was built to sail the Rhine, Main and Danube river...

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    japon27
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Exceeded all expectations
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    Sail Date Jul 2018
    First River Cruise. First Crystal Cruise. Absolutely loved it!
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Ghent

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

    AmaSerena - AmaWaterways

    Pros

    Excellent dining and a variety of cabin choices, including many with twin balconies

    Cons

    Problems with the Apple Infotainment system

    Bottom Line

    Upscale ship with spacious cabins, as well as shoreside options tailored to activity level

    Reviews

    AmaSerena Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value5.0

    AmaWaterways is an ideal river cruise choice for fit and active baby boomers and Gen X'ers seek...

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    surelyacollectible
    Sail Date Oct 2019
    Nice, but not our style
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    quilter74
    Sail Date Sep 2019
    Captivating Rhine 8/30/19 - 9/12/19
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Ghent

    Leaving:
    Amsterdam
    Visiting:
    Rotterdam, Antwerp ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Avalon Waterways
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    7 Night Cruise to Ghent 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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    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    5.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining5.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    As new ships flood the burgeoning river-cruise market, each one-upping the other with better be...

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    kentcouple65
    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Amsterdam-Basel - Avalon are functional, but AMA are fun!
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    Forest Beach
    Sail Date Oct 2019
    Pleasant Avalon Cruise, But More Expensive Than Its Worth
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Ghent

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

    The B - U River Cruises

    Pros

    Youthful ship has hip decor, late mornings and late nights, modern vibe

    Cons

    Open-to-all policy diffuses onboard ambiance, communication needs work

    Bottom Line

    Appealing programming, fun staff and casual atmosphere make this an interesting option for millennial couples and friends

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    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.5
    Service4.5
    Value4.0

    Editor's Note: The B will be out of commission in 2019. It will return in 2020 on itinerari...

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    John Ca
    Sail Date Aug 2018
    Wonderful Seine River Cruise with Something for Everyone
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Ghent

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

    The B - U River Cruises

    Pros

    Youthful ship has hip decor, late mornings and late nights, modern vibe

    Cons

    Open-to-all policy diffuses onboard ambiance, communication needs work

    Bottom Line

    Appealing programming, fun staff and casual atmosphere make this an interesting option for millennial couples and friends

    Reviews
    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.5
    Service4.5
    Value4.0

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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Ghent

    Leaving:
    Amsterdam
    Visiting:
    Hoorn, Middelburg ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    AmaWaterways
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