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Cruises to Brugge (Bruges)

389 Reviews
2 Awards
Brugge (Bruges) (Photo:Kanuman/Shutterstock)

About Brugge (Bruges)

Brugge (in Flemish -- it's Bruges in French) is one of the most visited cities in Europe and is the number one destination for passengers on cruise ships calling at Zeebrugge. Visitors flock here, not for a specific museum or historical location, but to wander amidst the city's stunning examples of Flemish and Renaissance architecture and immerse themselves in the vitality of the two main squares -- Markt and Berg. There is always so much going on in Brugges -- from flower and produce markets to rides for children, bustling cafes and restaurants and old-fashioned people watching.



Never mind that Brugge's medieval appearance is largely a recent recreation. The city was rediscovered by 19th century tourists, mostly from England, heading to the site of the battle of Waterloo. Its growing popularity generated an interest to fix up the city following its downfall from one of the Hanseatic League's most important trading cities. Cloth had been the main commodity; the English wool came by ship directly to Brugge until the waterways silted up in the 15th century. The city fell into disrepair as much of the population drifted away, but in the 19th and early 20th century, Brugge was rebuilt in the traditional styles.



From the two squares, lanes fan out to wonderful commercial and residential streetscapes, and many of the canals have fringing walkways. Perhaps one of the best views of the city is from a canal boat looking up at the historic buildings and stone bridges. The further you go from the center -- and you don't have to venture more than a few blocks -- the more serene the city becomes. All you need is a walking tour map and alert senses to come away enchanted with Brugge as millions have before you.



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361 Reviews
Leaving:Stockholm
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
Jul 23, 2024
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57 Reviews
Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Oct 7, 2023
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Viking Star

14 Night
Trade Routes Of The Middle AgesDetails

1,921 Reviews
Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
May 13, 2024
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12 Night
Northern Cities VoyageDetails

116 Reviews
Leaving:Copenhagen
Cruise Line:Azamara
Aug 20, 2023
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128-day Grand World VoyageDetails

1,006 Reviews
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Jan 3, 2023
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21 Night
Europe - Northern CruiseDetails

122 Reviews
Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Jan 6, 2023
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Repo - TransatlanticDetails

3,083 Reviews
Leaving:New York
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Apr 29, 2024
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Europe - Northern CapitalsDetails

3,083 Reviews
Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
May 13, 2024
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Europe - Northern CruiseDetails

14 Reviews
Leaving:Copenhagen
Cruise Line:Silversea Cruises
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Grand World VoyageDetails

1,006 Reviews
Leaving:Cape Town
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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12 Night
Europe - Northern CruiseDetails

730 Reviews
Leaving:Portsmouth
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
Sep 5, 2023
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Europe - OtherDetails

2,901 Reviews
Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Jul 6, 2024
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12 Night
Europe - BalticDetails

2,901 Reviews
Leaving:Stockholm
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Sep 15, 2024
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15 Night
Western Europe TransatlanticDetails

99 Reviews
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
Apr 22, 2023
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11 Night
Europe - Classic MediterraneanDetails

2,493 Reviews
Leaving:Lisbon
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Apr 30, 2023
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More about Brugge (Bruges)

Why go to Brugge (Bruges)?

Pros:

Historic attractions, charming cafes plus Belgian beer and chocolate are just some of the highlights

Cons:

Most ships dock in Antwerp, Ghent or Zeebrugge, necessitating a bus ride to Brugge itself

Bottom Line:

Worth the trek to get a taste of Belgian food and culture

Brugge (Bruges) Cruise Port Facilities?

There are absolutely no services within walking distance of the Zeebrugge cruise terminal. At Antwerp, it's a few minutes' walk into the city center.

Getting Around?

Once you have arrived at Brugge's yellow brick station, it is an easy walk into the center of town and the main squares, Markt and Berg. Central Brugge is largely pedestrian-only, so walking is the way to go. Besides hoofing it, you can hop a canal boat for sightseeing tours. Both taxis and buses are available at the train station.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

The euro is the official currency of Belgium. You'll find plenty of ATM's and exchange bureaus in Brugge. Even if you plan to mostly pay with credit cards, it's wise to have some local currency as small purchases will need to be made in cash.

Language?

Flemish and French are the principal languages; however, many people speak basic to good English as well.

Where You're Docked?

Ships dock at the commercial port of Zeebrugge, about a 20-minute ride from Brugge, or at Antwerp, a one hour 45 minutes' drive. From Zeebrugge, most lines provide a transfer to Brugge for independent touring or a drop-off at Blankenberg station where trains run hourly to Brugge (travel times is 10 minutes). The roundtrip fare is 5 euros. Trains then continue on to Ghent and Brussels. Trains run hourly from Antwerp Central Station to Brugge taking one hour 20 minutes.


Brugge (Bruges) Cruise Reviews
Guide was informative. Brugge is an intersting town, I'd like to spend more time there.Read More
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KlausL
Lovely trip into Brugges did trip through Ncl "Brugge on your own". As advertised not really value for money but we got what was expected.Read More
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lizzy41
We loved Bruges. Did our own tour using Crusie Express just outside the port terminal and also did a canal tour in town.Read More
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jdawg222
Zeebrugge - lovely day on day one. Shuttle buses to the terminal and for the train to Brugge. The shuttle takes 25 minutes to Blanknburg and you get the train to Brugge there. Due to 45mph winds forecast the captaiRead More
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