82 Antwerp Cruise Reviews

owner himself came to greet us; huge gardens with many bulbs; lovely chapel with orchids; tower one could climb--on every floor were vases of fresh tulips
owner himself came to greet us; huge gardens with many bulbs; lovely chapel with orchids; tower one could climb--on every floor were vases of fresh tulips Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Excellent overview of Belgian beer with sampling of three, a visit at a waffle shop with a sample, and a visit at a Chocolate shop and a sample.
Excellent overview of Belgian beer with sampling of three, a visit at a waffle shop with a sample, and a visit at a Chocolate shop and a sample. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
Magellan berthed a stones throw from the main city centre. Stunning Cathedral. Log cabin Markets made this a very Christmassy visit. A beautiful City well worth visiting. As an aside: Fabulous if pompous cat in one of the pharmacies, ... Read More
Magellan berthed a stones throw from the main city centre. Stunning Cathedral. Log cabin Markets made this a very Christmassy visit. A beautiful City well worth visiting. As an aside: Fabulous if pompous cat in one of the pharmacies, clearly admired frequently it laid laconic and smug in the window silently enjoying the attention. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
Loved it! The Christmas market was really good and the architecture superb including the main railway station.
Loved it! The Christmas market was really good and the architecture superb including the main railway station. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
Antwerp is a small city with the port literally on its door step. Step out of the port, cross the road and you are in the heart of the city. Top 5 things to do 1. Walk up to the train station and look inside it is spectacular 2. ... Read More
Antwerp is a small city with the port literally on its door step. Step out of the port, cross the road and you are in the heart of the city. Top 5 things to do 1. Walk up to the train station and look inside it is spectacular 2. Window shop for diamonds 3. Walk around the dock area 4. Take the escalators to the top of the MAS museum (free) and spot your ship. 5. Drink beer and people watch from a pavement cafe. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
Antwerp is a small city with the port literally on its door step. Step out of the port, cross the road and you are in the heart of the city. Not much to do, very small Christmas Market and very expensive.
Antwerp is a small city with the port literally on its door step. Step out of the port, cross the road and you are in the heart of the city. Not much to do, very small Christmas Market and very expensive. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
Beautiful, pedestrian friendly city. If you go nowhere else for chocolate, go to the Chocolate Line. Rubens home. The Church of Our Lady there has 3 monumental altarpieces painted by Rubens.
Beautiful, pedestrian friendly city. If you go nowhere else for chocolate, go to the Chocolate Line. Rubens home. The Church of Our Lady there has 3 monumental altarpieces painted by Rubens. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Long line ups for the shuttle both ways shortened the stay and very wet day so hard to really give fair assessment. Feeling was with better circumstances would have been a good place to visit
Long line ups for the shuttle both ways shortened the stay and very wet day so hard to really give fair assessment. Feeling was with better circumstances would have been a good place to visit Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
Found it hard to resist the chocolate shops, but the architecture of the town and the railway station especially were fantastic - if that is your thing, and it is mine.
Found it hard to resist the chocolate shops, but the architecture of the town and the railway station especially were fantastic - if that is your thing, and it is mine. Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
Our ship was berthed at quay 20 on the River Scheldt, just a stone’s throw from the cathedral and the historic core of this fine city. We were there for two days, a Sunday and Monday, and since most museums are closed on Mondays we made ... Read More
Our ship was berthed at quay 20 on the River Scheldt, just a stone’s throw from the cathedral and the historic core of this fine city. We were there for two days, a Sunday and Monday, and since most museums are closed on Mondays we made the Sunday our museum visiting day. We chose to visit the Plantin-Moretus Museum, very close to the ship’s berth. This is nominally a museum of printing but it is sited in a beautiful old building with a peaceful central cloister. The entry fee is 8 Euros, and we thought it was worth it. We then visited the very modern MAS (Museum aan de Stroom), which is built on eleven levels with a differently-themed mini-museum on seven of the levels and a rooftop panorama of the city. Entry to the rooftop is free, but there is a 5 Euro charge for the permanent exhibitions and an extra 5 Euros for the temporary exhibitions. In the afternoon we visited two more museums, the Rubens House and the Museum Mayer Van den Bergh. Entry to each of these museums costs 8 Euros, but a combined ticket is available for 10 Euros. The Rubens House contains many fine works of art and is a fine old building with a pretty courtyard garden. The Van den Bergh Museum is also good, but possibly not worth the separate admission charge. We bought the combined ticket which was good value, especially on a rainy Sunday when few shops are open.Antwerp offers great opportunities for shopping in the areas of Grote Markt, Groenplaats and (especially) Meir, with particularly tempting chocolate shops. There is also the diamond district which has a certain fascination but is not very picturesque. We are not natural shoppers, and chose to spend our second day admiring the architectural gems that Antwerp abounds in. Foremost among these is the cathedral, Onze Lieve Vrouwekathedraal, one of the finest Gothic cathedrals you will see anywhere. Another place worth visiting for its fine architecture is Centraal Station, magnificent inside and out. We spent most of a morning exploring two residential areas, Zurenborg and Zuid, packed with striking buildings, many in Art Nouveau style. This involved taking trams and buses, which are easy to use and cheap if you buy a day ticket for 5 Euros from the tourist office in Grote Markt (or 7 Euros if bought from the driver).Many of our travelling companions chose to spend their time on tours to Brussels or Ghent, both great places, but I think we did better staying in the fine city of Antwerp. Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
My favorite place to visit in Antwerp turned out to be perhaps one of the newest examples of stunning architecture, in a city bursting with old and new. It was the MAS Art Museum! I was in awe of the structure alone, with it's ... Read More
My favorite place to visit in Antwerp turned out to be perhaps one of the newest examples of stunning architecture, in a city bursting with old and new. It was the MAS Art Museum! I was in awe of the structure alone, with it's stories-tall undulating glass windows, against an austere stack of concrete(?) slabs. That is the only way I know to describe it. The art is innovative in the way it is presented, displaying Masters and Contemporary pieces, side by side. Strange, but oddly complimentary to one another. It has to be seen to understand what I'm talking about. Take in the other sights, but don't miss this one. Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
We were in Antwerp on a Sunday, and so many of the stores were not open. Also, we were only able to tour the cathedral at 2PM. We had our walking tour in the morning and it was very interesting. Antwerp has some very interesting ... Read More
We were in Antwerp on a Sunday, and so many of the stores were not open. Also, we were only able to tour the cathedral at 2PM. We had our walking tour in the morning and it was very interesting. Antwerp has some very interesting architecture and the town square is just amazing with the old, immense buildings. It was very cold during our walking tour and so we found a cafe to have some hot chocolate and a Belgian waffle. Yum! There was one area of town that had some shops open, so after a bit of browsing, we returned to the ship for lunch and then to Antwerp for the tour of the cathedral. This cathedral is important as it houses two Rembrandt paintings, among other beautiful works. On our walking tour, my husband had heard the guide say there was a tunnel that ran under the river to the other side, so he wanted to take this tunnel over to take some photos from across the river. I was a bit nervous about doing this, but it turned out it was a commuter tunnel. There was a big elevator for bicycles and strollers to get down to the tunnel(there was also an escalator),and then it was about a 10 min. walk along the tunnel to the other side. It was interesting getting some photos of Antwerp from that perspective. Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
A pleasant wander round the shops and a visit to Antwerp's impressive Centraal Station made for an enjoyable morning before returning to the ship for lunch and to relax on board
A pleasant wander round the shops and a visit to Antwerp's impressive Centraal Station made for an enjoyable morning before returning to the ship for lunch and to relax on board Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
Bitterly bitterly cold, a very unsafe set of steps against the ship completely open to the elements
Bitterly bitterly cold, a very unsafe set of steps against the ship completely open to the elements Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
The best bit about Antwerp is docking right in the town centre. It is a lovely town with lots of interesting places to visit. We went to Rubens' house which is well worth the visit. It is beautiful.
The best bit about Antwerp is docking right in the town centre. It is a lovely town with lots of interesting places to visit. We went to Rubens' house which is well worth the visit. It is beautiful. Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
Antwerp is a lovely Port, the Marco Polo birthed right in the centre, oppiste the Grote Market, very nice buildigs and Church's . The Market square is a Great place to sit and have beer or Coffee and the world go by. Not as busy as ... Read More
Antwerp is a lovely Port, the Marco Polo birthed right in the centre, oppiste the Grote Market, very nice buildigs and Church's . The Market square is a Great place to sit and have beer or Coffee and the world go by. Not as busy as Amsterdam, but relaxed,the people very friendley. The streets and paths mainly cobbled,but clean and well sign posted. The Shopkeepers all spoke English, and the Chocalate's are just perfect. Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
Loved this city - beautiful and wonderful provided tour. Walked the town ourselves. Visited the railroad station, one of the most beautiful in the world and where the
Loved this city - beautiful and wonderful provided tour. Walked the town ourselves. Visited the railroad station, one of the most beautiful in the world and where the Read Less
Sail Date April 2011

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