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Sail Date: June 2019
We arranged our own transfer using an on line provider who also operate from the port. It was a fraction of the cost that the CUNARD excursion would have been. The transfer was fabulous and excellent value. Bruges itself was fabulous, ... Read More
We arranged our own transfer using an on line provider who also operate from the port. It was a fraction of the cost that the CUNARD excursion would have been. The transfer was fabulous and excellent value. Bruges itself was fabulous, our only criticism is that we didn’t have long enough time there. It would be good to have this venue as an Overnight on board type. Worth a visit. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
We went Blankenburg by shuttle. Easy to get to and a map supplied. Nice town to visit and easy to get back to ship plenty of double decker shuttle buses.
We went Blankenburg by shuttle. Easy to get to and a map supplied. Nice town to visit and easy to get back to ship plenty of double decker shuttle buses. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
Bruges is approx 30mins from the port of Zeebrugge. When we got off the ship there was an independent shuttle available for €20 return per person (child free). All buses park up outside the city approx a 15 minute walk. The city itself ... Read More
Bruges is approx 30mins from the port of Zeebrugge. When we got off the ship there was an independent shuttle available for €20 return per person (child free). All buses park up outside the city approx a 15 minute walk. The city itself is beautiful but be warned of crowds. It's very busy. We did a canal boat tour for €10 pp, €6 per child. Do this early as I understand it can get busy. If you like chocolate bring a bag and plenty of money. The selection is to die for! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2019
Took the bus from the port to Bruges and did our own walking tour to the Market Center taking in the historic local sights. Had some awesome Belgium waffles & chocolate; visited the Wall of Beer and relaxed on the Canal Boat Tour ... Read More
Took the bus from the port to Bruges and did our own walking tour to the Market Center taking in the historic local sights. Had some awesome Belgium waffles & chocolate; visited the Wall of Beer and relaxed on the Canal Boat Tour before heading back to the port! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
Took a round trip transfer organised independently, which was excellent. Took a canal cruise for 10 euros, which was a great way to see the city
Took a round trip transfer organised independently, which was excellent. Took a canal cruise for 10 euros, which was a great way to see the city Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2019
Great mid evil city. It was a walking tour with a short canal cruise. Lots of things to see and shopping available. LOVED the waffle with strawberries and cream!
Great mid evil city. It was a walking tour with a short canal cruise. Lots of things to see and shopping available. LOVED the waffle with strawberries and cream! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
Easy to find your own way to Brugge and take a canal ride, walk about, etc.. Plenty of time in port to get there and back.
Easy to find your own way to Brugge and take a canal ride, walk about, etc.. Plenty of time in port to get there and back. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
The cruise line ended up getting transportation to town here. But the joke was on us. It’s not to Brugge as you think but to a town a mile or two away. At the cost of $11 per person. And no signs to say where to go to catch this when you ... Read More
The cruise line ended up getting transportation to town here. But the joke was on us. It’s not to Brugge as you think but to a town a mile or two away. At the cost of $11 per person. And no signs to say where to go to catch this when you get off ship. So there were two different busses. One to terminal a block away, and one to small little town a few miles away. Get on the wrong bus and you get an extra time lost seeing a terminal for port. It was nice being on our own but we really did think we were getting farther away for $11 per person. It’s just sad how this company throws things together 1/2 assed. Waste of money, put health at risk, put security at risk and more. Just awful and this company should be ashamed. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2019
I ended up taking public transportation (tram first, then train) from Zeebrugge to Bruges. The round trip cost for both was slightly less than the 20 Euro shuttle which was available near the port. Highlights of the trip included taking ... Read More
I ended up taking public transportation (tram first, then train) from Zeebrugge to Bruges. The round trip cost for both was slightly less than the 20 Euro shuttle which was available near the port. Highlights of the trip included taking photos of the quaint medieval city itself and feasting on chocolates at Chocolatier Dumon, The Chocolate Story, and other chocolatiers. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
Fantastic town. It’s a perfectly preserved medieval town with great food, lots of chocolate, pretty views everywhere you look and, if you lime beer, the best selection thereof anywhere.
Fantastic town. It’s a perfectly preserved medieval town with great food, lots of chocolate, pretty views everywhere you look and, if you lime beer, the best selection thereof anywhere. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2019
WE took a private shuttle to Bruges and private walking tour. We enjoyed both. This is a beautiful, walkable city with lovely things to see and beautiful architecture.
WE took a private shuttle to Bruges and private walking tour. We enjoyed both. This is a beautiful, walkable city with lovely things to see and beautiful architecture. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
Brugge is a delightful medieval city and perfect for a day in port. The port is actually Zeebrugge, about 18 km away. There are various ways to get into Brugge: 1) Paid NCL cruise shuttle from ship to Blankenburge train station ($15) and ... Read More
Brugge is a delightful medieval city and perfect for a day in port. The port is actually Zeebrugge, about 18 km away. There are various ways to get into Brugge: 1) Paid NCL cruise shuttle from ship to Blankenburge train station ($15) and train in/out of city. However, we were told that the train only ran once per hour. 2) Free cruise shuttle to port entrance, public tram to Blankenburge train station, and train in/out of city. Less expensive than the cruise line transportation, but one extra step. 3) Free cruise shuttle to port entrance and taxi to/from city. This is approximately 50 Euros each way, but could be split with other passengers. The taxi queue was quite long. 4) Free cruise shuttle to port entrance and Express Bus (https://www.cruise-express.be/en/) for 20 Euros pp. I think you can book tickets in advance, but we stood in a line and bought them at the cruise terminal. The gift shop clerk said there was another non-sanctioned bus across the street, but we opted for the sanctioned one., which ran more frequently and was a known commodity. The Express Bus into the city ran frequently as everyone was getting off the ship. Coming back, it ran every half hour. While it may be more expensive than the train option, I think it was worth it in time and ease. The bus drops off at the edge of the city, and it's an easy walk across a bridge and into the city. I'd recommend a half-hour boat ride on the canals (10 Euros pp) in the morning, as it's more crowded in the afternoon. We also went to the Choco Story chocolate museum (9 Euros pp with free samples). It's a quirky museum but something to do. Otherwise, we spent the day walking around and eating. Points of interest: Begijnhof, a UNESCO heritage site and community of whitewashed houses belonging to members of a Catholic order of lay women; Church of our Lady with Michaelangelo's sculpture (featured in Monuments Men) - church is free to enter but sculpture and museum are 5 Euros; the Belfry in the Markt square surrounded by restaurants and cafes; Burg square, Streenstraat with shops. We stopped at Chez Albert, a waffle take-away stand, on Breidelstraat, a pedestrian street on the southeast corner of Markt square. So, so good! Also, we sat at one of the cafes on the square for local Belgian beer and frites. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2019
We did not like this port. There is nothing to do in Zeebrugge and most people would go to Brugge.
We did not like this port. There is nothing to do in Zeebrugge and most people would go to Brugge. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
Arranged a transfer from the port to Bruges on with Viator. They were not very organized and the entire process took much to much time (cheap price though). Bruges is a magical town and though it was cold, we enjoyed our visit ... Read More
Arranged a transfer from the port to Bruges on with Viator. They were not very organized and the entire process took much to much time (cheap price though). Bruges is a magical town and though it was cold, we enjoyed our visit thoroughly. Negotiated a cab ride from the Market Suqare back to the ship. Best decision of the day. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
You can a busservice for 20 euros return ticket. That is more than the public transportation by tram and bus, but saves a lot of hassle. The bus drops you of at a bus parking lot, where a lot of other busses are parked as well. So look at ... Read More
You can a busservice for 20 euros return ticket. That is more than the public transportation by tram and bus, but saves a lot of hassle. The bus drops you of at a bus parking lot, where a lot of other busses are parked as well. So look at for your own bus. It may be parked somewhere else than when you arrived. The distance from the parking lot to the city may be too much for disabled people. Especially as you are then in the middle of the mass tourism. Just continue to the market square and then continue to the canals. You will be there just with few people, and you can appreciate the charm of this beautiful quiet city. Do not forget to pay a visit to the Groeningenmuseum, which has some very famous Flemish masters. Worth the detour. Read Less

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