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Sail Date: April 2009
A very nice medieval town. A canal tour was included, an easy and fast way to see the most while seated in an open boat.
A very nice medieval town. A canal tour was included, an easy and fast way to see the most while seated in an open boat. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2009
Brugge is a wonderful place to see. It is hard to find places in Europe with so many old buildings standing, that haven't been ravaged by fire and war. It is a middieval city with canals and parks. There are many stores and ... Read More
Brugge is a wonderful place to see. It is hard to find places in Europe with so many old buildings standing, that haven't been ravaged by fire and war. It is a middieval city with canals and parks. There are many stores and restaurants. More chocolate shops that you can imagine, each which make their own exquisite chocolates. We didn't go on any of the ship's excursions but went on our own. The port you land in is Zebrugge which isn't too close to the ship. The ship supplies a shuttle for 16 dollars a person round trip, which takes you to a train station in near town. The train was only about $3.50 roundtrip to Brugge which you must pay for in Euros and the trip took about 15 minutes. You then have to walk a ways to get into the town. There is a big area to walk around in and every street is interesting to look at. Prices aren't too bad in the area, except the chocolate is about 14 dollars a pound. There was a free art exhibit inside an old building. Part of it was in the attic and it was amazing to see the original beams in a building from the 1400's. They really knew how to build things then. Only complaint was that we didn't spend more time in Brugge. We got off the boat later than we should have because the cruise director was so unenthusiastic about the port. Also there was destination speech about the port or show on tv about it. We left on saturday evening and got to the port on Sunday morning. It would have been nice to have some information about it in advance. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2009
This was our favorite port. How we could have lived and traveled for ten years without visiting this spot is hard to understand.
This was our favorite port. How we could have lived and traveled for ten years without visiting this spot is hard to understand. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2009
Didn't go ashore here, been on previous cruise. Brugge is a lovel medieval town about 20 mins outside the port. Well worth a visit, would even go again in the summer for a stay holiday.
Didn't go ashore here, been on previous cruise. Brugge is a lovel medieval town about 20 mins outside the port. Well worth a visit, would even go again in the summer for a stay holiday. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2010
To say this was our favorite stop would be an understatement - and I do believe that the majority of the ship's passengers would agree. What a charming and beautiful little medieval city. We hired a taxi (via email) months prior to ... Read More
To say this was our favorite stop would be an understatement - and I do believe that the majority of the ship's passengers would agree. What a charming and beautiful little medieval city. We hired a taxi (via email) months prior to the cruise and it worked out wonderfully. The van dropped us off in the heart of the town and picked us up promptly at our scheduled return. The shops are wonderful, the canal cruise wonderful, the candy wonderful, the architecture wonderful, the food and beer wonderful. It was just wonderful, wonderful! Again Euros was the currency. I would go back there and stay a week. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2010
NOTE: Zeebrugge is an active shipping port. They have extremely strict rules regarding passengers on the dock. You cannot walk from the dock to the town or train, You can only leave the ship's dock by cab or bus, which was provided ... Read More
NOTE: Zeebrugge is an active shipping port. They have extremely strict rules regarding passengers on the dock. You cannot walk from the dock to the town or train, You can only leave the ship's dock by cab or bus, which was provided free of charge by the port/ship. Brugge is about a 20 minute cab ride or 15 minute train ride from the port. The cab price to town is fixed and does not fluctuate, so a cab of 8 is the same price as a cab with 2. Brugge was the highlight of the trip. It is a small old town that escaped major damage during WWII. You can use the train to get from Zeebrugge to Brugge. It's clean, quick and affordable. Cruisers on our ship arranged to meet a Historian Guide and take a walking tour of Brugge. The group of 25 paid the Guide $25 euros for the two hour tour, so $1 euro each. Make sure to stop in one of chocolate shops and have a hot chocolate. It was cold the day we visited and enjoyed the treat so much many of us had more than one. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2010
6.) Brugges, Belgium ~ On this port of call in Zeebrugges, we chose to go with the tour entitled, “Romantic Brugges”. I’m happy to enthusiastically recommend this tour to everyone. This was 1 of my 3 most favorite ports of call. ... Read More
6.) Brugges, Belgium ~ On this port of call in Zeebrugges, we chose to go with the tour entitled, “Romantic Brugges”. I’m happy to enthusiastically recommend this tour to everyone. This was 1 of my 3 most favorite ports of call. It’s too bad there aren’t more cruise ships going to this little charming district in Belgium. It’s a unique experience to visit the town of Brugges, by doing both a walking tour and canal boat ride, alike, as we did both. The canal boat ride was peaceful & relaxing and allowed yourself to unwind while taking in the distinct flavors of Brugges’ architectural building styles, which was quite interesting I thought. Going under the narrow-topped tunnels was kinda neat too! The walking tour is very informative, and you do walk a goodly amount of distance both before the canal boat ride and after. There are tons of places to shop in Brugges. The most notable shops they boast are chocolate factory stores everywhere. Then there are the Belgium fries and Belgium waffles which you can splurge on in addition to the many chocolate stores we found along the streets. I’d highly recommend visiting Brugges to anyone who’s interested in shopping, eating, and who craves for chocolates, while enjoying the architectural styles of this quaint, charming little village! It was a favorite of mine!! :0) 7.) London, England (via Dover) ~ For this port of call, we chose the tour called “Scenic London & Free Time”. The amount of free time given was exactly 1 hour and 10 minutes, as I looked at my watch, from 150 PM to 3 PM, and the free time was given at the end of this tour. Again, just like in Paris, many of the sites you see in London are whilst onboard the motorcoach bus, with only a couple stops made. The first stop we made was at the Tower of London Bridge. Here you had lots of time to take pictures, and make a quick sneak peek inside the Tower shops. We could also take photos of the new city hall, too. Afterwards, we passed by Big Ben, Parliament Square, and Westminster Abby. No stops were made at these locations, so you had to take pictures from the bus, which was sometimes a challenge. My favorite, most picturesque monuments were at Parliament Square. I’d have liked to had a stop here. Instead, though, we were given a stop at Buckingham Palace, where we were able to get out of the motorcoach and have a goodly amount of free time to take pictures of the outside of the palace, the gold-topped gate, and fountains in front as well. After Buckingham Palace we visited Kensington Place where we were dropped off for free time right next to the famed Harrod’s department store. Harrod’s is to London as Saks 5th Avenue is to the United States, just as a point of reference for you to understand. We had 1 hour and 10 minutes of shopping time there in Kensington Place, before we were taken to the Heathrow Airport. Again, this was what I’d call an “Introductory Tour to London”. It just passes by pointing out the highlights of London mostly from the motorcoach bus, so you’d have to be quick to take pictures from the motorcoach bus. I’d recommend folks to take an open-air, 2-tiered (double decker) bus, that has no roof, so you won’t have glare on your pictures from any windows, and no roof obstructions to your pictures. Just dress warmly as it is cool in London, but at least you’ll be able to take better pictures on the top 2nd deck of a London red bus, as there won’t be any window glares to your pictures, and you’ll be able to take pictures on the left and right no matter where you’re sitting as there’s no roof to that bus. Traffic in London was enormous and extremely SEVERE! The streets are terribly slow as there’s a population of 7.25 million inhabitants residing in London, England and about a total of between 11 to 16 million transiting per day! Read Less
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Sail Date: May 2010
I give this four rather than five because of the actual port of Zeebrugge, which is a commercial port and it was very difficult to have a friend pick us up and drop us off. I was not informed that she would have to have a special pass to ... Read More
I give this four rather than five because of the actual port of Zeebrugge, which is a commercial port and it was very difficult to have a friend pick us up and drop us off. I was not informed that she would have to have a special pass to get anywhere near us, although she was allowed to drop us off at the end of the day as we were with her. So if you are having friends pick you up at Zeebrugge please bear this in mind. Bruges itself if a beautiful little city. We spent hours just sitting in the main square just drinking coffee or having lunch. The canal tour is a must and there are plenty of places to pick up a boat and do this. The old historic building are well preserved and very pretty and of course there are chocolateries and lace shops galore. Some people were also taking a carriage ride, which we did not have time to do, but looked good. Ideal place to see in a day. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2010
Actually, it was Zeebrugge, but you've made no allowance for this. Regardless, we made our own way to Bruges by train from the railway station outside the port and had a wonderful time. Bruges gets 5 stars. Zeebrugge only gets two ... Read More
Actually, it was Zeebrugge, but you've made no allowance for this. Regardless, we made our own way to Bruges by train from the railway station outside the port and had a wonderful time. Bruges gets 5 stars. Zeebrugge only gets two stars because we were charged over £20 for two people to be driven through the docks to the railway station, including return journey - because it was illegal to walk. Actually we paid the cruise members for the shuttle bus, so maybe the docks weren't at fault! Read Less
Sail Date: May 2010
We took a van from Zeerbrugge to Brugge. Take care to ensure that any taxi or van pre-booked can be brought onto the pier - passengers cant just walk off the dock here. It was a short day we only had around 6 hours, but Brugges is a lovely ... Read More
We took a van from Zeerbrugge to Brugge. Take care to ensure that any taxi or van pre-booked can be brought onto the pier - passengers cant just walk off the dock here. It was a short day we only had around 6 hours, but Brugges is a lovely medieval town, very pleasant to walk around. We took a canal boat trip. The chocolates are exceptional here - try a number of shops to test the samples to make sure you are getting something locally hand made - 'artisan'. We also looked at the lace making and weaving which are specialties here.We would have liked more time to linger here. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2010
You arrive in 'Zeebrugge' which is the port. But there are many tours and also the train to 'Bruge', Antwerp and other cities. We loved Bruge - especially the old town area. Lots of historic buildings and gorgeous old ... Read More
You arrive in 'Zeebrugge' which is the port. But there are many tours and also the train to 'Bruge', Antwerp and other cities. We loved Bruge - especially the old town area. Lots of historic buildings and gorgeous old cathedrals. Nice, clean area to walk around in - don't try to park a car! Read Less
Sail Date: May 2010
We arrived at Zebrugge which in it's self is more akin to a working port. We opted for the courtesy bus to take us into a town to pick up the train for Bruggge. It was Sunday which I dont know contributed to our frustration as we ... Read More
We arrived at Zebrugge which in it's self is more akin to a working port. We opted for the courtesy bus to take us into a town to pick up the train for Bruggge. It was Sunday which I dont know contributed to our frustration as we arrived 5 minutes too late for a train and had to wait an hour for the next one!! The journey into Brugge was only 10 minutes but the time lost really impacted on our time available We loved Brugge, the impeccable chocolate shops proving a real hit with our daughter. The standard of food in the small coffee shops was excellent and again the architecture of the town was very interesting. Whilst we were able to gain an overview of the town, we would have liked to have had more than the 3/4 hours available and would urge anyone faced with the same dilema re trains to consider a taxi as the journey is not far. Read Less
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Sail Date: June 2010
Sunday, June 27 Bruges, Belgium On day two, we had a quick breakfast at the Moonlight Sonata, and met six cruisecritic friends, for a shared taxi ride on the Brugse Taxi Service into Bruges (cost was 24 euros for 2). You are not allowed to ... Read More
Sunday, June 27 Bruges, Belgium On day two, we had a quick breakfast at the Moonlight Sonata, and met six cruisecritic friends, for a shared taxi ride on the Brugse Taxi Service into Bruges (cost was 24 euros for 2). You are not allowed to walk onto the port of Zeebrugge, so the taxi service was a perfect option for us. The town looked like a fairy tale city - quite charming. We followed a walking tour of the city the group's organizer had found on the Internet. We enjoyed a 30-minute canal trip that started near the Church of Our Lady for 6.90 euros each. The guide's English was excellent and he was very funny. After the canal trip, the eight of us saw some sights and then had lunch at one of the cafes in the main square. Our party had delicious mussels and my DH thoroughly enjoyed his Belgian waffle with strawberries, ice cream and chocolate. We then went shopping for chocolates. We were back on the ship by 2 pm. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2010
You can't walk out of Zeebrugge port so it is necessary to take the shuttle bus to nearby Blankenberg where you can either wander, catch the train to Bruges or catch the worlds longest tram (down the Belgian coast). Early away is ... Read More
You can't walk out of Zeebrugge port so it is necessary to take the shuttle bus to nearby Blankenberg where you can either wander, catch the train to Bruges or catch the worlds longest tram (down the Belgian coast). Early away is good - Bruges gets busy with tourists by midday. A good tip if going to Bruges by train is to take a 1st class day return (we were there on a Sunday so it is not much more than 2nd class) - you get more comfortable seats and the carriage isn't as busy.   Read Less
Sail Date: September 2010
Our research had shown that from where the ship docks in Zeebrugge - map is located at http://foto.brugge.be/dl/zeebruggeplan.pdf - we could walk to a tram or train to take us to Brugge. You really need to know what time you dock, when you ... Read More
Our research had shown that from where the ship docks in Zeebrugge - map is located at http://foto.brugge.be/dl/zeebruggeplan.pdf - we could walk to a tram or train to take us to Brugge. You really need to know what time you dock, when you can get off the ship, and when you must be back. The tram runs every 10-15 minutes, and the trains after 8:30 AM run hourly. You can find the tram and train schedules at http://www.delijn.be/en/index.htm . The ship excursion charges $49 pp to take you to Brugge for 4 hours - $79 for the full day. They also offer for $6/12 roundtrip a bus that will take you to Blankenburge where you can take the train to Brugge. The night before arriving in Zeebrugge, the excursion staff and Cruise Director were saying that no one will be able to walk from the ship to the port entrance. When we arrived in port, I finally found one of the cruise directors staff who informed me that there was a free bus from the ship to the port entrance (which we took). The part of the port we docked in Marinebasis - berth 704 seemed very industrialized. When leaving the port, we made a right and headed toward the Zeebrugge Dorp station, but jumped on the tram (Zeebrugge Kerk stop - 1 euro) since we would have missed the train because of the delay getting out of the port. Took the tram to Blankenburge and caught the train from there. On our return, we took the train from Brugge to Zeebrugge Dorp (total roundtrip cost for both train rides was 5.4 euros) since this gave us more time in Brugge. You can walk from Dorp or take the tram two stops back to the ship. The Dorp station is open 9 months a year. During the summer months, it is closed and the Strand station is open. The Strand station is the one closest to the ferries and the beach. Brugge was a wonderful city. Many beautiful sights, churches, and lots of great beer and chocolate. There are many internet walking tours, etc. that you can research. We did our own plan and started at Minnewater Park, then the Beguinage, St. Salvador, Church of Our Lady, Grote Market and Belfry, and the Chapel of the Holy Blood. Make sure you check your times. The Chapel was closed between 12 and 2 PM. We stopped and had a beer at Bierbrasserie Cambrinus and bought chocolate at the Chocolate Line store. We did not have enough time to take the Brewery Tour at De Halve Maan Brewery. Hope to get back to Brugge again. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2010
The city of Bruges is lovely, and plenty of excursions on offer. Also Shuttle Bus from Ship to nearby Blankenberg. Port of Zeebrugge itself would greatly benefit from having a Terminal built, for Cruise passengers.
The city of Bruges is lovely, and plenty of excursions on offer. Also Shuttle Bus from Ship to nearby Blankenberg. Port of Zeebrugge itself would greatly benefit from having a Terminal built, for Cruise passengers. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2010
Having been to Brugge several times we decided that we would just go into Blakenberge instead. Our cruise company provided a free shuttle to the town, it is from this town that you would take the train to Brugge if you wished. One of our ... Read More
Having been to Brugge several times we decided that we would just go into Blakenberge instead. Our cruise company provided a free shuttle to the town, it is from this town that you would take the train to Brugge if you wished. One of our party was in a wheelchair and it was relatively easy to use the coach transfer. The coach company used does have one coach with a disabeld lift that can take a passenger in a wheelchair even if they cannot walk at all . The town has numerous shops and a street market (this was a Friday) plus a very good seafront promenade with cafes etc. All in all a very good choice. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2010
Didn't get off this time but last time I was at Zeebrugge I went on a battle grounds / cemetery tour with my son and it was very interesting but very rushed. My wife went on courtesy bus and other than chocolate and coffee houses it ... Read More
Didn't get off this time but last time I was at Zeebrugge I went on a battle grounds / cemetery tour with my son and it was very interesting but very rushed. My wife went on courtesy bus and other than chocolate and coffee houses it wasn't very appealing to her and our daughter. Not the best port but not the worst either Read Less
Sail Date: November 2010
The port of Zeebrugge was very good with a free shuttle bus taking people to Blankenburg. Trains to Brugge were every hour but we preferred a taxi for 4 - 40 euros. Brugge appears to be cleaner than Amsterdam - canals and buildings! ... Read More
The port of Zeebrugge was very good with a free shuttle bus taking people to Blankenburg. Trains to Brugge were every hour but we preferred a taxi for 4 - 40 euros. Brugge appears to be cleaner than Amsterdam - canals and buildings! Interesting shops and a Christmas Market was prominent. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2011
Picture perfect beautiful. MANY photo ops,including from the top of the 366 step bell tower, which is worth the climb just to see the bells up close and personal. The market in the square is exceptional, but be warned, it disappears at ... Read More
Picture perfect beautiful. MANY photo ops,including from the top of the 366 step bell tower, which is worth the climb just to see the bells up close and personal. The market in the square is exceptional, but be warned, it disappears at 1pm. The canal boat ride is pleasant and not overpriced. The Church of Our Lady is preserved, but not much restored. Very interesting, do pay to go behind the altar. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2011
A taxi dropped us off about a block from the central square and we toured the city from there. They picked us up later in the afternoon. That allowed plenty of time for a walking self-guided tour. Very beautiful and well-maintained.
A taxi dropped us off about a block from the central square and we toured the city from there. They picked us up later in the afternoon. That allowed plenty of time for a walking self-guided tour. Very beautiful and well-maintained. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2011
Eat chocolate, drink their beer and get to the Church of Blood if you can, its open from 2:00 pm to 4:00....we took a taxi into town from the pier
Eat chocolate, drink their beer and get to the Church of Blood if you can, its open from 2:00 pm to 4:00....we took a taxi into town from the pier Read Less

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