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2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
You can take a 5 minute walk to a light rail system and get to Blankenberge in 10 minutes. That city has a cute downtown, but it has an amazing beachfront area with cabanas, restaurants, etc. We should have just stayed there. We took the ... Read More
You can take a 5 minute walk to a light rail system and get to Blankenberge in 10 minutes. That city has a cute downtown, but it has an amazing beachfront area with cabanas, restaurants, etc. We should have just stayed there. We took the once an hour train from Blankenberge to Bruges and ended up with only 2 hours to explore that beautiful city. Leave the ship early to catch that train and spend 4 or 5 hours in Bruges. Amazing chocolate stores and tons of restaurants. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2019
We used the 20 Euro (each) shuttle from the port into Bruges. A 5 minute walk into the southern end of town was a nice way to enter and see a bit of this pretty city. It's a characterful place and plenty of independent shops to see as ... Read More
We used the 20 Euro (each) shuttle from the port into Bruges. A 5 minute walk into the southern end of town was a nice way to enter and see a bit of this pretty city. It's a characterful place and plenty of independent shops to see as well as canal boat trips (reasonably priced) and horse-drawn carts if that's your thing. Plenty of beer and chocolates. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
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
7 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
2 Helpful Votes
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
3 Helpful Votes
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
6 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
4 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
2 Helpful Votes
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
7 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
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
We took the free cruise bus to the station and got a €5 return cruise special train ticket to Bruges. There’s nothing not to like about this beautiful city.
We took the free cruise bus to the station and got a €5 return cruise special train ticket to Bruges. There’s nothing not to like about this beautiful city. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
We got off the ship and walked around Blankenburg. We ate Belgian waffles, sampled different kinds of beer, and of course ate chocolate. We also walked along the shore on the beach and explored the local shops. The town seemed like a ... Read More
We got off the ship and walked around Blankenburg. We ate Belgian waffles, sampled different kinds of beer, and of course ate chocolate. We also walked along the shore on the beach and explored the local shops. The town seemed like a great getaway location on its own! I loved seeing all of the dogs everywhere too. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We had been a few times before to Zeebrugge and weren’t that fussed about Bruges, war cemeteries again and thought we might stay onboard but as a lovely sunny day we took free shuttle bus to port building where you buy tram ticket to ... Read More
We had been a few times before to Zeebrugge and weren’t that fussed about Bruges, war cemeteries again and thought we might stay onboard but as a lovely sunny day we took free shuttle bus to port building where you buy tram ticket to Blankenberg 6 Euro each for day pass. We got off a couple of stops before the centre of town and walked through the sand dunes and along a gorgeous beach, along the prom, to the marina and mooched. Plenty of places for a coffee/beer and bought some chocolates goodies. If you have young children the beach and the various facilities on seafront make for a lovely family day near to ship. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
We caught a shuttle bus on the pier 20 euro each,that was worth it,took you to the edge of Brugge,very nice place lovely walks,it was absolutely beautiful,would go back time and time again.Only saying what the wife said.
We caught a shuttle bus on the pier 20 euro each,that was worth it,took you to the edge of Brugge,very nice place lovely walks,it was absolutely beautiful,would go back time and time again.Only saying what the wife said. Read Less

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