Belgium has two key regions, the Dutch-speaking region of Flanders in the north and the French-speaking southern region of Wallonia. Belgium lies on the North Sea and is part of central Europe, sharing borders with France, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Part of the European Union, the local currency is the Euro, and Belgium was one of the founding members of the EU.
MSC luxury cruise ships travel to Belgium during our Northern European cruise itineraries and the country has much to offer cruising holidaymakers. Home to many beautiful historic cities including Bruges, Antwerp, the capital, Brussels and Ghent, Liege and Ypres, home to the war graves of WWI. Paris is also within easy reach, as it is just 80 minutes travel from Belgium and you can look forward to delicious cuisine such as mussels and French waffles as well as locally-brewed beer, a tradition that dates back to the Trappist monasteries of the Middle Ages and the fine Belgian choccolate.
Belgium has an extremely strong artistic heritage; famous masters include the 15th century painter Van Eyck, Brueghel and the Baroque artist, Peter Paul Rubens. More contemporary artists include Hervé, the famous author of the celebrated ‘Tintin’ books.
In Belgium tourists can find the ‘essence of Europe’; so let MSC Cruises surprise you with a discovery of this lesser-known European country that deserves to be as celebrated as its neighbours.