Cruises to Zeebrugen Belgium

Officially known as the Port of Zeebrugge-Bruges Zeebrugge is a large ferry port in Belgium, located in one of the busiest seas in the world, the North Sea.

Zeebrugge: Pretty side canals and an exquisite 18th century city

Hop on board on of MSC's Europe Cruises to Belgium and discover the port of Zeebrugge. Officially known as the Port of Zeebrugge-Bruges Zeebrugge is a large ferry port in Belgium, located in one of the busiest seas in the world, the North Sea..MSC is offering some of the best Europe cruise deals around for cruises to Belgium.

Officially known as the Port of Zeebrugge-Bruges, Zeebrugge is a large ferry port in Belgium, located in one of the busiest seas in the world, the North Sea. Find the perfect cruise to Zeebrugge with MSC Cruises.

Zeebrugge itself is an industrial port and is also home to a marina and one of the largest fish markets in Europe. The small holiday resort of Blankenburg is close by and is popular with locals, offering a wide sandy beach, cafés, a boardwalk and a few shops.

Your luxury MSC cruise ship will dock at Zeebrugge’s cruise terminal and from there passengers can join one of our excursion packages to explore the surrounding area. The main draw here is the exquisite 18th century city of Bruges, just 10 miles away. One can easily spend a whole day in Bruges as there is much to see and do.

Historically, the city has many interesting sights including the Belfry of the 13th century cathedral on the Market Square. As we offer the best deals on local attractions, why not take a guided city tour with us or a boat trip along Bruges’ pretty side canals.

Belgium is famous for its chips, moules frites (mussels with fries) and waffles, as well as the much-celebrated Belgian beer. During your day off the cruise ship in Bruges, be sure to shop for a souvenir of your vacation and local handicrafts are excellent here. Pick up fine Belgian lace, ceramics, and Belgian chocolate, which is typically shaped into seashells and filled with praline.

Cruise to Zeebrugen - Belgium - Northen Europe - MSC Cruises

Directions


The ship docks in the Port of Bruges-Zeebrugge, an industrial port with some passenger ship facilities. The port is about 2 km from Blankeberg and 15 km from Brugge (Bruges). Brugge can be reached by train or bus from Blankenberg. The trip is about 15 minutes. The seafront promenade of Zeebrugge is withinwalking distance.

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 ZEE01 - MEDIEVAL GHENT (approx. 4.5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Cultural  Ghent is home to one of the world’s greatest oil paintings, Van Eyck’s ‘Adoration of the Mystic Lamb’. This dynamic modern city has a centre straight out of the Middle Ages; it was the weavers from Ghent, joined by others from Bruges, who took up arms to defeat the French in 1302. An hour coach drive will transfer you to Ghent where for a pleasant walking tour. Your exploration will begin at St. Michael’s Bridge with its view of Ghent’s three glorious medieval steeples, the closest one is that of the early Gothic St. Nicholas Church. Your guide will point out key monuments such as the Meat House and the City Hall. During your visit to St. Bavo’s Cathedral you will see the ornate wooden pulpit and the world famous oil painting of ‘The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb’ by the Van Eyck brothers. After the visit a little free time is scheduled to browse around the historic district or to look for souvenirs in the many lace and chocolate shops. Return to Zeebrugge. Please note: this tour includes periods of walking on cobblestones and uneven ground; it is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair. Limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English only. Taking photos or shooting videos at the “Adoration of the Mystic Lamb” inside St. Bavo’s Cathedral is prohibited. Conservative attire is recommended for visiting sites of religious importance.

Price per person $83.00 Adults $58.00 Children

   


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 ZEE02 - BRUGES & BELGIAN CHOCOLATE (approx. 5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Cultural  Combine a few hours out to marvel at the beauties of Bruges and to learn Belgium’s finest export product: chocolate. A 30-minute coach drive will take you to Bruges (Brugge in Flemish), an exquisitely preserved medieval town and a leading member of the Hanseatic League in the 13th century. Upon arrival in Bruges a guided walking tour through the historic district will introduce you to this beautiful, romantic city. Your guide will point out the major sites such as the Market Square with its Guild houses, the Belfry Tower and Burg Square. This square is the focal point of ancient Bruges, on the lift is the Provost House built in 1655 and across the square is a row of magnificent buildings. The Stadhuis, or Town Hall, dates back to the 14th century and has a wonderfully ornate façade covered with statues and the Oude Griffe, the former Recorder’s House from the 1530’s, is ornamented with impressive windows. Next stop will be at a Belgian chocolatier’s workshop to see how raw chocolate bars re made into the fine Belgian chocolates using only the freshest and best ingredients. At the end of the demonstration you will have time to purchase some Belgian chocolates and to pay a brief, independent visit to the Chocolate Museum. After some free time to search for the perfect souvenir in the many lace and chocolates shops, your guide will lead you past the romantic Lake of Love and back to your coach. Please note: this tour includes periods of walking on cobblestones and uneven ground; it is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair. Limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English only.

Price per person $81.00 Adults $57.00 Children

   


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 ZEE03 - AN INTRODUCTION TO BRUGES AND ITS CANALS (4.5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Cultural  Leave the port and enjoy a 30-minute drive to Bruges, an exquisitely preserved medieval town and a leading member of the Hanseatic League in the 13th century. Upon arrival in Bruges a guided walking tour through the historic district will introduce you to this beautiful, romantic city. Your guide will point out the major sites such as the Market Square with its Guild houses, the Belfry Tower and Burg Square. This square is the focal point of ancient Bruges, on the lift is the Provost House built in 1655 and across the square is a row of magnificent buildings. The Stadhuis, or Town Hall, dates back to the 14th century and has a wonderfully ornate façade covered with statues and the Oude Griffe, the former Recorder’s House from the 1530’s, is ornamented with impressive windows. Next you will enjoy a 30-minute guided canal boat cruise to see the beauty of medieval Bruges from a different perspective from the canals and the waterways of the city. Free time is scheduled around Walplein Square to search for the perfect souvenir in the many lace and chocolates shops. Return to the port. Please note: this tour includes periods of walking on cobblestones and uneven ground; it is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair. Limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English only.

Price per person $94.00 Adults $66.00 Children

   


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 ZEE04 - BRUSSELS (full day, lunch not included) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Cultural  Enjoy a day out to discover the beauties of Brussels. An approximate 1,5 hours drive will take to Brussels where skyscrapers and hotels have modernized the skyline of this French and Flemish speaking city. Brussels is today an important banking and trade centre as well as the headquarters for NATO and the European Community. You will discover the city’s important monuments during an orientation coach tour that will lead you past the exhibition halls of the Centenaire, the Atomium – a gigantic representation of an iron molecule built for the 1958 World’s Fair – the Chinese Pavillion, Japanese Tower and the King’s Castle in Laeken. In the city centre you will view the Royal Palace before leaving the coach and begin a guided walking tour through St. Hubert Gallery to the ‘Rue des Bouchers’, which is the centre of the gastronomical district of the city. Your guide will lead you to the ‘Grand Place’, one of Europe’s most beautiful squares. The extraordinary ensemble of baroque façades was built on the very spot where Brussels first inhabitants held their market in the 12th century, the heart of the community in the Middle Ages. Admire the remarkable building overlooking the square such as the 15th century Gothic City Hall and the Guild Houses. A short walk from the ‘Grand Place’ stands the 17th century bronze statue by Jerome Duquesn, ‘Manneken Pis’, of a small boy that is the city’s official mascot. Enjoy free time to have lunch (not included) or to search for souvenirs in one of the many lace and chocolate shops. Return to the port. Please note: this tour includes periods of walking on cobblestones and uneven ground; it is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair. Limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English only. For 2014 campaign, this tour is not available for MSC Poesia.

Price per person $85.00 Adults $60.00 Children

   


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 ZEE07 - A JOURNEY BACK IN TIME THROUGH FETCHING FLANDERS (approx. 4 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Shopping  Thanks to its bucolic landscape and immaculately preserved medieval towns, travelling through Flanders is a little like stepping back in time. The first call on your time-warping tour is Damme, a quaint little town of numerous book shops that you can spend some time exploring – and photographing – at your own pace. A stretch by coach will then take you through the outskirts of the historical town of Bruges for glorious views of windmills and the impressive medieval city walls. A stop at one of the largest chocolate shops in Bruges – another speciality for which the Belgians are known – will give you a chance to indulge your sweet tooth with some premium-quality treats, following which you will head south to the mid-19th-century Loppem Castle. A more romantic spot you could not wish for: amid beautiful landscaped grounds with a lake, mature trees and a maze stands the remarkably well preserved castle in all its neo-Gothic splendour, complete with a richly decorated and exquisitely furnished interior. You will have some time to spend as you please before you begin your scenic journey back to the port and your ship. Please note: the tour is considered to be unsuitable for guests using a wheelchair. The number of guides in languages other than English is limited. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English only.

Price per person $68.00 Adults $48.00 Children

   


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 ZEE08 - BECOME A CONNOISSEUR OF BEER – IN BRUGES (approx. 4.5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Tasting included  Boasting a brewing tradition of almost 1,000 years and currently producing almost 450 distinct varieties, there can be no doubt that beer is writ large in Belgium’s culture and customs. A tipple that began life merely as a safer alternative to the pestilent water of the day has evolved into a sophisticated drink whose traditional brewing methods are now enhanced by modern technology to yield a range of beers that knows no equal in taste, variety and character. The setting for your venture into the world of beer is the medieval town of Bruges and its meticulously preserved 12th- to 15th-century buildings, only a 30-minute coach journey from the port. A guided walk will take you through cobbled lanes and tree-lined canals to reach the bustling marketplace, belfry tower, town hall and the 12th-century Basilica of the Holy Blood. The beer-appreciation session that then follows will inform and delight your palate – aided by your knowledgeable guide –with the delicious flavours of 4 different beers. Cheers, everyone! Time will also be set aside for you to delve into the many delights of Bruges on your own. The variety of shops selling fine Belgian beer, chocolate and lace make this picturesque town a joy to explore and a great place to pick up a truly original memento. The short return drive to your ship then brings your mellow Belgian experience to a close. Please note: the tour is considered to be unsuitable for guests with mobility problems or using a wheelchair. The number of guides in languages other than English is limited. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English only. Guests must be 18 years old to participate in the beer-appreciation session.

Price per person $98.00 Adults $69.00 Children

   


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Shore Excursions programs and Itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour. Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, It is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment.