Zeebrugge

Beautiful Bruges
Waffles and chocolates
Lace and ceramics

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Zeebrugge/Bruges

The charming medieval city

Crowds tend to overwhelm Bruges nowadays – its reputation as a perfectly preserved medieval city has made it the most popular tourist destination in Belgium – but you’d be mad to come to Flanders.
With an MSC Northern Europe cruise and miss it: Bruges’ museums hold some of the country’s finest collections of Flemish art, and its intimate, winding streets, woven around a skein of narrow canals and lined with gorgeous ancient buildings, live up to even the most inflated tourist hype.

When you step ashore from your MSC cruise, the obvious start to an exploration of the city is the two principal squares: the Markt, overlooked by the mighty belfry, and the Burg, flanked by the city’s most impressive architectural ensemble. Almost within shouting distance are the three main museums, among which the Groeninge offers a wonderful sample of early Flemish art.

Another short hop brings you to St-Janshospitaal and the important paintings of the fifteenth-century artist Hans Memling, as well as Bruges’ most impressive churches, the Onze Lieve Vrouwekerk and St-Salvatorskathedraal. Further afield, the gentle canals and maze-like cobbled streets of eastern Bruges – stretching out from Jan van Eyckplein – are extraordinarily pretty.

The most characteristic architectural feature is the crow-step gable, popular from the fourteenth to the eighteenth century and revived by the restorers of the 1880s, but there are also expansive Georgian-style mansions and humble, homely cottages.

Time and again the eye is surprised by the sober and subtle variety of the cityscape, featuring everything from intimate arched doorways and bendy tiled roofs to wonky chimneys and a bevy of discreet shrines and miniature statues.

Discover our excursions

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  • Zeebrugge by Bike

    ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

    ZEEBKT

    Zeebrugge by Bike
    • No guide available

    • Limited seats

    • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

      Difficulty Level
      Strenuous

    • Duration
      5:30 h

    • Adults$89.00Price per person

    • ChildrenNot available

  • BRUGES ON YOUR OWN

    CITY TOUR

    ZEE11

    Except for the fact that Bruges very much exists and thrives in the modern world, the historical beauty of the Belgian city is such that any visitor would be excused for thinking – even if only for a moment – that they had fetched up in a living museum de
    • Long route by bus

    • Shooting videos and/or taking pictures is not allowed or subject to fee

    • No guide available

    • Duration
      6 h

    • Adults$59.00Price per person

    • Children$42.00Price per person

  • BRUSSELS

    CITY TOUR

    ZEE04

    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
      • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        7 h

      • Adults$89.00Price per person

      • Children$62.00Price per person

    • MEDIEVAL GHENT

      CULTURE AND HISTORY

      ZEE01

      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
      • Limited seats

      • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        4:30 h

      • Adults$85.00Price per person

      • Children$59.00Price per person

    • A JOURNEY BACK IN TIME THROUGH FETCHING FLANDERS

      SCENIC ROUTE

      ZEE07

      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 spen
      • Shopping

      • Limited seats

      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        4 h

      • Adults$72.00Price per person

      • Children$52.00Price per person

    • AN INTRODUCTION TO BRUGES AND ITS CANALS

      SCENIC ROUTE

      ZEE03

      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
      • Limited seats

      • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        4:30 h

      • Adults$95.00Price per person

      • Children$72.00Price per person

    • A JOURNEY BACK TO 15TH-CENTURY BRUGES: HISTORIUM EXPERIENCE

      SOMETHING SPECIAL

      ZEE10

      Perhaps best known for the entirely fictional Poirot, the moustachioed Belgian detective created by Agatha Christie, Belgium’s real-life charms include exquisite lace and tapestries, delicious fries (a Belgian invention!), delectable chocolates, fluffy wa
      • Long route by bus

      • Tasting included

      • Limited seats

      • Duration
        5 h

      • Adults$125.00Price per person

      • Children$89.00Price per person

    • BECOME A CONNOISSEUR OF BEER – IN BRUGES

      SOMETHING SPECIAL

      ZEE08

      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 pestile
      • Tasting included

      • Limited seats

      • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        00 m

      • Adults$99.00Price per person

      • Children$72.00Price per person

    • BRUGES & BELGIAN CHOCOLATE

      SOMETHING SPECIAL

      ZEE02

      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 Ha
      • No guide available

      • Tasting included

      • Limited seats

      • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        5 h

      • Adults$85.00Price per person

      • Children$59.00Price per person

    The excursions in the program above are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this program is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise.
    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. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

    Belgium

    Discovering the Flemish culture
    Discovering the Flemish culture

    A federal country with three official languages and an ongoing rivalry between its two main groups – Dutch-speaking Flemish and French-speaking Walloons – Belgium’s dull reputation is definitely misleading.
    A cruise to Belgium will show you lively and cultured cities in the predominantly urban north, beautiful forests and rugged hills in the south. A holiday to Belgium is a pleasure: factor in the Belgians’ enthusiasm for beer and fine cuisine, and all the ingredients for a truly memorable trip are in place. With Europe’s finest cliff-top city, neighbouring Luxembourg certainly does its bit too.

    Roughly in the middle of Belgium lies the capital, Brussels, the heart of the EU and a genuinely vibrant and multicultural city. North of here stretch the flat landscapes of Flemish Belgium, whose main city, Antwerp, is a bustling old port with doses of fine art, cutting-edge fashion, and twice as many bars as Amsterdam.

    Further west, also in the Flemish zone, are the charismatic cities of Bruges and Ghent, each with a stunning concentration of medieval architecture. To the south of Brussels, Belgium’s most scenic region, the Ardennes in Wallonia, has deep, wooded valleys, high elevations and dark caverns, with the town of Namur the obvious gateway.

     
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