It does not get better than Bruges in December.

Well, it does if it means cruising on P&O Cruises’ adults-only cruise ship, Arcadia.

If you are looking for a child-free city break in the run-up to Christmas, this is a great choice.

The mid-sized Arcadia offers plenty of things to see and do but in a manageable size. This is not a monstrously large ship, and with a capacity of justĀ 2,094 passengers, you will feel more of a community atmosphere onboard than on the mammoth alternatives. Oh, and did I mention there will be no kids running about on board?

Bruges in December is simply magical. The nippy weather closes in and the bustling Christmas markets in Grote Markt are a must-see attraction. You could lose a day, wrapping yourself in the festive feeling meandering from stall to stall. The ice rink is also a popular attraction. Stock up on Christmas gifts here, or tear yourself away and head to the chocolate shops. Their seasonal displays are always impressive.

This two-night taster cruise departs Southampton on Friday 7th December 2018, with a day in Bruges on Saturday before returning back to the UK early on Sunday morning. If you are looking for a child-free long weekend in early December to beat the countdown to Christmas, this is it.

There is also a chance that Arcadia will be wearing its Christmas decorations. These are usually put in place in early December.

The Route

The map above shows point-to-point lines which may cross land. Do not worry, your cruise ship will stay on water all the way! Mapping is approximate and the markers are based on city locations and not necessarily the ports. The itinerary for this mini cruise is:

DayDatePortWhen
1Friday 7th December 2018SouthamptonAfternoon
2Saturday 8th December 2018ZeebruggeMorning to late afternoon
3Sunday 9th December 2018SouthamptonEarly morning

Times are estimates, and itineraries are subject to change. Occasionally, cruise lines alter itineraries based on the weather or prevailing events at the time of the cruise.

The Price

When I last checked, prices for this cruise started from £199 per person, based on two sharing an inside cabin. This price excludes gratuities, shore excursions, and any applicable flights and transfers (if needed). As prices change far too quickly for me to keep up-to-date by hand, please use the link below to get the latest prices.

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Last updated on 13th June 2017 by David Fiske

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