Departing on a Friday means this Britannia mini cruise is an excellent excuse for a long weekend break!

Sail on P&O Cruises’ latest cruise ship, Britannia, on a short trip across to Zeebrugge in Belgium, where you can head on optional tours to Bruges or Brussels.

Britannia sails from Southampton on Friday 11th May 2018. The captain does the hard work while you sleep, so by sailing overnight, you will arrive in Zeebrugge the following morning. You will have a day to spend as you please before the ship departs, charting a course back to Southampton.

In Zeebrugge, head to Medieval Bruges or bustling Brussels on your own, or join one of the ship’s optional organised tours. Key highlights of both cities include exquisite chocolate, beer, art, and museums.

Britannia is a modern cruise ship and boasts the best of British. The cruise line focuses heavily on food and drink, with plenty of familiar British brands available onboard. This family-friendly ship has areas and clubs for the kids, and quieter sanctuaries for those that do not like children. If the May weather holds, the pools should be busy as will the loungers with passengers topping up tans as best they can.

I sailed on Britannia‘s Guernsey mini cruise (same two-night break, different destination) staying in a balcony cabin. I also had the privilege of dining at the amazing Epicurean restaurant.


  • This cruise departs on a Friday so use it as a perfect excuse for a long weekend break. You’re welcome!
  • Enjoy a day in Belgium – explore Bruges or Brussels on your own or join an optional ship-organised tour.
  • Enjoy lots to see and do onboard for all the family.

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:

1Friday 11th May 2018SouthamptonAfternoon
2Saturday 12th May 2018ZeebruggeMorning to late afternoon
3Sunday 13th May 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 10th May 2017 by David Fiske

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