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P&O Cruises Britannia Bruges Mini Cruise – 5th April 2019

Sailing on a Friday, this mini cruise is the perfect excuse for a long weekend.

Sail aboard P&O Cruises' latest ship, Britannia, on a quick hop to Zeebrugge. It's perfect for exploring the Belgian cities of Bruges or Ostend.

About this cruise

Britannia sails from the port of Southampton on Friday 5th April 2019. Your first night at sea will be a chance to see what makes this British-themed cruise ship so special. Enjoy a drink at the many bars onboard, and dine in a choice of restaurants. Head to the theatre for a live show, or head to one of the lounges to relax. When it is time to rest, head back to your stylish modern cabin.

Many schools will be off for the Easter break when this cruise takes place, so if you are looking for an effortless family getaway, look no further.

The following morning the ship will dock in Zeebrugge. The area benefits from excellent tram and rail links to Bruges and Ostend. Alternatively, book one of the optional shore excursions P&O Cruises sells, making getting to Bruges hassle-free.

If you've got the kids in tow, and the weather in April is nice, head to the beaches of Blankenberge and Ostend. If Europe's weather is nothing to write home about, head into Bruges and make a beeline for chocolate shops and the Frite (chip) shops. There's lots of green space in the peaceful Minnewaterpark for them to run around, or head onto the canals on a tour of the Medieval city.

If you would rather just spend the day onboard, that is fine. In fact, the ship will be quieter giving you a sense of exclusivity. Head to the spa for some well-deserved pampering, head to the relaxing outdoor sanctuaries, take a dip in the pools, hit the gym, or take the opportunity to enjoy plenty of delicious treats. If you book early enough, you can learn some new culinary skills at the Cookery Club inspired by James Martin. The kids clubs will be in full swing for kids of all ages.

Britannia will sail overnight back to Southampton, so use this time wisely, exploring more of the ship to take in things you may have missed on the first night. Hit the shops, try a speciality restaurant, head to a different bar, and enjoy a different show.

What's it like?

I sailed on Britannia on a mini cruise staying in a balcony cabin. I also had the pleasure of dining at the Epicurean restaurant (an experience I highly recommend).

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The Route

The itinerary for this mini cruise is:

1Friday 5th April 2019SouthamptonAfternoon
2Saturday 6th April 2019ZeebruggeMorning to late afternoon
3Sunday 7th April 2019SouthamptonEarly morning

Why choose this taster cruise?

  • 2 nights on P&O Cruises' family-friendly ship, Britannia
  • Voyage B908 departs on Friday 6th April 2018
  • Sail round-trip from Southampton
  • Spend a day in Belgium

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So you know, the map above shows point-to-point lines which may cross land. Don't worry, your cruise ship will not sprout legs and run across dry land. Instead it's water all the way! Mapping is approximate, and the scheduled times are estimates. Your trip is subject to change as, occasionally, operators have to alter itineraries due to bad weather or unforeseen events.

The Price


On Saturday 16th February 2019, I found a starting price from £299 per person based on two sharing the cheapest cabin (usually this is an inside cabin). 2 days prior it started from £312 per person, a saving of £13 per person.


What's that per night?

Want to compare this short break to a hotel stay? A starting price of 'from £299 per person' equates to 'from £149.50 per person per night'.

Here's a trend line showing the movement of the lead-in price for this cruise. I aim to check prices daily and this graph shows only those readings. I love geeky stuff like this and thought it might be handy when planning when to book your next cruise.

In my last 51 checks, the cheapest I have seen this cruise start at is from £219 per person, and the highest I've seen it go is from £356 per person.


Are there any extras?

This price normally includes some meals but excludes drinks, gratuities, optional shore excursions, and any applicable flights and transfers (if needed and if excluded). If you want a cabin or suite with a view, these come at a premium (if available).

Cruise prices are based on supply and demand so the more spare cabins there are closer to the sail date, the cheaper the prices often become. After all, no cruise line likes sailing with empty cabins and this cruise sails in 1 month.

I regularly check for price changes by hand, but as they can occur rapidly, please use the link below to get the latest prices.

Remember, prices were correct when I last checked, but may have since changed. Prices are usually based on two adults sharing the cheapest available cabin.

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David Fiske 16 February 2019 16 February 2019 P&O Cruises Britannia Bruges Mini Cruise – 5th April 2019

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