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

Sail aboard P&O Cruises’ latest vessel, Britannia, on a quick trip to Zeebrugge, where you can book an optional tour to the Belgian cities of Bruges or Brussels.

Britannia sails from Southampton on Friday 6th April 2018. Your first night at sea will be a great opportunity to see exactly what makes this British themed cruise ship so special. Enjoy a drink at the many bars onboard, and dine in a choice of restaurant. Head to the theatre for a great show, or head to one of the lounges to relax. When it is time to trest, head back to your stylish modern cabin.

The following morning the ship will dock in Zeebrugge. The gateway to Belgium, you will find excellent rail links to Bruges and Brussels. Alternatively, opt for one of the optional shore excursions P&O Cruises sells, making getting there hassle-free.

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 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.

Britannia will sail overnight back to Southampton, so use this as the perfect excuse to see anything you may have missed. Hit the shops, try a speciality restaurant, head to a different bar, and enjoy a different show.

I sailed on Britannia on a mini cruise staying in a balcony cabin. I also had the pleasure of dining at the Epicurean restaurant.


  • This cruise departs on a Friday so use it as a good excuse for a long weekend break.
  • Enjoy a day in Belgium – book an optional tour or explore Bruges or Brussels on your own.
  • Enjoy lots to see and do onboard.

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 6th April 2018SouthamptonAfternoon
2Saturday 7th April 2018ZeebruggeMorning to late afternoon
3Sunday 8th April 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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