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Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas Paris & Bruges Mini Cruise – 25th August 2018

Enjoy a long summer weekend break exploring Belgium and France on an American style ship.

Independence of the Seas, a popular haunt for Brits, will sail on a three-night mini cruise from Southampton in the school summer holidays.

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About this cruise

Step aboard on Saturday 25th August 2018 in Southampton. The party atmosphere takes grip as soon as you get on the ship. This ship suits everyone from the very young to the young at heart. While the service is American-style and the currency used on the ship is the United States Dollar, modifications make Independence of the Seas ready for the British season. Creature comforts like kettles in cabins, familiar dishes on the menu, and tailored entertainment ensure Brits feel right at home.

The first stop for this family-friendly ship is Zeebrugge. You may want to explore Bruges but you may need to tempt the kids with delicious Belgian chocolate to part them from the children's clubs, the rock climbing wall, the FlowRider surfing simulator, the ice rink, the water park, or the pools, especially if the sun is out in full force.

The second port of call is Le Havre, for optional excursions to Paris. If you are taking the kids on this trip, brace yourself for a couple of hours each way. Alternatively, explore Le Havre or the nearby towns. Or stay onboard and have a fun or lazy day instead.

Early on Tuesday morning you will dock back in Southampton.

I have sailed on Independence of the Seas, opting for a budget-friendly inside cabin. On another sailing, I opted for the quirky cow-themed cabin - the only one on the ship.


  • This cruise departs on a Saturday and returns on Tuesday morning during the school summer holidays.
  • Tick off France and Belgium for your travelling wish list.
  • There's something for everyone to enjoy on this family-friendly cruise ship.

The Route

The itinerary for this mini cruise is:

1Saturday 25th August 2018Southampton4.30pm
2Sunday 26th August 2018Zeebrugge7am to 4pm
3Monday 27th August 2018Le Havre7am to 9pm
4Tuesday 28th August 2018Southampton5.30am

Why choose this taster cruise?

  • 3 nights on Royal Caribbean's family-friendly ship, Independence of the Seas
  • Departs on Saturday 25th August 2018
  • Sail round-trip from Southampton
  • Spend a day in Belgium and another in France

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

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