Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas Paris & Bruges Mini Cruise – 25th May 2019
Enjoy a long weekend break touring France and Belgium on an American cruise ship.
Independence of the Seas, a firm favourite with Brits, will embark on a three-night mini cruise from Southampton in late-May.
About this cruise
Step aboard on Saturday 25th May 2019 and quickly slip into holiday mode. This ship, which returns to Southampton year after year, is a firm favourite with Brits. It is easy to see why. As a family-friendly ship, it has something for everyone. It might be too cold for the water splash park out on deck, but the kids will love the children's club instead. Watch brave participants tackle the surfing simulator, or head up the rock climbing wall for unrivalled views.
Expect world class entertainment in the theatre, and you may even be treated to a spectacular performance show on the onboard ice rink. For relaxation, head straight to the spa.
Food choices are excellent, with something for everyone. Upgrade to dinner at a speciality restaurant for something a little more special. You will find plenty of bars on the ship too, as well as a very popular British pub, located on the spacious indoor promenade.
With all the excitement of the ship, it is easy to forget the itinerary. Three nights at sea means you get two ports of call on this itinerary - Le Havre and Zeebrugge. That means no sea days (so non-stop fun) and sailing at night while you sleep.
Sunday's port call is Zeebrugge in Belgium which is the gateway to Bruges, Ostend, and Brussels. Royal Caribbean sells a range of optional shore excursions, or you can head off on your own - the train and tram connections from the port are easy to find.
On Monday, you'll dock at Le Havre in France, considered to be the gateway to Paris. However, brace yourself for more than two hours on a coach there and back. Royal Caribbean sells a range of optional shore excursions to Paris, or you could make your own way there by train. Alternatively, stay and explore the small and quaint city of Le Havre. Tour its gardens, parks, grand buildings, and shops. Head back on the ship where you'll find lots more to see and do onboard,
Early on Tuesday morning you will dock back in Southampton where this mini family-friendly adventure draws to a close.
The itinerary for this mini cruise is:
|1||Saturday 25th May 2019||Southampton||4.30pm|
|2||Sunday 26th May 2019||Zeebrugge||9am to 6pm|
|3||Monday 27th May 2019||Le Havre||8am to 10pm|
|4||Tuesday 28th May 2019||Southampton||5.30am|
Why choose this taster cruise?
- 3 nights on Royal Caribbean's family-friendly ship, Independence of the Seas
- Departs on Saturday 25th May 2019
- 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.
On Wednesday 18th July 2018, I found a starting price from £409 per person based on two sharing the cheapest cabin (usually this is an inside cabin). 19 days prior it started from £404 per person, a hike of £5 per person.
What's that per night?
Want to compare this short break to a hotel stay? A starting price of 'from £409 per person' equates to 'from £136.33 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 12 checks, the cheapest I have seen this cruise start at is from £299 per person, and the highest I've seen it go is from £669 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 10 months.
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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