Independence of the Seas in Funchal, Madeira
25
Oct
2018

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

Winter is creeping in, but here is an excuse to extend Summer, albeit for three nights.

Step aboard Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas, where three nights of fun await.

About this cruise

The ship effortlessly caters for a diverse range of passengers, and it is favoured by young and old as well as singles, couples, and families. With something for everyone, it manages to tick all the boxes for everyone. Looking for peace and quiet? Treat yourself in the spa, relax on your private balcony, head to the Solarium, or dine in a cosy speciality restaurant. Looking for thrills? Race up the climbing wall or try your hand at surfing or ice skating. Do not miss the Broadway-style shows in the main theatre, either.

This cruise departs Southampton in the evening on Thursday 25th October and sails overnight to Zeebrugge. This is the gateway port to Bruges or Brussels, and you can either book an optional shore excursion to visit these, tour on your own, or stay onboard. While tempting to stay onboard and enjoy the quieter facilities, you would be missing out on seriously good Belgian chocolate and beer, interesting museums, and local experiences.

The ship sails again overnight - while you are sleeping in your comfortable cabin or partying the night away in the clubs or bars onboard - bound for Le Havre. This French city is the cruising world's gateway to Paris, and in just a couple of hours you can be sipping on wine and devouring exquisite patisserie in the nation's capital city. Again, you have the option here to stay on the ship and enjoy the onboard facilities, or you can head off into Le Havre and explore the nearby areas.

Enjoy one more night at sea as the ship slowly meanders back across the English Channel to Southampton, docking early on Sunday morning.

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The Route

The itinerary for this mini cruise is:

DayDatePortWhen
1Thursday 25th October 2018Southampton4.30pm
2Friday 26th October 2018Zeebrugge7am to 4pm
3Saturday 27th October 2018Le Havre7am to 9pm
4Sunday 28th October 2018Southampton5.30am

Why choose this taster cruise?

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

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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

£369

On Wednesday 21st March 2018, I found a starting price from £369 per person based on two sharing the cheapest cabin (usually this is an inside cabin). 12 days prior it started from £349 per person, a hike of £20 per person.

Night

What's that per night?

Want to compare this short break to a hotel stay? A starting price of 'from £369 per person' equates to 'from £123 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 3 checks, the cheapest I have seen this cruise start at is from £349 per person, and the highest I've seen it go is from £369 per person.

Wallet

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 6 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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