Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas Rotterdam & Bruges Mini Cruise – 28th August 2018

Enjoy a mid-week short break in the height of summer on a fun ship.

Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas will sail on a short three-night taster cruise to Rotterdam and Zeebrugge (for Bruges or Brussels).

About this cruise

This journey begins on Tuesday 28th August at Southampton where you will board in the early afternoon. As soon as you step on the ship you will slip into holiday mode. American hospitality makes this so easy to do. Besides, there is so much to see and do on this large ship, and everyone is keen to make the most of the short time aboard.

In the evening, it is full steam ahead to reach the port of Rotterdam by daylight. Enjoy your first night on the ship by enjoying dinner, watching a live show, enjoying a drink or two in the bars, or partying the night away instead.

You will have a full day in Rotterdam so the challenge is more about what to see. In Summer, the waterways are popular, with tourists seeing the sights from an army of watercraft. If you would rather stay on dry land, check out Rotterdam's thriving art and gastronomy scenes. If it is a bird's eye view you seek, head up the Euromast observation tower.

In the evening, the captain will chart a course for Zeebrugge, leaving you to enjoy the ship's facilities for another night. You will have another full day in Zeebrugge, meaning you will have plenty of time should you wish to venture into Brussels rather than Bruges. Bruges is the smaller of the two cities, and has more charm to it, but Brussels boasts more attractions. In the height of summer, both should be attractive cities.

A final night at sea follows as Independence of the Seas slowly heads back to Southampton where you will disembark early on Friday morning.

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The Route

The itinerary for this mini cruise is:

1Tuesday 28th August 2018Southampton4.30pm
2Wednesday 29th August 2018Rotterdam10am to 4pm
3Thursday 30th August 2018Zeebrugge7am to 4pm
4Friday 31st August 2018Southampton5.30am

Why choose this taster cruise?

  • 3 nights on Royal Caribbean's family-friendly ship, Independence of the Seas
  • Departs on Tuesday 28th August 2018
  • Sail round-trip from Southampton
  • Visit Belgium and the Netherlands in one easy cruise

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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 11th August 2018, I found a starting price from £761 per person based on two sharing the cheapest cabin (usually this is an inside cabin). 8 days prior it started from £399 per person, a hike of £362 per person.


What's that per night?

Want to compare this short break to a hotel stay? A starting price of 'from £761 per person' equates to 'from £253.67 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 34 checks, the cheapest I have seen this cruise start at is from £329 per person, and the highest I've seen it go is from £1,097 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 9 days.

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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