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).

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.

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:

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

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 £398 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 17th May 2017 by David Fiske

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