Looking out to sea on Independence of the Seas

Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas France & Belgium Mini Cruise – 30th August 2019

Fancy a long weekend break at the end of the school summer holidays? This three-night mini cruise is ideal for exploring Northern Europe.

Hop aboard Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas and head to Belgium and France in one easy swoop.

About this cruise

Your three-night adventure begins in Southampton on Friday 30th August 2019, where you will board this large beast of a cruise ship. It has everything you could need - or want - on a cruise holiday. If you want a lazy, relaxing holiday, you will appreciate the loungers, quiet spaces, indoor promenade, and spa. For action, look no further than the VR trampoline park and the FlowRider surfing simulator. The kids will love the Splashaway Bay water park.


This itinerary is jam-packed with ports so you won't have a sea day to relax and unwind, so you might want to use your evenings wisely to tour the ship. Make sure you catch a theatre show, and soak in the live entertainment that Royal Caribbean does so well.

The ship sails through the night while you have fun and sleep, so you will be ready to tackle Bruges on Saturday. The ship docks in Zeebrugge, a short distance away, so you will need to book a shore excursion or catch the tram to Blankenberge and then the train to the medieval Belgian city. Check out the countless chocolate shops, the many bars and restaurants, and the variety of museums. Alternatively, the beach at Blankenberge should be tempting if the weather in late August holds up. If you've visited Bruges before, stay on the tram and head to Ostend for something a little different.

Again you'll sail overnight. Sunday's port of call is the French port of call of Cherbourg. Cherbourg is easy to walk around in and is lined with restaurants and cafés. Save some shoe leather and head to the La Cité de la Mer Maritime Museum next to the cruise port (it even has a full-size submarine on display outside).

All good things have to come to an end, and sadly, on Monday morning, the final call is Southampton where you will disembark.

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The Route

The itinerary for this mini cruise is:

1Friday 30th August 2019Southampton4.30pm
2Saturday 31st August 2019Zeebrugge7am to 6pm
3Sunday 1st September 2019Cherbourg8am to 7pm
4Monday 2nd September 2019Southampton5.30am

Why choose this taster cruise?

  • 3 nights on Royal Caribbean's family-friendly ship, Independence of the Seas
  • Departs on Friday 30th August 2019
  • Sail round-trip from Southampton
  • Hit France and Belgium 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 Monday 24th June 2019, I found a starting price from £770 per person based on two sharing the cheapest cabin (usually this is an inside cabin). 3 days prior it started from £600 per person, a hike of £170 per person.


What's that per night?

Want to compare this short break to a hotel stay? A starting price of 'from £770 per person' equates to 'from £256.67 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 62 checks, the cheapest I have seen this cruise start at is from £369 per person, and the highest I've seen it go is from £770 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 2 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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