Indoor pool on MSC Preziosa
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MSC Preziosa Bruges & Amsterdam Mini Cruise – 22nd May 2019

This mini cruise on an Italian-style cruise ship starts in Britain, ends in Germany, and takes in Belgium and The Netherlands in the short space of just four nights.

MSC Cruises is known for its competitive fares and this mini cruise is no exception.

About this cruise

You'll have a chance to experience the Italian way of life on this ship which was once the company's flagship vessel before the new generation ships arrived. There's such a multicultural mix of passengers onboard family-friendly MSC Preziosa. The Northern European climate in May might - or might not - do it justice, but there's lots to see and do, whatever the weather.

Head to Southampton on Wednesday 22nd May 2019 to board the ship. You'll have all evening to relax into the Mediterranean way of life.

The first stop on this itinerary is Zeebrugge on Thursday. Bruges is just a short hop away by bus or tram and train. It's one of my all-time favourite cities. The Medieval city is small, easy to navigate, and if you've got kids in tow, the abundant chocolate shops are definitely a hit. There's a range of churches and museums to visit, and plenty of quaint and cosy cafes and bars, perfect for sampling the famous Belgian beer.

Sail overnight and on Friday morning you'll arrive in Amsterdam. The modern and vibrant city needs no introduction. Getting around is a doddle thanks the the extensive network of buses and trams, so head off far and wide. Perhaps you'll take a canal boat ride, head to Natura Artis Magistra, one of the oldest zoos in Europe, or perhaps you fancy browsing one of the very many museums on offer. Beer fans should not miss the Heineken Experience.

The ship will stay in dock overnight, so you can enjoy Amsterdam's legendary night life. Dine out in a restaurant, take a twilight canal cruise, or, if you fancy, embark on a tour of the world famous Red Light District (fear not, there are official late night tours of the area with a guide).

While the itinerary shows the ship in Amsterdam on Saturday, it sits there until 9am where it heads out to sea bound for Germany. So in essence, this is a sea day by another name. You're free to do whatever you fancy onboard, and there really is something for everyone. If the weather's good, the outdoor pools, water splash park, and water slide are the places to be. Inside, there's a plethora of bars, lounges, shops, and a fabulous spa should you fancy a little TLC. Enjoy this taste of cruise life and unwind. Do as much or as little as you please.

Before you know it, Sunday morning sadly arrives and it's time to leave at Hamburg in Germany.

This is a repositional cruise that starts in Southampton and ends in Hamburg. You'll need to arrange onward travel to get back to the UK (flights back to the UK are NOT included in the price of this cruise, so you'll need to book these separately). Budget airlines regularly fly between Hamburg and London, which you may wish to consider.

If it were me and time allows, I'd book a night or two in a hotel in Hamburg to explore this modern maritime city before you head back home.

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The Route

The itinerary for this mini cruise is:

DayDatePortWhen
1Wednesday 22nd May 2019Southampton8pm
2Thursday 23rd May 2019Zeebrugge (for Bruges)10am to 8pm
3Friday 24th May 2019AmsterdamArrive 9am
4Saturday 25th May 2019AmsterdamDepart 9am
5Sunday 26th May 2019Hamburg7am

Why choose this taster cruise?

  • 4 nights on MSC Cruises' family-friendly cruise ship, MSC Preziosa
  • Departs on Wednesday 22nd May 2019
  • Sail from Southampton and arrive in Hamburg (you'll need to fly back home)
  • Enjoy a stop at Zeebrugge (for Bruges) and an overnight call in Amsterdam

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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

£349

On Friday 5th October 2018, I found a starting price from £349 per person based on two sharing the cheapest cabin (usually this is an inside cabin). 1 month prior it started from £704 per person, a saving of £355 per person.

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What's that per night?

Want to compare this short break to a hotel stay? A starting price of 'from £349 per person' equates to 'from £87.25 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 13 checks, the cheapest I have seen this cruise start at is from £179 per person, and the highest I've seen it go is from £704 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 7 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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David Fiske 5 October 2018 5 October 2018 MSC Preziosa Bruges & Amsterdam Mini Cruise – 22nd May 2019

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