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Belgium is surprisingly understated among its more flamboyant European neighbors. Yet a cruise to Belgium will immerse you in a world of cobbled town squares, ancient castles, poignant war memorials, and excitingly decadent cuisine.
This compact, northern European country is known for many things. On a European cruise that visits Belgium, you’ll explore enchanting medieval towns like Bruges and Ghent, or the deeply moving World War I war memorials at Ypres. Cozy pubs, gabled houses, intricate gothic architecture, fine beers, cream-filled chocolate truffles—you’ll find no shortage of delights on a luxury cruise to Belgium.
Bruges is one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Europe, where you’ll find a labyrinth of cobblestone lanes, tranquil canals, and ancient squares lined with half-timbered gabled houses. Gaze down on it all from the Belfort, the bell tower that looms over central Markt Square. Admire the intricately crenelated Stadhuis, or town hall, dating back to the 14th century, and the even older Basilica of the Holy Blood. In Ghent, visit Gravensteen Castle, complete with turrets and a moat.
Some 500,000 men lost their lives on the battlefields of Ypres during World War I, with a million more injured. Visit Tyne Cot, the largest British and Commonwealth war cemetery in the world, a deeply moving experience. Learn about the dramas and tragedies of the war in the museum here, and hear the story of John McCrae, who wrote the famous war poem “In Flanders Fields”.
Snacking and grazing are essential activities in food-loving Belgium. Try the national dish, moules frites, which are juicy mussels with salty fries. Tuck into a deep Belgian waffle, rich with syrup, fruit, and a mountain of whipped cream. Join a beer-tasting tour, or visit a chocolatier’s workshop to see how the famous truffles are made and buy some to take home.
Visit Belgium on a four-night cruise that sails round-trip from Southampton, England, with Amsterdam also featured on the itinerary. Or explore the country as part of a 15-night transatlantic voyage from Fort Lauderdale to Amsterdam, calling at Bermuda, Cobh in Ireland, Portland and Southampton in England, and Le Havre in France. Cruises to Belgium call at the port of Zeebrugge, within easy reach of some of the country’s best-known attractions.
On a Belgium cruise with Celebrity, you’ll see the sights of this fascinating country while sailing on one of our luxury cruise ships. Indulge in a treatment at The Spa, or take in a glittering show after dinner. Sample hand-crafted cocktails at the al fresco Sunset Bar, or try the many restaurants on board, not least the enchanting Le Petit Chef, complete with immersive animation. Choose The Retreat for the ultimate in luxury, including access to the elegant restaurant, Luminae at The Retreat, and a serene private lounge.
You’ll have access to the heart of the country’s most beautiful spots, Bruges and Ghent, as well as a chance to learn about World War I, one of the most poignant chapters of the 20th century. Whether you explore on foot, from a canal boat, by bicycle, or with frequent stops to sample the famous waffles and beer, your time in this intriguing country will be a memory to treasure.