New Year Cruise Bruges, Brussels, Ghent & Antwerp 2017

Belgium's Waterways | Belgium, Europe

7 days
per person
  • Fireworks
  • Brussels
  • Bruges at Christmas
  • Ghent
  • New Year Fireworks
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Note that there may be small differences between our general Itinerary for this cruise and a specific departure. To view departure specific itineraries please go to the Dates and Prices tab and click "View Itinerary" on a specific departure.


New Year Cruise Bruges, Brussels, Ghent & Antwerp Itinerary

Add some sparkle to your celebrations and join us in Antwerp, the city of diamonds, for an unforgettable way to end the year. It all starts in Rotterdam, where we join our ship and cruise towards Belgium. Brussels is our first port of call, where we have plenty of free time. We then cruise to Ghent, a city filled with dreamy canals and cobbled streets. Join our included excursion to the medieval masterpiece that is Bruges before ending up in Antwerp, where we enjoy the build up to the celebrations along the riverbanks as well as our own onboard party.

Day 1: UK – Rotterdam
We travel to Rotterdam in Holland and enjoy a relaxing evening aboard our ship as we cruise towards Belgium.

Day 2: Brussels
Brussels is known as the capital of Europe and boasts a beautiful central square. Join our optional guided tour to see the highlights including the Atomium, a huge replica of an iron atom which has become the unmistakable symbol of Belgium.

Day 3: Brussels
Today you can join our optional excursion to the charming city of Mechelen where we enjoy a tour and tasting at a local brewery – no visit to Belgium is complete without tasting the beer! Later in the day we begin cruising towards Ghent.

Day 4: Ghent & Bruges
The small city of Ghent is filled with dreamy canals, cobbled streets and beautiful buildings. We arrive here during breakfast and stay overnight, so there’s plenty of time to explore. You can also join our included excursion to Bruges, a masterpiece of medieval times. Much of the architecture is perfectly preserved and the streets and squares are largely traffic-free, so it’s a joy to explore on foot.

Day 5 New Year’s Eve: Ghent – Antwerp
Relax onboard our ship as we spend a full day cruising between Ghent and Antwerp. We reach Antwerp in the early evening, where you can enjoy the local celebrations along with our onboard party.

Day 6 New Year’s Day: Antwerp
Happy New Year! Relax and enjoy the atmosphere onboard our ship or take some time out to stroll around Antwerp. Later today we cruise back towards Rotterdam.

Day 7: Rotterdam – UK
We bid farewell to our captain and crew and set off on the return journey.

New Year Cruise Bruges, Brussels, Ghent & Antwerp

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• Sample famous Belgian beer on an optional excursion to Het Anker Brewery

• Walk around the dreamy canals and cobbled streets of Ghent

• Explore beautiful Bruges on an included full day excursion

• Spend New Year’s Eve in Antwerp and enjoy the celebrations in the run up to midnight

• Admire the architecture of Grand Place in the heart of Brussels

• Relax and enjoy this special time of year


We offer a number of flexible travel options for you to join your cruise, whether you want to travel to the port of departure or directly to the ship. Please see below:

Coach via Dover

On many of our cruises you can take advantage of our convenient and FREE regional coach departures aboard our modern executive coaches from a town or city near you to the port of departure and onwards to meet the ship.

Eurostar from London St Pancras

Enjoy the benefits of rail travel – boarding at London St Pancras International, you will be whisked effortlessly along by Eurostar whilst relaxing in your reserved seat. You have the freedom to stretch your legs whenever the mood takes you and purchase drinks and snacks from the buffet carriage.

Ferry crossing at Dover

When you travel by coach or car, you will join a ferry at Dover, depending on your chosen cruise, and cross over to Europe. Our coach will then take you to meet our ship at the embarkation point as shown in the cruise itinerary.

Overnight hotel in Dover or Ashford

Travel at your own pace, in the comfort of your own vehicle and stay overnight at Dover or Ashford, in accommodation close to the port of departure and be collected/returned by our coach. Prices start from £49.50 per person per night on a bed and breakfast basis and includes parking for one vehicle for the duration of your cruise.

Join at the Ship

You are of course free to make your own way to and from the ship by booking your flight/ferry or train tickets independently – a small reduction applies. With your joining instructions we will send you a map of where the ship is berthed and also a boarding time.

Dates and pricing

The details below show the travel options, pricing and the available departure dates for this itinerary. If you have any questions about this cruise please do not hesitate to call our Holiday Advisors.


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Enhance your holiday experience with a range of optional and included excursions that allow you to discover the history of our ports of call, experience the tradition of local regions and explore further afield. They’re the perfect complement to your cruise itinerary, but they are subject to availability so we recommend you book early!

Mechelen & Belgian Beer

Mechelen & Belgian Beer


The picturesque city of Mechelen is home to the Het Anker Brewery, which has gained international recognition and exports to more than 30 countries. Here we enjoy a guided tour to learn about the brewing process, followed by a tasting of some beer.

Brussels & the Atomium

Brussels & the Atomium

See the best of Brussels on our guided tour which also takes you to see the Atomium – the unmistakable symbol of the city and a unique feat in the history of architecture. Shaped on the model of an elementary iron crystal enlarged 165 billion times, you can walk through the tubes and spheres and enjoy spectacular views across the city.

Excursion Package

Excursion Package Price


Don't miss a thing by booking our special excursion package which includes all the listed excursions for this cruise. Not only can you take part in all the exciting trips we have organised, you can enjoy all this at a reduced cost!

At a glance

Length: 7 days

From: Rotterdam

Ends: Rotterdam

Travel options available:

  • Coach via Dover
  • Eurostar from London St Pancras
  • Ferry crossing at Dover
  • Overnight hotel in Dover or Ashford
  • Join at the Ship
7 days
per person

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Included in the Price

  • Executive return coach travel from your chosen departure point
  • Return ferry crossing
  • Welcome drink, Captain’s get-together and party night
  • En suite cabin accommodation aboard the MS Serenity
  • Full board during the cruise
  • Early risers and mid morning tea/coffee
  • Entertainment on every night of your cruise
  • New Year’s Eve party
  • Visits to Ghent, Bruges, Antwerp & Brussels
  • Services of our experienced and friendly Cruise Director and Cruise Manager


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