Experience a different kind of city break with Iglu Cruise and Planet Cruise’s short European getaways. From Paris to Amsterdam, there are destinations fit for all. More details to be found below. 

Cruise of the week…

Summer Bank Holiday Bruges & Amsterdam from Southampton, 25 August 2023 (4 nights)

Iglu Cruise (www.iglucruise.com; 02037 335 557) is offering a 4-night cruise onboard Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Silhouette from £528 per person departing from Southampton on 25 August 2023. Price is based on an inside cabin and includes up to $800 free onboard spend with flexible booking terms.

Departing from Southampton, guests spend a day in Belgium’s bustling capital city Brussels (Zebrugge). To capture the highlights of Zebrugge within a short amount of time, visit the 5th century Grand Place for breathtaking architecture and live music, while the Palais Royal offers a glimpse into the life of the Royals. The next port of call is one of Europe’s most popular destinations, Amsterdam, where cruisers can visit iconic hidden gems including the Anne Frank House, Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum. Time onboard can be spent in one of 13 restaurants with cuisine for everyone’s taste, in one of the 4 swimming pools or soaking up eye-catching works of art within the gallery.


Paris Short Break from Southampton, 1 September 2023 (3 nights)

Planet Cruise (www.planetcruise.com; 0808 278 8504) is offering a 3-night cruise onboard Cunard Queen Mary 2 from £379 (save £12 if you book online) per person departing from Southampton (no fly cruise) on 1 September 2023. The price is based on an inside cabin with a deposit of £76 per person.

Departing from Southampton, this short trip will take guests on a luxury cruise to Le Havre (Paris) for the day. This destination has plenty to offer such as the Musée des Beaux-Arts and D-Day beaches. Those looking to delve deeper, can go on an optional excursion to Mont St Michel, the medieval town of Rouen or travel into Paris and spot the iconic Eiffel Tower. Time onboard can be spent in one of Cunard’s fine dining restaurants, relaxing at the Canyon Ranch and Spa Club or enjoying some high-quality entertainment at the Royal Court Theatre. 

Europe Getaway from Southampton, 15 April 2023 (4 nights)

Iglu Cruise (www.iglucruise.com; 02037 335 557) is offering a 4-night cruise onboard Princess Cruises Sky Princess from £299 per person (save £10 when booking online), departing from Southampton on 15 April 2023. Price is based on an inside cabin and includes a low deposit.

Setting sail from Southampton, this voyage firstly explores Rotterdam. For shopping, bars and restaurants head to the Markthal, a unique building with plenty to enjoy. Meanwhile, families will love Rotterdam Zoo, as well as the Euromast Tower which provides stunning views across the city. Cruising on, the next destination for this Europe getaway is Bruges (Zeebrugge). With gothic and neo-Gothic architecture throughout the quaint streets and canals, there’s plenty of history and culture to discover. Visit the Markt and Belfort’s stunning views of the city or enjoy a boat ride around the canals for a  scenic city tour. Time can be spent relaxing in the beauty gallery and seaview bar or enjoying a game of mini golf. 

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