Antwerp, also known as the world’s diamond capital, is a stylish city where you will easily feel like a local from the second you arrive. Antwerp embodies a very friendly and happy atmosphere among its many churches, streets, famous artwork, restaurants, and medieval architecture. While there, you can enjoy local seafood and chocolates, and shop for diamonds of course. Antwerp’s city center is just a short walk from the cruise port and there are plenty of busses, taxis, and trams that can take you where you need to go.
The only cruise lines currently sailing from Antwerp are CroisiEurope, Uniworld River Cruises, and Viking River Cruises. A great time to visit Antwerp is between May and October. Late spring is when you will encounter a long day and nice weather. Since the weather tends to be unstable, you might consider carrying an umbrella or raincoat with you.
CroisiEurope features a selection of short 3- to 5-night itineraries from Antwerp to Amsterdam, plus a few longer cruises from Amsterdam to Strasbourg or Budapest. Uniworld River Cruises does a couple of 9-night Tulips & Windmills cruises from Antwerp to Amsterdam onboard River Princess or River Duchess. Longships Viking Kvasir, Viking Skadi, Viking Skirnir, and Viking Tir do 9-nights to Europe from Amsterdam, while guests enjoy an in-depth cultural experience.
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Becoming more and more popular, a river cruise is an immerse and destination-focused vacation experience, on a small and luxurious vessel.
River cruises sail through the inland waterways of some of the world's most interesting vacation destinations (i.e. Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America), and provide their guests with a greater opportunity to spend time visiting more unique ports of call than a traditional cruise typically would.
Because the destination is the star of a river cruise, (typically guided) shore excursions are included at no additional charge by many River cruise lines. There are usually many interesting lectures given during the cruise, by experts on the history and culture of the region being visited.
Among the famous rivers that one may take a river cruise on are the Rhine, Mississippi, Seine, Danube, Mekong, Nile, Yangtze, Amazon and Douro.
These cruise lines fit (quality and, usually, price-wise) somewhere in between Premium and Luxury cruise lines.
A country club casual atmosphere can be expected on these lines, as can be elegant accommodations and gourmet cuisine. These cruise lines are a great option for adults looking for a upscale, yet laid back, vacation.
Unique itineraries are often available on these cruise lines, as their small-to-mid-sized ships can visit ports of call that large ones can't get to.
The pricing on Azamara Club Cruises includes select beverages and pre-paid gratuities, while the pricing of Viking Ocean Cruises includes shore excursions and select beverages.
These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
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On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.
All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Antwerp, along with a brief description:
♦ Museum Plantin-Moretus
History-lovers are likely to find Museum Plantin-Moretus to be very interesting. Once used as a printing press, this museum is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site with original medieval architecture, a sprawling courtyard, a library that dates back to the 17th century, plus a large collection of art. If you have some time before or after your cruise top Antwerp, you might consider spending some time at this fascinating museum.
Rubenshuis is the home of Peter Paul Rubens, a famous artist who hailed from Antwerp. Now, you have the chance to visit and tour his former residence, which was restored to its original grandeur. You will be able to view Ruben’s personal art collection, which includes some of his own pieces. You will be fascinated to know that Ruben even built the house with his own hands! As you tour each room, you will feel like you’ve stepped back in time, as many period-specific furniture still remains.
♦ Stadsfeestzaal Shopping Centre
You’ve probably never shopped in such style before! The Stadsfeestzaal Shopping Center, located in the heart of Antwerp, is one of the glitziest shopping malls around. Inside, you can admire a gorgeous marble staircase, historic architecture, and mosaics as you shop. There is even a champagne bar where you can sit down and enjoy a drink or two before or after your shopping excursion.
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