Why choose a cruise to Zeebrugge?

Zeebrugge is the seaport for the Belgian city of Bruges, but it’s also an interesting destination in its own right, with a beach, a museum and some trendy brasseries. However, most people take a Zeebrugge cruise to visit the beautiful city of Bruges, only half-an-hour away.

This city of quiet canals, quaint houses and cobbled streets will stun you with its beauty. Its historic centre is a UNESCO heritage sight, full of fascinating buildings and museums to explore. Bruges is renowned for its beer, waffles and chocolate, so make sure you get a chance to taste them.

Bruges canals

A guide to Zeebrugge’s hotspots

Before you head to Bruges, take some time to check out Seafront, a maritime theme park near the port. You’ll be able to look round an interactive fisheries exhibition and board a Russian submarine, while kids can let off steam in the ball pool and Pirates’ Island playground.

Once in Bruges, wander round its historic centre where you’ll find fascinating examples of Gothic and medieval architecture. We recommend a visit to the Basilica of the Holy Blood, which holds a vial said to contain the blood of Jesus Christ. Inside the Church of our Lady you’ll find a statue sculpted by Michelangelo.

Bruges cobbled street and trees

One of the best ways to see Bruges is to take an open-air cruise along its canals. Sit back and relax as you’re driven past narrow, brightly coloured houses and under arched bridges – definitely one of Bruges’ most romantic activities.

No Zeebrugge for Bruges cruise is complete without a trip to Choco-Story, a museum which tells you about the history of the world’s most popular treat. You’ll be able to watch chocolate-making demonstrations, and there’ll be plenty of free samples, too!

Cruise lines that sail to the port of Zeebrugge

Marella Cruises

Princess Cruises


MSC Cruises

The best time to visit Zeebrugge

In July and August you’ll encounter balmy weather, with clear skies and temperatures that range from 16-21°C – perfect for enjoying a delicious Belgian beer in the sun.

Bruges Christmas

Bruges is very popular in the peak summer months, so if you prefer a quieter experience, consider visiting during the winter months. During November and December, Bruges is illuminated with lights, and its Christmas market really gets you in the spirit. If visiting in December, there may be a sprinkling of snow, which really adds a festive touch.

Did you know?

  • Bruges has more than 50 chocolate shops
  • One of India’s most popular Bollywood films, PK, was partially filmed in Bruges
  • In the 16th century, Bruges citizens assassinated their administrator, Pieter Lanchals (meaning ‘long neck’) – as a punishment, swans must remain in the city’s lakes and canals ‘until the end of time’