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Did you Know: You can Have a Minibreak on a Cruise!

By HarryTuesday 29th August 2017

A Royal Caribbean holiday is guaranteed to be extraordinary, regardless of how long it is! You don’t have to go on a 14-night cruise to get the full experience, a mini cruise will still give you the same incredible experience. Check out our guide to some of our favourite destinations on short cruises.
 
 

Belgium

 
Belgium is known for its chocolate, waffles, frites, Medieval towns and warm friendly atmosphere. One of the best places to experience the heritage of Belgium (and sample some tasty treats) is Bruges. You can either explore the ancient city via bike ride, or sail its canals, weaving in and out of the historic streets.
 
 
You will land at Zeebrugge’s port, which is also a great place to spend a few hours. The sandy beaches are great for playing on, perhaps a game of tennis or maybe you can see who can build the biggest sandcastle? If you’re more into relaxing, then a spot of sunbathing on a sunny day is ideal.
 
 
Whatever you plan to do with your time in Bruges, don’t forget to treat yourself to some delicious Belgium food. When you’re this close to the coast you can’t miss out on trying the seafood.
 

Cherbourg

 
Cherbourg is known for being featured in the 1964 musical Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg). It has dark parts to its history; it was destroyed in WWII, but it is now a lively, fun and bright port to visit. Whether you want to take things easy and relax by the harbour watching the ships come and go, (while sampling some fresh Normandy cidre of course) or do something more energetic, Cherbourg is a wonderful place to explore.
 
 
About two hours from Cherbourg sits Mont-Saint Michel, an island abbey that has been the inspiration for Disney castles. This is a truly magical place to explore, overflowing with history and amazing views.
 

Paris

 
The jewel in France’s crown, Paris is one of the coolest and most cultured cities in the world. If it is your first time in the city, then of course you should do the ‘tourist’ activities. Climb the Eiffel Tower (walk up if you can manage it, it will give you such a sense of accomplishment!) or hear the real bells of Notre Dame singing over the city.
 
 
If this isn’t your first visit to Paris, then you can afford to skip the popular attractions for more local things to do. Walk the backstreets, to find a small café or lose hours in one of the flea markets and pick up a stylish bargain or two.
 

Rotterdam and Amsterdam

 
The Netherlands is known for its quirkiness, and the cities of Rotterdam and Amsterdam are no different. Rotterdam is mostly famous for its 1970s architecture and maritime history. Those who can’t get enough of watery adventures will fall in love with the vintage ships that make up the collections in the Maritime Museum.
 
 
For those who like their city breaks to be a bit more on the funkier side, Amsterdam is the city for you. Trendy shops, fun coffee shops and museums that house the world’s most beautiful works of art, there are plenty of ways to lose hours wandering around this city.
 

Onboard

 
One of the best things about visiting these intriguing destinations with us is the ships you’ll be sailing on. Navigator of the Seas and Independence of the Seas are the two ships that sail from the UK, and are ideal for families.
 
 
Children can get up to all sorts of fun in the Kid’s Club and grown-ups can relax by the pool. Everyone will fall in love with the restaurants onboard, and will be counting down the minutes to the evening when the entertainment starts!
 
 
Do you feel like a minibreak is just the thing? Discover more of our shorter cruises and start exploring the world!

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