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Extend your weekend

By DavidTuesday 06th October 2015

Explore Bruges’ historic market square. Explore Bruges’ historic market square.

As summer draws to a close and we slowly approach the year’s end, the Christmas break is on the minds of most, and it may seem like it’s going to be a long wait. If you’re dreaming of taking a holiday, and December is just too far away, a long weekend away is the perfect solution. To give you an idea of where you could go, we’ve selected a few short cruises which depart from Southampton. Read on to find out more.

While in Cherbourg, join our shore excursion to Mont Saint Michel – Image by Flickr user Ph. Grillot While in Cherbourg, join our shore excursion to Mont Saint Michel – Image by Flickr user Ph. Grillot

3 nights - Paris and Bruges Cruise

Itinerary: Southampton, England à Bruges, Belgium à Paris, France à Southampton, England Ship: Independence of the Seas What to expect: Spend three nights onboard Independence of the Seas and visit two of Europe’s most beautiful cities: Paris and Bruges. Explore the sights – Paris’ Eiffel Tower and Bruges’ picturesque canals, for example – and spend your evenings unwinding onboard. Visit the Vitality Spa and Fitness Centre for a rejuvenating massage, or grab a seat at any of the 22 onboard bars and enjoy a well-deserved cocktail. Enjoy a delicious meal at Chic, one of our restaurants onboard Anthem of the Seas. Enjoy a delicious meal at Chic, one of our restaurants onboard Anthem of the Seas.

4 nights - Paris and Bruges Cruise

Itinerary: Southampton, England à Bruges, Belgium à Paris, France à Cherbourg, France à Southampton, England Ship: Independence of the Seas What to expect: With an additional night onboard, guests will spend one day in Cherbourg, a culturally rich city in northern France. Here you can join one of our exciting shore excursions, including a visit to the famous Mont Saint Michel (a historic island commune, located 1km off the north-western coast), and experience all that this beautiful region has to offer. The Tuileries Garden, between the Louvre Museum and the Place de la Concorde, is beautiful in autumn – Image by Flickr user Jim Lukach The Tuileries Garden, between the Louvre Museum and the Place de la Concorde, is beautiful in autumn – Image by Flickr user Jim Lukach

3 nights - Royal Experience

Itinerary: Southampton, England à Bruges, Belgium à Paris, France à Southampton, England Ship: Anthem of the Seas What to expect: The Royal Experience cruise takes place onboard Anthem of the Seas, the newest ship to join the Royal Caribbean fleet, so you can expect a truly exceptional time while you cruise. This cruise is all about giving you the full Royal Experience, and this excellent ship boasts world-class fine dining, top of the range technology and endless activities to keep you entertained. This means that whether you’re an avid rock climber, a theatre buff or you love the dodgems, there will never be a dull moment. Treat yourself to a relaxing massage while onboard. Treat yourself to a relaxing massage while onboard.

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