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Leonor’s Blog: My MSC cruise to Zeebrugge

Joining the team at Ultimate Destinations has been a wonderful opportunity. Every day, I learn more about how the travel industry works, and I am eager to acquire as much knowledge as possible to support my colleagues and our clients.

With us being a cruise specialist, there is a lot of information to absorb about the different cruise lines and ships. So, when Alan kindly offered me the chance to experience what a cruise was like, I was super excited.

My mum had never cruised before either, and it’s something she has always wanted to experience. Alan suggested a two-night MSC voyage to Zeebrugge in Belgium, as an ideal introduction. Unsurprisingly, Mum was equally excited to join me.

The voyage left from Southampton at 6 pm, sailing overnight to Belgium and arriving early the following morning. We had the day in Belgium, a country I had not previously visited, before returning overnight back to the UK.

The ship was comfortable and luxurious, and the friendly staff were always happy to help and couldn’t do enough for us.

The food was excellent, and there was a lot of entertainment to choose from for the two nights: a dress-in-white party, an ABBA show and a comedy show were included, and there was always something to do onboard.

The range of people was very mixed, mostly British, and included families, young groups of friends, and older couples.

We decided to purchase a daytime excursion into Brugge on the ship. It was so popular that there were three different groups on three different coaches!

I really enjoyed Brugge. It’s a very touristy place but with so much history and lots to learn and see. Mum and I had pizza in a local café, and we couldn’t leave Brugge without having a delicious waffle. ? The weather was kind to us throughout, too, with pleasant temperatures and no rain.

This short experience was amazing and a great introduction to the world of cruising. We both absolutely loved the concept, and everything went smoothly, with MSC providing a great service on a fabulous ship.

I now definitely want to experience longer cruises to other destinations.



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