Cruises to Antwerp

Antwerp, Belgium

Take a memorable Alaska cruise adventure to Antwerp, Belgium. Perched on the banks of the River Scheldt, Antwerp is a compelling port of call on any Belgian cruise itinerary. This diamond capital of the world is known for its artistic legacy, architectural marvels, and gastronomical delights. As you approach Antwerp, you'll be greeted by the sight of its Gothic and Renaissance cityscape against the backdrop of vibrant green parks. Beyond its urban charm, Antwerp offers access to sprawling nature reserves, such as the Kalmthout Heath, and the mesmerizing marine life found in the nearby North Sea.

Cruise ships calling on Antwerp have the privilege of docking right in the heart of the city, near the iconic Steen Castle. Ships often arrive in the morning, giving passengers a full day to discover the city's myriad attractions. Depending on the itinerary, cruise lines typically set sail by late evening. Within the harbor area, passengers can explore the medieval city center, visit the MAS Museum, or indulge in local cuisine at the numerous nearby restaurants and cafés.


Antwerp is a thriving city known for its historical charm and artistic heritage. A must-visit is the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, home to the works of Flemish masters like Rubens. Explore the cobbled lanes of the old town, marvel at the majestic Cathedral of Our Lady, and wander through the Grote Markt with its ornate 16th-century city hall. A stroll through the diamond district offers a fascinating glimpse into the city's sparkling trade.

Antwerp’s culture is a delightful mix of its historical significance as a major trade and diamond hub, its reputation as a fashion capital, and its rich artistic heritage. A stronghold of Flemish Baroque tradition, the city was home to the renowned artist Peter Paul Rubens, whose influence is palpable in the local art scene. Annual events, like the Summer of Antwerp and the Rubens Market, embody the city's vibrant culture and deep-rooted traditions.

Attractions and Activities

Beyond the city’s cultural treasures, Antwerp provides plenty of options for outdoor activities. Take a leisurely bike ride along the Scheldt River, or explore the beautiful Rivierenhof Park, ideal for walking, jogging, or simply enjoying nature. A trip to the Antwerp Zoo, one of the oldest in the world, offers close encounters with exotic wildlife. For water sports enthusiasts, the nearby Eilandje district provides excellent facilities.

Local Speciality

Antwerp’s culinary scene offers a medley of flavors, from hearty Flemish cuisine to international delicacies. Indulge in traditional dishes such as 'stoofvlees', a slow-cooked beef stew, or 'moules frites', mussels with fries. For dessert, try the local speciality, Antwerpse Handjes, a delightful cookie that celebrates the city's folklore. Belgian beers and jenever, a traditional Dutch and Belgian liquor, are also a must-try.

No trip to Antwerp is complete without browsing its famed diamond shops for a sparkling souvenir. The city is also known for its thriving fashion scene, making it an excellent place to shop for clothing and accessories from leading designers. Local craft markets sell unique artisanal products and gifts. And of course, Belgian chocolates from local chocolatiers make for a deliciously sweet reminder of your visit.

Best time to visit Antwerp

The best time to visit Antwerp is from April to October when the weather is typically mild and pleasant. This period also coincides with a number of exciting events, such as the Rubens Market in August and the Bollekes Festival in September. Wildlife enthusiasts will enjoy visiting the nearby reserves during the spring and autumn migration seasons.

Antwerp Cruise Schedule

Antwerp's unique blend of rich heritage, vibrant culture, and natural beauty makes it a captivating port of call on any European cruise. Its varied attractions, from sparkling diamonds to historical landmarks, offer something for every traveler. As your cruise ship leaves the shimmering lights of Antwerp behind, you'll carry with you unforgettable memories of this Flemish jewel. An Antwerp visit truly adds an extra sparkle to your cruising experience.

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