Hidden Gems of the Netherlands & Belgium – Cruise from Belfast

from€1399
for 8 nights

Enjoy a delightful 8-night cruise from Ireland to the gems of Belgium, Netherlands and France including Bruges, Amsterdam & Honfleur onboard the Ambassador Ambition.

What's Included
  • No flights required!
  • 8 nights onboard Ambassador Ambition, based on 2 adults sharing
  • Coach to Belfast port from around Ireland to board the Ambassador Ambition (call for details)
  • Full board cuisine
  • Welcome and farewell Captain’s cocktail party (6 nights or more)
  • Captain’s gala dinner
  • Evening entertainment
  • Daytime activities programme
  • Informative guest speakers
  • Wide range of entertainment and daytime activities
  • Fitness, dance and wellness classes
  • Use of gym, swimming pools and hot tubs • Spa access
  • Porterage of luggage between the port and cabin
  • Taxes and unlimited baggage

Discover the idyllic beauty of Honfleur before continuing your journey to the lively ports of Zeebrugge, Belgium, and Ijmuiden in The Netherlands, for optional tours to Bruges and Amsterdam. Conclude amidst the tranquil landscapes and rich maritime history of St. Mary’s, Isles of Scilly. This sailing offers a diverse array of port experiences to captivate and delight every guest.

Contact us for transport options from Liverpool to Ireland.

CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS
Honfleur
Nestled on France’s Normandy coast, Honfleur mesmerises with its historic harbour and artistic ambiance. Travel back in time as you explore cobbled streets and art galleries showcasing works by renowned painters like Eugene Boudin.

Zeebrugge
Zeebrugge, nestled along Belgium’s coast, offers maritime history and serene beauty. Explore the historic port, visit the Maritime Museum, and savour Belgian cuisine at seaside cafes. With picturesque views of the North Sea, it’s a charming retreat for those seeking a refreshing coastal experience.

Ijmuiden
Ijmuiden, on the Dutch coast, showcases the comings and goings of a bustling harbour. Explore historic landmarks like the North Sea Canal, visit Felison Cruise Terminal, and experience the unique atmosphere of this Dutch city along the North Sea.

St. Mary’s, Isles of Scilly
Situated just off the Cornish coast, St. Mary’s is the largest and most populous of the Isles of Scilly. Over 30 miles of nature trails intersect the island, guiding wanderers to hidden coves and quiet beaches. The subtle beauty of this British archipelago is perfect for fun or reflection while surrounded by nature.

Special Offers
BUY 1 GET 1 FREE
2nd Passenger goes FREE
Upgrade Options
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Ambassador Ambition

Here she is, Ambition. Aptly named to further emphasise our commitment to inspire and delight every guest to enjoy an authentic cruise experience effortlessly, and sustainably

Ambition will carry up to 1,200 passengers to give her a true sense of comfort and space in her 714 cabins, 125 of which have balconies and 113 are suites with up to 62m2 of living space.

Her dining options will inspire you with two main restaurants, speciality dining options*, and a more casual bistro style café. Sit back, relax and enjoy a drink in one of her four bars, lounges and pub. Or take in a show in the a tiered main theatre, or discover your hidden talents casino, card room, library, and craft studio.

Other facilities include the wellness centre, gym, two swimming pools and a range of retail shops, perfect for days at sea.

Dining
Dining options really will spoil you for choice, especially at Buckingham restaurant and Holyrood, our two main dining rooms. We also have Borough Market, our more casual dining choice with delicious and ever-changing delicacies from around the world. For those wanting to give their taste buds an extra tingle, we have our speciality restaurants Saffron* and Olympic Taverna* offering exceptional gastronomic experiences.

Lounges & Bars
If unwinding is on your agenda, then why not kick back in one of our lounges? We have the timeless Cavern and the stylish cocktail Clifton Lounge serving all your favourite tipples, and a poolside Consulate Bar perfectly positioned for you to soak up the rays. Other bars include Angel Bar overlooking reception, the quintessentially British Purple Turtle Wine Bar, and for all your pre and post-theatre moments, we have the elegant Pendennis bar.

Entertainment
Speaking of theatre, we have an exciting entertainment programme at The Palladium ready to whisk you away to new worlds full of song, dance, comedy, and wonderful storytelling. There’s also Grafton Street, our arts, crafts and activity area, No.10 Conference Room perfect for meetings and card games, Brontë’s library, the shopping galleria, fitness centre, an exterior joggers and walkers track, swimming pool, splash pool and relaxation pool. And to extend that feeling of rejuvenation, we have our Green Sea Spa on board, offering a sauna, steam room, hair salon and a range of restoring spa treatments

Cabins
Ambition offers a range of cabins spanning six accommodation decks from the Reception Deck 5 up to the Sun Deck 12. We have 21 twin and single cabin categories to suit a wide range of preferences and pockets. Our cabins are generally more spacious and cater to today’s climate, averaging 15-16 square meters, with cabin types broadly classified as standard, superior, premium, or de-luxe. Our dedicated housekeeping team clean cabins once a day with an evening turn down service and provide 24-hour room service at a supplementary cost. All our cabins are air-conditioned with ensuite facilities including a shower and ample storage space with room under the beds to store suitcases.

All cabins have a range of impressive amenities and personal touches. Make yourself at home with tea and coffee making facilities and take advantage of the hair dryer, personal safe, UK three pin electrical sockets and USB ports. There is also a flat screen TV for all your entertainment needs, including a range of house movies, news, documentaries, and ship information channels. So why not sit back and watch the ship position and routing from the comfort of your own cabin?

Click here for more information about Ambassador Ambition including Deck Plans.

Ambassador
Prices
Dates Cabin price Price
28 Apr 2025 Inside €1559 Book Now
28 Apr 2025 Oceanview €2069 Book Now
28 Apr 2025 Balcony €3599 Book Now
28 Apr 2025 Suite €4119 Book Now
28 Apr 2025 Single Inside €1399 Book Now
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Booking Remarks
Prices shown include all reductions and offers
Prices are per person based on two sharing unless otherwise stated
Inclusive of taxes
Non-refundable or transferable booking deposit of €250pp. Full balance is due 16 weeks before departure date
Optional Insurance available (conditions apply)
Single supplement may be available on request
Onboard gratuities are not included
Prices are correct at time of going to press
Adult only cruise line
Itinerary
Day 1

Belfast, Northern Ireland

You board the Ambassador Ambition in Belfast Harbour. She sets off on your holiday in the afternoon.

Day 2

At Sea

Day 3

Honfleur, France

Over the years many renowned painters and writers have been attracted to pretty Honfleur, which with its narrow, half-timbered houses, cobblestone streets and charming old harbour set in a sheltered cove off the Seine’s tidal estuary, is simply enchanting. Unlike many of its Normandy neighbours, Honfleur was spared during the bombing of World War Two and nestled in its tidy, picturesque streets historic buildings house art galleries, artists’ studios, boutiques, restaurants, cafes and fine souvenir shops.

Day 4

Bruges (Zeebrugge), Belgium

Often called the ‘Venice of the North’, Bruges is famous for its beautiful canals and historic buildings. The charming city centre is an UNESCO World Heritage site thanks to its cultural, architectural and historical importance. A combination of original gothic structures and modern, intelligent designs give Bruges a completely unique appearance and feel.

With most of the city’s medieval architecture still intact, Bruges is a delight to explore. Home to one of the world’s highest brick buildings, the Church of our Lady and the Madonna and Child sculpture, no wonder Bruges is so highly regarded. A visit to the city’s 13th century Belfry is an absolute must. The most famous landmark in the city, the Belfry houses a 48 bell municipal carillon and a full-time carillonneur that plays free traditional concerts for all to enjoy.

Day 5

Ijmuiden, Netherlands

Located amidst the woods and the uncontaminated lagoons of the Nationaal Park Zuid-Kennemerland, you can admire the town of IJmuiden, on the Nordzeekanaal during your cruise of Northern Europe.
In IJmuiden your cruise ship will lay anchor in the waters of the North Sea Canal (Nordzeekanaal) one of the most gigantic, hydraulic engineering works in the world. It is this 24km long canal that enables big ships to reach Amsterdam. IJmuiden is a quiet town with small, red brick houses, each with its own little front garden.

This is a seaside resort for the Dutch but, above all, an important fishing centre; its fish market is the second largest in the country and its port is amongst the first ten largest ports in Western Europe. IJmuiden is less than 150 years old and originally it was just the place where the labourers working on the Nordzeekanaal lived.

Later, in the course of the second world war, it was requisitioned by the Germans who turned it into a sort of fortress, as you can see when you visit the Ijmuiden Bunker Museum. While on your MSC cruise of Northern Europe, and particularly when in the Netherlands, the greatest attraction are the canals. Less than 15km from IJmuiden, an excursion to Haarlem will take you to a place where you can enjoy a rhythm and an atmosphere which are very different to those of the port where you landed.

A former centre for the production of textiles, it is a medium size town with an attractive centre definitely worth visiting. On the banks of the Spaarne river you will find the characteristic de Adriaan, a hexagonal mill built in 1778 but rebuilt after a fire destroyed it in1932.

Day 6

At Sea

Day 7

St. Mary’s, Isles of Scilly, England

Britain’s only island archipelago, the magical Isles of Scilly lie just 28 miles off the coast of Cornwall. St Mary’s, the largest of the five inhabited islands, is a delight with white sand beaches, tranquil waters and stunning seascapes. The attractive village of Hugh Town, considered the ‘capital’, is the hub of the islands’ activity. The second largest and the only privately-owned island is Tresco, where, in the glorious Abbey Gardens, some 20,000 exotic species thrive in the sub-tropical climate. Optional excursions explore both St. Mary’s and Tresco, two of the beautiful cluster of islands that are worlds apart from everyday life.

Day 8

At Sea

Day 9

Liverpool, England

Your cruise comes to an end as you cruise into Liverpool Port. Disembarkation begins shortly after the ship docks.

Contact us for transport options from Liverpool to Ireland.

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