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The town of Antwerp, Belgium is known as the world's second-largest harbor, behind neighboring Rotterdam. Many cruises of northern Europe start or end in Belgium, including the famous springtime tulip cruises of Holland and relaxing Rhine River cruises. Take time to stroll the picturesque streets that reflect Flemish Renaissance architecture and some neighborhoods dating back to the Middle Ages. Located on the River Scheldt, it is not far from the North Sea and the surrounding countries of France, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands. Because of its close proximity to these countries, Belgium has evolved a delicious menu of locally inspired cuisine. Contact us when you're ready to start planning your cruise from Antwerp
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Highlights of Antwerp, Belgium
Did you know that Antwerp is the Diamond Capital of the World? This historic city was established in the Middle Ages and is home to the famed "Diamond District," where visitors will find countless diamond cutters, polishers, and traders. Be careful if you're looking for a deal on diamonds - while you will get high quality diamonds at much lower prices, there are folks out there who will try to scam you. Make sure to look for an HRD or GIA certificate. But diamonds aren't all that you'll encounter while exploring this age-old city.

Walking the streets, you'll note the distinct Flemish Renaissance architecture and art, with the signature symmetry, squared and triangular design, and Roman influences. 

Antwerp is Belgium's second-largest city, behind the capital city of Brussels, but by all accounts Antwerp is a better city for tourism thanks to its vibrant culture, buzzing nightlife, and overall prettier facades

From Antwerp, your exploration of Holland may take you through the Netherlands to Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and also to Bruges, Hamburg, and other regional destinations.
The Best Time to Visit Belgium

Without doubt, the best time to visit Belgium is in the springtime, for tulip season. During this time, all of Holland is brightly painted with endless fields of rainbow tulips set on the backdrop of old windmills that reminisce of fairy tales. These "Tulip Time" cruises are the most popular time in Belgium and the Netherlands, especially for cruises that visit multiple cities, so make sure to book your trip in advance.

Of course, that's not the only time to visit Belgium, and cruises departing from or passing through Antwerp are great all throughout the summer season and into the early autumn, when the weather is starting to cool off. 

You will not find December-early March cruises of this region as the temperatures drop significantly going into the frigid months of the northern hemisphere's winter season. 

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