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Explore Northern Europe - From Portsmouth to Hamburg

Example 6 Day Cruise aboard Sea Cloud II
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This 6-day cruise explores the highlights of Northern Europe from Portsmouth to Hamburg. Indulge in exploration of the charming cities of Antwerp and Rotterdam, and relax on "At Sea" days, where you will be able to unwind and enjoy the open sea aboard the Sea Cloud II.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Portsmouth | Embark
Day 2 : At Sea
Day 3 : Antwerp
Day 4 : Rotterdam
Day 5 : At Sea
Day 6 : Hamburg | Disembark

Highlights

  • Visit the historic ships with grandiose names in Portsmouth
  • Discover Antwerp traditionally a center for the diamond trade
  • Catch charming harbor views of villages all along the banks of the Elbe
  • Explore art and cultural history in Antwerp

Ship

Sea Cloud II

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Grote Markt square in Antwerp, Belgium Antwerp city center Antwerp Stroll through charming Antwerp, Belgium Traditional Dutch windmills from the channel Rotterdam. Holland Historical Delfshaven in Rotterdam The sprawling city of Hamburg

Day 1 Portsmouth | Embark

This coastal strip in southern Hampshire, blessed by the Gulf Stream, has always been an easily defensible natural harbor. Indeed Henry VII made it his Royal Dockyard at the end of the 15th century. Still an important Royal Navy base, the vast port of Portsmouth is situated on the peaceful west coast of Portsea Island, a spit of land that stretches far out to sea. In the old harbor, historic ships with grandiose names proclaim the city's glorious past and several museums are devoted to the navy and seafaring. Where once adventurers and admirals set sail to re-write the English history books, countless yachts now rock gently in numerous marinas. The lavishly renovated quayside with its looming, futuristic Spinnaker Tower and the long seafront at South sea are now the beating heart of modern life in the city.

Day 2 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 3 Antwerp

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Antwerp in Belgium is the third largest port in Europe, traditionally a center for the diamond trade, a romantic Renaissance city, and a stronghold of young designers and couturiers. For centuries the town, whose most famous citizen was renowned Baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens, has been a place where an elegant lifestyle, appreciation of art and cultural history are right at home. Continuing on from its rich past, in the last few years Antwerp has developed into a modern, vibrant city and been given a strong impetus towards the future.

Day 4 Rotterdam

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Rotterdam, the second-largest city of the Netherlands, is a major port city for the Dutch. Visit the Maritime Museum, where you can view vintage ships and learn about the seafaring history of the city. Explore the 17th-century Delfshaven neighborhood, where pilgrims worshiped at the Pilgrim Fathers Church before setting sail to America, or wander the canal-lined streets for boutiques and cafes. Though much of the city was destroyed in WWII, Rotterdam was almost completely reconstructed and is known for its modern architecture. Enjoy a day in this vibrant city before returning to your ship. 

Day 5 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 6 Hamburg | Disembark

Hamburg has seen many ships in its time. Richly laden Hanseatic cogs, famous 19th century windjammers and giant vessels have dropped anchor in its port. The beautiful banks of the Elbe form prominent cordons for ships sailing in or out of the port of Hamburg. Moving towards the mouth of the Elbe, they glide by the patrician villas on the Elbchaussee, the Treppenviertel in Blankenese, the Airbus site and the picturesque banks of the Elbe with their green dykes and white beaches. You can catch charming harbor views of the little villages all along the banks of the Elbe.

Sea Cloud II

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Category F cabin
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Category F
Two portholes, chair, table, TV with DVD player, mini-bar, dressing table, closet, safe, individually adjustable A/C.
Category E cabins
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Category E
Two portholes, sofa, table, TV with DVD player, mini-bar, dressing table, closet, safe, individually adjustable A/C.
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Category D
Two portholes, two chairs, table, TV with DVD player, mini-bar, dressing table, closet, safe, individually adjustable A/C.
Category C cabins
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Category C
Panorama windows, two chairs, table, TV with DVD player, mini-bar, dressing table, closet, safe, individually adjustable A/C.
Category B cabins
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Category B
Panorama window, sofa, table, chair, decorative fireplace, console with TV/DVD and mini-bar, dressing table, walk-in closet, safe, individually adjustable A/C.
Category A cabins
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Category A
Panorama window, sofa, table, chair, desk, decorative fireplace, TV and DVD player, mini-bar, dressing table, four closets, safe, individually adjustable A/C.

Notes

Rates are based on double occupancy. A limited number of cabins can be booked for individual use for an additional charge.

Please note: Shore excursions are NOT included in this cruise-only rate. Contact us for details.

Rates Include:
  • Beautifully appointed cabin in selected category
  • Welcoming bottle of champagne in your cabin
  • All meals (six per day) from early-bird breakfast to the exquisite 4-course dinner menu with choice of main course
  • 5-course gala dinner during the cruise
  • Welcome and farewell cocktail with champagne
  • Selected wines and beers thoughtfully chosen to complement lunch and dinner
  • All soft drinks and juices throughout the cruise
  • All alcohol-free coffee and tea specialties
  • Bottled water on the excursions
  • Fresh fruit basket in your cabin, replenished daily
  • E-mails can be sent free of charge from the on-board laptop
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Travel documents with detailed destination information
  • All port fees
  • Use of snorkeling and waterskiing equipment is free of charge
Rates Exclude:
  • Tips
  • Excess luggage (allowance is up to 40 kg per passenger)
  • Additional meals and beverages (so far as not expressly included)
  • Other personal expenses
  • Transfers
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