Join our short cruise to beautiful Antwerp, one of Europe’s medieval gems celebrated for its diamond district and charming historic buildings. During the Christmas season, Antwerp is transformed with twinkling lights, a glistening ice rink, magical Ferris Wheel, and wonderful Christmas market. Spend time browsing the abundance of wooden stalls in the heart of the city centre, with handmade crafts, traditional gifts, tasty mulled wine, and delicious treats all on offer - the perfect way to kick-start the festive season.
At London Tilbury Port, embark Magellan (3T) in preparation for an afternoon sailing.
Day 2 - Antwerp, Belgium
Arrive in one of Europe’s largest ports, Antwerp, a dazzling city located along Belgium’s River Scheldt and known for its diamond district, where over 80% of the world’s rough diamonds have passed through. This charming city features cobblestone streets lined with wonderful medieval and renaissance architecture, plus grand historic sites including the Town Hall and the striking UNESCO-listed Cathedral of Our Lady, one of Antwerp’s remarkable treasures. During the Christmas period, strolling around Antwerp becomes even more special with glistening lights, carol singers, stunningly-decorated Christmas trees, sparkling ice-rink, Ferris Wheel, and the aroma of roasted chestnuts, come together to further enhance the atmosphere. However, it’s the Christmas market that is the prize attraction, with around 100 wooden stalls selling anything from handmade crafts and traditional wares to hot chocolate, delicious mulled wine and mouthwatering treats - be sure to try the divine Belgian waffles and ‘smoutebollen’. A day wandering this beautiful, cosy market is the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit and pick up some great gifts, but there is much more to see too, such as the Red Star Line Museum, working breweries and the restored home and studio of celebrated painter Pieter Paul Rubens, or see the world's oldest printing press and priceless manuscripts at the beautiful Museum Plantin-Moretus.