MSC Sailings from the UK

Explore the beautiful Northern European cities of Le Havre, Zeebrugge, IJmuiden and Hamburg with MSC this Winter. 

 

Find out more about these exciting destinations below.

Ports of call

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Le Havre, France

Le Havre, France

This busy port city on the English Channel between the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean is the gateway to Paris!

 

Le Havre is located at the mouth of the Seine River on France's north coast in Normandy. It's the second largest port in France and a premier cruise destination for the European west coast.


Le Havre boasts a mile-long beach for sailing and windsurfing, along with France's largest open-air skating park, volleyball courts and bicycle lanes, all within walking distance of the city centre.

 

Nearby areas in Normandy offer must-see destinations such as the town of Honfleur with its many restaurants and art galleries, and the D-day landing beaches.

 

The leading destination for many cruise passengers arriving in Le Havre is the dazzling capital city of Paris, just a 2 hour train ride away! Explore the fantastic tourist attractions of Notre-Dame and the Eiffel Tower, or simply explore the many boutiques, restaurants and bars around the city.

Zeebrugge, Belgium

Zeebrugge, Belgium

Linked to the picturesque medieval city of Bruges, Zeebrugge offers a gateway to Belgium's idyllic coastal towns.

 

This bustling international port city on the North Sea includes a resort town boasting the largest sandy beach on the Belgian coast.

 

In Bruges proper - the breathtaking capital of West Flanders - discover a fairytale town square with soaring towers and carillon chimes, romantic tree-lined canals and architectural treasures dating from the 12th to 18th centuries.

 

If you're visiting in the lead up to Christmas, why not wander around one of Europe's most charming Christmas markets and explore the pretty wooden chalets surrounding a glittering ice rink.

 

Or even hop on a horse-drawn carriage for a snow-dusted tour of the cobbled streets.

IJmuiden, Netherlands

IJmuiden, Netherlands

IJmuiden is a northern port city in Netherlands, just a short drive away from Amsterdam. It offers fine sand beaches, beautiful natural landscapes and maritime attractions. 

 

Due to its seafront location, IJmuiden is very popular with water sports enthusiasts, who can regularly enjoy great surfing conditions in the North Sea.

 

In world-famous Amsterdam you'll find a small-city charm with a range of big-city attractions. Spend the day exploring the many canals, museums and historic sites.

 

Ideal for families, Artis Zoo boasts a planetarium, botanical gardens, geological and zoological museum, aquarium and more! 

 

For the history lovers, you can admire the Royal Palace, built as a city hall during the Dutch Golden Age in the 17th century; or discover the Anne Frank House museum, the historic site where Anne wrote her famous diary until 1944.

Hamburg, Germany

Hamburg, Germany

Hamburg is a prominent European port on the river Elbe, bridging continental Europe and Scandinavia. 

 

This port of call boasts magnificent buildings overlooking the harbour and numerous canals. Hamburg is renowned for its elegant boulevards, stately buildings and emerald green parks. 

 

You can also explore a UNESCO World Heritage Site and its world-famous architecture, with its labyrinth of alleys, canals and bridges. 

 

Plus, if you're visiting at the end of the year you can discover Hamburg's more than 30 Christmas markets and indulge in mulled wine, roasted chestnuts and a magical festive atmosphere.

Southampton, UK

Southampton, UK

Before departing on your exciting MSC Cruise, why not explore your departure port of Southampton, one of England's major ports offering everything from a fascinating history to modern art.

 

This bustling city is located on England's south coast about 70 miles from London, in the scenic county of Hampshire. 

 

The maritime history of this vibrant coastal city can be explored at numerous locations, including the SeaCity Museum, Solent Sky and God's House Tower. 

 

The city also features plenty of shopping, several theatres and many art galleries and parks. Southampton also offers interesting self-guided walks including the Titanic Trial and the city's medieval walls.

For a personalised quote call our dedicated team on 0330 880 5114.

 

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