minicruises

Minicruise to Ostend

 

£85

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pp based on 2 people sharing a 2 berth cabin

Our new minicruise to Ostend returns for the summer! We have a number of Monday and Wednesday departures from the 16th July to the 1st September. And to add to an already great day out we’ve bundled in a special visit to P&J’s Belgian chocolate factory on all of our Wednesday departures. For just £2 extra per person* we’ll take you by coach to P&J’s where you will be given a special tour to see how the famous Belgian chocolates are made. The tour lasts approximately 50 minutes. After the tour you just need to hop back on the coach that will be waiting for you and we’ll drop you off in the usual spot in the centre of Ostend, where you can explore everything that the city by the sea has to offer.

During the minicruise, you can take advantage of the host of facilities on board. You'll be spoilt for choice for places to eat with a choice of restaurants to satisfy even the hungriest of appetites. The Brasserie and The Kitchen restaurants, live entertainment, casino and cinema coupled with stylish bars. If you like shopping, you'll love the choice on board. From wine, beer and spirits to beauty and fashion products, you'll find top brands - but without the high street prices. We have top brands like Chanel, YSL, Clarins, Lancome and new product launches too. Plus you could be saving up to 40% on UK High street prices.

Your day ashore will consist of return coach transfers to Ostend offering you the opportunity to explore. Known as the 'City by the Sea', Ostend boasts over five and a half miles of sandy beaches just off the North Sea. Its extensive promenade is full of many shops, bars and lovely restaurants and this cosmopolitan city has a harbour and yacht-basin. Visitors will be amazed by all there is to see and do here.

So book a sizzling summer break and surround yourself with beautiful scenery and enjoy the magic that Ostend has to offer.

Monday departures:

 21/7, 4/8, 18/8, 1/9

Wednesday departures (includes a tour of P&J’s Belgian chocolate factory):

16/7, 13/8, 27/8

See here for a video of P&J's Chocolate Factory

*Wednesday departures start from £87pp and include a visit to P&J’s chocolate factory, which lasts approximately 45-60 minutes.

Please note car parking at Hull is chargeable at £7 per 245 hour period or part thereof (£14 for a 2 night minicruise).

Known as the 'City by the Sea' and it boasts over five and a half miles of sandy beaches just off the North Sea.

Known as the 'City by the Sea', Ostend boasts over five and a half miles of sandy beaches just off the North Sea. Its extensive promenade is full of many shops, bars and lovely restaurants and this cosmopolitan city has a harbour, yacht-basin and over 50 hotels. Visitors will be amazed by all there is to see and do here. Highlights include: Oostende at Anchor, Theatre by the Sea, Sparkling Mondays, Magic Lights in the Park, the Christmas Market with a huge ice-skating ramp and Carnival weekend with the well known Dead Rat Ball.

One of Ostend's main and maybe lesser known trump cards is the gastronomy and there is something to suit everyone's taste and budget here. Particular specialities include ‘Dover Sole’, ‘shrimp croquettes’ and 'tomato filled with grey shrimps'. There is also plenty to keep you amused late on in to the evening with many pubs, clubs and cinema complexes.

Any good activities around?

When on the coast, why not take the coastal tram that operates throughout the year with over 70 stops en route. Or, why not take a walk along the column lined walkway of Ostend’s promenade
No visit to Ostend would be complete without a trip to the local “frituur” to sample the best in Belgian fries and you will most definitely be spoilt for choice by offerings of really tasty, fresh seafood that is cooked from the first catch of the day. Or, why not sample some authentic Belgian waffles with icing sugar and whipped cream.

The best areas for night-time fun are the Van Iseghemlaan and the Langestraat. Both of these streets are lined with restaurants, pubs and night clubs that often stay open all night. Also recommended for an entertaining evening is the Kursaal-Casino, with three restaurants, a lounge bar and a gaming room. Also found at the Casino is Krush Club – the first electronic music club at the Belgian coast. A former take-away restaurant has been transformed and the club is the only place in Flanders with a LED ceiling and light system! The club attracts d-js from all over the world and is open every Saturday night.

Somewhere to Shop?

Boutique browsers will be spoilt for choice in Ostend. At the top end of the market are Edouard Tailor and Edouard Couture, at Kapellestraat 6 and 8 respectively and there are many more similar shops on this street. The Adolf Buylstraat is also known for its exclusive boutiques. Here, one can discover many wonderful shops in the side streets of these two traffic free shopping streets. Boutiques on the parallel Christinastraat include Lopez at number 48, stocking prestige women's labels, and Bilitis at 59. On the Wapenplein there is a shopping centre with over twenty different shops. Just outside the city centre, in the Alfons Pieterslaan and the Petit Paris quarter, you will also find several stores. Most stores in the city centre are open in the afternoon on Sundays and holidays.

Weekly markets

Thursday is the main market day in Ostend. Between 7 am and 1 pm you can buy several fresh products on the Wapenplein, Groentemarkt and Mijnplein in the city centre. A wide range of textiles, perfumes, jewellery and plants are also for sale here. On Saturday morning, there is also a market on the Wapenplein and Groentemarkt and on Sunday you can find a small flower market on the Wapenplein. Every Monday, a small market with a few stands is set up on the Wapenplein.

Must sees in Ostend

TAZ - Theatre by the Sea

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Fishery Project “A l’ostendaise”

June 28th 2013– September 30th 2014

Discover the Ostend gastronomy through the eyes of a passionate fisherman. Follow his story and his route: from catch to plate. The walk takes you along a series of maritime locations such as the fishing vessel, the fish auction, the fishmonger’s, the fish restaurant and maritime attractions. Each month the Flemish fishermen will challenge chefs from Ostend to use all kinds of seafood from the North Sea in a creative manner. They decide on a ‘fish of the month’ which you can enjoy on menus throughout the city the following four weeks.

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