The Online Cruise Travel Guide
Created by the Author of FODOR'S

tLinda Coffman's
Linda Coffman
Author & Cruise Authority

Cruise Lines & Ships Articles & Advice

Cruise Reviews

Before You Go 
On Board In Port Get a Fare Quote   Home Page

Cruise Essentials:

Site Search
Cruise News
Planning Tips
Packing & Lists
HOT Tips
Cruise Links
About Us


CLICK HERE for savings--CruiseCompete
Don't pay more than your tablemates...
CruiseCompete makes it easy to let independent agents compete to offer you the best deal.

Cruisers' favorites:

Cruise Travel Magazine
Cruise Travel

Porthole Cruise Magazine

Have a question or a review to submit? Write

Copyright © 1995-2013
Linda Coffman, SM

ll content is protected by United States Copyright Laws. Violators of our copyright, as well as bandwidth theft by "direct linking" of images, will be pursued by all means necessary. Find out more in
  Terms of Service


Cruise Diva Goes Ashore: Sights to see, things to do & where to shop

Brussels, Belgium

Home to NATO, the European Union Headquarters, and the European head offices of many international corporations, Brussels is a cosmopolitan city. As in the rest of Belgium, three languages are all "official" and, depending on where you are, you'll hear Flemish, French, or German. Generally, the residents of Brussels speak French. 


Only about thirty miles from Antwerp, a sightseeing tour of Brussels is generally recommended--either a shore excursion, an on-your-own transfer, or one contracted privately. 

Brussels' Grand Place is a huge market square ringed with the richly ornate Guild Houses and Town Hall for which the city is famous. Lined with cafes and shops, the narrow streets surrounding Grand Place yield unexpected sounds of classical music from street musicians. Nearby Petite Rue des Bouchers is the chic spot for dining al fresco on "fruits de mer"--specialties from the sea. Be prepared to pay dearly for an excellent meal.

Just off Grand Place is a small square that is home to Brussels' most famous resident--Manneken Pis. The diminutive statue is exactly what it sounds like, a small boy relieving himself into a basin. The symbol of the free spirit and irreverence of Brussels' populace, no visit would be complete without seeing him do his thing.

Other popular sites: St. Michael's Cathedral with its shrine to St. Joseph, an impressive Gothic structure crowning a hill surrounded by lovely gardens; the 18th century Royal Palace, used by the Belgian monarchs for high state occasions; the NATO Headquarters building; and the Atomium, a 335-foot structure built for the 1958 World's Fair.


Brussels is known for exquisite lace and divine chocolate. Lace shops flourish in Grand Place and are tucked into narrow buildings on many side streets. Chocolate is available everywhere, as are souvenirs depicting Manneken Pis. St. Hubert Gallery, Europe's first "covered mall" is a short stroll from Grand Place.

Back to Europe, Baltic Ports of Call

For a Cruise Diva perspective, follow the Baltic Capitals Cruise Diary

More from

Articles & Advice

Cruise Reviews

Cruise Line Profiles

CLICK HERE TO ORDER - Fodor's The Complete Guide to Caribbean Cruises
Order My
Latest Book

Don't Miss!
Cruises Guide & Cruise Forum



Back to the top of  this page  

            Use keywords to search...

Search Search the Internet