Antwerp (Antwerpen) is the second-biggest city in Belgium. The port is located on the banks of Scheldt River. Other major cruise ports in Belgium are Zeebrugge (117 km / 73 ml from Antwerp), Ostend (123 km / 76 ml from Antwerp) and Brussels (55 km / 34 miles from Antwerp). Port of Antwerp is one of the world's top 20 biggest cargo ports, and is ranked 3rd in Europe.
Among the city's outstanding features is its system of boulevards, which replaced the walls, formerly encircling the city. The gorgeous Gothic cathedral of Notre Dame (14th-15th century), surmounted by a spire 400 ft (122 m) high, is the largest church in Belgium. It contains paintings by Peter Paul Rubens, who spent most of his lifetime in Antwerp. Other landmarks include the Gothic church of St Paul and the town hall, both completed in the 16th century. Plenty of medieval guild houses still line the marketplace. Antwerp has also botanical and zoological gardens, as well as a museum of fine arts with paintings by Flemish masters.
Antwerp became a port of commercial importance in the 15th and during early 16th century when diamond industry was expanded. The city was an active intellectual and cultural centre: in 1599 the painter Anthony van Dyck was born there. Antwerp quickly declined as result of religious troubles after 1576 and under provisions of 1648 treaty known as Peace of Westphalia, which closed Schelde River to navigation. In 1795 it was reopened by the French. The development of the modern city began in 1863 when the Belgians performed their navigation rights by making cash payment to the Netherlands. During both world wars Antwerp was occupied by the Germans, until September 1944, when it became Allied supply base and was bombed heavily.
In 2016, Antwerp was visited by river cruise ships more than 600 times, and 25 times by ocean-going cruise vessels. The total number of cruise tourists was over 100,000. The ocean vessels are usually small-sized luxury ships and mega-yachts. The list of shipowners (ocean ship operators) features Oceania, Azamara, Crystal, Lindblad-National Geographic, CMV, Plantours.
In 2017, the CMV ship Columbus (former Pacific Pearl) became the cruise port's largest ship ever.
Highlights: Old cultural centre, Gothic cathedral, Art Museums
Antwerp cruise terminal
Larger ships in Antwerp dock at the new cruise terminal Wandelteras Zuid, located near the Het Steen fortress. From here it is 5-min walking distance to the city centre.
Smaller ships dock at the piers Willemdok or Kattendijkook, which are at approx 15-min walking distance from the city centre.
Port Antwerp plans building a new cruise ship terminal, with scheduled completion in 2020. The new passenger terminal is in the city center, located approx 2 min walking distance from downtown's main tourist attractions.
The Antwerp cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Antwerp, Belgium.
If you lose the Antwerp location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.
Port Antwerp cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Antwerp, Belgium. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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