Prince Philip need not worry. My wife Sue and I celebrated our 13th wedding anniversary with a two night short break aboard the Cunard ship Queen Elizabeth. It is one of Cunard’s most recent and elegant ships with traditional accents.
Setting sail from Southampton we were reminded of our last Cunard cruise in 2009 when we crossed the Atlantic to the USA and Canada for a five month extended visit. That time we were accompanied by our labradoodle Coco. You can see her on board the Queen Mary in this short clip.
Our voyage this time took us eastwards to the port of Zeebrugge.
We took the courtesy shuttles to the Belgian seaside town of Blankenberge. There we found markets selling large sausages, cafes with green straw frogs and chocolate shops galore. There were shoe shops where multi coloured shoes seem to be the current fashion flavour. The seafront and beach was well tendered, lined with cafes and restaurants.
We were very tempted to explore more of this part of Europe. You can only see a little part of the coastal areas when on an ocean cruise, whereas on a coach tour you would see much more of the interior. A suitable tour might be Best of Holland Belgium and Luxembourg by Trafalgar Tours or Country Roads of Belgium Luxembourg & the Netherlands with Insight Vacations. On these tours you go to the heart of many towns as an overnight guest. A visit to the town of Bruges is included in coach tours, whereas as cruise ship guest may pay at least £80 per person for a guided day shore excursion.