Entertainment on Pride of Bruges

There is a reasonable choice of entertainment available onboard sailings to Belgium.

The Flying Dutchman bar

There is plenty to do on Pride of Bruges, which is a good thing given the lack of a TV in my cabin.

Each sailing offers a range of options including dancing, bingo, quizzes, talented musicians, and more. Keep a listen out for the Entertainments Manager announcements at the beginning of each sailing with a run down on what was on and when.

Shopping

Shopping is one of the most popular activities onboard with three shops on offer.

The main shop on Pride of Bruges

The main shop on Pride of Bruges

The first stocked snacks, toys, games, clothing, and a limited selection of perfumes and the second sold tobacco and alcohol. The third shop remained closed for the duration of my sailings.

While the shops were small, they didn't feel crowded or unpleasant. There was still a good range of merchandise stocked.

Lounges and Bars

There were two lounges - one on Deck 5 and one on Deck 6. These venues hosted the bulk the main activities. Expect to find bingo, singing and dancing, as well as performances from talented musicians.

The Flying Dutchman bar

The Flying Dutchman bar

For a quiet drink head to one of the several bars, each with a different ambience. Enjoy the sleek and sophisticated feel of the Wine Bar found in front of the entrance to The Brasserie or enjoy a drink and chat with family or fellow passengers in the bar behind the Starbucks Coffee café.

Cinema

Two cinemas are available onboard showing a range of films at set times. Don't expect the latest blockbusters but you will still find relatively recent releases.

No more Casino

There used to be a small casino available tucked away to the side of the bar area on Deck 5. This space is now a void, with a plethora of security cameras and the sign the only clues as to what this space used to house.

The former Casino

The former Casino

A video arcade and various slot machines are available close-by.

Quiet Room

If you're after a bit of peace and quiet to read a book or complete a puzzle, the Quiet Room is a perfect oasis of calm. I do not know why this tranquil environment is opposite the children's play area. I can only assume it was the only spare space available.

Children's Entertainment

There is a small play area for kids outside the entrance to The Kitchen on Green Deck 4. It is an unsupervised area so parents need to look after their children but it is a great way for them to burn off some energy, ensuring a peaceful night for you.

Inside the Children's playroom

Inside the Children's playroom

In the foyer, there is seating and a television playing episodes of Spongebob Squarepants on repeat.

During the summer months (usually July and August during the school holidays) free children's entertainers are onboard together with specially trained staff to help run the Junior Crew Kids Club. Children are kept busy along with mascot Pirate Pete with a range of arts and crafts, face painting, fun activities, and more.

  • Choice of entertainment
  • Value for money
3.5

Summary

There is enough onboard for a comfortable sailing, although some may be frustrated with the lack of choice. Many activities (shopping, drinks, bingo, and cinema) come with an extra charge. The children's play area is very small.

Read more in this series

  1. Getting to the Port of Hull
  2. Pride of Bruges Review
  3. Pride of Bruges Cabins
  4. Food & Drink on Pride of Bruges
  5. Entertainment on Pride of Bruges (you are here)
  6. Guide to Zeebrugge Port
  7. What can you do in Bruges in just one day?
  8. Zeebrugge Mini Cruise Review on P&O Ferries' Pride of Bruges
(Photo credit(s) to David Fiske)
Disclosure: P&O Ferries kindly supplied a half board mini cruise to Bruges. I paid for travel to and from the Port of Hull, car parking, and incidentals onboard and overseas. Bruges Tourist Board supplied complimenatary tickets to Historium. The opinions in this article are my own.

Written by David Fiske

David first found his sea legs on a cruise around the Caribbean in 2009. Since then he's looked for any excuse to get back on the water which led him onto creating Mini Cruise Reviews as a way to showcase short min breaks that sail from the UK (on ferries or cruise ships).

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