GOLDEN RULE #1
CHECK THE OPENING HOURS
One of my pre-cruise tasks is doing enough research to beer up my holiday but my absolute failing is taking insufficient attention to details such as opening hours.
I’m all good at using Google etc to help me find new places, I note addresses and check out locations to find the best beer spots either close to tourist attractions or in the shadow of the port for a late beer and a quick getaway (Golden Rule #2).
However, I have learnt my lesson all around Europe marching off to find a new bar with some great beer only to find that I failed to make sufficient notes on the opening times and I find that I am waiting outside for the bar to open or worse still that the bar only opens long after the ship sails.
It seems that I am in good company though. In the latest P&O Moments magazine there is a double page spread celebrating Bruges and its attractions during the countdown to Christmas. The pub they have chosen to use to illustrate the piece is the t Brugs Beertje, translated as the Little Bruges Bear. It is a good pub to illustrate a piece on Bruges as anyone who has ever been there would describe it as one of the World’s greatest bars.
However, it is a very poor pub to use to illustrate a cruise. The pub does not open until 4pm – long, long after any cruise travellers have had to head back towards Zeebrugge (where the cruise ships dock) for sailaway and pre-dinner drinks.
So, take heed of Golden Rule #1, check out opening times afore ye set foot ashore, it will make for a more enjoyable beery time.
Perhaps it is described as one of the World’s greatest bars as it only open after all of the day-trippers leave the city. That’s for you to decide.
See also Golden Rule #2