Frank and Nancy Farber explore the chocolates, waffles and diamonds of Antwerp

By Frank Farber

Special to AllThingsCruise

Forgot to mention that Nancy and I were presented with an anniversary cake at dinner the other evening. We don’t know who sent it, but we are very appreciative. Thank you, thank you.

Frank Farber

Today we are in the land of Belgian waffles, chocolates, beer and diamonds. We had the waffles for breakfast and they were deliciously light and tasty. Wonderful. Bob — yes, that is his name — led us on a tour of Antwerp culminating in the Cathedral of Our Lady which houses three Reubens among its art works. All the tours are made easier by the use of a QuietVox. Everyone has their own receiver and earpiece. This way you don’t have to lean in and try to hear over others. The reception is excellent and enables you to stray a bit and still listen to your guide. Bob is an excellent storyteller and made the tour zip by.

After lunch we went on a brief tour to Diamondland. I told Nancy she could have waffles, chocolates, and beer. NO DIAMONDS. After Diamondland, which was interesting, we returned to the central square area of Antwerp to mosey in and out of the chocolate shops and buy some as gifts. Alex must have pushed the magic button because the weather was beautiful: sunny and warm in low 70’s.

Dinner featured rack of lamb and a Belgian chocolate dessert buffet. It was truly Death by Chocolate. Chocolate mousse, creme brulee, eclairs, chocolate waterfall with fruit just to name a few. Paul and Alice from Connecticut joined us for dinner and then in the lounge for the dessert buffet. It has been great fun getting to know more people and AMA’s system of non-reserved seating is a definite plus.

Tomorrow we arrive in Ghent for the morning and we will take the optional tour to Bruges in the afternoon.

May 5, 2011


About Cynthia Boal Janssens

Cynthia Boal Janssens is the editor and chief blogger for She is a former national president of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW). She has sailed on over 40 cruises all over the world.

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