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Fred. Olsen Balmoral

Balmoral is the largest of our four cruise ships but still retains the warm, intimate and friendly atmosphere found across our fleet. Balmoral takes her name from the Scottish residence of the British Royal Family and features 710 well-appointed rooms and suites.

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As the festive season begins, start your celebrations in style with a cruise to four enticing European cities that really come to life at the ‘most wonderful time of the year’. At every destination, you’re in for a magical experience, with ample time ashore in each to delight in the enchanting decorations, traditional wooden huts, sweet and spicy scents and warming atmosphere of enchanting, fairytale-esque Christmas Markets.

The cities of Germany are renowned for showing-off their festive spirit, so your visit to Hamburg is sure to be special. Hamburg’s famous Christmas fare is seemingly on display at every turn, though the dominating Rathaus is the place to be to really sample the city’s seasonal splendour. The grounds of the impressive City Hall play host to the Roncalli Christmas Market, a colourful Christmas wonderland of fairy light-adorned huts selling confectionary and gifts, carousels and gingerbread bakers with the smell of warming spiced wine in the air. Perhaps grab a cup of the traditional festive tipple to enjoy as you soak up the cosy atmosphere – it’s the perfect tonic for Hamburg’s chilly December weather. Alternatively, you could choose to take in attractions such the gothic-style St Nikolai Church, the Chilehaus and the unique Miniatur Wunderland. A stroll along the banks of the beautiful River Elbe always makes for a memorable experience in the winter too.

There are Christmas-time charms to uncover in three dazzling Belgian, Norwegian and Danish cities too. Balmoral will call at Zeebrugge for tours to the UNESCO-listed Bruges, where you can explore decorated streets and canals in search of architectural gems such as Church of our Lady and the 13th century Belfry and authentic Belgian chocolate shops, and soak-up the cosy atmosphere of the city’s Christmas market. In Norway, visiting Oslo affords you an opportunity to explore the capital when it’s transformed into a winter wonderland of Christmas markets, fairs and decorations. Be sure to stop-by the National Gallery to see Edvard Munch’s The Scream; visit Vigeland Sculpture Park; and marvel at the medieval Akershus Fortress too. Your visit to Copenhagen, Denmark’s delightful capital, will be one to remember; the legendary Tivoli Gardens is a ‘must-visit’ at this time the year, with its mesmerising displays of light and decoration and stalls offering everything from Nordic handicrafts to tempting local delicacies. The impressive Christiansborg and Amalienborg Palaces and picturesque Nyhavn district are also not-to-be-missed.

Why I chose this offer

  • Solo traveller offer available Save £100pp

Board basis

Full Board

Departure date

1st December 2020

Ship statistics

  • Occupancy: 1350
  • Length: 218.18m
  • Tonnage: 43,537 grt

Factfile on Fred. Olsen Balmoral

Balmoral is the largest of our four cruise ships but still retains the warm, intimate and friendly atmosphere found across our fleet. Balmoral takes her name from the Scottish residence of the British Royal Family and features 710 well-appointed rooms and suites....

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Cabins

Interior from £849

Interior Rooms on board Balmoral are approx. 160 sq ft so there’s ample room, and all feature their own en-suite. Most en-suites are fitted with a shower, although selected en-suites are fitted with a bath (with a shower over the bath). All rooms are complete with everything you need for a comfortable, relaxing and enjoyable stay, including a desk, telephone, interactive television, hairdryer, air conditioning and tea and coffee making facilities.

Ocean from £999

Ocean View Rooms on board Balmoral range from approx. 165 sq ft to approx. 200 sq ft in Superior Ocean View Rooms. There’s ample room to relax and enjoy the view from either your porthole or picture window, and each room is complete with everything you need for a comfortable and enjoyable stay. Amenities include an en-suite (most are fitted with a bath and a shower over the bath, others with a shower), a telephone, interactive television, hairdryer, air conditioning and tea and coffee making facilities.

Balcony from £1,599

Balcony Rooms on board Balmoral range from approx. 180 sq ft to approx. 190 sq ft in Superior Balcony Rooms and feature a private balcony – the perfect place to indulge in superb ocean views, the soothing sea air and a sense of uncanny peace and tranquillity. Inside your room you’ll find there’s ample room to relax too, as well as everything you need for a comfortable and enjoyable stay. Amenities include an en-suite with a bath and shower over the bath (selected en-suites are fitted with a shower), a desk, telephone, interactive television, hairdryer, air conditioning and tea and coffee making facilities.

Suite from £1,799

Suites on board Balmoral are the ultimate indulgence and range from approx. 200 sq ft in a Single Balcony Suite to approx. 430 sq ft in a Premier Suite. Featuring a private balcony and a separate sitting area, Suites are like a home-from-home from which to enjoy incredible sea views and unrivalled relaxation. Most Suites feature an en-suite with a bath (and a shower over the bath), although some Superior Suites have an en-suite with a shower. They’re equipped with an interactive television, a telephone, a hairdryer, air conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities, a refrigerator and mini-bar. Guests also benefit from our Suite Dreams package, which includes a welcome bottle of sparkling wine, flowers in your Suite, luxury towels, complimentary water and much more to ensure your stay is even more comfortable, relaxing and memorable

Itinerary

1st - Southampton

Southampton

Southampton is a bustling port city bursting with history as well as shopping opportunities, great restaurants and superb pubs.

2nd - Bruges

Bruges

Bruges, the capital of West Flanders in northwest Belgium, is distinguished by its canals, cobbled streets and medieval buildin

4th - Cruising Oslo Fjord

Cruising Oslo Fjord

Spend time cruising the scenic Oslo Fjord

4th - Oslo

Oslo

Oslo, Norway’s charming capital city, is a vibrant mix—modern architecture and world-class museums dwell alongside

5th - Copenhagen

Copenhagen

Visit the royal residence at Amalienborg, the Christianborg Palace, and Rosenborg Castle, where the crown jewels are kept.

6th - Kiel Canal Transit, Germany

Kiel Canal Transit, Germany

Connecting the North Sea, at the mouth of the Elbe River, to the Baltic Sea at Holtenau, the Kiel Canal is one of the world&rsq

7th - Hamburg

Hamburg

Hamburg, a major port city in northern Germany, is connected to the North Sea by the Elbe River. It's crossed by hundreds of ca

8th - At Sea

At Sea

Today its all about you. Why not book into the Spa and be pampered for a few hours?

9th - Southampton

Southampton

Southampton is a bustling port city bursting with history as well as shopping opportunities, great restaurants and superb pubs.