German Waterways

Departs Edinburgh (Rosyth)  •  31st May 2018  •  9 nights
Balmoral  •  L1814  •  Prices from £1,099.00 (cruise only)
Beautiful panoramic view of historic Hamburg city center with famous town hall and Alster river on a sunny day with blue sky in summer, Germany
Beautiful panoramic view of historic Hamburg city center with famous town hall and Alster river on a sunny day with blue sky in summer, Germany
Experience hours of memorable daytime scenic cruising on board Balmoral and discover an array of diverse sights, highlights and historic landmarks in four enticing destinations on this rewarding nine night German jaunt.

A call into Bremen – where your ship will have special permission to dock – kicks-off your journey of German discovery in style. Docking close to the centre of the city – rather than an hour away in Bremerhaven – means you don’t have to waste time on coach trips that guests on larger cruise ships would. Instead you can make the most of your extended stay to explore to at your leisure, taking in highlights such as the UNESCO-listed Market Square, the 15th century Town Hall and the contrasting sights of the medieval Schnoor and modern Überseestadt districts. After departing Bremen via the Weser River you’ll enjoy the first of two journeys through the Kiel Canal en route to Kiel. Here you can delve into the extensive seafaring history of the city at the interesting Maritime Museum and Laboe Naval Memorial; indulge in a little retail therapy at Holstenstraße, one of Germany’s longest shopping streets; or perhaps opt to escape to the beautiful Holstein Lakes on a memorable tour.

Then it’s on to the delightful resort town of Warnemünde, where you can make the most of the seasonal warmth on the inviting white sand beaches. Alternatively you could tour to one of Germany’s most enchanting historic cities, Rostock. After a boat trip along the River Warnow from Warnemünde you can take in Rostock's beautiful City Hall and St Mary’s Church, pick up souvenirs at the market, and even visit a local microbrewery to sample a selection of traditional German brews. Yet more daytime scenic cruising follows, navigating the narrow Kiel Canal once more and sailing the winding River Elbe towards Hamburg. Here you'll have time to discover landmarks such as the towering neo-Renaissance style Rathaus and St Michael’s Church; wander the pretty squares; and sample the vibrant atmosphere of the bustling HafenCity district. There’s a chance to see the striking cityscape from a different perspective during a boat ride on the Alster Lake too.

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Itinerary & Port Information

German Waterways
Date
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May 2018
Thu 31
Late PM
Edinburgh (Rosyth)
Edinburgh (Rosyth)

Edinburgh (Rosyth)

Edinburgh - Scotland's historic capital - is one of the U.K.'s finest cities. Combining beautiful architecture, engrossing cultures and an extensive heritage, this Scottish delight is a must-visit destination.

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June 2018
Sat 02
Early AM
Bremen
Bremen

Bremen

Set on the River Weser, Bremen has beautiful examples of old Hanseatic Gothic architecture in the ‘Marktplatz’ and narrow timber buildings in the ‘Schnoor’ quarter – the oldest part of the city.

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Sun 03
Early AM
Bremen
Bremen

Bremen

Set on the River Weser, Bremen has beautiful examples of old Hanseatic Gothic architecture in the ‘Marktplatz’ and narrow timber buildings in the ‘Schnoor’ quarter – the oldest part of the city.

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Sun 03
Early AM
Early PM
Cruising Weser River
Cruising Weser River

Cruising Weser River

Cruise the picturesque Weser River on a Baltic cruise with Fred. Olsen. Be on the look-out for the pretty shores of Harriersand - one of Europe's longest river islands.

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Sun 03
Late PM
Late Night
Kiel Canal Transit
Kiel Canal Transit

Kiel Canal Transit

The world’s busiest artificial waterway.

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Mon 04
Late PM
Late Night
Kiel, Germany
Kiel, Germany

Kiel, Germany

Kiel is a long-established maritime city, a position it has maintained in part at least because of its location at the eastern end of the Kiel Canal. 

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Tue 05
Early AM
Late Night
Warnemünde (Warnemunde), Germany
Warnemünde (Warnemunde), Germany

Warnemünde (Warnemunde), Germany

With excellent links to Rostock and Berlin, there's a host of fantastic tours and experiences to be had on a call to Warnemünde (Warnemunde).

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Wed 06
Early AM
Late PM
Kiel Canal Transit
Kiel Canal Transit

Kiel Canal Transit

The world’s busiest artificial waterway.

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Wed 06
Late PM
Late Night
Cruising River Elbe
Cruising River Elbe

Cruising River Elbe

Enjoy a relaxing cruise along Germany's Lower Elbe, a picturesque section of the River Elbe linking the historic port city of Hamburg to the North Sea.

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Thu 07
Late PM
Late PM
Hamburg
Hamburg

Hamburg

There's water everywhere here in Germany's principal port - from the Alster Lake to a web of canals and waterways spanned by 1,000 bridges.

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Sat 09
Early AM
Edinburgh (Rosyth)
Edinburgh (Rosyth)

Edinburgh (Rosyth)

Edinburgh - Scotland's historic capital - is one of the U.K.'s finest cities. Combining beautiful architecture, engrossing cultures and an extensive heritage, this Scottish delight is a must-visit destination.

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What's Included

Rest assured, all of the following comes as standard on every Fred. Olsen cruise:

  • Comfortable rooms and suites with TV, hairdryer, tea & coffee making facilities and individually controlled air conditioning.
  • Tempting cuisine every day throughout your cruise - with five-course à la carte dinners, casual breakfast and lunch buffets and late-night snacks.
  • Self-service tea and coffee at selected venues, morning coffee with biscuits, and afternoon sandwiches and cakes.
  • Sandwiches and snacks in your room.
  • All evening entertainment, including cabaret shows, dancing and live music.
  • Captain's Drinks Party and Gala Buffet.
  • On board leisure facilities, including swimming pools, Jacuzzis and gym.
  • A wide choice of on board activities and lectures throughout the day.
  • All UK port taxes (where collectable in advance).
  • Luggage porterage between your room and the drop-off/pick-up point.
  • Flights, as confirmed as part of a fly-cruise holiday.

Cruise descriptions include optional, chargeable experiences that may be enjoyed independently and/or with optional Fred. Olsen Shore Tours.

On Our Ship

Balmoral is the largest of Fred. Olsen's smaller, friendly ocean-going cruise ships – with capacity for up to 1350 guests – yet is still small enough to navigate narrow waterways such as Kiel Canal and bring inspirational sights and experiences closer to you. Like the rest of the fleet, Balmoral retains a warm, welcoming atmosphere and features comfortable accommodation and lounges, stylish restaurants and plenty of open-deck space.

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