Scenic Orkneys & Shetlands in Five Nights

1st Jun 2022 5 nights Sails from Newcastle Balmoral L2214
FROM ONLY £749 per person
Puffins on the sea cliff, Iceland Puffins on the sea cliff, Iceland
FROM ONLY £749 per person
FREE On Board Spend up to £250pp*

On board spend offer: On Board Spend amounts vary per cruise. On Board Spend is non-transferrable. No refunds will be given for the credit amount shown. No cash alternative will be given for unused spend. Complimentary or chargeable cabin upgrades, where applicable, will not alter the on board spend value. On board spend is applicable for a maximum of two guests per cabin. 
Save up to £250 per person: applicable to August to December 2021 sailings only; amounts vary per cruise – check availability to see applicable offers on selected fares and grades. Savings amount is per person and not applicable to 3rd/4th guest in cabin.
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This five-night escape is crafted to provide a short, yet unforgettable snapshot of some of Scotland’s most beautiful summertime scenes, found within remote waterways and at off-the-beaten-track destinations.[ReadMoreMob] Just a short time after departure from Newcastle, your Scottish discovery begins with memorable scenic cruising; en route to the Shetlands Balmoral makes a special diversion to bring the Old Man of Hoy and The Needle sea stacks – the habitat for large seabird colonies – into view.

When you get to head ashore, seabird havens await your discovery in the Orkneys and the Shetlands too; RSPB Sumburgh Head, where fulmars, puffins and various other bird species live and breed amongst the sea cliffs and rugged landscapes, is a particular highlight to seek out in the Shetlands. From Lerwick, you could tour to Northmavine to see the coastal scenery of the Shetlands’ northernmost point too. In the Orkneys, a stop at Kirkwall also offers a chance to uncover historic treasures such as the UNESCO-listed Neolithic village of Skara Brae and ceremonial stone circles of Stenness and the Ring of Brodgar.

Your Itinerary

  • Scenic cruising past coastal sea stacks
  • Spot local wildlife including a variety of seabirds
  • Explore Lerwick, capital of the Shetland Islands
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Bringing the world closer

Our size advantage means we can take you to places that some of the larger cruise vessels simply can’t. We dock close to the heart of some of the world’s most beautiful cities and can take you on scenic cruising adventures showcasing inspirational landscapes. Our itineraries are expertly crafted to make the most of this advantage.

Smaller but spacious

Aboard our smaller, friendlier ships you'll find there's plenty of room to stretch out by the pool, enjoy a drink and great conversation with like-minded guests, and make the most of your time away. Sailing with hundreds, not thousands, of others allows you to get ashore faster too, and make the most of each destination.

Service with a smile
Waitress with drinks and guest on deck, Boudicca

Each member of the Fred. Olsen team has been carefully selected for their warm and welcoming personalities. The quality of our people, supported by training and development, ensures they will give you a great holiday. In fact, 97% of guests rated Fred. Olsen’s friendly, attentive staff ‘Excellent’ or ‘Good’.

Balmoral, carrying up to 1,350 guests is 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.