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 £100pp plus tips covered

On-board spend/Tips covered offer: applicable to new bookings, made from 16/08/21 onwards, on sailings of up to 19 nights in duration, departing from the UK, between January 2022 and May 2023, excluding cruises L22SN, T2212, & M2223; cruises over 20 nights & Fly-cruises including M2233 are excluded. Free On Board Spend amount is per person (pp), up to two guests per cabin, amount varies per cruise up to £100 pp. E&OE.

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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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.

In recent years, we have seen a new era emerging in cruising.

There is a trend for everything to get bigger and busier, and for a cruise to be seen as an alternative to a large luxury resort, with a limitless flurry of activity. But this is not for us. Find out more 


We are free to do things a different way because we are family-run. Of course some people enjoy the bigger, busier cruises, but it is not for everyone, and it is not for us. We prefer to do things, 'The Olsen Way'.


We have fewer guests, so the atmosphere on board our ships is always warm and civilised. Our smaller ships allow us to visit the more interesting places that the world has to offer.


We pride ourselves on putting our all into the Fred. Olsen cruise experience. Our itineraries are created from scratch every year, our service is genuinely personal and each and every area of our ships is designed by hand.