Medieval Baltic Capitals

2nd Jun 2023 13 nights Sails from Rosyth (Edinburgh) Balmoral L2313
FREEDOM FARE FROM £1,899 per person
Town hall square, Riga, Latvia Town hall square, Riga, Latvia
FREEDOM FARE FROM £1,899 per person
£200pp Free On Board Spend or £400pp when booking a Suite

*Applicable to new bookings made from 16/03/2023 on 2022/23 cruises sailing from the UK, of 13 to 15 nights in duration, see terms & conditions.

Sailing an itinerary crafted to showcase the Baltic’s fascinating medieval history, you’re in for an in-depth discovery of Hanseatic cities and Middle Age traditions. Some of the region’s best-preserved historic centres await your exploration, with the Old Town districts of Tallinn and Riga – member cities of the Hanseatic League – particular highlights. In Tallinn, you can take in centuries-old sites of the Estonian capital, including Toompea Castle and Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, where you’ve even an opportunity to ring the city bells with the bell ringer. Riga is full of sights and highlights too, such as 14th century Riga Castle, Riga Dome Cathedral and the Freedom Monument. Your smaller ship also takes you closer to UNESCO-listed Visby, on Sweden’s Gotland Island, where another collection of delights – from merchants houses to magnificent churches – steeped in Hanseatic history await.[ReadMore]

During your visit to Estonia, a call to the island of Saaremaa offers a chance to explore Kuressaare too; amongst this town's beautifully preserved old district, see some of the Baltic's finest medieval buildings, such as the 14th century bishop’s castle. Elsewhere, see the Teutonic Order-era monuments of Gdansk, including UNESCO-listed Melbork Castle, in Poland, and delight in the charms of Warnemunde, Germany. In Scandinavia, revel in the sights and highlights of two captivating capitals; see the magnificent palaces, monuments and waterways of Copenhagen – where Balmoral docks conveniently close to the city centre – and Stockholm, and experience unforgettable scenic cruising of the Swedish capital's Stockholm Archipelago, passing between a collection of nearly 30,000 rocky islands and islets.

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 

1. WE ARE PROUD TO SAIL OUR OWN COURSE

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'.

2. SMALLER IS BETTER

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.

3. HAND-CRAFTED, NOT MASS PRODUCED

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.

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.