Bank Holiday Escape to the Netherlands

28th Apr 2023 5 nights Sails from Southampton Balmoral L2309
FROM ONLY £699 per person
Spring scene in Amsterdam city. Tours by boat on the famous Dutch canals Spring scene in Amsterdam city. Tours by boat on the famous Dutch canals
FROM ONLY £699 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.

From impressive architectural sights to unique, seasonal delights, discover the highlights of a duo of attraction-packed Dutch cities on this short, yet rewarding break. A specially timed visit to Amsterdam includes chances to experience the springtime splendour of the Keukenhof Gardens, alive with the vibrant colour and fragrance of millions of tulips, and visit capital’s famous morning flower markets to feel their buzz of excitement and energy. You’ll dock within a mile of the Dutch capital, so you could discover other attractions, such as the UNESCO-listed Canal Ring and Anne Frank House, with ease if you wish too.

Balmoral also takes you to Rotterdam, for a day of discovering the various treasures of the Netherlands’ second city. Explore at your leisure, or perhaps on tour, to see and compare the diverse architecture on display, from the futuristic Erasmusbrug Bridge to the unusual Markthal and the Cube Houses. You’ll find interesting museums and galleries aplenty too, providing an insight into Rotterdam’s extensive, maritime industry-influenced heritage.

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 

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.