Belgian Chocolates and Floral Holland

24th Apr 2021 7 nights Sails from Newcastle Balmoral L2111
FROM ONLY £899 per person
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FROM ONLY £899 per person
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Offer must be confirmed at the time of booking. Offer covers selected house wines by the glass, selected beers, spirits and soft drinks, subject to availability. Applicable to new bookings only, made between 04/09/19 and 31/10/19, inclusive, on selected 2020 and 2021 sailings of five to 32 nights in duration. Freedom fare terms and conditions apply. E&OE.

Bypassing coastal ports, Balmoral will take you inland to present you with the gems of stunning Belgian and Dutch cities. An attraction-packed trio of destinations add their own unique highlights to the mix, from precious diamonds and delicious chocolates to iconic canals and famous flora, and with at least a full day in each port, you’ll have ample time to explore in depth.

Arriving in Antwerp, where your smaller ship will dock closer to the centre, you begin an enlightening weeklong spring break with an overnight stay in Belgium’s beautiful second city. [ReadMoreMob]There’s time to go ashore and explore the pretty cobbled streets at your leisure. You could uncover the city’s most prized possessions, such as the legendary diamond district; the magnificent Cathedral of our Lady; and the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, displaying the works of Rubens and other Flemish masters. No visit to Antwerp is complete without sampling the quintessentially Belgian food and drink on offer here too. Stop by one of the friendly cafés or chocolate shops to indulge with delectable treats created by artisan chocolatiers, or perhaps embark on an evening ‘beer trail’ tour to taste some of Belgium’s finest brews. [ReadMoreDesk]

In contrast to the classic sights and experiences enjoyed in Antwerp, Rotterdam offers up an exciting mix of contemporary architecture and culture. Behold the sight of the impressive Erasmusbrug Bridge and modern waterside towers as you sail into the bustling port here via the Nieuwe Maas; then head ashore to seek out delights such as the unusual Markthal and unique Cube Houses. Finally, the diverse attractions of the Dutch capital await your discovery. From the grandiose buildings of the UNESCO-listed Canal Ring – best seen on a boat tour of the city’s famous waterways – to the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum, you have a day to take in your pick of Amsterdam’s highlights at your own pace. What’s more, thanks to your specially timed spring visit to Amsterdam, you could revel in the vibrant colours and sweet scents of millions of tulips Keukenhof Gardens, the best place to see various species of Holland’s iconic flora in all their seasonal splendour.

Bringing the world closer
Braemar in Bordeux, France

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
Guest swimming in pool, Marquee deck, Boudicca

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’.

Refurbished in 2017, Balmoral is the largest of Fred. Olsen's smaller, friendly ocean-going cruise ships – with capacity for up to 1,350 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.