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

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.

Real ships
We don’t have boastful megaships. We take immense pride in our fleet of smaller-scaled vessels that retain the style, ambience and understated quality of a country house hotel.  We ensure they remain contemporary too: from winter 2016 to spring 2018 the whole fleet underwent dry dock refits to further enhance the facilities for guests. With the fifth generation Fred. Olsen as Chairman and 170 years of seafaring heritage behind us, we believe we’ve found the perfect formula for you to get the best out of your holiday with us.

Smaller but spacious
A smaller ship doesn’t mean less space; far from it. Each room is comfortably sized, with all that you’ll need to enjoy your holiday. In fact, our rooms are comparable to those on some of the mammoth cruise ships. While our vessels are on a more accessible scale, you can have just as much private space.  With fewer people on board it’s easy to find a quiet spot to relax in peace with a drink or a good book. There’s room to stretch out by the pool and you can get ashore more quickly too. And when you’re ashore, you’re seeing the best of each port of call with hundreds – not thousands – of others, giving you a much more authentic experience.

Service with a smile
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 guest feedback our staff are always the most highly-rated aspect of the whole experience.

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.