Belgium & the Netherlands at Christmas

17th Dec 2021 5 nights Sails from Southampton Balmoral L2139
Festive cruise
FROM ONLY £649 per person
Christmas time in Amsterdam with the Rijksmuseum in Netherlands at twilight Christmas time in Amsterdam with the Rijksmuseum in Netherlands at twilight
FROM ONLY £649 per person
FREE Drinks Package OR £100pp On Board Spend

FREE All Inclusive Drinks Upgrade: offer applicable on selected sailings. Free drinks upgrade package comprises of selected house beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks – for terms & conditions, click here. Not combinable with any other offer, including, but not limited to Solo offers, Saver Fares - with the exception of Enjoyment Promise. . All Inclusive Drinks offer is capacity controlled and subject to availability. 


*On Board Spend £100 per person: On Board Spend amount applies to a maximum of two guests per cabin. Spend is non-transferable and no refunds will be given for the credit amount shown. No cash alternative will be given for unused Spend. Complimentary or chargeable upgrades will not alter the On Board Spend value, where applicable. On board spend is capacity controlled and subject to availability.  E&OE.

Immersive European city discovery, scenic river exploration, and a taste of small ship cruising with Fred. Olsen all combines to create an immensely rewarding and relaxing pre-Christmas getaway. Leave the festive stress behind and head to Belgium, to sail the picturesque Western Scheldt River into charming Antwerp. With Balmoral docking in the heart of the city, you’ll be perfectly placed seek-out elaborate architectural highlights such as Grote Markt and the Cathedral of our Lady; discover traditional Belgian chocolate shops; and explore the legendary Diamond District, where you could not only see some of the world’s finest jewels, but help to polish a rough diamond too.

In the Netherlands, there’s a memorable overnight stay in Amsterdam. You’ll arrive here in the evening, when the Dutch capital’s Christmas markets feel their most vibrant, with locals and visitors from around the world making the most of the festive food, drink and activities on offer. Then you’ve a day to take in many world-famous attractions; you could take advantage of the opportunity to visit Anne Frank House, immerse yourself in this effervescent city’s arts and culture at the Museum Quarter, and see the grand mansions of the UNESCO-listed Canal Ring. You’re sure to be tempted to take to Amsterdam’s iconic canals too – a boat tour of the city, passing underneath low bridges and through charming districts, is an unforgettable way to see the sights.

Bringing the world closer

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

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’.

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.