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Christmas Markets

29th Nov 2019 9 nights Sails from Southampton Balmoral L1931
Festive cruise
FROM ONLY £999 per person *
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FROM ONLY £999 per person *
FREE Drinks & Tips
or 3 cruises for the price of 2*

Prepare for the festive season in style and visit some of Europe’s most enticing cities as they sparkle with holiday spirit at the ‘most wonderful time of the year’. You’re in for an enchanting experience at every destination on this magical cruise, with chances to delight in the twinkling decorations, traditional wooden huts and festive scents and flavours of fairytale-esque Christmas markets.

Spending three days of your festive escape in Germany – a country renowned for really bursting into life at Christmas – is sure to be memorable, with calls at Warnemünde and Hamburg offering you chances to immerse yourself in the famous yuletide charm of some of the world’s very best Christmas markets. Warnemünde is your gateway to Rostock, which hosts the fun fair, ‘Gourmet Mile’ and artisan stalls of Northern Germany’s largest Weihnachtsmarkt; while in Hamburg, the dominating Rathaus is the place to be. Hamburg’s impressive City Hall is where you’ll find Roncalli Christmas Market, a festive dreamland of charming huts, nostalgic carousels, gingerbread bakers and much more. There are plenty of other German gems to discover too; you could opt to stay in Warnemünde to explore the seaside town’s idyllic Alter Strom district and visit the 19th century Lighthouse, and in Hamburg, take in attractions such as the gothic-style St Nikolai Church, the Chilehaus and the unique Miniatur Wunderland. [ReadMore]

Packed with a diverse array of festive highlights, this incredible 9-night cruise also presents the Christmas-time charms of three dazzling cities in Belgium, Norway and Denmark. Balmoral will call at Zeebrugge for tours to the UNESCO-listed Bruges, where you can explore decorated streets and canals in search of architectural gems such as Church of our Lady and the 13th century Belfry and authentic Belgian chocolate shops, and soak-up the cosy atmosphere of the city’s Christmas market. In Norway, visiting Oslo affords you an opportunity to explore the capital when it’s transformed into a winter wonderland of Christmas markets, fairs and decorations. Be sure to stop-by the National Gallery to see Edvard Munch’s The Scream; visit Vigeland Sculpture Park; and marvel at the medieval Akershus Fortress too. Your visit to Copenhagen, Denmark’s delightful capital, will be one to remember; the legendary Tivoli Gardens is a ‘must-visit’ at this time the year, with its mesmerising displays of light and decoration and stalls offering everything from Nordic handicrafts to tempting local delicacies. The impressive Christiansborg and Amalienborg Palaces and picturesque Nyhavn district are also not-to-be-missed.

Single supplement offers are available on selected grades on this sailing, please call for details.

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.

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.