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Christmas Markets of Germany & Denmark

13th Dec 2018 8 nights Sails from Southampton Balmoral L1838
FROM ONLY £799 per person
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FROM ONLY £799 per person
Three cruises for the price of two
Join Balmoral on a magical cruise to Germany and Denmark for the chance to go in search of that special gift or simply soak up the friendly festive atmosphere of some of Europe’s very best Christmas markets.

Germany really comes to life at ‘the most wonderful time of year’ and with a day each in Bremen and Hamburg, you’ll have opportunities to enjoy the country’s famous yuletide spirit to the full. In both cities you’ll discover dreamland-esque Christmas markets draped with twinkling lights and decorations and packed with pretty wooden huts selling a variety of gifts and delicious traditional treats such as glühwein and lebkuchen. From Bremen you can also tour to Oldenburg and be enchanted by the Old Quarter, transformed into a dazzling ‘winter wonderland’ at Christmas. Aside from the festive markets there’s much more to pack in too. You could take in the historic structures of Bremen’s UNESCO-listed city centre and the many highlights of Hamburg, including the gothic-style St Nikolai Church, the Chilehaus and the unique Miniatur Wunderland – home to world’s largest model railway – to name just a few. You’ll also experience daytime scenic cruising of the Kiel Canal, passing through this incredible German waterway twice of your unforgettable festive adventure. [ReadMore]

Sandwiched between your calls into Bremen and Hamburg is a full day in Copenhagen. Any time spent in the delightful Danish capital is memorable, but even more so at Christmas when you can savour the fairytale atmosphere and mesmerising displays of light and decoration. A particular highlight is the busy festive market hosted at the legendary Tivoli Gardens, one of the world’s oldest amusement parks. You’ll find plenty of stalls offering everything from Nordic handicrafts to tempting local delicacies, such as gløgg wine and æbleskiver apple pancakes. Alternatively you could choose to take a walking tour of the city and see the sights, including the impressive Christiansborg and Amalienborg Palaces; explore the charming Nyhavn waterfront district; or head to the pedestrianised streets of Strøget, which are lined with lovely cafés and superb shops. 

Balmoral is the largest of Fred. Olsen's smaller, friendly ocean-going cruise ships – with capacity for up to 1350 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.

Rest assured, all of the following comes as standard on every Fred. Olsen cruise:

  • Comfortable rooms and suites with TV, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities and individually controlled air conditioning
  • Tempting cuisine every day throughout your cruise - with five-course à la carte dinners, casual breakfast and lunch buffets and late-night snacks
  • Unlimited, self-service tea and coffee at selected venues, afternoon tea* with sandwiches and cakes, and in-room sandwiches and snacks
  • All evening entertainment, including cabaret shows, dancing and live music
  • Captain's Drinks Party and Gala Buffet (on cruises of 5 nights or more)
  • On board leisure facilities, including swimming pools, Jacuzzis and gym
  • A wide choice of on board activities and lectures throughout the day
  • All UK port taxes (where collectable in advance)
  • Luggage porterage between your room and the drop-off/pick-up point
  • Flights, as confirmed as part of a fly-cruise holiday

​Cruise descriptions include optional, chargeable experiences that may be enjoyed independently and/or with optional Fred. Olsen Shore Tours. *Premium Traditional Afternoon Tea not included.

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