Cities of Germany via the Kiel Canal

11th Apr 2023 8 nights Sails from Southampton Balmoral L2307
FREEDOM FARE FROM £1,099 per person
Balmoral cruising the Kiel canal, Germany Balmoral cruising the Kiel canal, Germany
FREEDOM FARE FROM £1,099 per person
£100pp FREE On Board Spend or £200pp when booking a Suite

*Applicable to new bookings made from 16/03/2022 on 2022/23 cruises sailing from the UK, of 7 to 9 nights in duration, see terms & conditions.

Scenic cruising and city sightseeing make this German jaunt one to remember, with an abundance of attractions and highlights awaiting your discovery. On board Balmoral, experience two journeys along the Kiel Canal – only navigable by smaller ships – and revel in views of beautiful German countryside and scenery. In between, you visit Kiel for a chance to delve into the city’s extensive maritime and naval history, and Warnemunde, gateway to Berlin and its waterways, iconic sights and historic highlights.[ReadMore]

Elsewhere in Germany, you’ll have ample time in Hamburg, to visit attractions such as the Rathaus, towering St Nikolai Church, the International Maritime Museum and the busy dry docks, and take a boat tour of Alster Lake, while there’s also a day in Bremen. Here you could explore the city’s UNESCO-listed marketplace and admire its centuries-old architectural delights, learn about the history of the infamous U Boat bunker, or simply take a cruise along the picturesque River Weser.

In recent years, we have seen a new era emerging in cruising.

There is a trend for everything to get bigger and busier, and for a cruise to be seen as an alternative to a large luxury resort, with a limitless flurry of activity. But this is not for us. Find out more 

1. WE ARE PROUD TO SAIL OUR OWN COURSE

We are free to do things a different way because we are family-run. Of course some people enjoy the bigger, busier cruises, but it is not for everyone, and it is not for us. We prefer to do things, 'The Olsen Way'.

2. SMALLER IS BETTER

We have fewer guests, so the atmosphere on board our ships is always warm and civilised. Our smaller ships allow us to visit the more interesting places that the world has to offer.

3. HAND-CRAFTED, NOT MASS PRODUCED

We pride ourselves on putting our all into the Fred. Olsen cruise experience. Our itineraries are created from scratch every year, our service is genuinely personal and each and every area of our ships is designed by hand.

Balmoral, carrying up to 1,350 guests is small enough to navigate narrow waterways such as the Kiel Canal, and bring inspirational sights and experiences closer to you.

Like the rest of the fleet, Balmoral conveys a warm, welcoming atmosphere and features comfortable accommodation and lounges, stylish restaurants and plenty of open-deck space.