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City Break in the Netherlands & Belgium

1st May 2019 5 nights Sails from Southampton Braemar M1910
FROM ONLY £549 per person
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FROM ONLY £549 per person

Stimulate your senses on this relaxing springtime cruise to Belgium and the Netherlands, where calls at two enchanting cities and scenic cruising of beautiful waterways will offer a feast of stunning sights, gorgeous scents and delicious flavours.

The first of five nights you’ll enjoy on board Braemar will be spent sailing overnight from Southampton to the Netherlands, before your smaller-sized ship diverts inland through the complex locks and passageways of the Nordzeekanaal into Amsterdam. You’ll dock closer to the heart of the culture-rich Dutch capital and have time to explore the city at your leisure; you could visit world-famous attractions such as the haunting Anne Frank House and the Van Gogh Museum and marvel at the grand architecture of the UNESCO-listed Canal Ring. A canal boat tour is a wonderful way to see the sights, though you might prefer to explore via bicycle – the transport of choice for many of the locals. Visiting Amsterdam in the spring is the best time to see the city’s tulips in fragrant full-bloom, so be sure to visit the Keukenhof Gardens too to see various species of this iconic flora in all their colourful splendour. [ReadMore]

Continuing on, a relaxing cruise along the winding Western Scheldt River takes you to the heart of Antwerp. Make the most of your overnight stay in Belgium’s pretty second city to wander the cobbled streets in search of highlights such as the intricate guildhouses of Grote Markt, the mighty Cathedral of our Lady and the Royal Museum of Fine Arts. No time here is complete without visiting the city’s legendary diamond and shopping districts, and stopping by one of the many artisan chocolatiers or cafés to try authentic Belgian chocolates too. Antwerp is also your gateway to the enchanting city of Ghent, while Brussels – Belgium’s fascinating capital city – is within reach too.  

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

Elegant Braemar is the shortest of Fred. Olsen's four smaller, friendly ocean-going cruise ships, with dimensions perfect for cruising picturesque, size-restricted rivers and docking in the heart of fascinating towns and cities. Like the rest of the fleet, Braemar assumes the welcoming feel and intimacy of a country house hotel, and a sense of timeless style and elegance flows through the ship's comfortable bars and lounges, restaurants and spacious accommodation for up to 929 guests.

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.

Real ships
We’re not interested in gimmicks like zip wires, climbing walls or celebrity chefs. 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.