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Cruising German Waterways

21st Apr 2019 8 nights Sails from Newcastle Balmoral L1905
FROM ONLY £899 per person
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FROM ONLY £899 per person
No single supplement & your tips covered *selected grades
OR three cruises for the price of two (must inc. Oct-Dec'18 cruise)

For a well-earned, highly rewarding week away, join Balmoral on this classic German jaunt for chances to uncover the delights of three enticing cities. That’s not all though; your time ashore is perfectly complemented by hours of daytime scenic cruising of size-restricted waterways to show you Germany at its finest.

Five days of this springtime escape will be filled with some of Germany’s very best sights and experiences. You’ll begin with a transit of the Kiel Canal, a picturesque waterway only navigable by smaller ships such as those in the Fred. Olsen fleet, admiring gorgeous German countryside en route to Warnemünde, your first port of call. A pretty seaside city, Warnemünde boasts wide, white sand beaches and an historic lighthouse offering unspoilt views of the Baltic Sea; take advantage of Balmoral’s convenient docking location to discover these attractions with ease. Warnemünde is also your gateway to Berlin; perhaps opt for a tour to the German capital to see iconic landmarks such as Brandenburg Gate, Alexanderplatz and the remnants of the Berlin Wall. [ReadMore]

Another helping of the Kiel Canal’s captivating scenes follows, before your ship sails the winding River Elbe straight into Hamburg. Showcasing a mix of stunning Hanseatic-era architecture and stylish, contemporary districts, the diverse, cosmopolitan city of Hamburg never fails to impress. With a day to explore, you could seek-out architectural treasures such as the magnificent Rathaus and the towering St Nikolai Church; see the world’s largest train set in action at the Miniatur Wunderland; and indulge in a little retail therapy at the high-end stores. To learn of Hamburg’s seafaring traditions and see the city’s striking skyline from a unique perspective, take a memorable boat tour of the Alster Lake too. Finally, it’s on to Bremen, where Balmoral once again has permission to dock closer to the city centre after cruising the Weser River. The highlights of this fascinating destination will be within reach to discover at your leisure; the gothic-style structures of Markplatz, Bremen Cathedral and the 15th century Town Hall are among the medley of architectural gems to see on a walking tour. Be sure to explore the medieval Schnoor and modern Überseestadt districts too.  

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

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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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.