Cultural Capitals, Kiel Canal & Stockholm Archipelago


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Night view of Stockholm, Sweden Beautiful view of Stockholm, Sweden

12 May 2023


14 nights


Your cruise at a glance

The Olsen Way Highlights

Our journey planners have designed this cruise with a focus on the capital cities of the Baltic, which boast an abundance of cultural, architectural and historical highlights. Medieval old towns await in Tallinn and Stockholm, with Sweden’s capital also being home to royal palaces and castles. You can find fine examples of neoclassical architecture in Helsinki’s Senate Square, one of Finland’s most photographed spots. Your days at sea will be just as rewarding as those ashore. Balmoral is set to cruise among the rocky islands and islets of the Stockholm Archipelago and through the German countryside via the engineering marvel that is the Kiel Canal – a feat only possible on smaller ships.

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Toompea Hill, Tallinn, Estonia

The magic of Tallinn

The capital of Estonia - Tallinn, is unquestionably one of Europe's most magical capital cities. This ancient Hanseatic city is justifiably proud of its beautiful churches, solid limestone houses and well-preserved cobbled streets. Toompea Hill, with its medieval houses and alleyways, is the oldest part, and at its foot substantial remains of the city wall can still be seen, surrounded by well-maintained parks. You’ll be joined on this cruise by historian Dan Jones, who will share stories of Tallinn, the history of the Hanseatic League and Vikings and their myths.

View of North Bridge, Gustav Adolfs square and Royal Opera House. Stockholm, Sweden

Thank You for the Music

Join guest speaker Adrian Finnerty, an experienced teacher, lecturer, composer, conductor and pianist, as he discusses the tale of one of the most successful groups of all time.  He’ll trace the musical development of Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, from their respective groups, the Hootenanny Singers and the Hep Stars; to their meeting with Agnetha Fältskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. His talk includes a presentation with performances and recordings from the pre-ABBA days through Eurovision success to the re-emergence of ABBA’s Voyage virtual concert.

Stockholm archipelago, Sweden

Cruising Stockholm Archipelago

The largest archipelago in Sweden, and the second-largest archipelago in the Baltic Sea, the Stockholm Archipelago is made up of some 24,000 wild forested islands and rocky outcrops peppered with red wooden cottages and fields of wildflowers, some of which are inhabited - and begins just a stone’s throw away from the city of Stockholm, fanning out 80km east in to the Baltic Sea. Join us in the Observatory as our on board team provide insights into this unmissable highlight on your cruise.



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Life On Board

Introducing Balmoral

Beautiful Balmoral is small enough to navigate some of Europe’s most picturesque waterways so guests can enjoy hours of scenic cruising. Balmoral retains a warm, civilised atmosphere and features comfortable accommodation, stylish restaurants and plenty of open deck space.

Fred. Olsen ship Balmoral sailing at dawn


Beautiful Balmoral is small enough to navigate Europe’s most picturesque waterways so guests can enjoy hours of scenic cruising. Balmoral offers a warm, civilised atmosphere and features comfortable accommodation, stylish restaurants and plenty of open-deck space.

710 cabins
1,325 guests
551 crew
43,537 GT
16kts max speed
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Our Signature Experiences

To make your experience even more special, our Journey Planners have designed a unique programme of Signature Experiences which will allow you to discover real insights about the culture and nature of the places we are visiting, so you can arrive in each destination fully prepared to get the most out of your visit.

Itinerary Insights

We have carefully curated a programme of events to give you a deeper understanding of each of the destinations you will be visiting

Scenic Discoveries

Our Scenic Discoveries are designed to allow you to enjoy seeing the world from the unique perspective of our ships

The Ship and the Sea

Maritime is in our DNA - our history in shipping goes back almost 200 years

The Sky at Sea

There’s very little in the natural world more beautiful than a clear night sky, sunrise or sunset seen at sea

Treats of the Region

We love to bring a taste of the region's food, drink, local tastes and culinary traditions to life on board

Treats & Pastimes

In addition to our Signature Experiences, we have a selection of lovely Treats & Pastimes for you to enjoy when on board. Just check your Daily Times each day for full details.

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Cabins, Prices & Offers

Cabin Options On Your Cruise

Please call our Reservations Team for latest pricing and availability.

What's Included


As well as our Signature Experiences, there is a host of other treats to enjoy on board our ships.

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Each of our cruises has been carefully designed for you to get the very best out of your time on board; and now you can enhance your cruise to make it even more special.

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