12 May 2023
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.Explore the Itinerary
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.
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.
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.
Life On Board
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.
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.
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.
We have carefully curated a programme of events to give you a deeper understanding of each of the destinations you will be visiting
Our Scenic Discoveries are designed to allow you to enjoy seeing the world from the unique perspective of our ships
Maritime is in our DNA - our history in shipping goes back almost 200 years
There’s very little in the natural world more beautiful than a clear night sky, sunrise or sunset seen at sea
We love to bring a taste of the region's food, drink, local tastes and culinary traditions to life on board
Cabins, Prices & Offers
Cabin Options On Your Cruise
Please call our Reservations Team for latest pricing and availability.
SO MUCH ALREADY INCLUDED
As well as our Signature Experiences, there is a host of other treats to enjoy on board our ships.
Dining & Lounges
- À la carte breakfast, lunch & dinner
- Daily buffet dining options
- Late night Supper Club
- Afternoon tea
- Self-service tea & coffee
- In-cabin dining & snacks
Treats & Pastimes
- Evening shows
- Live music & dancing
- Dance classes
- Lectures & talks
- Cookery demonstrations
- Traditional deck games
- Daily games & quizzes
Relaxation & Fitness
- Swimming Pools
- Fitness Centre
- Fitness Classes
Enhance your cruise
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.
Need Some Help?
Take a look at our FAQ's
What do I pack for a cruise?
The handy checklist below has been created to assist in making sure you remember all the important things to pack for your cruise.
Are there any visa requirements I need to be aware of?
Visa and health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you check with a professionally qualified source and comply with such requirements. UK passport holders will need visas for certain Fred. Olsen cruise holidays and will advised at the time of booking. Your cruise booking information will also detail any requirements applicable to your holiday.
What's the difference between Freedom and Saver fares?
On certain sailings we offer two types of cruise fares; Freedom and Saver Fares.
I'm travelling alone, how will I get to meet people?
Our single guests feel right at home on board our ships; Fred. Olsen have the reputation of sailing the friendliest fleet afloat.
How do I get off the ship if we're at anchor?
Disembarking when your ship's at anchor is a very different experience to when it's docked portside. Getting ashore in this instance often involves the use of the ship's tender, which is accessed via the steps of a secure gangway.