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Diamonds, Chocolates & Canals

30th Jun 2018 7 nights Sails from Rosyth (Edinburgh) Balmoral L1817
FROM ONLY £649 per person
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FROM ONLY £649 per person
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Relax on board Balmoral as she bypasses coastal ports and heads inland via pretty waterways straight into three fascinating cities in Belgium and the Netherlands, where a host of world-famous sights and highlights await your discovery.

After an overnight sail from Rosyth across the North Sea and along the winding Western Scheldt River, you’ll arrive first into Antwerp. Your ship will take you closer to the heart of the city and, as you’ll stop here overnight, you’ll have time to go ashore and explore at your leisure. Tucked away within the pretty cobbled streets of Antwerp – a city famed for its legendary diamond district – you’ll discover gems such as the magnificent Cathedral of Our Lady and the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, which houses the works of Rubens and other Flemish masters. There are also chances to embark on a ‘beer trail’ tour and sample some of Belgium’s finest brews; or journey to the Battlefields of Waterloo, admiring the beautiful Flemish countryside en route. [ReadMore]

From Antwerp’s diamonds it’s on to another Belgian jewel, medieval Ghent. This culture-rich city is home to some of the country’s very best museums and most iconic landmarks, including the striking gothic structures of St Bavo’s Cathedral and the Castle of the Counts. The UNESCO-listed Belfry – which at 91-metres high is Belgium’s tallest – is not to be missed; while no time spent in Ghent is complete without tasting authentic Belgian chocolate expertly crafted by the city’s artisan chocolatiers. Finally, the unique diversity of the exciting Dutch capital is yours to experience after a relaxing early morning sail along the Nordzeekanaal. In Amsterdam you’ll be able to uncover the incredible history of Anne Frank House; visit the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum; and see the grand structures of the UNESCO-listed Canal Ring, and all at your own pace. Alternatively, for a typically Dutch experience, you may prefer to venture to the quaint windmill village of Zaanse Schans, followed by a tour to Edam to learn about how the local cheese is made.

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.

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.