European Christmas Markets

2nd Dec 2022 8 nights Sails from Portsmouth Balmoral L2232
Festive cruise
FROM ONLY £999 per person
Christmas lights in Amusement Park Liseberg, Gothenburg, Sweden Christmas lights in Amusement Park Liseberg, Gothenburg, Sweden
FROM ONLY £999 per person
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As the festive season begins, start your celebrations in style with discoveries of four European cities that really come to life at the ‘most wonderful time of the year’.[ReadMoreMob] Your visit to Hamburg is sure to be a highlight; German cities are renowned for their festivities and you’ll get to experience why. Traditional Christmas markets, packed with fairy-light adorned huts selling gifts, trinkets, tasty gingerbread and warming spiced wine await you. See sights such as St Nikolai Church and the Chilehaus, and enjoy a winter stroll along the banks of the River Elbe too, perhaps.

There are also Christmas-time charms to uncover in Belgian, Swedish and Danish cities. Balmoral will call at Zeebrugge for tours to the UNESCO-listed Bruges, where you’ll find highlights such as the 13th century Belfry, traditional chocolate shops and markets stalls amongst the decorated streets, and in Sweden, a later stay in Gothenburg provides a chance to see the Liseberg and Haga festive markets illuminated after dark. Your visit to Copenhagen, Denmark’s delightful capital, will be one to remember; Tivoli Gardens is a ‘must-visit’ at this time the year, with its displays of light and decoration, and stalls offering everything from Nordic handicrafts to local delicacies.

Your Itinerary

  • Enjoy the festive illuminations at Tivoli
  • Browse the markets in Hamburg and Gothenburg
  • Tour to Bruges or Brussels from Zeebrugge
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Bringing the world closer

Our size advantage means we can take you to places that some of the larger cruise vessels simply can’t. We dock close to the heart of some of the world’s most beautiful cities and can take you on scenic cruising adventures showcasing inspirational landscapes. Our itineraries are expertly crafted to make the most of this advantage.

Smaller but spacious

Aboard our smaller, friendlier ships you'll find there's plenty of room to stretch out by the pool, enjoy a drink and great conversation with like-minded guests, and make the most of your time away. Sailing with hundreds, not thousands, of others allows you to get ashore faster too, and make the most of each destination.

Service with a smile
Waitress with drinks and guest on deck, Boudicca

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 fact, 97% of guests rated Fred. Olsen’s friendly, attentive staff ‘Excellent’ or ‘Good’.

Balmoral, carrying up to 1,350 guests is 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.