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European River Cities & Christmas Markets

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Christmas market in Antwerp, Belgium The Great market square in Antwerp, Belgium

16 Dec 2024

Southampton

6 nights

Balmoral

Your cruise at a glance

Hand-crafted highlights

Our Journey Planners have crafted your cruise to coincide with Christmas Markets in two European cities, which are reached via historically important rivers. You can soak up the cosy atmosphere while browsing the stalls for traditional handicrafts and sipping on warming mulled wine. In Antwerp, there will be chances to view art nouveau architecture, unearth the works of Rembrandt, sample Belgian chocolate and explore the diamond district – the largest of its kind in the world. Rouen’s medieval streets, half-timbered buildings and links to Joan of Arc are yours to discover before Balmoral sails the picturesque River Seine via the French countryside – a journey only possible on smaller ships.

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Highlights

Rouen, France

Charming Old Towns

The medieval towns of Rouen and Antwerp boast appealing old towns of cobblestone streets and historic architecture. Wander through Rouen's picturesque allweys, lined with timbered houses dating back for centuries, and marvel at the gothic cathedral, which inspired Monet's series of famous paintings. You're perfectly placed here to take a day trip to Paris to explore this iconic city with its maze of streets and famous landmarks. The vibrant city of Antwerp is renowned for its rich history, stunning architecture and its diamond district, which is said to be one of the largest in the world. Elegant houses and bustling markets line the streets where the masterpiece of architecture, the Cathedral of Our Lady dominates the centre.

Christmas markets stall, Belgium

Christmas Festivities

This Balmoral cruise has been perfectly timed for guests to experience vibrant festive Markets in France and Belgium, where you'll have the opportunity to browse rows of stalls offering handcrafted gifts, delicious wintertime treats, framed by intricate light displays. Immerse yourself in the magic of the season as you wander through charming streets adorned with festive decorations, sampling delicious Belgian chocolate and beer, adding an extra layer of indulgence to your celebrations ashore. 

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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.

Balmoral
Fred. Olsen ship Balmoral sailing at dawn

Balmoral

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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Sample Shore Tours

At each port of call on your cruise, we carefully research and hand pick Shore Tour options for you, designed for you see as many of the world's best destinations as possible.

Below, you will find some sample Shore Tours which will give you an example of what to expect on your cruise. Your Shore Tours will be available to book approximately 8-13 weeks prior to departure via your My Cruises account.

Antwerp & Cathedral Walking Tour

Antwerp & Cathedral Walking Tour

Following the cobblestone streets, pass by Market Square, view the Renaissance-style City Hall and Brabo Stature before continuing down the narrow Vlaaikensgang 'Pie Alley, onto Groensplaats Square and finishing at the Gothic Cathedral of Our Lady.   

££££

Antwerp

Ghent

Ghent

Take in the sights of Ghent, one of the most beautiful and historic cities in Europe, on this walking tour. Intersected by peaceful canals with a well-preserved medieval centre, the city is scattered with monuments and sumptous buildings bestowed by the previous Counts of Flanders. 

££££

Antwerp

Rouen

Historical City of Rouen

Discover Rouen's highlights on this scenic walking tour. Pass iconic sights such as the beautiful Saint-Maclou Church and visit Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Rouen before spending some free time at Place du Vieux Marché.

££££

Rouen

Eiffel Tower

Paris: City of Lights, & Time On Your Own

Embark on a driving tour of Paris, passing sights such as Place de la Concorde, the Eiffel Tower, and the Opera de Paris Garnier. View the Arc de Triomphe, Place de l'Etoile, Le Louvre, Notre Dame and more before enjoying some free time to explore this remarkable city on your own.

££££

Rouen

Your Guest Speakers

We’ve arranged for some wonderful guest speakers to join us for this cruise. They will be delivering a programme of insightful talks and activities to deepen your cultural, artistic and historical understanding of the destinations we will be exploring, well as helping you to enjoy the natural beauty of the places we visit.

Thom Gorst
Architecture

Dr. Thom Gorst

Architect, historian and teacher of art and architecture, Thom Gorst, will be speaking about the architecture in Antwerp and Rouen.

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Christmas Markets & History

Gary Miles

Gary has a degree in Modern history and is passionate about European history. He will be joining us on this cruise to talk about significant historical events in the French and Belgian destinations we will be visiting.

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

* Prices correct as of 15:00 19/04/2024, based on the lowest available Cruise Only fare, and on two people sharing a twin cabin. Please call +441473746175 for live availability & prices.

* Prices correct as of 15:00 19/04/2024, based on the lowest available Cruise Only fare, and on sole occupancy. Please call +441473746175 for live availability & prices.

Cabin Grades

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Balcony Junior Suite (BJ)

Balmoral's Balcony Junior Suites have a large cabin area and private balcony

Freedom Fare From £1,499 pp
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Superior Suite (SS)

Located on decks 9 & 10, Superior Suites have a balcony and large cabin area

Freedom Fare From £1,599 pp
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Marquee Suite (MS)

Situated on deck 10, Marquee Suites have a private balcony and large cabin area

Freedom Fare From £2,199 pp
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Premier Suite (PS)

Located on deck 10, Premier Suites have a private balcony and large cabin area

Freedom Fare From £2,299 pp
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Owner's Suite (OW)

Exclusive Suite - please call for more details

Freedom Fare From £2,899 pp
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Cruise Offers

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What's Included

SO MUCH ALREADY INCLUDED

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

  • À la carte breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Daily buffet dining options
  • Late night Supper Club
  • Afternoon tea
  • Self-service tea & coffee
  • In-cabin dining & snacks
  • Evening shows
  • Live music & dancing
  • Dance classes
  • Lectures & talks
  • Cookery demonstrations
  • Traditional deck games
  • Daily games & quizzes
  • Swimming Pools
  • Jacuzzis
  • Fitness Centre
  • Fitness Classes

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