Exploring Scandinavia

18th May 2022 14 nights Sails from Newcastle Balmoral L2213
View of the Old Town (Gamla Stan) architecture in Stockholm, Sweden View of the Old Town (Gamla Stan) architecture in Stockholm, Sweden

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Discover classic cities in the Baltic, including a collection of captivating capitals, and experience their beauty, diverse cultures and unique histories.[ReadMoreMob] In Sweden, experience daytime scenic cruising between the craggy islands and islets of the sprawling Stockholm Archipelago, and discover the sights of Stockholm. See the Swedish capital’s architectural highlights, such as the Royal Palace; visit the many museums; and perhaps take a boat trip on the picturesque canals. There’s also a visit to the beautiful island of Gotland for a glimpse into Sweden’s Hanseatic heritage in historic Visby. After Visby, there’s a memorable visit to Oslo; enjoy a momentous sailing past the Olsen family home on the Oslofjord, and then seek-out the attractions of Norway’s capital from the Opera House and the National Gallery – home of Edvard Munch’s The Scream – to Vigeland Sculpture Park.[ReadMore]

In Denmark, another attraction-packed Scandinavian capital awaits your exploration. Balmoral will dock close to the centre of Copenhagen, so you can simply step foot off the gangway and wander off to find the sights of the Nyhavn district, Tivoli Gardens, the famous Little Mermaid and more. Perhaps visit the impressive Christiansborg and Amalienborg palaces to learn Danish Royal heritage. There are also visits to the Latvian capital of Riga, where the symbolic Freedom Movement and the Old Town are not-to-be-missed, and Tallinn – Estonia’s fairytale-esque capital, where you’re sure to be enchanted by the preserved Old Town and centuries-old wonders such as the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and Toompea Castle. Enjoy a taste of Finnish culture in Helsinki too; you’ll get to appreciate the art and architecture of this pretty city and sample some of traditional cuisine, while you could even relax like a local at a sauna spa.

In recent years, we have seen a new era emerging in cruising.

There is a trend for everything to get bigger and busier, and for a cruise to be seen as an alternative to a large luxury resort, with a limitless flurry of activity. But this is not for us. Find out more 

1. WE ARE PROUD TO SAIL OUR OWN COURSE

We are free to do things a different way because we are family-run. Of course some people enjoy the bigger, busier cruises, but it is not for everyone, and it is not for us. We prefer to do things, 'The Olsen Way'.

2. SMALLER IS BETTER

We have fewer guests, so the atmosphere on board our ships is always warm and civilised. Our smaller ships allow us to visit the more interesting places that the world has to offer.

3. HAND-CRAFTED, NOT MASS PRODUCED

We pride ourselves on putting our all into the Fred. Olsen cruise experience. Our itineraries are created from scratch every year, our service is genuinely personal and each and every area of our ships is designed by hand.

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.