Exploring the Capitals of the Baltic

8th Jun 2020 14 nights Sails from Rosyth (Edinburgh) Balmoral L2012
FROM ONLY £1,999 per person
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FROM ONLY £1,999 per person
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Visiting big-hitting Baltic and Scandinavian destinations, including four charismatic capitals, this immersive cruise is as rewarding as it gets, affording opportunities to delight in a seemingly endless list of attractions, from grandiose palaces and engrossing museums to fascinating historic quarters and some of Europe’s most famous cultural and artistic icons.

You’ll be immersed in highlights from the outset on this journey of discovery, kicking-off with a call at cosmopolitan Copenhagen. [ReadMoreMob]Thanks to Balmoral’s convenient docking location close to the city centre, you won’t be far from the many delights of the Danish capital: the colourful waterfront of Nyhavn, famous Little Mermaid statue and the pretty lakes and gardens of Tivoli Gardens – among others – are all within easy reach. You could opt to visit the impressive Christiansborg and Amalienborg palaces to learn of Copenhagen’s Royal heritage too. Then, after a day in Riga to explore the awe-inspiring Old Town of Latvia’s enchanting capital and see the symbolic Freedom Monument, the excitement is sure to intensify on board your smaller ship as you arrive in St Petersburg for an overnight stay. With two days to delve into St Petersburg’s treasure trove of world-famous landmarks at leisure, you could marvel at Peterhof Palace, the Church of Our Saviour on the Spilled Blood, St. Isaacs Cathedral and much more on an insightful walking tour. For a very special cultural experience, there’ll be an opportunity to see, hear and feel the emotion of an evening at the quintessential Russian ballet too. [ReadMoreDesk]

Returning to Scandinavia, a wonderful two days in Sweden will begin with scenic cruising of the Stockholm Archipelago, passing between a collection of nearly 30,000 rocky islands and islets en route to the capital, Stockholm. Here you could explore the historic Gamla Stan district and witness the changing of the guard at the magnificent Royal Palace; visit a number of interesting museums including the Skansen Open-air Museum and ABBA: The Museum; and even enjoy a drink with a difference at the unique Ice Bar. You’ll then head to UNESCO-listed Visby, a living medieval museum of centuries-old buildings and magnificent churches, on the beautiful island of Gotland, before a day in Fred. Olsen’s homeland brings a fitting finalé to your adventure. In Oslo – the Norwegian capital – you’ll find artistic and aesthetic attractions at every turn; be sure to pay particular attention to Vigeland Sculpture Park, the Polar Ship Museum, the Akershus Fortress and the National Gallery, home of Edvard Munch’s The Scream.

 

Bringing the world closer
Braemar in Bordeux, France

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
Guest swimming in pool, Marquee deck, Boudicca

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’.

Refurbished in 2017, Balmoral is the largest of Fred. Olsen's smaller, friendly ocean-going cruise ships – with capacity for up to 1,350 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.