Exploring the Capitals of the Baltic

13th May 2021 14 nights Sails from Newcastle Balmoral L2114
FROM ONLY £1,999 per person
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FROM ONLY £1,999 per person

This classic exploration of the Baltic will have you captivated from the outset, combining visits to intoxicating capital cities and the ‘jewel in the Baltic crown’ with spellbinding scenic cruising to provide a wealth of unforgettable attractions. See spectacular architectural wonders and iconic landmarks; revel in stunning natural beauty; and much more, all on one immersive two-week cruise.

Kicking-off your exciting expedition in Denmark, a call at Copenhagen presents the first opportunity to rewarding exploration ashore. [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, it’s on to another stunning Scandinavian capital. With an extended stay in Stockholm, you’ll have ample time explore the historic Gamla Stan district and witness the changing of the guard at the Royal Palace; learn of the Sweden’s famous pop culture at ABBA: The Museum; and take a sightseeing boat tour of the city’s canals. Time ashore in Stockholm is sandwiched in between chances to capture the beauty of the Stockholm Archipelago’s sprawling islands and islets – a rare, simply unforgettable cruising experience. [ReadMoreDesk]

Your journey continues onwards to Tallinn, Estonia’s fairytale-esque capital. With one of Europe’s best-preserved Old Town districts waiting to show-off its many treasures, you’re sure to be tempted into a day of enchanting exploration. Wander the cobbled streets to uncover a wealth of wonders: the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and Toompea Castle; fine Hanseatic merchants’ houses; and the imposing Kadriorg Palace to name just a few. The excitement on board Balmoral will then intensify as you sail to Russia and spectacular St Petersburg. The sight of golden domes and architectural wonders as you glide into the city via the River Neva will whet your appetite for exploration ashore. A treasure trove of iconic attractions await discovery on fascinating guided tours, including the Peterhof Palace and the Church of Our Saviour on the Spilled Blood; the remarkable Hermitage; and St. Isaacs Cathedral. By evening, you could immerse yourself in the emotion of a magical evening at the Russian ballet too. Finally, a call at Oslo – Norway’s fascinating capital – provides on last day of memorable city discovery. You won’t want to miss Vigeland Sculpture Park, Akershus Fortress, the Polar Ship Museum and the National Gallery, home of Edvard Munch’s most iconic work – The Scream.


Real ships
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.

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.