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Five-Night Fjords

23rd Aug 2018 5 nights Sails from Newcastle Balmoral L1825
FROM ONLY £699 per person
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FROM ONLY £699 per person
Although short, this fjordland adventure will be a rewarding experience; packed with awe-inspiring sights and experiences from beginning to end. You’ll enjoy scenic cruising of some of the most spectacular fjords aboard Balmoral and visit two beautiful, contrasting destinations in less than a week – made possible by your northern departure port’s convenient proximity to Norway.

A glide along the glassy waters of the Lysefjord will ensure an unforgettable start to your time in the fjords, passing by the idyllic waterway’s dramatic cliffs, majestic mountains and cascading waterfalls – unspoilt scenery not often seen by those on larger cruise ships. A full day in vibrant Bergen follows, affording time to take in the city’s highlights including the UNESCO-listed Bryggen Wharf, the bustling fish market and the Troldhaugen Museum – the former home of world-renowned composer Edvard Grieg. Not to be missed is the chance to climb Mount Fløyen via the funicular railway and enjoy views of the city’s scenic surroundings from 320 metres above sea level. Alternatively you could experience ‘Norway in a nutshell’, with opportunities to see the breathtaking Tvinde Waterfall; ride the famous Flåmsbana Railway; and much more on an incredible tour into nearby fjords. [ReadMore]

Your ship will sail deep into Hardangerfjord – Norway’s second longest fjord – all the way to Eidfjord, a charming village encompassed by some of the fjordland’s most astonishing mountainous landscapes. You could take the chance to kayak on the still waters of Hardangerfjord and marvel at the sheer scale of the soaring peaks from a different perspective; or venture to the tumbling Vøringfoss Waterfall. For a true taste of the Hardangerfjord – often called ‘the Orchard of Norway’ – you can visit a local juice and cider farm and sample a few of the latest brews. After a return journey along Hardangerfjord Balmoral will head back to the UK, but not before diverting into Maurangerfjord to present you with a glimpse of the cascading Furebergfossen Waterfall – yet another incredible natural wonder not usually discovered on board larger vessels.

Balmoral is the largest of Fred. Olsen's smaller, friendly ocean-going cruise ships – with capacity for up to 1350 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.

Rest assured, all of the following comes as standard on every Fred. Olsen cruise:

  • Comfortable rooms and suites with TV, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities and individually controlled air conditioning
  • Tempting cuisine every day throughout your cruise - with five-course à la carte dinners, casual breakfast and lunch buffets and late-night snacks
  • Unlimited, self-service tea and coffee at selected venues, afternoon tea* with sandwiches and cakes, and in-room sandwiches and snacks
  • All evening entertainment, including cabaret shows, dancing and live music
  • Captain's Drinks Party and Gala Buffet (on cruises of 5 nights or more)
  • On board leisure facilities, including swimming pools, Jacuzzis and gym
  • A wide choice of on board activities and lectures throughout the day
  • All UK port taxes (where collectable in advance)
  • Luggage porterage between your room and the drop-off/pick-up point
  • Flights, as confirmed as part of a fly-cruise holiday

​Cruise descriptions include optional, chargeable experiences that may be enjoyed independently and/or with optional Fred. Olsen Shore Tours. *Premium Traditional Afternoon Tea not included.

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We’re not interested in gimmicks like zip wires, climbing walls or celebrity chefs. 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.