Fjords, Mountains & Glaciers

24th Apr 2020 7 nights Sails from Newcastle Balmoral L2005
Adult only sailing
FROM ONLY £949 per person
Hardangerfjord, Norway Folgefonna glacier, Hardangerfjord, Norway
FROM ONLY £949 per person
Cruise Sale - FREE Drinks & Tips

Drinks & Tips offer is applicable to new bookings only, made between 04/12/19 and 04/02/20 inclusive, from April to December 2020. Freedom fare terms and conditions apply. Offer is capacity controlled.

FREE All Inclusive Drinks Upgrade & Tips Covered on Ocean cruises: offer applicable on selected sailings. Free drinks upgrade package comprises of selected house beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks – for terms & conditions, click here. Tips are paid directly to the relevant staff on board; are non-refundable, non-transferable and cannot be exchanged for cash. Recommended amount for Tips is £5 per person per night (where paid). Not combinable with any other offer, including, but not limited to Cruise Sale Solo offer, Saver Fares - with the exception of Enjoyment Promise.

Become immersed in the heart of the fjordland in the springtime, when the region’s flora bursts into life and mighty waterfalls are at their most powerful, as Balmoral takes you to four charming destinations via a string of glorious fjords. With experiences ranging from the educational to the exhilarating on offer throughout, you’re in for a rewarding and memorable week away.

Thanks to your departure port’s closer proximity to Norway, your exploration of the fjords begins after a short overnight sail from Newcastle with unforgettable scenic cruising of a trio of spectacular waterways.[ReadMoreMob]A journey along Lysefjord, which is only accessible to smaller ships, will present you with views of towering mountains, dramatic cliff faces and intriguing rock formations; while you’ll also experience the sights and sounds of Maurangerfjord, with its cliffs and waterfalls. [ReadMoreDesk]Deep within Hardangerfjord, the ‘Queen of the Fjords’, you can head ashore at postcard-perfect Eidfjord too. This enchanting village is the perfect base from which to tour to the Lekve Juice and Cider Factory, to learn of and sample produce from Hardangerfjord, also known as the ‘Orchard of Norway’, such as apple juice and authentic cider. 

A day in beautiful Bergen, Norway’s second largest city, is sure to provide plenty of highlights. Whether you opt to explore the colourful, UNESCO-listed Bryggen Wharf and the traditional fish market; or visit the lakeside former home of legendary composer Edvard Grieg, you won’t want to miss the views on offer from atop Mount Fløyen, accessed via funicular railway. Rich rewards await you in Flåm too, especially on the famous Flåmsbana Railway. Take a ride high into the mountains to capture scenes of mesmerising fjordland landscapes. Alternatively, head for the 650-metre-high Stegastein Lookout, for incredible views of Sognefjord. Finally, it’s on to Olden, another of the fjordland’s gorgeous, sleepy villages. From here you could embark on an exhilarating trek into the Briksdalen Valley in search of the spectacular Briksdal Glacier; or take a tour to revel in the outstanding natural beauty of the Lovatnet Lake.

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’.

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.