Fjordland Villages & Vistas

17th Apr 2021 7 nights Sails from Newcastle Balmoral L2110
FROM ONLY £999 per person
Cruise Details Image Cruise Details Image
FROM ONLY £999 per person

Savour spectacular highlights from start to finish on a special seven-night voyage perfectly timed to capture the fjordland’s sensational scenery in the spring. Making use of Newcastle’s convenient location, Balmoral will soon bring you closer to wonders of nature, including tumbling waterfalls in full seasonal flow, and take you to a trio of exciting destinations to uncover abundant highlights ashore.

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. 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. [ReadMoreDesk]

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.

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.