French Escapade

20th Dec 2019 2 nights Sails from Southampton Balmoral L1932
Adult only sailing Festive cruise
FROM ONLY £249 per person
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FROM ONLY £249 per person
Last minute Saver Fares available

Full payment is required at the time of booking; 100% cancellation charges apply – no refunds are permitted. Booking is not transferrable to any other cruise. No room number is provided at the time of booking (room number will be advised on cruise ticket). Oceans Loyalty Club discounts are not combinable with Saver Fares; Ocean points will be earned, however. Dining sitting will be allocated at FOCL’s discretion and will be advised on the cruise ticket. Saver Fare guests can choose a specific dining sitting at the time of booking, for a supplement of £2.00 per person per night; Table sizes cannot be requested when booking an Saver Fare.

Treat yourself to a relaxing pre-Christmas break and escape to the quaint French city of Honfleur, where an enchanting festive market and wealth of historical highlights await. With two nights on board Balmoral to enjoy too, you’re sure to feel refreshed and ready for all the excitement of the ‘big day’ when you return home from your short time away.

After sailing across the English Channel overnight, Balmoral will arrive early into Honfleur to offer you a day to explore this historic city at leisure. After heading ashore, you could admire the picturesque harbour and wander the charming cobbled streets of this Vieux Bassin quarter, which boasts a fantastic collection of 15th and 16th century architecture. Be sure to visit St Catherine’s Church, France’s largest timber-built church. [ReadMoreDesk]The picturesque Vieux Bassin is also home to the city’s magical festive market at the ‘most wonderful time of the year’; perhaps stop-by to sample authentic local food and drink, or pick-up a few last minute gifts on the last Saturday before Christmas. 

Your day in Honfleur is perfectly complemented by the time spent on board Balmoral, which will be festooned with traditional Christmas decorations throughout. The evenings will be particularly memorable, with fantastic food and entertainment to enjoy in the company of friends, family and fellow guests as Fred. Olsen’s attentive staff do everything they can to ensure you’re filled with festive cheer as you step off the ship back in Southampton.  

Single supplement offers are available on selected grades on this sailing, please call for details.
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.