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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 *

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. 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. [ReadMore]

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.

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.

Real ships
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.