French Rivers of Normandy and Bordeaux

19th Apr 2023 9 nights Sails from Southampton Balmoral L2308
FROM ONLY £1,199 per person
Aerial view, Bordeaux vineyard, landscape vineyard, France Aerial view, Bordeaux vineyard, landscape vineyard, France
FROM ONLY £1,199 per person
FREE Drinks Package OR On Board Spend

FREE All Inclusive Drinks: offer applicable on selected sailings. Free drinks upgrade package comprises of selected house beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks – for terms & conditions, click here. Not combinable with any other offer, including, but not limited to Solo offers, Saver Fares - with the exception of Plain Sailing Guarantee, or Enjoyment Promise. All Inclusive Drinks offer is capacity controlled and subject to availability.


On Board Spend: On Board Spend amounts shown are per person, and vary per cruise. On Board Spend is non-transferrable. No refunds will be given for the credit amount shown. No cash alternative will be given for unused spend. Complimentary or chargeable cabin upgrades, where applicable, will not alter the on board spend value. On board spend is applicable for a maximum of two guests per cabin and is not combinable with any other offer, (with the exception of the Enjoyment Promise. On board spend is capacity controlled and subject to availability.

During explorations of four captivating cities, and scenic cruising of beautiful waterways, you get to experience the history, culture, beauty and flavours of France to the full. Discover the very best of Bordeaux; Balmoral docks alongside the promenade in this elegant city, so you can simply step off the ship and explore. You’re perfectly placed to take in highlights such as Cathédrale Saint-André, the Grand Théâtre and Cité du Vin. Alternatively, tour to one of Medoc’s small family run vineyards, to learn the region’s wines and taste them straight from the barrel. Your departure from Bordeaux will be memorable too, sailing the scenic Gironde and Garonne rivers.[ReadMore]

Cruising the River Seine, through springtime countryside scenes of verdant fields and rolling valleys, as you sail to Rouen is sure to be a highlight. Once docked in Rouen, you’ve ample time to see this historic city’s sights, or even tour to nearby Paris, to see iconic sites such as the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre, and perhaps indulge with the cuisine of one world’s culinary capitals. Elsewhere there are visits to La Pallice – starting point for visiting La Rochelle or boat trips into the marshlands of Marais Poitevin – and Honfleur, where you may be tempted to try Camembert and Calvados while people watching at one of the French cafés.

Your Itinerary

  • Discover the many historical sights of beautiful Bordeaux
  • Relax as you cruise serenely along the River Seine
  • From Rouen, perhaps visit Paris to see the Eiffel Tower or Arc de Triomphe
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Bringing the world closer

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

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, carrying up to 1,350 guests is 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.