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German Cities & the Kiel Canal

26th Apr 2018 7 nights Sails from Newcastle Balmoral L1808
FROM ONLY £749 per person
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An array of diverse sights and experiences await you on this seven night spring break combining calls into a trio of fascinating destinations with scenic cruising along highly-rated size-restricted German waterways.

Following a leisurely day at sea after departing Newcastle, your German jaunt begins with a full day in Bremen after navigating the Weser River – a route only permitted to smaller ships. There’s no coach journey from the coastal port of Bremerhaven to endure; instead you can go ashore whenever you’re ready after your comfortable night’s sleep and explore Bremen to your heart’s content. Take time to wander the historic streets and you’ll be rewarded by the architectural delights of the UNESCO-listed Market Square, including the 15th century Town Hall and an array of gothic-style structures; and the contrasting sights of the medieval Schnoor and modern Überseestadt districts. [ReadMore]

You’ll then have several hours to appreciate the unspoilt beauty of gorgeous German countryside as you sail the size-restricted Kiel Canal en route to your next port of call, Warnemünde. This pretty seaside town boasts inviting white sand beaches, plenty of friendly pubs and restaurants and an historic lighthouse offering superb views of the Baltic Sea. You’ll also be perfectly placed to embark on a boat trip along the peaceful River Warnow to Rostock. Take the tour to this enchanting city and you’ll discover landmarks such as beautiful City Hall and St Mary’s Church; and even have the chance to visit a local microbrewery and sample a selection of traditional German brews. Finally a call into Kiel, where highlights include the Laboe Naval Memorial, Holstenstraße – one of Germany’s longest shopping streets – and the 13th century Nikolaikirche, is followed by another glide along the Kiel Canal as you head back to Newcastle; the perfect way to end this well-earned week away.

Balmoral is the largest of Fred. Olsen's smaller, friendly ocean-going cruise ships – with capacity for up to 1350 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.

Rest assured, all of the following comes as standard on every Fred. Olsen cruise:

  • Comfortable rooms and suites with TV, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities and individually controlled air conditioning
  • Tempting cuisine every day throughout your cruise - with five-course à la carte dinners, casual breakfast and lunch buffets and late-night snacks
  • Unlimited, self-service tea and coffee at selected venues, afternoon tea* with sandwiches and cakes, and in-room sandwiches and snacks
  • All evening entertainment, including cabaret shows, dancing and live music
  • Captain's Drinks Party and Gala Buffet (on cruises of 5 nights or more)
  • On board leisure facilities, including swimming pools, Jacuzzis and gym
  • A wide choice of on board activities and lectures throughout the day
  • All UK port taxes (where collectable in advance)
  • Luggage porterage between your room and the drop-off/pick-up point
  • Flights, as confirmed as part of a fly-cruise holiday

​Cruise descriptions include optional, chargeable experiences that may be enjoyed independently and/or with optional Fred. Olsen Shore Tours. *Premium Traditional Afternoon Tea not included.

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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.