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German Waterways & Bremen Beer Festival

19th Oct 2018 9 nights Sails from Newcastle Balmoral L1833
FROM ONLY £999 per person
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FROM ONLY £999 per person
Three cruises for the price of two
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Join Balmoral and head to Germany on very special sailing featuring scenic cruising along beautiful waterways; calls into four enchanting destinations; and a chance to experience the excitement of one of the country’s oldest and largest annual events.

A string of unforgettable highlights are yours to discover on this short, yet rewarding adventure, beginning with arguably the most memorable highlight of them all – the Bremen Beer Festival. Your ship will glide into Bremen via the Weser River, so there's no need to endure a long coach ride from Bremerhaven. Once docked, you can head ashore and sample the atmosphere of the Freimarkt extravaganza. This two week festival is one of Germany’s most historic and attracts over four million revellers every year. You have the opportunity to sample delicious local brews at the beer festival, enjoy the fun and festivity of the funfair and stop-by the traditional market stalls selling aromatic sweets and tasty pastries. An afternoon of scenic cruising along the Weser will then offer you the chance to recover and relax, taking in gorgeous countryside as you sail onwards to Hamburg. Here you can take time to discover landmarks such as the towering neo-Renaissance style Rathaus and St Michael’s Church at your leisure; or perhaps embark on a boat tour of the Alster Lake and learn of the city’s ancient seafaring traditions. [ReadMore]

An overnight transit of the Kiel Canal – the first of two journeys through this incredible, size-restricted waterway on this itinerary – is followed by a full day stay in Kiel. Like Hamburg, this fascinating city harbours an extensive seafaring heritage; explore it in depth at the interesting Maritime Museum and the Laboe Naval Museum. Kiel is also home to Holstenstraße, one of Germany’s longest shopping streets; and gateway to the beautiful Holstein Lakes. Finally it’s on to the pretty seaside town of Warnemünde, boasting an abundance of friendly pubs and restaurants and an historic lighthouse offering fantastic views across the Baltic Sea. You’ll also be perfectly placed to embark on a boat trip along the peaceful River Warnow to Rostock, where landmarks such as the striking City Hall and St Mary’s Church await, as well as a local microbrewery expertly crafting delicious German beers. Yet another journey back through the Kiel Canal ensures an unforgettable end to your time in Germany as you head for home. 

Please note, this is an adult only sailing (18+).

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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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.