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31st May 2018 9 nights Sails from Rosyth Balmoral L1814
FROM ONLY £1,099 per person
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Experience hours of memorable daytime scenic cruising on board Balmoral and discover an array of diverse sights, highlights and historic landmarks in four enticing destinations on this rewarding nine night German jaunt.

A call into Bremen – where your ship will have special permission to dock – kicks-off your journey of German discovery in style. Docking close to the centre of the city – rather than an hour away in Bremerhaven – means you don’t have to waste time on coach trips that guests on larger cruise ships would. Instead you can make the most of your extended stay to explore to at your leisure, taking in highlights such as the UNESCO-listed Market Square, the 15th century Town Hall and the contrasting sights of the medieval Schnoor and modern Überseestadt districts. After departing Bremen via the Weser River you’ll enjoy the first of two journeys through the Kiel Canal en route to Kiel. Here you can delve into the extensive seafaring history of the city at the interesting Maritime Museum and Laboe Naval Memorial; indulge in a little retail therapy at Holstenstraße, one of Germany’s longest shopping streets; or perhaps opt to escape to the beautiful Holstein Lakes on a memorable tour. [ReadMore]

Then it’s on to the delightful resort town of Warnemünde, where you can make the most of the seasonal warmth on the inviting white sand beaches. Alternatively you could tour to one of Germany’s most enchanting historic cities, Rostock. After a boat trip along the River Warnow from Warnemünde you can take in Rostock's beautiful City Hall and St Mary’s Church, pick up souvenirs at the market, and even visit a local microbrewery to sample a selection of traditional German brews. Yet more daytime scenic cruising follows, navigating the narrow Kiel Canal once more and sailing the winding River Elbe towards Hamburg. Here you'll have time to discover landmarks such as the towering neo-Renaissance style Rathaus and St Michael’s Church; wander the pretty squares; and sample the vibrant atmosphere of the bustling HafenCity district. There’s a chance to see the striking cityscape from a different perspective during a boat ride on the Alster Lake too.

No Single Supplement offer available on selected grades, subject to availability.

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.