German Cities with Kiel Week Regatta

22nd Jun 2023 10 nights Sails from Rosyth (Edinburgh) Balmoral L2315
FREEDOM FARE FROM £1,499 per person
Hamburg, Germany Hamburg, Germany
FREEDOM FARE FROM £1,499 per person
£150pp FREE On Board Spend or £300pp when booking a Suite

*Applicable to new bookings from 16/03/2022 on 2022/23 cruises sailing from the UK, of 10 to 12 nights in duration, see terms & conditions.

This discovery of German waterways and cities is unique, a sailing expertly planned with a focus on maritime traditions and specially timed to coincide with the world’s largest sailing event. An extended call at Kiel is the centrepiece of your itinerary; here you’ve a chance to enjoy all the charm, tradition and excitement of the final day of the Kieler Woche extravaganza. You can amble around the harbour, where historic tall ships will be docked and proudly on show, experience the authentic German festivity of the occasion, and watch the evening fireworks that bring the event to a close.[ReadMore]

Elsewhere in Germany, there are plenty of opportunities for you to delve into rich maritime history. Discover naval bases in Rostock – on tour from Warnemunde – and in Hamburg, which is also home to a fascinating International Maritime Museum; take in Bremen’s imposing World War II U-boat bunkers; and visit the decommissioned British submarine-turned-museum in Sassnitz. Enjoy ample time in Hamburg, to visit attractions such as the Rathaus, towering St Nikolai Church and Miniatur Wunderland, and take a boat tour of Alster Lake too, and perhaps seek out sights including the UNESCO-listed Market Square, 15th century town hall and medieval Schnoor district in Bremen. What’s more, thanks to Balmoral’s smaller size, you’ll also experience memorable scenic cruising along the impressive maritime engineering feat that is the Kiel Canal.

In recent years, we have seen a new era emerging in cruising.

There is a trend for everything to get bigger and busier, and for a cruise to be seen as an alternative to a large luxury resort, with a limitless flurry of activity. But this is not for us. Find out more 

1. WE ARE PROUD TO SAIL OUR OWN COURSE

We are free to do things a different way because we are family-run. Of course some people enjoy the bigger, busier cruises, but it is not for everyone, and it is not for us. We prefer to do things, 'The Olsen Way'.

2. SMALLER IS BETTER

We have fewer guests, so the atmosphere on board our ships is always warm and civilised. Our smaller ships allow us to visit the more interesting places that the world has to offer.

3. HAND-CRAFTED, NOT MASS PRODUCED

We pride ourselves on putting our all into the Fred. Olsen cruise experience. Our itineraries are created from scratch every year, our service is genuinely personal and each and every area of our ships is designed by hand.

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.