Netherlands & Belgium City Break

13th Nov 2020 5 nights Sails from Southampton Balmoral L2028
Adult only sailing
FROM ONLY £499 per person
Bridge over canal in Amsterdam, Netherlands Bridge over canal in Amsterdam, Netherlands
FROM ONLY £499 per person

Epitomising the benefits of a Fred. Olsen city break, this short, yet rewarding cruise affords time to explore a trio of Dutch and Belgian cities in-depth and relax on board smaller, friendlier Balmoral. In just five nights, you’ll uncover contrasting architectural wonders, famous canals, sparkling diamonds and much more ashore, and enjoy scenic river cruising too.[ReadMoreMob]

A navigation of the peaceful Nieuwe Maas kicks-off two days of discovery in the Netherlands, passing through changing scenes of pretty countryside and fascinating industrial zones, en route to Rotterdam. The imposing Erasmusbrug Bridge hints at the type of futuristic attractions found within Rotterdam’s heart, renowned for its hypermodern architecture and landmarks, galleries and museums. Particular highlights are the Central Station, the mighty Markthal and the curious Cube Houses. Continuing on to the Dutch capital, the world-famous sights and highlights of Amsterdam also await. With a day to explore you could take advantage of the opportunity to visit Anne Frank House, immerse yourself in this effervescent city’s arts and culture at the Museum Quarter, and see the grand mansions of the UNESCO-listed Canal Ring. Alternatively, you might be tempted take the weight off your feet and see the city from a different perspective – a boat tour of Amsterdam’s iconic canals, passing underneath low bridges and through charming districts, is an unforgettable way to take in the sights. [ReadMoreDesk]

Soon after departing Amsterdam via the North Sea Canal, your city break concludes with an extended stay in Belgium’s sparkling second city, Antwerp. With ample time to uncover Antwerp’s gems at your own pace, you can take in some of the city’s most prized possessions with ease: The main square, Grote Markt, with its intricate 16th century guildhouses, and the mighty Cathedral of our Lady are on a seemingly endless list of must-visit sites. You’re sure to be drawn in by the legendary Diamond District, where some of the world’s finest and most expensive diamonds are on display. There’s opportunities to indulge with Antwerp’s authentic flavours too: perhaps satisfy your sweet tooth with traditional Belgian chocolates – hand crafted by artisan chocolatiers – by day; and in the evening, sample some of Belgium’s best brews on an enlightening beer tour.  

Bringing the world closer
Braemar in Bordeux, France

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
Guest swimming in pool, Marquee deck, Boudicca

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 is the largest of Fred. Olsen's smaller, friendly ocean-going cruise ships – with capacity for up to 1,350 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.