North American Waterways in the Fall, with New York

29th Sep 2020 34 nights Sails from Southampton Balmoral L2026
FROM ONLY £4,499 per person
Hudson river in the fall Hudson river in the fall
FROM ONLY £4,499 per person

Specially planned to take advantage of Balmoral’s smaller size, this very special itinerary offers a rare chance to experience the seasonal scenic splendour of America’s size-restricted rivers and waterways in the fall, along with remarkable cities in the US and Canada, all on one exhilarating North American adventure.[ReadMoreMob]

Your unforgettable exploration of North America’s incredible East Coast will be punctuated by many memorable experiences. Heading to New York, you’ll sail the man-made Cape Cod Canal, passing through autumn-coloured woodland and under impressive bridges, before waking to the sight of the iconic Statue of Liberty. Legendary attractions – skyscrapers, world-renowned stores, Broadway, Times Square, Central Park, the 9/11 Memorial and more – are yours to discover during two days in the ‘Big Apple’.[ReadMoreDesk] Balmoral will then take you beyond New York and along the Hudson River – only accessible to smaller ships – for views of tree-laden riverbanks resplendent with brown and red fall foliage. A relaxing journey along the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal will also present you with gorgeous autumnal scenes en route to Baltimore, gateway to Washington DC. Tour from Baltimore to the US capital and you can take your pick of must-visit sites, such as the White House and Lincoln Memorial. [ReadMoreDesk]

Elsewhere, visits to Portland and Boston will provide rich rewards too. Perhaps discover the quaint cobbled streets, shops and microbreweries of the Old Port in Portland; and admire the appealing fusion of hi-tech towers and classic Georgian architecture in Boston, home of the famous Freedom Trail. North of the US border, your cruise also includes a taste of Canada’s beautiful Eastern Seaboard, which comes to life in the fall. You’ll visit St John’s, surrounded by stunning Newfoundland countryside and home to the historic Signal Hill; Sydney, perfectly placed for explorations of Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Highlands, the Bras d’Or Lakes and Fortress Louisbourg National Park; and the culture-rich cities of Halifax and Saint John. At each Canadian call, you’re sure to find yourself fully immersed in the natural beauty, fresh air and welcoming atmosphere of this remarkable country. Finally, for contrasting experiences to those enjoyed in North America, Balmoral will take you to the sun-splashed Atlantic Ocean islands of Bermuda and São Miguel, for soothing warmth, inviting crystal-clear waters and glorious beaches.

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.