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North American Waterways in the fall, with New York

29th Sep 2020 34 nights Sails from Southampton Balmoral L2026
FROM ONLY £4,799 per person *
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FROM ONLY £4,799 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.

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. [ReadMoreMob]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. 

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.

Refurbished in 2017, 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.

Real ships
We don’t have boastful megaships. We take immense pride in our fleet of smaller-scaled vessels that retain the style, ambience and understated quality of a country house hotel.  We ensure they remain contemporary too: from winter 2016 to spring 2018 the whole fleet underwent dry dock refits to further enhance the facilities for guests. With the fifth generation Fred. Olsen as Chairman and 170 years of seafaring heritage behind us, we believe we’ve found the perfect formula for you to get the best out of your holiday with us.

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.