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In Search of the Northern Lights

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Northern lights over Tromso, Norway Northern lights over Tromso, Norway

10 Oct 2024

Newcastle

10 nights

Balmoral

Your cruise at a glance

Hand-crafted highlights

Our team has planned this cruise adventure to visit northern Norway during the magical Northern Lights season. You will have the opportunity to spot this natural phenomenon of dancing lights from both the comfort of Balmoral and ashore in Alta during an extended stay. As well as ticking off the experience of crossing the Arctic Circle, you will be able to witness remote coastal scenery as you pass the Seven Sisters mountain range and sail through the Tjeldsundet Strait – this scenic shortcut is only possible on smaller ships like Balmoral. Spending time with a Sámi community in the remote Arctic wilderness and visiting a husky yard are great ways to learn about local culture and traditions. Astronomers from Go Stargazing will join you on this cruise to assist you with discovering different constellations from Balmoral's decks, holding informative sessions to learn more about the night sky.

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Highlights

Guests looking out to Northern lights from deck

The Dancing Northern Lights

The atmospheric natural phenomenon of the Northern Lights can be found in the far north, above the Arctic Circle. During clear winter nights, it’s possible to see the colours of green, blue and pink dance across the sky – as part of our ‘Sky at Sea’ programme, learn from our experts on how best to spot them from the decks of Balmoral.

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Husky dog in Norway

Sami Culture

In Alta, discover more about the indigenous people of Norway - the Sami, who have a deep connection with nature. Husky dogs are also a hugely important part of Sami culture, as the dogs and their sleds are used in conditions where other transport can’t go – the dogs thick coats and cushioned paws allow them to thrive in the Arctic climate.

Your Hand-crafted Signature Experience | Itinerary Insights

Go Stargazing

Go Stargazing

You will be joined on this Northern Lights cruise on Balmoral by a team of professional and amateur astronomers from Go Stargazing, who will hold fun and informative sessions to witness the spectacular Milky Way stretching across the sky from horizon to horizon, and to assist you with spotting different constellations and planets. From laser-guided tours of the skies to hearing stories of legends and mythology using the starry skies as a backdrop, you will learn of the unique relationship between seafaring and the night sky.

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Life On Board

Introducing Balmoral

Beautiful Balmoral is small enough to navigate some of Europe’s most picturesque waterways so guests can enjoy hours of scenic cruising. Balmoral retains a warm, civilised atmosphere and features comfortable accommodation, stylish restaurants and plenty of open deck space.

Balmoral
Fred. Olsen ship Balmoral sailing at dawn

Balmoral

Beautiful Balmoral is small enough to navigate Europe’s most picturesque waterways so guests can enjoy hours of scenic cruising. Balmoral offers a warm, civilised atmosphere and features comfortable accommodation, stylish restaurants and plenty of open-deck space.

710 cabins
1,325 guests
551 crew
43,537 GT
16kts max speed
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Our Signature Experiences

To make your experience even more special, our Journey Planners have designed a unique programme of Signature Experiences which will allow you to discover real insights about the culture and nature of the places we are visiting, so you can arrive in each destination fully prepared to get the most out of your visit.

Itinerary Insights

We have carefully curated a programme of events to give you a deeper understanding of each of the destinations you will be visiting

Scenic Discoveries

Our Scenic Discoveries are designed to allow you to enjoy seeing the world from the unique perspective of our ships

The Ship and the Sea

Maritime is in our DNA - our history in shipping goes back almost 200 years

The Sky at Sea

There’s very little in the natural world more beautiful than a clear night sky, sunrise or sunset seen at sea

Treats of the Region

We love to bring a taste of the region's food, drink, local tastes and culinary traditions to life on board

Sample Shore Tours

At each port of call on your cruise, we carefully research and hand pick Shore Tour options for you, designed for you see as many of the world's best destinations as possible.

Below, you will find some sample Shore Tours which will give you an example of what to expect on your cruise. Your Shore Tours will be available to book approximately 8-13 weeks prior to departure via your My Cruises account.

The Atlantic Ocean Road with an Expert

The Atlantic Ocean Road with an Expert

Once voted Norway's Engineering Feat of the Century, the Atlantic Ocean Road has spectacular coastal scenery, culture and history at every turn. Enjoy a drive along this famous road before meeting a retired employee from the project to gain a deeper understanding of this impressive structure. 

££££

Molde

Maze Sami Experience

Maze Sami Experience

Experience the rich culture of the indigenous people of Norway, the Sámi. Travelling to Maze, you will meet a local Sámi family to hear tales of their customs and traditions inside a lavvo.

££££

Alta

Ice Fishing with a Local

Ice Fishing with a Local

Head into the wilderness to a frozen lake where you will enjoy a spot of ice fishing with a local, surrounded by the spectacular Arctic landscape.

££££

Tromsø

Hjørundfjord Cruise

Hjørundfjord Cruise

The Hjørundfjord cuts through some of the wildest mountain ranges in Norway, known as the Sunnmøre Alps. From the comfort of a vintage boat, admire views of mountains and fjords at their most spectacular.

££££

Ålesund

Your Guest Speakers

We’ve arranged for some wonderful guest speakers to join us for this cruise. They will be delivering a programme of insightful talks and activities to deepen your cultural, artistic and historical understanding of the destinations we will be exploring, well as helping you to enjoy the natural beauty of the places we visit.

David Nikel
Norway

David Nikel

Having lived in Norway since 2011, David has grown his website into one of the biggest language resources for those visiting or moving to Norway. He will be on hand throughout the cruise delivering a series of talks on all things Norwegian.

Fenella Bazin, Guest speaker
WWII History

Dr Fenella Bazin

Norwegian specialist, Fenella Bazin, whose father-in-law was a commander on a ship that helped to sink the Tirpitz will be joining us on this cruise to talk about the WWII history of the destinations we will be visiting.

Sophie Carroll
Astronomy

Sophie Carroll - Go Stargazing

Go Stargazing is formed of a group of astronomers, all of whom are keen to encourage public interest in astronomy to as wide an audience as possible. On your cruise, expect to find them out on the top deck in the evenings conducting stargazing sessions.

Treats & Pastimes

In addition to our Signature Experiences, we have a selection of lovely Treats & Pastimes for you to enjoy when on board. Just check your Daily Times each day for full details.

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Cabins, Prices & Offers

Cabin Options On Your Cruise

* Prices correct as of 15:00 27/02/2024, based on the lowest available Cruise Only fare, and on two people sharing a twin cabin. Please call +441473746175 for live availability & prices.

* Prices correct as of 15:00 27/02/2024, based on the lowest available Cruise Only fare, and on sole occupancy. Please call +441473746175 for live availability & prices.

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Balcony Junior Suite (BJ)

Balmoral's Balcony Junior Suites have a large cabin area and private balcony

Freedom Fare From £3,099 pp
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Superior Suite (SS)

Located on decks 9 & 10, Superior Suites have a balcony and large cabin area

Freedom Fare From £3,399 pp
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Marquee Suite (MS)

Situated on deck 10, Marquee Suites have a private balcony and large cabin area

Freedom Fare From £3,999 pp

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Premier Suite (PS)

Located on deck 10, Premier Suites have a private balcony and large cabin area

Freedom Fare From £4,399 pp
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Owner's Suite (OW)

Exclusive Suite - please call for more details

Freedom Fare From £5,599 pp
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Cruise Offers

FREE drinks or FREE on board spend   Freedom Fare

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