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In Search of the Northern Lights at Christmas

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22 Dec 2024

Southampton

14 nights

Balmoral

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This adventure into the Arctic wilderness offers the chance to spot the awe-inspiring Northern Lights during the festive season. After celebrating Christmas Day on board with everything taken care of, experience the maritime tradition of crossing the Arctic Circle, making your Boxing Day even more special. Balmoral’s smaller size comes to the fore as we take you on a scenic shortcut through the Tjeldsundet Strait – out of reach to larger ships. Overnight stays in Tromsø and Alta will allow ample time to search for the lights, take a husky sledding ride, or connect with the local Sámi culture. Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Trondheim before rounding off your journey with a day exploring Ålesund.

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Highlights

Guests looking out to Northern lights from deck

The Magical Northern Lights

Our Journey Planners have designed this special cruise to Northern Norway at the optimal time to spot the elusive Northern Lights. Clear skies are required for witnessing the lights, and Northern Norway's long, dark winter nights create the ideal environment for you to see the Aurora Borealis dancing across the sky. With calls to destinations deep within the Arctic Circle, such as Tromsø and Alta, you will be perfectly placed to go in search of the mysterious Northern Lights. On board Balmoral, you can take advantage of clear, dark skies with little light pollution as you wait in anticipation for the lights to appear.

Christmas decorations on board

Christmas on board Balmoral

Being away on a cruise on board Balmoral at Christmas is a very special time, with an abundance of festive celebrations. Indulge in a superb Christmas Lunch with all the trimmings, sit back and relax with a festive cocktail before you enjoy our fantastic Show Company's Christmas performances, or pamper yourself at our Atlantis Spa. We'll also have a service of Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve, Reindeer Racing and fantastic Gingerbread Houses, created by our talented on board chefs. With an overnight stay in Trondheim on New Year's Eve, join us on deck to experience the magnificent Fireworks display over the city. 

Reindeer at a traditional Sami village

Experience the Arctic Way of Life

As you step ashore from Balmoral, immerse yourself in activities like reindeer herding or sledding in Alta and Tromsø, where you can spend time with the Sámi people and help feed the animals, visit a lavvu house to hear stories from Sámi reindeer herders, and learn about their lives above the Arctic Circle amid the winter landscape. The picture-perfect surroundings of Northern Norway are best explored on a thrilling husky-ride, where you will then have the chance to meet with the friendly huskies. 

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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.

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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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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.

Saltstraumen RIB Experience

Saltstraumen RIB Experience

Get up close to the famous Saltstraumen whirlpools on this thrilling RIB ride. You may also have the opportunity to spot white-tailed eagles, who nest on the sheer-faced cliffs that surround Bodø.

££££

Bodø

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

Maze Sami Experience

Maze Sámi 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

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.

Astronomy

Matt Robinson - 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.

Life in the Arctic

Trevor Rulton

Trevor left the UK 45 years ago, initially for six months but never looked back, and since 202 has resided in Norway, in the Arctic Circle. Join him as he provides an insight into life as an Ex-pat in Northern Norway the Arctic Circle.

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 19/04/2024, 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 19/04/2024, 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 £5,999 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 £6,499 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 £7,699 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 £8,199 pp
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Owner's Suite (OW)

Exclusive Suite - please call for more details

Freedom Fare From £9,999 pp
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What's Included

SO MUCH ALREADY INCLUDED

As well as our Signature Experiences, there are a host of other treats to enjoy on board our ships.

  • À la carte breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Daily buffet dining options
  • Late night Supper Club
  • Afternoon tea
  • Self-service tea & coffee
  • In-cabin dining & snacks
  • Evening shows
  • Live music & dancing
  • Dance classes
  • Lectures & talks
  • Cookery demonstrations
  • Traditional deck games
  • Daily games & quizzes
  • Swimming Pools
  • Jacuzzis
  • Fitness Centre
  • Fitness Classes

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