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In Search of the Northern Lights

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18 Jan 2025

Southampton

15 nights

Balmoral

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This journey through Arctic waters offers you an extraordinary opportunity to witness the magical Northern Lights. As night falls, excitement will build and the chance to catch a glimse at nature’s light show begins. You can also join astronomers from the Go Stargazing team out on deck to discover the unique pattern of constellations and planets making up the Arctic night sky. By day, there’s plenty to explore as Balmoral journeys across the Arctic Circle. Narvik brings majestic fjords, Tromsø is a vibrant hub of activity, while Harstad brings some coastal charm to our Arctic exploration. Get closer to nature by immersing yourself in the Norwegian lifestyle of friluftsliv; from hiking adventures in the snow to traditional husky sledding.

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Guests looking out to Northern lights from deck

The magic of the Northern Lights

Embark on a magical cruise aboard Balmoral where you'll have the opportunity to witness the beauty of the Aurora Borealis in Northern Norway. As you sail across the Arctic Circle, join us on deck to see uninterrupted views of this otherworldly spectacle where light pollution is at a minimum. Narvik offers a dramatic fjord setting for seeing the Northern Lights, while Alta and Tromsø are perfect destinations in which to explore snow-covered landscapes, before warming up with a delicious hot chocolate out on Balmoral's deck as the Arctic skies darken, and the anticipation rises. 

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Husky dog in Norway

Experience Friluftsliv

The Norwegian concept of Friluftsliv translates to "open-air living", embracing a deep connection with nature and the outdoors without disturbing or destroying it, and adding to a sense of well-being. In Northern Norway, Friluftsliv has special significance as there are a number of once-in-a-lifetime activities to embrace. In Alta, join us on a tour to go dog-sledding and spend time with huskies, enjoying an exhilarating journey through snowy plateaus and forests. You'll also have the chance to try Nordic skiing through tranquil valleys, experience ice fishing in a frozen lake to catch Arctic cod or char, or enjoy a thrilling snowmobile ride across vast expanses of Arctic wilderness.

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Ship funnels and the Northern lights, Norway

Unravel the science of the Aurora Borealis

The Aurora Borealis occurs when charged particles from the sun are blown towards the earth by solar winds, which turn into geomagnetic storms, creating waves of different colours as the particles collide with the earth's atmopshere. These distinctive colours are determined by the type of gas and altitude of the collision, so oxygen produces green and red shades, while nitrogen creates hues of purple and blue. Balmoral will take you to Arctic locations which are ideal for witnessing this surreal phenomenon, as they are perfectly placed with minimum amounts of light pollution. A team from Go Stargazing will join us on board to explain the Northern Lights further in stargazing and Aurora Borealis hunting sessions.

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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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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.

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Tony Waltham
Geology

Dr. Tony Waltham

Geologist, Dr. Tony Waltham will be joining you to deliver a series of insightful talks about the geology of Norway.

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Go Stargazing
Astronomy

Go Stargazing

Acting as tour guides of the heavens, the Go Stargazing astronomers will share their knowledge with group sessions learning interesting and amazing facts about our Universe. The friendly and approachable team will be on hand to answer any questions you may have, and to help you spot planets and stars.

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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 14:00 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 14:00 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 £4,599 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 £5,099 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 £6,099 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 £6,599 pp
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Owner's Suite (OW)

Exclusive Suite - please call for more details

Freedom Fare From £8,299 pp
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Cruise Offers

FREE On Board Spend OR Door-to-Door transfer up to 150 miles   Freedom Fare

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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