Although there are no exotic destinations on your itinerary and your time on board will be shorter than usual, having the chance to enjoy all of the benefits of cruising on board a smaller, more intimate Fred. Olsen ship will ensure this short escape is relaxing, rewarding and memorable from the moment you step aboard. You can indulge with delicious five course dinners prepared and cooked to perfection by our expert chefs; take in the extra special live entertainment and musical performances in the show lounges; feel the sea breeze and watch the stars out on deck; and dance into the early hours, all before retiring to the ample space of your room or suite for a comfortable night’s sleep. [ReadMore]
No matter how you choose to make the most of your time on board, you’ll share the same experience with your friends, family and fellow guests that you would on any other Fred. Olsen sailing. And, as usual, the friendly staff will be on hand to take care of everything and provide personal, attentive service throughout your journey south.
Please note, this is an adult only sailing (18+).
Sat 21 Jul
Rosyth, United Kingdom
Sun 22 Jul
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About Your Ship
Balmoral is the largest of Fred. Olsen's smaller, friendly ocean-going cruise ships – with capacity for up to 1350 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.
Rest assured, all of the following comes as standard on every Fred. Olsen cruise:
- Comfortable rooms and suites with TV, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities and individually controlled air conditioning
- Tempting cuisine every day throughout your cruise - with five-course à la carte dinners, casual breakfast and lunch buffets and late-night snacks
- Unlimited, self-service tea and coffee at selected venues, afternoon tea* with sandwiches and cakes, and in-room sandwiches and snacks
- All evening entertainment, including cabaret shows, dancing and live music
- Captain's Drinks Party and Gala Buffet (on cruises of 5 nights or more)
- On board leisure facilities, including swimming pools, Jacuzzis and gym
- A wide choice of on board activities and lectures throughout the day
- All UK port taxes (where collectable in advance)
- Luggage porterage between your room and the drop-off/pick-up point
- Flights, as confirmed as part of a fly-cruise holiday
Cruise descriptions include optional, chargeable experiences that may be enjoyed independently and/or with optional Fred. Olsen Shore Tours. *Premium Traditional Afternoon Tea not included.
The Fred. Olsen Difference
We’re not interested in gimmicks like zip wires, climbing walls or celebrity chefs. 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.