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Scenic Waterways & Cities of Scandinavia

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Nyhavn district in Copenhagen Nyhavn district in Copenhagen
28 May 2025
Southampton
8 nights
Balmoral

Your cruise at a glance

Hand-crafted highlights

On this exploration of Scandinavia, Balmoral will navigate scenic waterways such as the majestic Oslofjord, adorned with rugged cliffs and serene islands, and the Kiel Canal – restricted to smaller ships. You’ll also have chances to explore Copenhagen’s canals and the Gothenburg Archipelago. Immerse yourself in diverse Scandinavian lifestyles, including Norway’s outdoor living concept, friluftsliv, and the cosy embrace of hygge in Denmark. You can indulge in local delights, too, from the Viking elixir aquavit to Swedish smörgåsbord feasts. Your journey unfolds amidst regal backdrops, featuring Oslo’s Royal Palace and the Akershus Fortress, and the opulent castles and palaces scattered across Copenhagen.

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Highlights

Oslofjord, Norway

Scenic Waterways

This cruise has been planned to showcase picturesque waterways in Scandinavian cities. After departing the vibrant Norwegian capital of Oslo, Balmoral will navigate the majestic Oslofjord, where rugged cliffs frame serene waters adorned with picturesque islands. In Copenhagen, you can admire the city’s vibrant historic streets as you weave along the canals on a boat tour. Gothenburg is also ideal for exploring via the water, inviting exploration via its intricate network of canals that wind beneath low bridges and alongside age-old landmarks. The Swedish capital is also your gateway to the Gothenburg Archipelago, a mesmerising collection of over 20,000 islands, islets and skerries along the west coast.

Smorrebrod, Danish dish

Scandinavian Way of Life

The Scandinavian lifestyle embraces nature, food, and moments of warmth and togetherness. Friluftsliv, the art of outdoor living, is deeply ingrained in Norwegian culture. In contrast, fika culture celebrates the Swedish tradition of coffee breaks, providing opportunities for socialising over a beverage and pastry. Finding a healthy balance between work and home life is highly valued, and the Danish word "hygge" perfectly captures this concept. It's generally understood to mean feeling cosy and appreciating the simple pleasures in life, spending time with loved ones, finding comfort under a blanket and having stimulating conversations. There are many culinary delights to enjoy, too, from the Danish open-faced sandwiches known as smørrebrød and the quintessential Scandinavian feast, smörgåsbord, to aquavit, a traditional spirit infused with herbs and spices, which you can sample on board Balmoral as we make our own brand. 

Nordic Royalty

Scandinavian royalty embodies a rich tapestry of history and grandeur. In Norway, the Royal Palace in Oslo serves as the official residence of the Norwegian monarch. The formidable Akershus Fortress, dating back to the Medieval era, is shrouded in history and regal legacy. Copenhagen’s Amalienborg Palace stands as the majestic home of the Danish royal family, while Rosenborg Castle and Fredensborg Palace, nestled amidst picturesque gardens, offer captivating glimpses into Denmark's storied past and architectural opulence.

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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

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.

John Chaplin
Gothenburg Ex-pat

John Chaplin

John is Chairman of the Anglo-Swedish Society and has spent the last 30 years living in Sweden. Throughout the cruise, John will be sharing his experiences of Swedish living and will discuss the hidden gems of Gothenburg.

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Paul Howard
Photography

Paul Howard

Photographer Paul Howard will  be joining us throughout our sailing, ready to assist in capturing unforgettable moments of the destinations we will cruise by.

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 05:00 14/07/2024, 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 05:00 14/07/2024, based on the lowest available Cruise Only fare, and on sole occupancy. Please call +441473746175 for live availability & prices.

Cabin Grades

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Balcony Junior Suite (BJ)

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

Freedom Fare From £2,599 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 £2,799 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 £3,299 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 £3,799 pp
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Owner's Suite (OW)

Exclusive Suite - please call for more details

Freedom Fare From £4,599 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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