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Scandinavian Capitals & St Petersburg

9th Jun 2018 14 nights Sails from Rosyth (Edinburgh) Balmoral L1815
FROM ONLY £1,399 per person
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FROM ONLY £1,399 per person
Featuring calls into six stunning cities in five different countries, including three Scandinavian capitals and a spectacular Russian gem; scenic cruising of breathtaking waterways; and a host of memorable sights and experiences, this fantastic fortnight aboard Balmoral will be simply unforgettable from the moment you set sail.

After departing from Rosyth you’ll enjoy a relaxing sea day and take in views of gorgeous German countryside via the Kiel Canal before calling first into Copenhagen. The delights of the Danish capital will be within easy reach of your ship’s berth, including the famous Little Mermaid statue, the pretty Nyhavn waterfront district and the impressive Christiansborg and Amalienborg palaces. Then it’s on to Estonia and the fairytale-esque capital, Tallinn. The enchanting cobbled streets and stunning architectural delights here – including the medieval structures of the UNESCO-listed Old Town and the striking Alexander Nevsky Cathedral – are sure to whet your appetite for the wonders awaiting you in the next stop on this incredible itinerary, St Petersburg. This awe-inspiring Russian city is a veritable treasure trove of iconic landmarks, and an overnight stay will afford you time to explore to full. The Hermitage Museum, Peterhof Palace, elaborate Church on the Spilled Blood, and the magnificent Catherine Palace are all not-to-be-missed; while you’ll also have the opportunity to spend a magical evening at the world-famous Russian ballet too. [ReadMore]

Four fantastic days in Sweden will begin with a scenic cruise of the Stockholm Archipelago, passing between a collection of nearly 30,000 rocky islands and islets en route to the capital, Stockholm. Here you could explore the historic Gamla Stan district and witness the changing of the guard at the magnificent Royal Palace; visit a number of interesting museums including the Skansen Open-air Museum and ABBA: The Museum; and even enjoy a drink with a difference at the unique Ice Bar. Another epic journey through the Stockholm Archipelago is followed by a call into Gothenburg, offering you an opportunity to take in the sights of Sweden’s second city on a boat tour of the 17th century canals. Visiting Oslo – the capital of Norway, Fred. Olsen’s homeland – will be a fitting finalé to your adventure. Artistic and aesthetic attractions seem to appear with every turn here; particular highlights include the Vigeland Sculpture Park, the Polar Ship Museum, the Akershus Fortress and the National Gallery, home of Edvard Munch’s The Scream. Alternatively you can head take a tour to explore the dense forests and lush green valleys surrounding the city before enjoying a scenic cruise of the Oslofjord as you head for home. 

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.

Real ships
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.