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Garenin blackhouse village on the west coast of the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, Garenin blackhouse village on the west coast of the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland,

15 Aug 2025

Newcastle

8 nights

Balmoral

Your cruise at a glance

Hand-crafted highlights

Our team has designed this summer cruise to reveal the breathtaking beauty of Scotland’s landscapes, from the serene lochs of Hourn and Broom to the diverse vistas of the Small Isles. Your Balmoral cruise also takes in captivating sites like the Old Man of Hoy sea stacks, bonnet-shaped Bac Mòr and the hexagonal basalt columns of Fingal’s Cave. Experience Gaelic culture with Ceilidh dancing, Harris Tweed, Orkney fudge, Scottish whisky, and folklore tales. There will also be chances to spot local wildlife, including birds, whales, porpoises and seals. Uncover legendary landmarks steeped in history, including the Neolithic Standing Stones of Callanish and the ancient settlement of Jarlshof.

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Highlights

Puffins on a cliff, Scotland

Scenic lochs and isles

As Balmoral cruises close to Fingal's Cave, which legend says is the adjacent stretch of road to the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland, you will be able to see its recognisable and symmetrical basalt columns rising metres above the ocean. A variety of local seabirds congregate here, such as guillemots, razorbills, and puffins, as do seabird colonies on the cliffs of Sumburgh Head, especially during the nesting season, where there is also a historic lighthouse with a unique tower. Balmoral will divert away from the usual route to take you close to the Small Isles and Bac Mor, also known as Dutchman's Cap due to its unusual shape. There will also be opportunities for you to enjoy scenic cruising of Loch Broom, and past the intriguing sea stacks of the Old Man of Hoy and The Needle.

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Experience The Sottish Way of Life 

Experience the authentic lifestyle of Scotland's islands and discover the Gaelic culture that extends throughout this fascinating area. Join us on a tour to take part in singing a Gaelic song, listen to music and stories from local musicians, tour a Shetland croft and learn about the daily life of the crofter and his sheepdogs, or spend time with charming miniature Shetland ponies. In Orkney, enjoy tasting cheese and fudge made on the islands, or visit a Highland Park Distillery to try a dram of the local whisky, and no visit to the islands of Scotland would be complete without participating in a Ceilidh dance.

Your Hand-crafted Signature Experience | Itinerary Insights

Skara Brae, Orkney Island

Discover Legendary Landmarks

Many of the landmarks on the isles of Scotland have tales of folklore regarding their origin, such as Fingal's Cave, said to have been constructed by the legendary giant Finn McCool to hide from his arch nemesis Benandonner, while in Stornoway you can find the intriguing Stones of Callanish and the Dun Carloway Pictish Broch, which is thought to have been constructed by the Picts. From Kirkwall, visit the well-preserved Neolithic village of Skara Brae, the Ring of Brodgar stone circle, and the Ness of Brodgar, which all offer insights into the lives and rituals of its ancient inhabitants over 5,000 years ago.

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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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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.

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Orca

Founded in 2001, ORCA is a group of Ocean Conservationists. Join them out on deck to search the seas for marine life.

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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.

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 £3,199 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 £3,399 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 £3,899 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 £4,299 pp
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Owner's Suite (OW)

Exclusive Suite - please call for more details

Freedom Fare From £5,199 pp
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Cruise Offers

FREE On Board Spend   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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