Scenic Scotland & Norway in Five Nights

23rd May 2020 5 nights Sails from Rosyth (Edinburgh) Balmoral L2010
Adult only sailing Little Skippers Sailing
FROM ONLY £699 per person
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FROM ONLY £699 per person

A short, yet spellbinding escape encompassing two beautiful countries, this cruise manages to pack plenty of highlights experienced during time on board and ashore. Visiting Norway and Scotland, you can explore picturesque waterways, islands and captivating cities, and delight in hours of unforgettable scenic cruising, all while spending just five-nights away.

After an overnight sail from Edinburgh, you’ll experience your first taste of Norway with a journey into the size-restricted Lysefjord. [ReadMoreMob]While larger ships are kept at bay by a low bridge, Balmoral can divert straight into this awe-inspiring waterway, to present you with views of soaring mountains, cliffs and intriguing rock formations. The following day, a stop at Stavanger offers you the chance to head ashore and uncover the contrasting attractions of a former ‘European Capital of Culture’. Enjoy a leisurely exploration and you’ll find beautifully preserved wooden houses, churches and museums telling tales of Stavanger’s past in the historic Old Town district, juxtaposed by modern structures and a thriving commercial port – products of the city’s booming oil and fuel industry. [ReadMoreDesk]

The Scottish leg of your holiday sees Balmoral head for the pretty Shetland Islands and call at Lerwick, the archipelago’s capital and gateway to some of Scotland’s most spectacular landscapes. You could embark on a scenic tour to Northmavine, to take advantage of unmissable photo opportunities: the Shetlands’ northernmost point boasts incredible coastal scenery and unspoilt sea vistas. Alternatively, opt to tour to RPSB Sumburgh Head, to look out for fulmars, puffins and various other bird species among soaring sea cliffs and rugged landscapes. You’ll cruise by Sumburgh Head upon departure from the Shetlands, before finally sailing on to the Orkneys to see Marwick Head – another haven for Scotland’s native seabirds – and the geological wonders of The Needle and Old Man of Hoy sea stacks from the comfort of your ship.  

Balmoral is the largest of Fred. Olsen's smaller, friendly ocean-going cruise ships – with capacity for up to 1,350 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.

Bringing the world closer
Braemar in Bordeux, France

Our size advantage means we can take you to places that some of the larger cruise vessels simply can’t. We dock close to the heart of some of the world’s most beautiful cities and can take you on scenic cruising adventures showcasing inspirational landscapes. Our itineraries are expertly crafted to make the most of this advantage.

Smaller but spacious
Guest swimming in pool, Marquee deck, Boudicca

Aboard our smaller, friendlier ships you'll find there's plenty of room to stretch out by the pool, enjoy a drink and great conversation with like-minded guests, and make the most of your time away. Sailing with hundreds, not thousands, of others allows you to get ashore faster too, and make the most of each destination.

Service with a smile
Waitress with drinks and guest on deck, Boudicca

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 fact, 97% of guests rated Fred. Olsen’s friendly, attentive staff ‘Excellent’ or ‘Good’.