Scenic Scotland & Norway in Five Nights

23rd May 2020 5 nights Sails from Rosyth (Edinburgh) Balmoral L2010
Adult only 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.  

Real ships
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.

Refurbished in 2017, 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.