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28th Aug 2018 5 nights Sails from Newcastle Balmoral L1826
FROM ONLY £749 per person
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FROM ONLY £749 per person
If you’re looking for a short summer break, this very special Scottish sailing might be the perfect getaway. Spend five relaxing nights on board Balmoral as she guides you to three stunning destinations where infamous lochs, historic castles, ancient wonders and spectacular coastal scenery await discovery.

After embarking in Newcastle your exciting escape begins with an overnight sail to Invergordon, from where you can venture into the picture-perfect Highlands and explore the beautiful gardens of Cawdor Castle, or marvel at the region’s largest house, Dunrobin Castle. For an authentic taste of Scotland, take this opportunity to visit the world-famous Glenmorangie Distillery and sample traditional Scotch whisky. Alternatively you can head off to Loch Ness in search of ‘Nessie’. From Invergordon it’s on to the Orkneys and the islands’ capital, Kirkwall. With a full day to explore, you could take in the rugged scenery – keeping a look out for wonderful wildlife as you journey along the coast – or perhaps see St Magnus Cathedral in all its glory. Not to be missed are the 5,000-year-old structures of the Neolithic village of Skara Brae; while the ancient Standing Stones of Stenness and the Ring of Brodgar are among other highlights which are well worth discovering. [ReadMore]

In the picturesque Shetlands, some of Scotland’s most spectacular coastal scenery is yours to discover on a tour to Northmavine from Lerwick. The Shetlands’ northernmost point boasts unique sea vistas looking out across the North Sea and Atlantic Ocean; as well as a few must-see landmarks including Eshaness Lighthouse, built by the uncles of Robert Louis Stevenson. Yet another full day stay also allows you time to tour to the dramatic cliffs of Sumburgh Head, one of the best places on earth to watch seabirds such as puffins, fulmars and guillemots up-close. Finally your rewarding break comes to an end with a day at sea as Balmoral sails back to Newcastle, the perfect opportunity to reminisce about your Scottish adventures with your friends, family and fellow guests. 

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.

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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.