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Scenic Scottish Isles & the West Country

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07 Jun 2025

Rosyth

10 nights

Balmoral

Your cruise at a glance

Hand-crafted highlights

Embark on a remarkable journey around the British Isles aboard Balmoral, featuring dramatic cliffs and scenic islets. Sail close to Fingal’s Cave, unveiling its intriguing hexagonal basalt columns shaped by volcanic activity over millennia, and cruise past bonnet shaped Bac Mòr. Immerse yourself in true West Country life by visiting the Gardens of Heligan or the Eden Project, hearing tales of mermaids and giants, and enjoying Scillonian crab, Cornish cream teas and locally made cider. We’ve also timed your visit so you can experience the Falmouth Sea Shanty Festival, celebrating local music and culture. There will be opportunities to uncover the captivating military history of Portsmouth, Dartmouth and St Mary’s, too.

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Highlights

Old Man of Hoy, sea stacks, Scotland

Dramatic Cliffs & Scenic Isles

As you sail through Scotland's breathtaking coastal landscapes, remarkable sights will unfold before you. From the comfort of your ship, marvel at the iconic Old Man of Hoy's towering red sandstone sea stack, the distinctive bonnet-shaped Bac Mòr, also known as Dutchman's Cap, and the diverse scenery of the Small Isles – Rum, Eigg, Muck, and Canna – where rugged mountains meet serene beaches. Meanwhile, Fingal's Cave on Staffa Island showcases the wonder of nature with its intriguing hexagonal basalt columns, sculpted by volcanic activity. Continuing southward, Falmouth is ideally placed for tours to Lizard Point, mainland Britain's southernmost cliffs, crowned by a historic lighthouse.

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Eden Project, UK

The West Country Way Of Life

On this Balmoral cruise, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to immerse yourself in the local way of life. There’s an array of delectable treats to taste, from Devon cider to Cornish pasties and cream teas. The area is also well-known for its beautiful gardens, such as Heligan, Trebah and the Eden Project. We’ve planned your cruise to coincide with the Falmouth Sea Shanty Festival, a spirited annual event celebrating maritime music and culture. Enjoy lively performances featuring sea shanties – traditional work songs sung by sailors to coordinate tasks aboard sailing vessels – along with concerts, sing-alongs, workshops, and other maritime-themed events at various venues across Falmouth, from pubs to outdoor stages and community spaces.

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Guillemots on a cliff, Scotland

Seabirds & Marine Life

Lerwick serves as an ideal base for tours to Sumburgh Head, the southernmost point of Shetland. These cliffs are a haven for thousands of nesting seabirds, including guillemots, shags and fulmars, while the adjacent waters are home to harbour porpoises, seals, white-beaked dolphins, minke whales and orcas. In addition, you’ll have the chance to observe marine life from the comfort of Balmoral while at sea. Head out on deck with nature specialists from wildlife charity ORCA, who will be on hand to assist you in spotting and identifying various species.

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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.

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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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OWE (Ocean Wildlife Encounters)

Ocean Wildlife Encounters (OWE) are a group of highly experienced wildlife speakers. Join them for an insightful talk or out on deck to search the seas for wildlife.

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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 02:00 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 02:00 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 £3,799 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 £4,099 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 £4,799 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 £5,399 pp
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Owner's Suite (OW)

Exclusive Suite - please call for more details

Freedom Fare From £6,999 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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