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Scottish Isles with a Taste of Norway

7th Jul 2018 5 nights Sails from Rosyth Balmoral L1818
FROM ONLY £699 per person
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FROM ONLY £699 per person
If you’re looking for a short summer break, this very special sailing might be the perfect getaway. In less than a week you can discover the scenic highlights of two beautiful Scottish islands and go in search of a few Norwegian wonders before spending a relaxing day at sea aboard Balmoral.

The Scottish leg of this highly rewarding escape begins with a call into Kirkwall. From the capital of the Orkneys you can explore the islands’ rugged untouched landscapes; encounter an abundance of wonderful wildlife; or even to take a short journey to Skara Brae and marvel at the remarkably well-preserved, 5,000-year-old Neolithic structures. Later in the evening you’ll pass by the Old Man of Hoy, taking in views of this incredible 450ft sea stack from the comfort of your ship. In the picturesque Shetlands, some of Scotland’s most spectacular coastal scenery is yours to discover on a tour to Northmavine from Lerwick. Or you could venture 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. [ReadMore]

You will enjoy a taste of Norway with a full day in the vibrant, attraction-packed city of Bergen. Within the city you’ll have time to explore the UNESCO-listed Bryggen Wharf, sample the hustle and bustle of the busy fish market and visit the Troldhaugen Museum, the former home of the great Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg. Riding the funicular railway to the top of Mount Fløyen is a must too, to take in stunning views of the city and the surrounding fjords. Alternatively you have the opportunity to join an unforgettable tour to see the breathtaking Tvinde Waterfall and board the world-famous Flåmsbana Railway for an incredible journey high into some of fjordland Norway’s most spectacular mountains.

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.

Real ships
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.