19 Jul 2023
The cruise at a glance
The Olsen Way Highlights
As you would expect, sailing to the isolated lands of Svalbard with Fred. Olsen offers many scenic cruising opportunities. We will make diversions to show you sights like the Nordenskiöldbreen Glacier, Tempelfjorden’s Temple Mountain, and Svartisen (the Black Glacier). Balmoral is also small enough to cruise the likes of the Nærøysundet strait, Nordfjord (Meløy) and the ultra-narrow Trollfjord. In Spitsbergen, you will have the chance to explore the community of Longyearbyen. We have also timed this cruise itinerary to enable you to witness the phenomenon of the Midnight Sun as Balmoral crosses the Arctic Circle.Explore the Itinerary
Living in Norway
Join guest speaker David Nikel as he talks about his life since he moved to Norway in 2011. Originally from Northampton, he went to Oslo in search of riches in the ICT industry, but was soon inspired by the fjords, mountains and Northern Lights to begin writing. Now, he travels the country discovering hidden gems and details about Norwegian life, detailing them on his website – www.llifeinnorway.net and is the author of the Moon Norway travel guidebook. David became a citizen of Norway in 2021.
As part of our Itinerary Insights programme, you can join a tour from Sortland to visit a Sámi family and learn about their way of life as reindeer herders. Laila Inga and her family will be on hand to show you how they herd reindeer as you join them in the enclosure, giving you the immersive experience of seeing these unique animals at close range.
Life On Board
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.
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.
Our Signature Experiences
To make your experience even more special, our Journey Planners have designed a unique programme of Signature Experiences which will allow you to discover real insights about the culture and nature of the places we are visiting, so you can arrive in each destination fully prepared to get the most out of your visit.
We have carefully curated a programme of events to give you a deeper understanding of each of the destinations you will be visiting
Our Scenic Discoveries are designed to allow you to enjoy seeing the world from the unique perspective of our ships
Maritime is in our DNA - our history in shipping goes back almost 200 years
There’s very little in the natural world more beautiful than a clear night sky, sunrise or sunset seen at sea
We love to bring a taste of the region's food, drink, local tastes and culinary traditions to life on board
Cabins, Prices & Offers
Cabin Options On Your Cruise
Please call our Reservations Team for latest pricing and availability.
SO MUCH ALREADY INCLUDED
As well as our Signature Experiences, there is a host of other treats to enjoy on board our ships.
Dining & Lounges
- À la carte breakfast, lunch & dinner
- Daily buffet dining options
- Late night Supper Club
- Afternoon tea
- Self-service tea & coffee
- In-cabin dining & snacks
Treats & Pastimes
- Evening shows
- Live music & dancing
- Dance classes
- Lectures & talks
- Cookery demonstrations
- Traditional deck games
- Daily games & quizzes
Relaxation & Fitness
- Swimming Pools
- Fitness Centre
- Fitness Classes
Enhance your cruise
Each of our cruises has been carefully designed for you to get the very best out of your time on board; and now you can enhance your cruise to make it even more special.
Need Some Help?
Take a look at our FAQ's
What do I pack for a cruise?
The handy checklist below has been created to assist in making sure you remember all the important things to pack for your cruise.
Are there any visa requirements I need to be aware of?
Visa and health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you check with a professionally qualified source and comply with such requirements. UK passport holders will need visas for certain Fred. Olsen cruise holidays and will advised at the time of booking. Your cruise booking information will also detail any requirements applicable to your holiday.
What's the difference between Freedom and Saver fares?
On certain sailings we offer two types of cruise fares; Freedom and Saver Fares.
I'm travelling alone, how will I get to meet people?
Our single guests feel right at home on board our ships; Fred. Olsen have the reputation of sailing the friendliest fleet afloat.
How do I get off the ship if we're at anchor?
Disembarking when your ship's at anchor is a very different experience to when it's docked portside. Getting ashore in this instance often involves the use of the ship's tender, which is accessed via the steps of a secure gangway.