Springtime Fjords in Five Nights

1st May 2020 5 nights Sails from Newcastle Balmoral L2006
FROM ONLY £749 per person
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FROM ONLY £749 per person

A short, yet highly rewarding cruise, this five-night foray to Fred. Olsen’s beautiful homeland packs-in plenty of highlights. From marvelling at the dramatic landscapes and incredible natural wonders of awe-inspiring fjords to immersing yourself in the history and culture of enchanting destinations, you’ll experience it all while spending less than a week away.[ReadMoreMob]

Enjoying a taste of the fjordland in a shorter time is possible thanks to your departure port’s convenient proximity to Norway. Exploration begins, after an overnight sail from Newcastle, with a memorable scenic cruise of the idyllic Lysefjord. Your gentle glide along the glassy waters, which are only accessible to smaller ships, is sure to leave you captivated, presenting views of mighty mountains and cliffs and mysterious rock formations. A visit to pretty Eidfjord, deep within Hardangerfjord, is your first chance to step ashore. Perhaps take a tour to the Vøringsfossen, one of Norway’s most famous waterfalls; or head to Lekve Juice and Cider Farm to sample locally produced delights. Opt for a kayaking adventure and you’ll admire Hardangerfjord’s scenic splendour from a unique perspective.[ReadMoreDesk]

Back on board Balmoral, a return journey along Hardangerfjord offers another opportunity to witness the outstanding natural beauty of the ‘Queen of the Fjords’, resplendent in seasonal spring bloom. This evening of scenic cruising will also include a diversion into Ulvikafjord, where views of lush-green valleys and towering mountains await. Finally, there’s a full-day to enjoy in Norway’s vibrant second city, Bergen. Take time to discover the abundant attractions here; among the best of them are the world-famous, UNESCO-listed Bryggen Wharf, the traditional fish market and the Troldhaugen Museum. The Troldhaugen is the former home of Edvard Grieg and now dedicated to celebrating the life and works of the legendary Norwegian composer. Don’t miss the fantastic views available from atop Mount Fløyen, which is reached via the funicular railway, too. 

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.