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. 

Bringing the world closer
Braemar in Bordeux, France

Our size advantage means we can take you to places that some of the larger cruise vessels simply can’t. We dock close to the heart of some of the world’s most beautiful cities and can take you on scenic cruising adventures showcasing inspirational landscapes. Our itineraries are expertly crafted to make the most of this advantage.

Smaller but spacious
Guest swimming in pool, Marquee deck, Boudicca

Aboard our smaller, friendlier ships you'll find there's plenty of room to stretch out by the pool, enjoy a drink and great conversation with like-minded guests, and make the most of your time away. Sailing with hundreds, not thousands, of others allows you to get ashore faster too, and make the most of each destination.

Service with a smile
Waitress with drinks and guest on deck, Boudicca

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 fact, 97% of guests rated Fred. Olsen’s friendly, attentive staff ‘Excellent’ or ‘Good’.

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.