Sweden's Scenic Waterways & Cities

16th Aug 2020 11 nights Sails from Newcastle Balmoral L2020
FROM ONLY £1,599 per person
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FROM ONLY £1,599 per person

Cruising is undoubtedly the perfect way to appreciate Sweden’s spellbinding scenic beauty and cultural pleasures, and on this very special holiday – combining visits to captivating destinations with explorations of beautiful fjords and archipelagos – you’ll uncover some of the very best sights and experiences that this diverse country has to offer.[ReadMoreMob]

Thanks to Newcastle’s closer proximity to Scandinavia, most of your cruise will be spent discovering the best of Sweden, rather than sailing to and from this stunning country. After just one relaxing day at sea, you’ll marvel at the picture-perfect, idyllic scenes of the Swedish fjords before Malmö makes for an invigorating first stop on your journey. A culturally diverse, classically Swedish city, Malmö boasts a harmonious blend of old and new; charming historical sites including Malmöhus Slott Castle and the gothic-style Sankt Petri Church compete for your attention alongside modern marvels such as the Turning Torso – Scandinavia’s tallest building – here. Then, on the island of Gotland, UNESCO-listed Visby awaits. The wonderfully well-preserved Old City of Visby presents an interesting glimpse into Sweden’s Hanseatic history, with its merchants houses and magnificent churches. St Mary’s Cathedral and the ruins of St Nicolai and St Karin are not to be missed. Gotland’s glorious coastlines are yours to explore on tour from Visby too. [ReadMoreDesk]

The following morning you arrive in Stockholm for the main event: an overnight stay in the stunning Swedish capital, affording you time to explore the city at leisure and in-depth. Perhaps take your pick of the fantastic museums, including the Skansen Open-air Museum and ABBA: The Museum; witness the changing of the guard at the Royal Palace in the historic Gamla Stan district; or even take to the city’s waters and see the sights from a different perspective on a boat tour. Upon departure, Balmoral will carve a route through the craggy islands and islets of the sprawling Stockholm Archipelago – a simply unforgettable journey to experience from your ship’s decks. Finally, after Stockholm, there’s Gothenburg, the culture-rich second city. You’ll find a plethora of attractions to fill your extended stay here. Among the best are Maritiman – the world’s largest floating ship museum; Götaplatsen Square; and the Volvo Museum, where you’ll find 8,000 square metres of cars, buses, machines, engines and some unique concepts. A canal cruise aboard a ‘Paddan’ sightseeing boat is a must during your time in Gothenburg.

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.