Scenic Waterways & Archipelagos of Sweden

31st Aug 2023 11 nights Sails from Newcastle Balmoral L2322A
FREEDOM FARE FROM £1,599 per person
Balmoral in Stockholm, Sweden Balmoral in Stockholm, Sweden
FREEDOM FARE FROM £1,599 per person
£150pp FREE On Board Spend or £300pp when booking a Suite

*Applicable to new bookings from 16/03/2022 on 2022/23 cruises sailing from the UK, of 10 to 12 nights in duration, see terms & conditions.

Smaller ship cruising is undoubtedly the best way to see and appreciate the beauty of Sweden, so we’ve crafted this itinerary to take advantage of Balmoral’s size and show you some of this diverse country’s greatest scenic sights. You’ll enjoy serene diversions into the hilly Swedish fjords found along the rugged west coast, savouring views of idyllic countryside and coastal scenery, and a journey through the sprawling Stockholm Archipelago, as your ship navigates a route through its thousands of craggy islands and islets. What’s more, an overnight stay in Stockholm offers a chance to take to these waters and see the scenic sights up-close on a boat tour too, while you’ve ample time to explore the city at leisure too. Perhaps take your pick of the museums, including the Skansen Open-air Museum and ABBA: The Museum, and witness the changing of the guard at the Royal Palace in the historic Gamla Stan district.[ReadMore]

During a visit to the island of Gotland, UNESCO-listed Visby awaits. The 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. There’s also a day in Gothenburg; a tour of the canals aboard a traditional Paddan boat makes for a memorable way to see the second city’s sights. You could take in attractions such as Maritiman – the world’s largest floating ship museum, Götaplatsen Square and the Volvo Museum too. In between scenic cruising of the western fjords, you’re also in for a visit to quaint Lysekil, where a picturesque harbour and charming town centre beg for your exploration, while a rare stop at Trelleborg – rich in Viking history – is sure to be a highlight.

In recent years, we have seen a new era emerging in cruising.

There is a trend for everything to get bigger and busier, and for a cruise to be seen as an alternative to a large luxury resort, with a limitless flurry of activity. But this is not for us. Find out more 

1. WE ARE PROUD TO SAIL OUR OWN COURSE

We are free to do things a different way because we are family-run. Of course some people enjoy the bigger, busier cruises, but it is not for everyone, and it is not for us. We prefer to do things, 'The Olsen Way'.

2. SMALLER IS BETTER

We have fewer guests, so the atmosphere on board our ships is always warm and civilised. Our smaller ships allow us to visit the more interesting places that the world has to offer.

3. HAND-CRAFTED, NOT MASS PRODUCED

We pride ourselves on putting our all into the Fred. Olsen cruise experience. Our itineraries are created from scratch every year, our service is genuinely personal and each and every area of our ships is designed by hand.

Balmoral, carrying up to 1,350 guests is 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.