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Uncrowded Baltic

6th Oct 2018 13 nights Sails from Newcastle Balmoral L1832
FROM ONLY £1,499 per person
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FROM ONLY £1,499 per person
Three cruises for the price of two
Head to the Baltic aboard Balmoral and take the chance to explore a selection of the region’s most absorbing cities in the autumn, a time of the year when this incredible part of the world is less crowded but no less rewarding.

Before venturing into the Baltic you’ll spend two days in Scandinavia, taking in the highlights of cultural cities in Sweden and Denmark. Up first is Gothenburg – Sweden’s welcoming second city – where an eclectic mix of attractions await, including Götaplatsen Square; the traditional wooden houses of the historic Haga district; and Maritiman, the world’s largest floating ship museum. Copenhagen has much to discover during your day in the Danish capital too, from the Little Mermaid statue and pretty Nyhavn waterfront district to the National Museum of Denmark and impressive Christiansborg and Amalienborg palaces. Tivoli Gardens – one of the world’s oldest amusement parks – is a ‘must-visit’. Fairytale-esque Tallinn – the magical capital of Estonia – will welcome you to the Baltic in style. The UNESCO-listed Old Town is one of the best-preserved in Europe and a wonderland of striking architectural wonders, including the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and Toompea Castle, fascinating museums and fine examples of Hanseatic merchants’ houses. Kadriorg Palace is well worth a look too during your full day here. [ReadMore]

Balmoral will then sail to the seaside city of Helsinki. Surrounded by lush, leafy parks and tranquil lakes and packed with attractions, the Finnish capital is sure to capture your imagination. You may choose to tour the captivating city centre, stopping by highlights such as Senate Square, the National Museum and the Kamppi Chapel of Silence to name just a few; or opt to uncover the unspoilt natural beauty of the city’s scenery before continuing onwards to Russia. Once docked in stunning St Petersburg, you could see the sights up-close on a fascinating guided tour of the city, taking in ‘must-visit’ landmarks such as Peterhof Palace and The Church of Our Saviour on the Spilled Blood. You could also stop by the remarkable Hermitage; marvel at the jewelled eggs on display at the Fabergé Museum; and experience a magical evening at the Russian ballet too. En route back to Newcastle, Balmoral will return to Scandinavia to cap-off your incredible cruise with a call into Oslo. Take the day to discover the Vigeland and Ekeberg sculpture parks; see Edvard Munch’s The Scream at the National Museum of Art; or perhaps visit Akershus Fortress before enjoying a relaxing sail home. 

Please note, this is an adult only sailing (18+).

Balmoral is the largest of Fred. Olsen's smaller, friendly ocean-going cruise ships – with capacity for up to 1350 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.

Rest assured, all of the following comes as standard on every Fred. Olsen cruise:

  • Comfortable rooms and suites with TV, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities and individually controlled air conditioning
  • Tempting cuisine every day throughout your cruise - with five-course à la carte dinners, casual breakfast and lunch buffets and late-night snacks
  • Unlimited, self-service tea and coffee at selected venues, afternoon tea* with sandwiches and cakes, and in-room sandwiches and snacks
  • All evening entertainment, including cabaret shows, dancing and live music
  • Captain's Drinks Party and Gala Buffet (on cruises of 5 nights or more)
  • On board leisure facilities, including swimming pools, Jacuzzis and gym
  • A wide choice of on board activities and lectures throughout the day
  • All UK port taxes (where collectable in advance)
  • Luggage porterage between your room and the drop-off/pick-up point
  • Flights, as confirmed as part of a fly-cruise holiday

​Cruise descriptions include optional, chargeable experiences that may be enjoyed independently and/or with optional Fred. Olsen Shore Tours. *Premium Traditional Afternoon Tea not included.

Real ships
We’re not interested in gimmicks like zip wires, climbing walls or celebrity chefs. 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.