Exploring European Cities

7th Feb 2022 8 nights Sails from Southampton Balmoral L2203
FROM ONLY £699 per person
Quaint cobbled streets of Rouen Quaint cobbled streets of Rouen
FROM ONLY £699 per person
FREE On Board Spend up to £100pp plus tips covered

On-board spend/Tips covered offer: applicable to new bookings, made from 16/08/21 onwards, on sailings of up to 19 nights in duration, departing from the UK, between January 2022 and May 2023, excluding cruises L22SN, T2212, & M2223; cruises over 20 nights & Fly-cruises including M2233 are excluded. Free On Board Spend amount is per person (pp), up to two guests per cabin, amount varies per cruise up to £100 pp. E&OE.

Visiting at a time of year with fewer tourists around, you get to explore three beautiful cities in France, Belgium and the Netherlands by day and by night, at a more relaxing and rewarding pace. Balmoral is small enough to sail the River Seine and take you closer to Rouen, where a two-day stay allows ample time to see the city at its uncrowded best. Uncover the historic highlights at your leisure, such as Place du Vieux Marché, Gros Horloge and the spectacular Cathédrale de Notre Dame to name just a few. Alternatively, you could tour to Claude Monet’s beautiful House and Gardens; or even Paris, for a romantic evening in the French capital.

With Balmoral also docking in the heart of Antwerp for another overnight stay, you can explore this Belgian gem with ease, as and when you wish. Amongst the city’s cobbled streets, unmissable attractions including the mighty Cathedral of Our Lady and the Royal Museum of Fine Arts await, while you could get your hands on– and help polish – a precious gem at the Diamond District, and sample authentic Belgian chocolates too. Finally, for the perfect end to your enriching city discovery, Amsterdam awaits. Perhaps take in the sights by bicycle, or visit the city’s many museums. When night falls, it’s the perfect time to take a boat tour of the iconic canals to see world-famous landmarks in their illuminated evening splendour.

Your Itinerary

  • Experience beautiful European cities at their uncrowded best
  • Discover Antwerp’s highlights, such as the Diamond District
  • Your small ship sails the Seine all the way to Rouen
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Bringing the world closer

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

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, 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.