Waterways of Holland & Belgium

8th Nov 2019 7 nights Sails from Southampton Balmoral L1929
FROM ONLY £499 per person
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FROM ONLY £499 per person
Last minute Saver Fares available

Full payment is required at the time of booking; 100% cancellation charges apply – no refunds are permitted. Booking is not transferrable to any other cruise. No room number is provided at the time of booking (room number will be advised on cruise ticket). Oceans Loyalty Club discounts are not combinable with Saver Fares; Ocean points will be earned, however. Dining sitting will be allocated at FOCL’s discretion and will be advised on the cruise ticket. Saver Fare guests can choose a specific dining sitting at the time of booking, for a supplement of £2.00 per person per night; Table sizes cannot be requested when booking an Saver Fare.

Solo traveller offer available

Fantastic reduced single supplement deals availble on selected grades on this sailing. T&Cs apply.

Featuring calls at four compelling cities and scenic cruising of beautiful waterways, this rewarding week away brings you the best of Belgium and the Netherlands. Picturesque countryside, engaging museums, contrasting architecture and much more; there’s a host of highlights to uncover during time spent on board Balmoral and ashore.[ReadMoreMob]

Just a short time after departing Southampton you’ll begin three memorable days in the Netherlands, diverting inland via the Nordzeekanaal en route to your first port of call, Amsterdam. You have the chance to enjoy an authentic exploration of the diverse Dutch capital, with your ship docking overnight close to the city centre. [ReadMoreDesk]By day, you could take in world-renowned galleries and museums such as the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum; unravel the haunting history of Anne Frank House; an even explore the city in-depth via bicycle, the locals’ transport of choice. In the evening, a boat tour of Amsterdam’s iconic canals is highly recommended. Then it’s on to Rotterdam, for a futuristic twist to your itinerary. The Netherlands’ stylish second city boasts a collection of fantastic museums and an array of unique architectural wonders, from the innovative 1970s Cube Houses to the magnificently modern Markthal. Take the day to explore Rotterdam at leisure, before marvelling at the impressive Erasmusbrug Bridge and the city’s striking skyline as you depart via Nieuwe Maas in the evening. 

Heading south, the Belgian delights of two enchanting cities await you. Some of Belgium’s most famous landmarks can be seen in all their glory during a call into Ghent; be sure to seek out the gothic-style St Bavo’s Cathedral, the Castle of the Counts and the UNESCO-listed, 91-metre-high Belfry for fantastic photo opportunities. The highlights of this medieval city are easily discovered on foot or via the tram, though you might choose to explore the city on a magical canal boat tour. Another evening of scenic cruising follows, gliding along the Ghent-Terneuzen Canal as Balmoral continues on to Antwerp. Once docked in Belgium’s beautiful second city, an overnight stay affords you time to explore at your own pace. You can wander the legendary diamond district, and unearth a host of other treasures including the intricate guildhouses of Grote Markt, the mighty Cathedral of our Lady and the Royal Museum of Fine Arts. If you’ve a sweet tooth, Antwerp’s authentic Belgian chocolate shops and cafés are certain to tempt.

Single supplement offers are available on selected grades on this sailing, please call for details.
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’.

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.