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

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.

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.