Welcome to Scandinavia

8th Sep 2019 8 nights Sails from Newcastle Balmoral L1923
FROM ONLY £1,499 per person
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FROM ONLY £1,499 per person

You can expect a warm welcome at every destination on this immersive Scandinavian adventure, with friendly locals ready to greet your arrival into a trio of charming Swedish, Norwegian and Danish towns and cities with traditional festivities, and two of Europe’s most amenable capitals awaiting your exploration.

As one of the region’s most interesting and welcoming destinations, Oslo – Norway’s capital and largest city – is the perfect place for an introduction to Scandinavia.[ReadMoreMob] Known as the ‘Capital of Culture and Nature’, Oslo boasts plenty of artistic and aesthetic treasures; Vigeland Sculpture Park, the Polar Ship Museum, the National Gallery – home of Edvard Munch’s The Scream – and the medieval Akershus Fortress are among many attractions you can uncover before departing the city via the idyllic Oslofjord. [ReadMoreDesk]A short overnight sail to Sweden is then followed by a call at Helsingborg. From the moment the city’s locals welcome you to the city with traditional festivities, you’re in for an authentic Swedish experience here. After revelling in your very special arrival, you’ll have a full day to explore at your leisure. Perhaps, you’ll opt to take in Helsingborg’s many monuments and museums, such as the remains of the medieval Kärnan and Fredriksdal Open-air Museum; visit Sofiero Castle and Gardens, with its beautiful architecture and flora; or even relax at the city’s Tropical Beach. 

Two days in Denmark will be packed with diverse delights. Copenhagen – the cosmopolitan Danish capital – offers a host of highlights, from the pretty Nyhavn district and the iconic Little Mermaid statue to the world-famous Tivoli Gardens amusement park and the impressive Amalienborg and Christiansborg palaces, which are rich in Royal history and heritage. With Balmoral docking close to the centre of the city too, you’ll be perfectly places to see the city’s sights. Then there’s Fredericia, where ceremonial cannon fire and locals looking resplendent in traditional dress, will provide an unforgettable welcome to this historic town. Again, you’ll dock close to the town centre here, so old military ramparts and landmarks including the Foot Soldier Statue will be within easy reach. Fredericia is also your gateway to the original Legoland in nearby Billund; and Odense, birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen. Finally, it’s back to Norway for another memorable welcome into Arendal, a town made famous by the fictional ‘Arendelle’ kingdom in the hit Disney animation Frozen.

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.