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Wintertime Norway

18th Mar 2020 11 nights Sails from Newcastle Balmoral L2002
FROM ONLY £1,349 per person
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FROM ONLY £1,349 per person
FREE door-to-door travel
OR three cruises for the price of two (must inc. Oct-Dec'18 cruise)

Making the most of Newcastle’s convenient proximity to Scandinavia, Balmoral can take you to Norway’s astonishing north in a shorter time and pack five days of unforgettable Arctic exploration into an 11-night itinerary, offering chances to uncover unspoilt scenery, awe-inspiring spectacles and an abundance of incredible experiences.

Your relaxing sail north along the picturesque coast of western Norway allows you time to settle into your home-from-home, before Narvik presents your first opportunity to see the stunning scenes of the Arctic winter up-close. The rugged landscapes here are ripe for exploration on exhilarating husky sledding and snowmobiling excursions. Within reach on tour meanwhile is the Polar Park, the world’s northernmost animal park, where you can encounter various Arctic wildlife including bears, lynx, reindeer and wolves. Then it’s on to Alta, where your extended stay is sure to a highlight of your Arctic adventure. Alta is considered one of the best places of earth to see the remarkable Aurora Borealis and, with two nights here, you might be lucky enough to see Mother Nature’s magnificent light display in all its spellbinding glory. You’ll have time to visit the unique Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel, with its ice bar, ice chapel and beautiful sculptures too; or immerse yourself in Sami culture at the Alta Museum. [ReadMore]

Continuing your voyage of Arctic discovery in Tromsø – ‘Gateway to the Arctic’ – affords you an opportunity to marvel at the iconic, iceberg-shaped Arctic Cathedral and the tumbling ‘ice floe’ block architecture of the Polaria Aquarium. You can also ride a cable car to the top of majestic Mount Storsteinen here; or even opt to experience another exciting husky-sledding adventure. After your rewarding day here, you’ll enjoy a memorable evening on board Balmoral, looking out for the Northern Lights once again as you head for Bodø. Situated on the beautiful Kystriksveien Coastal Route, Bodø brings a scenic end to your epic Arctic exploration, with breathtaking landscapes and quaint fishing villages typical of the region to uncover. Here you could opt to tour to Saltstraumen sound, which boasts some of the strongest currents in the world and fascinating whirlpools; or to the Kjerringøy Old Trading Post, one of Norway’s most important cultural heritage monuments.  

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.

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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.