Scotland Cruises

Boudicca in Ullapool
Boudicca in Ullapool

At the top of the UK, Scotland is a land of mountain wildernesses sprinkled with glacial glens and deep lochs. Despite its modest size, Scotland has an array of treasures squeezed in – bold skies, dramatic landscapes, extraordinary wildlife, a burgeoning local food culture and a refreshing, no-nonsense personality. Scotland’s haven of wildlife has birds of all shapes and sizes soaring above the sea stacks of the Highlands, seals basking along the shores of the Outer Hebrides, whales surfacing off the coast of Mull and ponies offering a friendly hello on Shetland. [ReadMoreMob]

Each corner of this land is steeped in the past. From the Neolithic remains of Skara Brae and Loch Linnhe’s spellbinding Duart Castle to the scarred battlefields of Bannockburn and Culloden, much of the nation’s history tells a tale of a struggle against the odds. Scottish museums like Dundee's Discovery Point, the Orkney Radio Museum and Glasgow's Kelvingrove all point to the huge influence the nation’s inventors, explorers and artists have had across the globe. Cultural experiences stretch from the poetry of Robert Burns to the swathe of contemporary bands and musicians who grace today’s music scene. Local heroes appreciated around the world every bit as much as the locally-produced tartans, tweeds and single malt whiskies. Add to that, the new-found respect for Scotland’s farm to fork approach to its cuisine: seafood, venison, organic veg etc. all freshly delivered and of the highest quality.

From the Trossachs to Fingal’s Cave, from Edinburgh’s Military Tattoo to the monsters of Loch Ness, Scotland’s captivating scenery, sprawling countryside, ancient historical sites and culture-rich cities are some of the most-visited and most-popular, not only on this Sceptred Isle, but across the entire world.

Cruises to Scotland

Norwegian Fjords with National Day in Oslo

Norwegian Fjords with National Day in Oslo

Departs: Liverpool • Tue 12 May 2020
11 nights • Black Watch • W2013

  • Packed with a plethora of very special experiences, including a chance to be part of Norwegian National Day in Oslo, this is an immersive voyage of discovery to remember for years to come.
  • An overnight stay in Oslo affords ample time to experience the capital’s traditional celebrations, including the colourful parades, events at the impressive Royal Palace, and much more.
  • Elsewhere, you’ll cruise by the Olsen family home in Oslofjord and see Langfoss Waterfall from your ship; have a chance to explore historic Stavanger; and visit attraction-packed Bergen.

From £1,649pp

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One Night Cruise

One Night Cruise

Departs: Newcastle • Fri 22 May 2020
1 nights • Balmoral • L2009

  • Perfect for first time Fred. Olsen guests, as well as regular cruisers looking for a relaxing night away from it all, this one-night ‘taster cruise’ is sure to whet your appetite for a longer holiday.
  • As you sail north from Newcastle to Rosyth, you can relax and experience all the benefits of cruising on board smaller, friendlier Balmoral in the company of friends, family and like-minded fellow guests.
  • With delicious, expertly-prepared food; fantastic entertainment; a selection of comfortable bars and lounges; personal, attentive service and much more to enjoy, this short break makes for a rewarding escape from it all.

From £149pp

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Scotland with the Isles of Orkney and Mull

Scotland with the Isles of Orkney and Mull

Departs: Liverpool • Sat 23 May 2020
5 nights • Black Watch • W2014

  • Discover the wild, unspoilt landscapes and remarkable historic sites of spellbinding Scottish islands and lochs, and enjoy a taste of the Fred. Olsen experience, all on one short, yet invigorating cruise.
  • Start your five-night escape with a relaxing sail to the Orkneys, where you can admire stunning countryside scenes surrounding Kirkwall and tour to UNESCO-listed, Neolithic Skara Brae.
  • A visit to the Isle of Mull offers chances to explore Tobermory’s iconic, colourful harbour and see the 13th century Duart Castle, while Greenock is your gateway to legendary Loch Lomand and Trossachs National Park.

From £849pp

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Scenic Scotland & Norway in Five Nights

Scenic Scotland & Norway in Five Nights

Departs: Rosyth (Edinburgh) • Sat 23 May 2020
5 nights • Balmoral • L2010

  • Encompassing two beautiful countries, this short, yet spellbinding escape manages to pack into the highlights of picturesque waterways, islands and a former ‘European Capital of Culture’ into just five nights.
  • Enjoy a taste of Norway, with unforgettable scenic cruising by the mighty mountains and rock formations of size-restricted Lysefjord and time to uncover the contrasting sights of Stavanger.
  • The Scottish leg of your holiday includes opportunities to capture the unspoilt coastal scenes of the Shetlands; look out for native seabirds such as puffins and fulmars; and marvel at the Orkney’s geological wonders.

From £699pp

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Sweden's Scenic Waterways & Cities

Sweden's Scenic Waterways & Cities

Departs: Rosyth (Edinburgh) • Thu 28 May 2020
11 nights • Balmoral • L2011

  • Combining visits to captivating destinations with explorations of beautiful fjords and archipelagos, this very special cruise is the perfect way to appreciate Sweden’s spellbinding scenic beauty and cultural pleasures.
  • You’ll enjoy an extended stay in Stockholm, with ample time to uncover the capital’s churches, canals and historical sites, and sail through the sprawling Stockholm Archipelago – an unforgettable cruising experience.
  • Sailing the Swedish fjords will present scenes to savour too, while visits to the UNESCO-listed Visby and Gothenburg – rich in absorbing museums, gardens and picturesque waterways – make for rewarding explorations.

From £1,499pp

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Exploring the Capitals of the Baltic

Exploring the Capitals of the Baltic

Departs: Rosyth (Edinburgh) • Mon 08 Jun 2020
14 nights • Balmoral • L2012

  • This immersive cruise is as rewarding as it gets, affording opportunities to uncover the seemingly endless highlights of big-hitting, attraction-packed destinations in the Baltic and Scandinavia.
  • In Scandinavia, you can immerse yourself in Copenhagen’s Royal heritage and Stockholm’s pop culture; sail the spectacular Stockholm Archipelago; and uncover Oslo’s artistic and aesthetic treasures.
  • You’ll also visit enchanting Riga, UNESCO-listed Visby, and stop overnight in St Petersburg, for chances to see world-famous landmarks and spend savour an evening at the quintessential Russian ballet.

From £1,999pp

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Scenic Fjords of Norway

Scenic Fjords of Norway

Departs: Liverpool • Wed 17 Jun 2020
8 nights • Black Watch • W2017

  • Visiting a trio of inspirational destinations, complemented by hours of unforgettable scenic cruising, you can uncover the diverse delights of breathtaking Norwegian fjords by ship, by rail and on foot.
  • Take in the attractions of Bergen – the Bryggen Wharf, Troldhaugen and Mount Fløyen funicular to name just a few; and seek out wonders including the Briksdal Glacier and Lovatnet Lake from Olden.
  • Cruise mighty Nordfjord and by Hornelen – Europe’s highest sea cliff – en route to Flåm, starting point of the famous Flåmsbana Railway; and experience a very special diversion into the narrow, winding Nærøyfjord.

From £1,349pp

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Uncovering the Natural Wonders of Iceland

Uncovering the Natural Wonders of Iceland

Departs: Dover • Sat 20 Jun 2020
13 nights • Boudicca • D2015

  • From whales to geysers, waterways to geothermal pools, the thrilling diversity of Iceland awaits your discovery as you explore three sides of this astonishing country on an incredible 13-night voyage.
  • On the west coast, stop overnight in Reykjavik – gateway to the wonders of the Golden Circle and the Blue Lagoon; and visit Ísafjörður, for a chance to observe charming puffins on a tour to Vigur Island.
  • Along the north coast, divert deep into Eyjafjörður all the way to Akureyri, starting point for exhilarating whale watching adventures; and then savour the stunning scenery of Seyðisfjörður in the east.

From £1,899pp

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Scenic Fjords of Norway

Scenic Fjords of Norway

Departs: Rosyth (Edinburgh) • Mon 22 Jun 2020
7 nights • Balmoral • L2013

  • Experience the fjordland’s remarkable diversity and natural beauty to the full, as Balmoral shows you some of Norway’s most captivating destinations and waterways in just seven nights.
  • Deep with Nordfjord and Sognefjord respectively, you’ll discover Olden – gateway to wonders such as the Briksdal Glacier – and Flåm, where a ride on the famous Flåmsbana Railway is highly recommended.
  • Balmoral will also guide you into the narrow, twisting Nærøyfjord – out of reach to larger ships - and call at Ålesund, overlooked by Mount Aksla, and Stavanger, a former ‘European Capital of Culture’.

From £1,099pp

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A Voyage to Remote Spitsbergen

A Voyage to Remote Spitsbergen

Departs: Liverpool • Thu 25 Jun 2020
16 nights • Black Watch • W2018

  • Take exploration to the next level with this enriching expedition and journey to Norway’s northernmost regions in search of unique landscapes and fascinating isolated settlements.
  • Spend a week within the Arctic Circle, including two unforgettable days in Spitsbergen experiencing the stunning beauty, remarkable remoteness and fascinating history of Longyearbyen and Pyramiden.
  • You’ll also visit Honningsvåg, gateway to the rugged North Cape; Tromsø, home to the iconic Arctic Cathedral and Mount Storsteinen; and even witness the mesmerising midnight sun.

From £3,049pp

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Icelandic Wonders & Wildlife

Icelandic Wonders & Wildlife

Departs: Rosyth (Edinburgh) • Mon 29 Jun 2020
10 nights • Balmoral • L2014

  • An epic circumnavigation of Iceland, this exhilarating adventure packs-in unmissable opportunities to marvel at awe-inspiring natural wonders, dramatic landscapes; magical wildlife; and much more.
  • Visit Reykjavik, gateway to the Golden Circle’s famous waterfalls and powerful geysers; observe puffins at Vigur Island on a boat tour from Ísafjörður; and savour Seyðisfjörður’s stunning scenery.
  • For an experience of a lifetime, you can embark on a magical whale watching tour from Akureyri, to see humpback and minke whales, dolphins and porpoises living freely in their natural habitat.

From £1,599pp

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Five-Night Fjordland Discovery

Five-Night Fjordland Discovery

Departs: Rosyth (Edinburgh) • Thu 09 Jul 2020
5 nights • Balmoral • L2015

  • Experience the wonderment of discovering spellbinding Norwegian fjords in a shorter time, by taking advantage of Rosyth’s convenient northerly location and closer proximity to Norway.
  • You’ll divert into Lysefjord, to marvel at its unique landscape; journey deep into Hardangerfjord, Norway’s second longest fjord; and see Furebergfossen Waterfall up-close – all in less than a week.
  • Enjoy a full day ashore in Bergen too, with time to explore the Bryggen Wharf, ride the Mount Fløyen funicular and more; and visit picturesque Eidfjord to experience life in the fjords first-hand.

From £799pp

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Exploring the Lochs of Scotland

Exploring the Lochs of Scotland

Departs: Liverpool • Sat 11 Jul 2020
7 nights • Black Watch • W2019

  • Head north of the border from Liverpool to the breathtaking lochs and islands of Scotland, on a week-long adventure featuring explorations of beautiful waterways and visits to a string of diverse destinations.
  • Immerse yourself in the mysteries of Loch Ness, on tour from Invergordon; uncover the ancient sites of the Orkneys; and seek-out natural wonders, such as Britain’s highest waterfalls from Ullapool.
  • A call at Portree, gateway to some of Scotland’s oldest castles, is sandwiched between hours of unforgettable scenic cruising along lochs Broom, Torridon and Shieldaig, and by Fingal’s Cave and Duart Castle.

From £999pp

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Scottish Isles with a Taste of Norway

Scottish Isles with a Taste of Norway

Departs: Rosyth (Edinburgh) • Tue 14 Jul 2020
9 nights • Balmoral • L2016

  • During five days of unforgettable island exploration, unearth the treasures of Scotland’s breathtaking remote archipelagos, from native wildlife and dramatic countryside to ancient sites and colourful waterfronts.
  • Encounter ponies and huge seabird colonies in the Shetlands; and take the chance to discover the Orkney’s famous historic highlights, such as the Neolithic village of Skara Brae and the stones of Stenness and Brodgar.
  • In the Inner Hebrides, you can savour the natural wonders and centuries-old castles of the Isle of Skye; and see Tobermory’s iconic harbour on the Isle of Mull, all before Stavanger offers a taste of Norway.

From £1,299pp

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Isles of the UK

Isles of the UK

Departs: Dover • Wed 15 Jul 2020
9 nights • Boudicca • D2018

  • Experience the breathtaking scenery, ancient history and engrossing diversity of beautiful islands and two insightful cities, on this rewarding circumnavigation of the British Isles aboard
  • Visits to the rugged Scottish isles of Skye, the Orkneys and the Shetlands will present chances to uncover Neolithic villages; historic castles; fascinating wildlife and spellbinding natural landscapes.
  • Meanwhile, Aberdeen awaits with its many architectural and cultural delights, while there’s also chances to discover some of the highlights of Cornwall, such as the iconic Eden Project, and beautiful Guernsey.

From £1,299pp

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Cruising the Fjords of Norway

Cruising the Fjords of Norway

Departs: Liverpool • Sat 18 Jul 2020
9 nights • Black Watch • W2020

  • A classic, nine-night Fred. Olsen fjordland adventure, this cruise takes in a collection of enchanting destinations and spellbinding waterways to bring you culture, history and natural beauty in style.
  • Visits to Flåm, Ålesund, Olden and Bergen will provide plenty of highlights, including opportunities to ride the famous Flåmsbana Railway; capture views of Nordfjord from spectacular Loen Skylift; and more.
  • Your journeys between each port will be simply unforgettable. You’ll divert into the narrow, size-restricted Nærøyfjord; sail deep into lush-green Nordfjord; and cruise by Hornelen, Europe’s highest sea cliff.

From £1,399pp

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One-Night Cruise

One-Night Cruise

Departs: Rosyth (Edinburgh) • Thu 23 Jul 2020
1 nights • Balmoral • L2017

  • Perfect for first time Fred. Olsen guests, as well as regular cruisers looking for a relaxing night away from it all, this one-night ‘taster cruise’ is sure to whet your appetite for a longer holiday.
  • As you sail south from Rosyth to Newcastle, you can relax and experience all the benefits of cruising on board smaller, friendlier Balmoral in the company of friends, family and like-minded fellow guests.
  • With delicious, expertly-prepared food; fantastic entertainment; a selection of comfortable bars and lounges; personal, attentive service and much more to enjoy, this short break makes for a rewarding escape from it all.

From £149pp

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Scottish Isles & the Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Scottish Isles & the Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Departs: Liverpool • Wed 05 Aug 2020
8 nights • Black Watch • W2022

  • With a mix of remote island exploration, unforgettable scenic cruising and chances to attend two iconic, internationally renowned events, this enriching journey presents Scotland at its diverse best.
  • Don’t miss an opportunity to visit Edinburgh from Rosyth, to enjoy the Scottish capital’s International Festival and experience the fantastic performances of the iconic Royal Military Tattoo live and in person.
  • There’s opportunities to uncover historic sites, seabird havens and natural wonders in the Orkneys, Shetlands and on the Isle of Skye too; and see stunning sea stacks, beautiful bays and charming castles from aboard Black Watch.

From £1,199pp

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Fjords & Icebergs of Remote Greenland

Fjords & Icebergs of Remote Greenland

Departs: Dover • Tue 11 Aug 2020
16 nights • Boudicca • D2021

  • Embark on a mesmeric expedition to the remote regions and settlements of Greenland and revel in the spectacular natural beauty, unique culture and fascinating history of this remarkable country.
  • The experiences on offer are nothing short of incredible – highlights include a chance see and hear the creaking icebergs of Qooroq Ice Fjord up-close; and sail the immaculate Prins Christiansund.
  • You also get to immerse yourself in the authentic Norse heritage of Qaqortoq and enjoy an exclusive performance of traditional music and dance at Nanortalik’s Open Air Museum.

From £2,499pp

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Scotland with the Isles of Orkney and Mull

Scotland with the Isles of Orkney and Mull

Departs: Liverpool • Thu 27 Aug 2020
5 nights • Black Watch • W2024

  • Discover the wild, unspoilt landscapes and remarkable historic sites of spellbinding Scottish islands and lochs, and enjoy a taste of the Fred. Olsen experience, all on one short, yet invigorating cruise.
  • Start your five-night escape with a relaxing sail to the Orkneys, where you can admire stunning countryside scenes surrounding Kirkwall and tour to UNESCO-listed, Neolithic Skara Brae.
  • A visit to the Isle of Mull offers chances to explore Tobermory’s iconic, colourful harbour and see the 13th century Duart Castle, while Greenock is your gateway to legendary Loch Lomand and Trossachs National Park.

From £839pp

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Norway's Northern Archipelagos with Lofoten

Norway's Northern Archipelagos with Lofoten

Departs: Liverpool • Fri 25 Sep 2020
12 nights • Black Watch • W2027

  • Savour the effortlessly alluring scenery and tranquillity of breathtaking islands in Northern Norway, with explorations of the rugged and remote Lofoten and Vesterålen archipelagos.
  • Visit Leknes, for fascinating Viking history and scenes of mountain peaks and beautiful beaches; and the unique ‘Blue Town’ of Sortland; and experience scenic cruising by picturesque Reine.
  • Elsewhere, you’ll stop overnight in Tromsø, home of the iconic Arctic Cathedral and Mount Storsteinen; and sail past the Torghatten and Seven Sisters mountains aboard Black Watch.

From £1,749pp

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Wintertime Fjords with Shetlands' Up Helly Aa

Wintertime Fjords with Shetlands' Up Helly Aa

Departs: Southampton • Wed 20 Jan 2021
9 nights • Balmoral • L2102

  • Making the most of a rare wintertime exploration of Norway’s magical fjords, you’ll enjoy a very special seasonal snapshot of inspirational landscapes and enchanting destinations.
  • Breathe in crisp, fresh air and savour spectacular scenes with a ride on the incredible Flåm Railway and Bergen’s famous funicular; and enjoy scenic cruising between the islands and islets of Boknafjord.
  • After Norway, you’ll sail south via the Shetland Islands for a unique experience – during an overnight stay in Lerwick, you’ll catch all the parades and ceremonies of the unique Up Helly Aa Festival.

From £1,099pp

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Cruise to Nowhere

Cruise to Nowhere

Departs: Newcastle • Thu 27 May 2021
1 nights • Balmoral • L2115

  • Perfect for first time Fred. Olsen guests, as well as regular cruisers looking for a relaxing night away from it all, this one-night ‘taster cruise’ is sure to whet your appetite for a longer holiday.
  • As you sail north from Newcastle to Rosyth, you can relax and experience all the benefits of cruising on board smaller, friendlier Balmoral in the company of friends, family and like-minded fellow guests.
  • With delicious, expertly-prepared food; fantastic entertainment; a selection of comfortable bars and lounges; personal, attentive service and much more to enjoy, this short break makes for a rewarding escape from it all.

From £179pp

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Five Night Fjordland Discovery

Five Night Fjordland Discovery

Departs: Rosyth (Edinburgh) • Fri 28 May 2021
5 nights • Balmoral • L2116

  • Experience the wonderment of discovering spellbinding Norwegian fjords in a shorter time, by taking advantage of Rosyth’s convenient northerly location and closer proximity to Norway.
  • You’ll divert into Lysefjord, to marvel at its unique landscape; journey deep into Hardangerfjord, Norway’s second longest fjord; and see Furebergfossen Waterfall up-close – all in less than a week.
  • Enjoy a full day ashore in Bergen too, with time to explore the Bryggen Wharf, ride the Mount Fløyen funicular and more; and visit picturesque Eidfjord to experience life in the fjords first-hand.

From £799pp

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