Cruising North Sea Canal

Braemar cruising the open sea
Braemar cruising the open sea

The North Sea Canal (or Noordzeekanaal) is Amsterdam’s direct link to the North Sea and is one of the country’s busiest and most important shipping lanes. 

Despite its industrial importance, there’s a lot more to this winding waterway than just container ships. Along the banks of the 16-mile-long canal – from the mouth at Ijmuiden, to the end in Amsterdam – there are an abundance of diverse sights to see on a scenic cruise to the Dutch capital, including interesting fortifications from World War Two, huge power plants, pretty beaches and nature reserves.  

Cruises to Cruising North Sea Canal

Waterways of Holland & Belgium

Waterways of Holland & Belgium

Departs: Southampton • Fri 08 Nov 2019
7 nights • Balmoral • L1929

  • Calls at four compelling cities and scenic cruising of beautiful waterways bring you the best of Belgium and the Netherlands, from picturesque countryside and pretty canals to engaging museums and stunning architecture.
  • Sail the Nordzeekanaal to Amsterdam, where world-famous attractions such as Anne Frank House and the Canal Ring await during an overnight stay in the Dutch capital; and cruise Nieuwe Maas after visiting stylish Rotterdam.
  • In Belgium, you’ll visit medieval Ghent for famous landmarks including the UNESCO-listed Belfry; cruise the Ghent-Terneuzen Canal; and stop overnight in Antwerp, famed for its legendary diamond district and artisan chocolatiers.

From £499pp

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City Break in the Netherlands & Belgium

City Break in the Netherlands & Belgium

Departs: Southampton • Fri 14 Feb 2020
5 nights • Black Watch • W2004

  • After enjoying a memorable Valentine’s evening on board Black Watch, you’ll head to two enchanting cities in Belgium and the Netherlands at the most romantic time of the year for fragrant flowers, delicious chocolates, sparkling diamonds and much more.
  • In the Netherlands, you’ll sail the Nordzeekanaal straight to Amsterdam, where you’ll have the chance to take a romantic boat tour of the iconic canals; visit the floating flower market; and learn about the history of the tulip at the Tulip Museum.
  • Then in Antwerp, Belgium’s beautiful second city, there’s time to visit traditional Belgian chocolate shops; enjoy a little retail therapy; and, if you’re feeling really indulgent, treat yourself and your loved ones to something extravagant from the legendary Diamond District.

From £629pp

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Highlights of the Low Countries

Highlights of the Low Countries

Departs: Southampton • Tue 17 Mar 2020
7 nights • Black Watch • W2007

  • Uncover a host of the Low Countries’ highlights on this wonderfully rewarding week away; Black Watch will divert inland in the Netherlands and Belgium to bring you diverse scenery and the attractions of four captivating cities.
  • Sail straight into Amsterdam via the Nordzeekanaal and take advantage of an overnight stay in Dutch capital to visit Anne Frank House, take a boat tour of the iconic canals and more. The architectural wonders of Rotterdam – the Netherlands’ second city – await you too.
  • Three days in Belgium will be packed with highlights – discover the famous landmarks of Ghent; cruise the Ghent-Terneuzen Canal and the Western Scheldt River; and stop overnight at Antwerp for diamond, chocolates and intricate architecture.

From £999pp

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Tulips & Chocolates

Tulips & Chocolates

Departs: Southampton • Thu 09 Apr 2020
5 nights • Braemar • M2008

  • A feast for the senses from start to finish, this enriching five-night triple city break offers a blend of impressive sights, sweet scents and tempting flavours, and a taste of the Fred. Olsen experience.
  • Enjoy two rewarding days in the Netherlands: you’ll sail the Niewe Maas to futuristic Rotterdam and visit Amsterdam at the perfect time of year to see the colourful tulips of Keukenhof in full spring bloom.
  • In Belgium, enjoy ample time to uncover the gems of Antwerp, such as Grote Markt, the Diamond District and traditional Belgian chocolate shops, at leisure during an overnight stay.

From £649pp

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Cities & Canals with Dutch Bulb Fields

Cities & Canals with Dutch Bulb Fields

Departs: Newcastle • Tue 14 Apr 2020
10 nights • Balmoral • L2004

  • Revel in the scenery of six different countries on this rewarding springtime escape, with chances to experience unforgettable canal cruising, explore gardens bursting with spring bloom, and much more.
  • You can enjoy a boat tour of Amsterdam’s iconic canals; see Copenhagen’s many attractions from the city’s waterways; ride a traditional ‘paddan’ boat in Gothenburg; and tour from Brevik to the unique, ‘staircase-style’ Telemark Canal.
  • After Amsterdam, which is also your gateway to the colourful, fragrant tulip gardens of Keukenhof, you’ll experience scenic cruising of the Nordzeekanaal and Germany’s size-restricted Kiel Canal too.

From £1,149pp

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Waterways & Cities of Holland & Belgium

Waterways & Cities of Holland & Belgium

Departs: Dover • Mon 18 May 2020
7 nights • Boudicca • D2011

  • In typical Fred. Olsen fashion, you’ll get closer to the quintessential highlights of four charming Dutch and Belgian cities and experience hours of memorable scenic river cruising on this seven-night sailing.
  • In Belgium, sail the picturesque Western Scheldt River to Antwerp, with its legendary diamonds and chocolate shops; then visit medieval Ghent, renowned for its historic churches and mighty spires.
  • Two days in the Netherlands begins with a call at Amsterdam, home to world-famous canals, museums and galleries; before energetic Rotterdam brings a futuristic end to your rewarding adventure.

From £949pp

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Netherlands and Belgium City Break

Netherlands and Belgium City Break

Departs: Dover • Fri 10 Jul 2020
5 nights • Boudicca • D2017

  • This five-night escape to the Netherlands and Belgium delivers all the ingredients of an enriching break, with visits to captivating cities complemented by hours of memorable scenic cruising.
  • Take advantage of time in Antwerp to uncover prized possessions such as the legendary diamond district, Grote Markt and artisan chocolate shops, before sailing the scenic Western Scheldt River.
  • Then spend a day in Amsterdam, where world-famous attractions such as the Rijksmuseum and iconic canals await, and delight in the modern architecture of bustling Rotterdam – all in less than a week away.

From £749pp

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Belgian Chocolates & Floral Holland

Belgian Chocolates & Floral Holland

Departs: Dover • Sat 01 May 2021
5 nights • Boudicca • D2110

  • With a destination to explore every single day, plenty of highlights awaiting discovery in each, and evenings of scenic cruising to enjoy too, this five-night escape is a rewarding Bank Holiday break.
  • After a day in contemporary Rotterdam, a specially timed visit to Amsterdam will afford a chance to visit the Keukenhof Gardens revel in the seasonal colours and scents of iconic tulips fields.
  • An overnight stay in Antwerp allows ample time for exploration: you can uncover gems such as the legendary diamond district and Royal Museum of Fine Arts, and indulge with authentic Belgian chocolates.

From £649pp

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Netherlands & Belgium City Break

Netherlands & Belgium City Break

Departs: Southampton • Fri 28 May 2021
5 nights • Braemar • M2112

  • A rewarding journey from start to finish, this enriching five-night triple city break offers a blend of impressive sights, cultural delights, tempting flavours and a taste of the Fred. Olsen experience.
  • Enjoy two rewarding days in the Netherlands: you’ll sail the Niewe Maas to futuristic Rotterdam and visit Amsterdam for a chance to take in its world-famous attractions and explore the iconic canals.
  • In Belgium, enjoy ample time to uncover the gems of Antwerp, such as Grote Markt, the Diamond District and traditional Belgian chocolate shops, at leisure during an overnight stay.

From £699pp

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