Short Breaks

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Fred. Olsen's short cruises from the UK have been hand-crafted by our journey planners to offer you a memorable and rewarding break. With our short cruise itineraries that are seven nights or less in duration, and featuring diverse destinations across Europe; these short, yet enriching adventures are the perfect way for you to escape from it all or experience sailing with Fred. Olsen for the first time.

With our short cruises from Southampton, Liverpool, Newcastle or Rosyth, journey into the breathtaking Norwegian fjords as your ship diverts away from the usual cruising route to showcase soraing cliffs, rugged mountains, cascading waterfalls and picturesque villages; enjoy a European city break combined with unforgettable scenic river cruising; or perhaps discover delights closer to home, such as Scotland's rugged isles and lochs.

A Fred. Olsen cruise will offer you the chance to discover how we channel our 175 years of sailing experience and discovering the world into making every single day special for our guests. No matter which of these short break cruises you choose, you'll discover what makes Fred. Olsen smaller ship cruising so special. 

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50 Ocean Cruises
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One-Night Mini-Cruise • L2418

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Sail from Newcastle
Balmoral
26 Jun 2024
1 night
  • Enjoy one night of Fred. Olsen’s small ship cruising
  • Sample delicious food, entertainment and personal service
  • Relax and enjoy a taste of ocean cruising on Balmoral
Balmoral cruising by Furebergsfossen waterfall, Norway Balmoral cruising by Furebergsfossen waterfall, Norway Balmoral cruising by Furebergsfossen waterfall, Norway

Summertime Norwegian Fjords, Landscapes & Vikings • L2419

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Sail from Rosyth
Balmoral
27 Jun 2024
7 nights
  • See the magnificent Briksdal Glacier with a local expert
  • Enjoy a scenic diversion past the cascading Fureberg Waterfall
  • Embrace the Norwegian lifestyle concept of friluftsliv
Walls around Visby, Sweden Walls around Visby, Sweden Walls around Visby, Sweden

Cruise from Kiel to Helsinki in Five nights • S2414HEL

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Sail from Kiel
Borealis
30 Jun 2024
5 nights
  • Discover Visby's well-preserved city walls and towers
  • Explore the remarkable architecture of Tallinn's old town
  • Indulge in the traditional Finnsh culture of taking saunas
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Helsinki to Dover in six nights • S2414DOV

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Sail from Helsinki
Borealis
05 Jul 2024
6 nights
  • See the Tall Ships in beautiful Helsinki as you join Borealis
  • Visit the romantic fairytale Schwerin Castle from Warnemünde
  • Embrace the Finnish culture of taking saunas
Kayaking in Lysefjorden, Norway Kayaking in Lysefjorden, Norway Kayaking in Lysefjorden, Norway

Summertime Norwegian Fjords in Five Nights • L2423

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Sail from Rosyth
Balmoral
02 Aug 2024
5 nights
  • Experience the natural beauty of Norway in just five nights
  • Cruise the serene waters of Nordfjord, Innvikfjord & Lysefjord
  • Sail under Pulpit Rock and past the Hornelen sea cliff
Views of Lisbon, Portugal Views of Lisbon, Portugal Views of Lisbon, Portugal

Funchal to Dover in 7 nights • S2417DOV

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Sail from Funchal
Borealis
07 Aug 2024
7 nights
  • Explore Lisbon and Oporto by iconic Portuguese trams
  • Sample delectable Pastéis de Nata in Funchal and Lisbon
  • Spot marine life from the decks of Borealis with ORCA
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One-Night Mini-Cruise • L2425

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Sail from Rosyth
Balmoral
22 Aug 2024
1 night
  • One night of Fred. Olsen’s small ship cruising
  • Enjoy delicious food, entertainment and personal service
  • Relax and sample ocean cruising on Balmoral
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Summertime Norwegian Fjords & Folklore • L2426

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Sail from Newcastle
Balmoral
23 Aug 2024
6 nights
  • Sail the picturesque Nordfjord, Langsfjord & Innvikfjord
  • Hike to Briksdal Glacier from Olden
  • Take in the sheer vastness of Trollveggen Mountain
St Peter's port, Guernsey St Peter's port, Guernsey St Mary's, Scilly Isles

Discovering Normandy & the Channel Islands • S2419

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Sail from Southampton
Borealis
23 Aug 2024
5 nights
  • Sample a Fred. Olsen cruise over the Bank Holiday
  • Enjoy a Scenic Discovery around the Channel Islands
  • Visit the glorious Tresco Abbey Gardens
Hardangerfjord, Norway Hardangerfjord, Norway Hardangerfjord, Norway

Norwegian Fjords & Autumn Fruit Harvest • L2428

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Sail from Newcastle
Balmoral
07 Sep 2024
7 nights
  • Marvel at the nature of the Norwegian fjords as the seasons change
  • Experience local fruit produce in Ulvik
  • See the orchard-covered valleys of the Hardangerfjord from Balmoral

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