Short Breaks & Weekend Cruises

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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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36 Ocean Cruises

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One-Night Mini-Cruise • L2418

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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
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Two Night Mini-Cruise to Newcastle • L2404R

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Southampton
Balmoral
28 Feb 2024
2 nights
  • Two nights of Fred. Olsen’s small ship cruising 
  • Enjoy delicious food, entertainment and service
  • Relax and sample ocean cruising on Balmoral
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Two-Night Mini-Cruise • T2501

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Liverpool
Bolette
04 Jan 2025
2 nights
  • Experience smaller sized ship cruising 
  • Enjoy delicious food & great entertainment
  • Sample ocean cruising with Fred. Olsen
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Two Night Mini-Cruise to Liverpool • T2407

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Southampton
Bolette
17 Apr 2024
2 nights
  • Two nights of Fred. Olsen’s small ship cruising
  • Enjoy delicious food, entertainment and service
  • Relax and sample ocean cruising on Bolette
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One-Night Mini-Cruise • L2425

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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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Two-Night Mini-Cruise • T2506

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Southampton
Bolette
22 Apr 2025
2 nights
  • Two nights of small ship cruising on board Bolette
  • Enjoy delicious food, entertainment and service
  • Relax and enjoy ocean cruising with Fred. Olsen
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European River Cities & Christmas Markets • L2436

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Southampton
Balmoral
16 Dec 2024
6 nights
  • Browse stalls at two traditional Christmas Markets in two cities
  • Sample delicious Belgian chocolates in Antwerp
  • Explore the winding medieval streets of Rouen
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Springtime Norwegian Fjords in Five Nights • L2412

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Newcastle
Balmoral
03 May 2024
5 nights
  • This five-night escape provides a taste of fjordland exploration
  • Explore Alesund and climb Mount Aksla for panoramic views
  • Experience scenic cruising of Nordfjord, and a sunset sail by Hornelen 
Beach in St. Mary's, Isles of Scilly, Cornwall UK. Beach in St. Mary's, Isles of Scilly, Cornwall UK. Beach in St. Mary's, Isles of Scilly, Cornwall UK.
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Discovering Normandy & the Channel Islands • S2411

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Southampton
Borealis
25 May 2024
5 nights
  • Sample camembert and Calvados in Honfleur
  • Discover the history of St. Peter Port in Guernsey
  • Enjoy the sub-tropical microclimate of the Isles of Scilly
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Dutch Waterways & Works of Art • S2511

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Newcastle
Borealis
02 May 2025
5 nights
  • Explore the delights of the Netherlands in just five nights
  • Tour the tulip-filled  Keukenhof Gardens in Amsterdam
  • Uncover the works of Rembrandt and Van Gogh

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