Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
Balmoral, European Cities ex Southampton Return
Ship: Balmoral
Selected Sailing Date: 30 Nov 2017
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Cruise Description

8 Night Cruise sailing from Southampton roundtrip aboard Balmoral.

Named after the Scottish home of the Royal Family, Balmoral is a classically styled ship exuding a welcoming, friendly atmosphere and a warming, home-from-home feel. Capable of carrying up to 1,350 guests in pure comfort, Balmoral is the newest and largest ship in the Fred. Olsen fleet but never feels overcrowded, ensuring those on board always enjoy ample space and receive Fred.’s renowned personal, attentive service.

A range of dining options are available on Balmoral, with mouth-watering menus to suit all tastes on offer in the elegant restaurants; and the fantastic selection of bars and lounges are perfect for enjoying a pre-dinner drink, sumptuous afternoon tea and superb entertainment. The Marquee Bar has its very own evening Gin Menu, including a variety of premium gins; while the Observatory Lounge offers spectacular panoramic views from the bow of the ship and a glass dance floor designed for late-night entertainment. The broad spiral staircase at the heart of the ship is one of Balmoral's key features, as is the stunning walkway towards the beautiful Ballindalloch Restaurant, where you can admire photographs and paintings from Fred.’s private collection.

There’s also a comfy pub with occasional live music or comedy, cabaret and shows in the Neptune Lounge, and the serene Atlantis Spa, where guests can treat themselves to a range of treatments from manicures to massages – the perfect holiday indulgence. Balmoral also features two swimming pools and bubbling Jacuzzis, ideal for keeping fit and for relaxing in the sunshine.

Cruise Overview:

Join Balmoral for a relaxing, eight-night escape to France, the Netherlands and Belgium and discover the highlights of three enchanting cities. With overnight stays in each there will be chances to explore the cities to the full and at a relaxing pace, taking in all the sights, attractions and experiences on offer.

The first port of call on this rewarding cruise is historic Rouen. After a short sail from Southampton, which will include scenic cruising along the picturesque River Seine, Balmoral will dock close to the centre of this pretty city. An abundance of must-visit sites will be within easy reach of the ship, including the spectacular French-gothic style Cathédrale Notre-Dame, the emblematic Gros-Horloge and Place du Vieux Marché, where Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake in 1431. Rouen is also the gateway to Paris, with the chance to visit the romantic French capital on a magical tour. Venture down the Champs-Élysées; see famous landmarks such as the iconic Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe; and wander along the grand boulevards lined with high-end stores and traditional brasseries.

In the effervescent Dutch capital there are attractions aplenty to discover too, from a plethora of stylish galleries and fascinating museums to trendy boutiques and stunning architecture. Among the best of them are the Rijksmuseum, which features masterpieces from many of the greats including Van Gogh and Rembrandt; and Anne Frank House, where Anne Frank and her family famously hid from the Nazis in World War Two. Hiring a bicycle and riding around the city is a great way to take in the sights; however it’s also possible to see them from a different perspective on a relaxing boat tour along the canals. Finally Balmoral will call into Antwerp, a beautiful Belgian city known for its diamonds, chocolates and fine arts. No time spent here is complete without stopping by a chocolate shop to see how the local sweet treats are made and wandering through the glamorous diamond district. The MAS Museum is well worth a visit too, with its fantastic exhibits and open roof offering views of the city and its landmarks, including the soaring spire of Our Lady’s Cathedral.