Special
Balmoral
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
Balmoral, European Christmas Markets ex Southampton Return
Ship: Balmoral
Selected Sailing Date: 01 Dec 2020
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F - Outside: AU $2,749.00
H - Inside: AU $3,499.00
B - Superior Outside: AU $4,399.00
Prices displayed are retail per person, twin share, to the Australian Travel Trade. Consumers please contact your local cruise agent to request this Cruise Abroad package. At time of booking please check current cruise fare and any inclusions. Prices are indicative only, subject to currency fluctuations and may change at any time without notice.

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Cruise Itinerary
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Special Inclusions

** REDUCED SUPPLEMENT FOR SINGLE TRAVELLERS **
25% Single Supplement for Ocean View F grade cabin
75% Single Supplement for Interior H & Ocean View B grade grade cabins
(Fares featured reflect the above reduced single supplements)

As the festive season begins, start your celebrations in style with a cruise to four enticing European cities in Germany, Belgium, Norway and Denmark that really come to life at the ‘most wonderful time of the year’. At every destination, you’re in for a magical experience, with ample time ashore in each to delight in the enchanting decorations, traditional wooden huts, sweet and spicy scents and warming atmosphere of enchanting, fairytale-esque Christmas Markets.

CRUISE FARE INCLUDES:
- 8 night Christmas Markets cruise aboard Balmoral roundtrip from Southampton
- All meals on board (excludes specialty dining)
- Entertainment on board
- Port charges & government taxes


Special Conditions

*Offer correct at 29May19 and subject to change. Offer subject to availability at time of booking and cannot be combined with other offers. Prices are per person single occupancy, inclusive of all discounts unless otherwise stated. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations and are based on cash or cheque. Gratuities are payable on board and will be charged at £5.00 per person per day. Guests can vary the amount on board at the ship's Reception. Gratuities cannot be paid in advance prior to departure. Cruise fares shown here are not shown in real time. While we endeavour to keep our pricing as up-to-date as possible, the advertised cruise fares shown here may differ from the live prices in our booking system. The prices shown are for a cash payment. Credit card fees of up to 2.5% will apply. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Please refer to Fred. Olsen Cruises Worldwide 2020/2021 brochure for full conditions prior to booking. Offer valid for sale to 31Jul19 unless sold out prior. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry.


Cruise Description

8 Night Cruise sailing from Southampton roundtrip aboard Balmoral.

As the festive season begins, start your celebrations in style with a cruise to four enticing European cities that really come to life at the ‘most wonderful time of the year’. At every destination, you’re in for a magical experience, with ample time ashore in each to delight in the enchanting decorations, traditional wooden huts, sweet and spicy scents and warming atmosphere of enchanting, fairytale-esque Christmas Markets.

The cities of Germany are renowned for showing-off their festive spirit, so your visit to Hamburg is sure to be special. Hamburg’s famous Christmas fare is seemingly on display at every turn, though the dominating Rathaus is the place to be to really sample the city’s seasonal splendour. The grounds of the impressive City Hall play host to the Roncalli Christmas Market, a colourful Christmas wonderland of fairy light-adorned huts selling confectionary and gifts, carousels and gingerbread bakers with the smell of warming spiced wine in the air. Perhaps grab a cup of the traditional festive tipple to enjoy as you soak up the cosy atmosphere – it’s the perfect tonic for Hamburg’s chilly December weather. Alternatively, you could choose to take in attractions such the gothic-style St Nikolai Church, the Chilehaus and the unique Miniatur Wunderland. A stroll along the banks of the beautiful River Elbe always makes for a memorable experience in the winter too.

There are Christmas-time charms to uncover in three dazzling Belgian, Norwegian and Danish cities too. Balmoral will call at Zeebrugge for tours to the UNESCO-listed Bruges, where you can explore decorated streets and canals in search of architectural gems such as Church of our Lady and the 13th century Belfry and authentic Belgian chocolate shops, and soak-up the cosy atmosphere of the city’s Christmas market. In Norway, visiting Oslo affords you an opportunity to explore the capital when it’s transformed into a winter wonderland of Christmas markets, fairs and decorations. Be sure to stop-by the National Gallery to see Edvard Munch’s The Scream; visit Vigeland Sculpture Park; and marvel at the medieval Akershus Fortress too. Your visit to Copenhagen, Denmark’s delightful capital, will be one to remember; the legendary Tivoli Gardens is a ‘must-visit’ at this time the year, with its mesmerising displays of light and decoration and stalls offering everything from Nordic handicrafts to tempting local delicacies. The impressive Christiansborg and Amalienborg Palaces and picturesque Nyhavn district are also not-to-be-missed.

Highlights of this cruise:

Zeebrugge, Belgium
Often called the ‘Venice of the North’, Bruges is famous for its beautiful canals and historic buildings. The charming city centre is an UNESCO World Heritage site thanks to its cultural, architectural and historical importance. A combination of original gothic structures and modern, intelligent designs give Bruges a completely unique appearance and feel.

With most of the city’s medieval architecture still intact, Bruges is a delight to explore. Home to one of the world’s highest brick buildings, the Church of our Lady and the Madonna and Child sculpture, no wonder Bruges is so highly regarded. A visit to the city’s 13th century Belfry is an absolute must. The most famous landmark in the city, the Belfry houses a 48 bell municipal carillon and a full-time carillonneur that plays free traditional concerts for all to enjoy.

Oslo, Norway
Oslo, the capital and largest city of Norway, is one of Scandinavia’s most historic, interesting and welcoming destinations. Surrounded by mountains and its own fjord, this compact and cultured city is both easy and fun to explore on foot.

Oslo’s two most famous sons, Edvard Munch and Henrik Ibsen, are celebrated across the city – all part of the contemporary cultural experience. The National Gallery is home to Edvard Munch’s iconic ‘The Scream’, along with works by other European artists from Manet to Picasso, and the Munchmuseet contains over 5,000 works that Munch left to the city of Oslo.

Exploring one of Oslo’s many museums, uncovering its booming art scene at any number of its commercial galleries or simply marvelling at the extraordinary architecture that fills the skyline are all highlights of this fine city. The fabulous Viking Ship Museum has three ships recovered from royal burial mounds in the Oslofjord, while the medieval Akershus Castle that dominates the harbour front is well worth visiting. Vigelandsparken Sculpture Park – one of Oslo’s must-visit attractions, is a Norwegian institution and home to more than 200 bronze, granite and wrought iron sculptures from Gustav Vigeland.

Oslo is an overwhelmingly green city. It has recently been awarded European Green Capital for 2019, and boasts one of the lowest carbon footprints in the world. The city has excellent public transport, and the city planning has put pedestrians first. Most noticeable in the city, is Oslo’s commitment to sustainable food production and green space. From hotdogs to Michelin-starred restaurants, the dining is always of a high-quality, as is the city nightlife.

Outside of the city centre, the stunning natural landscapes of the Oslomarka and Oslofjord await discovery. The Oslomarka – the vast forests around Oslo, has lush green valleys and diverse fauna such as lynx, beaver, Eurasian elk and deer, while the impressive, photogenic Oslofjord stretches over 120 kilometres.

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