Special
Balmoral
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
Balmoral, Wintertime Norway ex Newcastle Return
Ship: Balmoral
Selected Sailing Date: 18 Mar 2020
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Inside Cabin: AU $1,959.00
Outside Cabin: AU $2,319.00
Balcony: AU $5,719.00
Suite: AU $5,899.00
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Itinerary
Cruise Itinerary
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Special Inclusions

Five days of unforgettable Arctic exploration filled with spectacular scenery, jaw-dropping wonders and incredible experiences feature on this 11-night itinerary, thanks to Newcastle’s convenient proximity to Norway.
You’ll visit Narvik for an opportunity to encounter Arctic wildlife such as bears, lynx and reindeer at the Polar Park; spend two days in Alta, with time to visit the Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel, Alta Museum and more; stop at Tromsø, with its iconic Arctic Cathedral; and take in beautiful Bodø.
During your extended stay in Alta – considered one of the best places on earth to see the awe-inspiring Aurora Borealis – you might be lucky enough to see Mother Nature’s magnificent light display in all its colourful glory, too.

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


Special Conditions

Conditions Apply: Prices are per person based on Saver Fares, capacity controlled and listed in Australian dollars twin share including port taxes. Prices may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change, and may be withdrawn at any time. Prices shown here are not shown in real time. While we endeavour to keep our pricing as up-to-date as possible, the advertised prices shown here may differ from the live prices in our booking system. 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.The prices shown are for a cash payment. Credit card fees of up to 2.5% will apply. Offer correct as at 22Aug19 and subject to live availability at time of booking. Prices are per person twin share based on Saver Fares, inclusive of all discounts unless otherwise stated. Offer valid for new bookings only. All offers are capacity controlled and can be withdrawn or modified at any time without notice and subject to availability at time of booking. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees not included. Prices do not include airfares, hotel accommodation or transfers. Please refer to Fred. Olsen Cruises Worldwide 2019/2020 brochure for full conditions prior to booking. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. Offer ends 15Oct19 or until sold out/withdrawn from sale. This cruise offer is provided by Cruise Abroad, please ask your travel agent to contact us for more information.
Saver Fares: full payment is required at time of booking. 100% cancellation charges apply and guests cannot transfer their booking to an alternative cruise. No room number – and in some cases, room grade – will be provided at the time of booking (room number will be advised on the cruise ticket). Additional discounts, including Oceans Loyalty discounts, do not apply. Dining time will be allocated automatically and cannot be changed; table sizes cannot be requested when booking a Saver fare. Not combinable with any other offer.


Cruise Description

11 Night Cruise sailing from Newcastle roundtrip aboard Balmoral.

Making the most of Newcastle’s convenient proximity to Scandinavia, Balmoral can take you to Norway’s astonishing north in a shorter time and pack five days of unforgettable Arctic exploration into an 11-night itinerary, offering chances to uncover unspoilt scenery, awe-inspiring spectacles and an abundance of incredible experiences.

Your relaxing sail north along the picturesque coast of western Norway allows you time to settle into your home-from-home, before Narvik presents your first opportunity to see the stunning scenes of the Arctic winter up-close. The rugged landscapes here are ripe for exploration on exhilarating husky sledding and snowmobiling excursions. Within reach on tour meanwhile is the Polar Park, the world’s northernmost animal park, where you can encounter various Arctic wildlife including bears, lynx, reindeer and wolves. Then it’s on to Alta, where your extended stay is sure to a highlight of your Arctic adventure. Alta is considered one of the best places of earth to see the remarkable Aurora Borealis and, with two nights here, you might be lucky enough to see Mother Nature’s magnificent light display in all its spellbinding glory. You’ll have time to visit the unique Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel, with its ice bar, ice chapel and beautiful sculptures too; or immerse yourself in Sami culture at the Alta Museum.

Continuing your voyage of Arctic discovery in Tromsø – ‘Gateway to the Arctic’ – affords you an opportunity to marvel at the iconic, iceberg-shaped Arctic Cathedral and the tumbling ‘ice floe’ block architecture of the Polaria Aquarium. You can also ride a cable car to the top of majestic Mount Storsteinen here; or even opt to experience another exciting husky-sledding adventure. After your rewarding day here, you’ll enjoy a memorable evening on board Balmoral, looking out for the Northern Lights once again as you head for Bodø. Situated on the beautiful Kystriksveien Coastal Route, Bodø brings a scenic end to your epic Arctic exploration, with breathtaking landscapes and quaint fishing villages typical of the region to uncover. Here you could opt to tour to Saltstraumen sound, which boasts some of the strongest currents in the world and fascinating whirlpools; or to the Kjerringøy Old Trading Post, one of Norway’s most important cultural heritage monuments.

Highlights of this cruise:

Alta
As one of the best places on earth to witness the Northern Lights in winter, and experience the sensation of the Midnight Sun in summer, Alta is a truly magical destination. Originally inhabited by the indigenous Sami people, the area has a fascinating cultural history. Rock carvings in nearby Hjemmeluft are believed to date from around 4,200 to 500 BC. Now a UNESCO World Heritage site, the carvings on display in the Alta Museum are evidence of the existence of human activity in the far north during prehistoric times.

Alta needed rebuilding after the Second World War, so the buildings of this northerly Norwegian port are relatively new; notable architecture includes the Northern Lights Cathedral. A particular highlight is the Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel. Everything inside and outside the hotel is made of ice, and is open to visitors from January until it melts away in spring.

The head of the Altafjord, where the Altaelva runs through the town, is said to have the best salmon fishing in the world. It’s still possible to see the fish leaping up the river, despite the construction of the 100m Altadammen in the 1970s.

Tromso
The island city of Tromsø is one of northern Norway’s true delights. Rich with neo-classical architecture, the city known as the ‘Gateway to the Arctic’, contains the largest number of wooden houses in Northern Norway, and its old world charm makes it a real joy to explore.

A major cultural hub above the Arctic Circle, Tromsø is famed as a viewing point for the colourful Northern Lights that often light up the night sky. The city’s most recognisable landmark is the must-visit Arctic Cathedral. Built in 1965, the cathedral’s distinctive iceberg-shaped design was inspired by the landscapes of Northern Norway and features a beautiful glass mosaic.

The many museums and galleries in the city include the Perspektivet Museum – set in a neo-classical building built in 1838 that has exhibits from Tromsø’s past, plus the Art Museum of Northern Norway and the Mack Brewery. Tromsø is also home to Polaria, an Arctic aquarium that is popular with locals and tourists alike. The aquarium’s tanks are full of Arctic fish species, and the friendly bearded seals always delight the visiting crowds.

Tromsø, and the stunning landscapes that surround it, are best viewed from the top of the Storsteinen Mountain, which stands 420 metres above sea level. Accessible via cable car, the peak is easy to reach and one of the most popular spots on the edge of the city.

Bodo
The charming town of Bodø is the northernmost point on the stunning Kystriksveien Coastal Route and home to the world's strongest maelstrom, Saltstraumen. The port represents the northern terminus of Norway's railway system, and is ideal for year round bird spotting as it boasts the world’s densest population of sea eagles.

The curious experience of the midnight sun from the summit of Mount Ronvikfjellet is a sight to behold, while strolling along Bodø’s chalk-white beach, or enjoying some shopping in the bustling town centre, are popular pastimes.

The majestic stained-glass windows and delicate tapestries within Bodø Cathedral make for a particularly worthwhile trip. Bodø’s historic past can be uncovered by visiting one of the town’s museums, and the Aviation Museum offers a glimpse into Norway’s aviation history. Exhibits include famous aircraft such as the Supermarine Spitfire, Tiger Moth and F-86 Sabre.

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