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Scenic summer aerial panorama of the Old Town (Gamla Stan) pier architecture in Stockholm, Sweden

Mixing calls at fascinating destinations with explorations of scenic fjords and spectacular archipelagos, this Swedish showcase is a wonderful example of what cruising is all about, packing plenty of memorable sights and experiences – uncovered during time spent ashore and on board Balmoral – into one very special holiday.

Detail from the grounds of Drottningholm palace, a Unesco cultural heritage site in Sweden. Summer with the Baroque garden i…

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Embark Balmoral for your Swedish waterway adventure!

Note: In the event of adverse weather/sea conditions that prevent the ship from calling at one of the scheduled ports, alternative arrangements will be made where possible.

  • Accommodation 3 * Balmoral
  • MEALS All meals included

Enjoy a day at sea and explore all the facilities on offer on MS Balmoral!

  • Accommodation 3 * Balmoral
  • MEALS All meals included

The Gullsmarsfjord – or Gullmarn as its known locally – is western Sweden’s largest and most distinctive fjord, thanks to its deep blue, fauna-filled waters. Named the country’s first marine conservation area in 1983, the fjord is renowned for its unique marine species, including cuttlefish, king crab, dragonet and gurnard and is popular with keen anglers from all over the world.

On either side of the fjord, the lush green fields, dense woodlands, rolling hills and steep cliffs are a stunning backdrop against the serene azure waters, creating beautiful sights to admire as you enjoy a relaxing cruise through Gullmarn. Like Gullsmarsfjord, Saltkallefjorden is part of a huge marine conservation area and is home to a huge number of unique marine fauna, including colourful fish, large crabs and shrimp. On either side of the fjord, the lush green fields, dense woodlands, rolling hills and steep cliffs are a stunning backdrop against the serene azure waters, creating beautiful sights to admire as you enjoy a relaxing cruise through Gullsmarsfjord and Saltkallefjorden.

Experience scenic cruising through Älgöfjorden, a beautiful bay in Västra Götaland County, Sweden.  Enjoy fantastic views of craggy islands and islets from the decks of your smaller-sized ship as it slices through the still blue waters of Älgöfjorden, a beautiful bay in Västra Götaland County, Sweden. 

Sail into two of Scandinavia’s lesser-known waterways – Hakefjorden & Brattöbådan – and enjoy unspoilt views of rocky cliffs, rugged islands and islets, and delightful towns in Sweden’s beautiful Västra Götaland County.  Weave between Sweden’s craggy west coast islands on a scenic cruise through the Askeröfjorden and Halsefjorden, as you sail the rich, ultramarine waters, enjoy fantastic views from your smaller, classically-designed ship. 

 

  • Accommodation 3 * Balmoral
  • MEALS All meals included

Exploring the pretty streets and districts of Malmö, it’s easy to understand why people from some 150 different nations choose to live in Sweden’s most cosmopolitan and multicultural metropolis. Rapidly developing while still retaining its old world charm, Malmö is a delight of contemporary attractions blended in with classically-Scandinavian historic districts, including the fine castle and showpiece squares of Stortorget and Lilla Torget in the heart of Gamla Staden (Old Town). Nowhere showcases Malmö’s development better than Västra Hamnen – the West Harbour. Also known as the City of Tomorrow, this former industrial district is now a stylish, carbon-neutral neighbourhood packed with luxury apartments and office blocks, trendy cafés, bars and restaurants and pretty parks. It’s all overlooked by the soaring Turning Torso, Scandinavia’s tallest building. From the harbour, the world’s longest cable-tied road and rail bridge, Öresund Bridge, directly links Malmö to Copenhagen, Denmark’s capital. It's not difficult to realise why Malmö is so popular with visitors – Middle Eastern markets, Italian coffee culture, sublime international dining and cool bars sit comfortably with the usual Nordic charm, while the line-up of classical and contemporary music, arts and theatre is unparalleled.

  • Accommodation 3 * Balmoral
  • MEALS All meals included

Located on the Swedish island of Gotland, the UNESCO World Heritage Town of Visby is one of the most remarkable in Scandinavia. Known for its incredible scenic beauty and stunning historic sites, this former Hanseatic City has to be seen to be truly appreciated. The “City of Roses and Ruins” is like a living museum, and is renowned for its well-preserved medieval wall and defensive towers. Uncovering the 12th century Gunpowder Tower, Love Gate and Långa Lisa – the wall’s tallest tower, is highly recommended. Visby’s wonderful Old Town is home to 15 of Visby’s 17 medieval churches, and the Burmeister House – the town’s oldest merchant house – St. Mary’s Cathedral, and a beautiful botanical garden can also be found within its ancient walls. The main square, Stora Torget, has cobblestone streets lined with charming cafés and restaurants.

  • Accommodation 3 * Balmoral
  • MEALS All meals included

Sweden’s beautiful capital owes much of its appeal to its unique location. Spread across 14 islands at the head of a vast archipelago that stretches out into the Baltic, Stockholm’s swathe of parks, gardens and canals are a joy to discover via the city’s large network of bridges.

Founded over 700 years ago, the city’s harbour is the epitome of elegance and Stockholm’s history is writ large across its wide boulevards. Gamla Stan, Stockholm's charming Old Town district, is home to historic, ochre-coloured buildings and monuments. Dating back to the 13th century, the island is surrounded by water and offers beautiful waterfront views. Along its divine cobbled streets, the 13th century Storkyrkan Cathedral, the gorgeous Riddarholm Church and the Nobel Prize Museum can all be found and appreciated.

The choice of museums is extensive and includes the Vasa Maritime Museum, the unique Skansen Open Air Museum and of course, the ABBA Museum. The stunning Royal Palace and the Drottningholm Palace are also well worth seeing.

The vibrant Norrmalm and Östermalm districts in the city centre are ideal for those looking for a more modern cultural experience. Here, an array of upmarket shops sell goods from globally-known brands, and there are trendy cafes next to the Science and Technology Museum. Stockholm’s beauty and fashion sense are legendary, and its no-fuss functional, minimalistic approach to style provides the city with an unmistakable look.

Given its bountiful seas and farmland, Stockholm is a city of foodies and food trends. From açai breakfast bowls to truffle cheeseburgers, trying the cuisine is an exploration all of its own. Traditional Swedish cooking still holds its own, though: fried herring, meatballs and toast skagen remain menu classics.

  • Accommodation 3 * Balmoral
  • MEALS All meals included

A cruise through the mesmerising Stockholm Archipelago is always a memorable experience. En route to Stockholm you'll pass by and between some 30,000 beautiful islands and islets, taking in unforgettable views from the decks of your smaller cruise ship. Each rocky isle is unique; some are inhabited and feature ancient villages and colourful wooden houses, others are untouched and boast rugged woodland, craggy cliffs and sandy beaches. This ensures that there's always something new to see, whichever way you look.

  • Accommodation 3 * Balmoral
  • MEALS All meals included

Today is a day at sea so enjoy the facilities of the ship

  • Accommodation 3 * Balmoral
  • MEALS All meals included

Situated on Sweden’s west coast, sociable, the laid-back seaport of Gothenburg has considerable appeal for any visitor.  Known as one of the friendliest cities in Europe, Gothenburg – Sweden’s second largest city – offers a vibrancy and fascination through its galleries, museums, boutiques, street cafes and Scandinavia’s largest and most popular amusement park, Lisberg, which has themed rides, performance venues and a landscaped sculpture garden.
With spacious streets, leafy boulevards, and 17th century Dutch-designed canals at its heart, Gothenburg is a compact, accessible city. The harbour’s stylish buildings and bustling fish market are a must-see before heading to the enthralling districts of the city centre.

Neoclassical architecture lines Gothenburg’s tram-rattled streets, and the city’s prominent trading past is emphasised by buildings like Skansen Kronan, a 17th century fortress sat proudly atop Risåsberget Hill. The city’s museums include the recently opened Museum of World Culture, the Gothenburg Museum of Art, the aeronautic Aeroseum, and, naturally, the Volvo Museum.  


The world famous Trädgårdsföreningen – the Garden Society of Gothenburg - is one of the city’s must-visit sites. It features gorgeous lawns, woodlands and stunning flower beds filled with thousands of rose species, and remains one of Europe's best-kept 19th century parks.

  • Accommodation 3 * Balmoral
  • MEALS All meals included

Today is a day at sea to relax before arriving back into Edinburgh

  • Accommodation 3 * Balmoral
  • MEALS All meals included

Bid “adjö” to Balmoral and disembark in Rosyth.

  • Accommodation 3 * Balmoral
  • MEALS All meals included

Balmoral

Although the largest of Fred. Olsen’s ocean-going cruise ships, Balmoral is still small enough to navigate size-restricted waterways, providing fantastic scenic cruising opportunities, and retains the warm, intimate and friendly atmosphere that the Fred. Olsen fleet is renowned for. Balmoral is named after the Scottish residence of the British Royal Family, and the Scottish theme runs throughout the main dining venues where guests can enjoy tantalising menus prepared by expert chefs.

Cruising Balmoral

Balmoral is the largest of Fred. Olsen's smaller, friendly ocean-going cruise ships – with capacity for up to 1350 guests – yet it's still small enough to navigate narrow waterways such as Kiel Canal and bring inspirational sights and experiences closer to you. Like the rest of the fleet, Balmoral retains a warm, welcoming atmosphere and features comfortable accommodation and lounges, stylish restaurants and plenty of open-deck space.

Facilities on-board

On board you’ll find a superb selection of restaurants, bars and lounges offering sumptuous cuisine, a wide range of beers, wines and spirits and fantastic entertainment. One of the focal points is a beautiful, five-deck high Atrium leading to Palms Café, Coral Club and the Thistle Restaurant, while the cascading decks at the stern enhance the ship’s elegant profile and offer stunning vistas no matter which deck you’re on.

Accommodation

Single Interior
These rooms are approximately 130 square feet in size and can be found on Main Deck 6 and Marina Deck 3 or Bridge Deck 9 (depending on grade of cabin chosen). All rooms include a bathroom with a shower.

Single Ocean View
This room is approximately 140 square feet in size and can be found on Marina Deck 3. It has a porthole and a bathroom with a shower.

Single Superior Ocean View
This room is approximately 160 square feet in size and can be found on Lido Deck 8. It has a picture window and a bathroom with a bath and/or shower. Facilities include air conditioning, a TV, mini fridge, telephone, safe and hairdryer.

All rooms are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts).

TIME DIFFERENCE

GMT + 2 hours

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What's included:

  • Inside cabin
  • Welcome drink and information meeting
  • Entertainment onboard
  • Porterage and Port Taxes
  • Full Board: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Afternoon teas and late night snacks
  • Self-service tea & coffee
  • All-inclusive drinks package including wine, beer and house spirits and 50% off premium and branded drinks and spirits

What's extra:

  • Cabin upgrades
  • Gratuities
  • Shore excursions
  • Port Parking
  • Insurance see here 

Temperature:

  • Average Daily Maximum:
    Stockholm 19°C Gothenburg 19°

N.B:

  • Please note that regardless of group sizes our cruises will still operate.

Useful Information

Passport
Absolutely. It is a condition of carriage that all guests embarking on a cruise holiday, even those visiting the British Isles, must hold a full and valid passport that conforms to the entry requirements of each destination visited, and is valid for at least 6 months after the date of return to the UK. It is your responsibility to ensure you hold a valid passport. If you need to renew your passport, please allow at least one month for your application to be processed - and more time during peak holiday periods. As you will be denied boarding if unable to present your passport at check-in, please ensure your passport is kept in your hand luggage.

Visas
Visa and health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you check with a professionally qualified source and comply with such requirements. UK passport holders will need visas for certain Fred. Olsen cruise holidays and will advised at the time of booking. Your cruise booking information will also detail any requirements applicable to your holiday.

It is the responsibility of all non-British passport holders to ensure that they are in possession of a valid passport and, where necessary, entry visas or permits for their chosen cruise. If you are unsure as to whether you are requires to obtain such documents, you must contact the relevant Embassy or Consulate. Failure to comply with this request may result in refusal of carriage, or the imposition of individual fines by local immigration authorities.

Payment on Board
You will be asked to register your credit or debit card at the start of the cruise. Anything you buy can then be charged to your room account and, when your cruise is over, your bill is automatically charged back to your card for your convenience. You can see your room account balance at anytime via the TV in your room, or Guest Services can provide you with a printed copy of your balance at any point during your cruise. Fred. Olsen accept most credit cards - Eurocard, Mastercard and Visa. (We regret we are unable to accept American Express cards.) They cannot accept Maestro, Solo, Electron, Diners Club or travel agent debit cards or pre-paid currency or travellers cheque cards. Please note: If you plan to settle your on board account in cash the currency on board is Sterling.

What's the dress code on board?
Packing for your cruise holiday with Fred. Olsen is simple. The dress code is designed to ensure you feel relaxed and comfortable during your days and evenings on board, as well as your time ashore. This handy guide will help you decide what to pack for your cruise holiday.

Evening wear
Evening wear is simple on a Fred. Olsen cruise. Most evenings are smart casual with a few formal nights providing the chance to dress up. And just to add some fun to the cruise, there may also be some optional theme nights on longer sailings.

Formal evenings
Depending on the length of your cruise holiday there will be one or more formal evenings whilst you are on board for cruise durations longer than six nights. This is your chance to ‘dress to impress’ and add glitz and glamour to your dining experience. Most men opt to wear either a dinner jacket, or dark suit and tie. Ladies are often seen looking fabulous in anything from a cocktail-style dress to a full-length ball gown.

All Fred. Olsen cruise ships feature a casual dining experience for those guests who do not wish to join the formal evenings. Dress code for these restaurants is smart casual every evening.

Smart casual evenings
Most evenings during your cruise holiday will be smart casual evenings so you can feel relaxed and comfortable whilst enjoying your dinner. For men, a pair of trousers, chinos or smart white or dark jeans, coupled with a polo shirt or shirt is perfectly acceptable. Some guests prefer to wear a jacket or tie which is also fine. The choice is yours. Ladies’ dress can often range from tailored trouser suits and stylish dresses to casual separates and summer dresses.

Please note: trainers, T-shirts, shorts and tracksuits are not allowed in the restaurants for evening dining. We reserve the right to decline entry to those who refuse to show this courtesy to their fellow guests.

British Night  Most cruises of over 5 nights duration have a British Night, so dress in your best red, white and blue outfit, wave your Union Jack and sing-a-long as we celebrate Britain in style. With a feast of British-themed food, music and entertainment to enjoy, this special evening is sure to be a highlight of your holiday.

Day wear on board
Whether enjoying the sea views from the deck, or participating in the many activities available, we want you to feel at ease. Casual wear is perfectly acceptable for your days on board with many guests opting for shorts and a T-shirt or polo shirt while cruising in sunny climes, and a pair of light-weight trousers and a sweater or jacket for cooler daytime temperatures.

Whilst on deck, bathing suits are a must to ensure you can make the most of the pools and Jacuzzis on board. A pair of flip flops or sandals are advisable as the decks can sometimes get very warm (please take care, as the decks can be slippery too). A T-shirt and casual shorts is often preferred for lounging by the pool. Don’t forget your hat, sunglasses and sun cream, as the sun can be a lot stronger at sea.

Dress is smart casual during lunch time and as a courtesy to their fellow cruisers, guests are asked not to wear bathing suits or vests in the restaurants. However, smart shorts and a T-shirt are perfectly acceptable.

Day wear ashore 
The weather can vary greatly depending on your destination and the time of year you cruise. For warm weather destinations like the Canaries, Mediterranean and the Caribbean, typical summertime wear such as T-shirts, shorts or swimwear are fine. For Shore Tours that include visits to churches, museums or cathedrals, it is advisable to dress a little more conservatively.

For cruises to cooler destinations, a pair of trousers, a jumper or jacket and a raincoat are recommended, as the weather can be changeable.

Whichever type of cruise you choose to embark on, a pair of comfortable walking shoes is strongly recommended to explore some of the fabulous destinations you will be visiting in comfort.

Formal Nights
What should I wear on formal night?
Depending on the length of your cruise holiday there will be one or more formal evenings whilst you are on board. This is your chance to ‘dress to impress’ and add glitz and glamour to your dining experience.

Most men opt to wear either a dinner jacket, or dark suit and tie. Ladies are often seen looking fabulous in anything from a cocktail-style dress to a full-length ball gown.

All Fred. Olsen cruise ships feature a casual dining experience for those guests who do not wish to join the formal evenings. Dress code for these restaurants is smart casual every evening. One of our most popular evenings is British Night, where guests choose to dress in red, white and blue.

The exact number of formal nights, including any theme nights will be highlighted on your cruise ticket. Below is a guide to the number of formal nights you can expect to enjoy on cruises of various durations.

3 nights or less -Smart casual throughout

3 - 5 nights- Captain's Welcome Party, but no formal nights

6 nights -Captain's Welcome Party + 1 x formal night

7- 12 nights - Captain's Welcome Party + 2 x formal nights

13- 20 nights - Captain's Welcome Party + 3 x formal nights

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Choose a cruise holiday with confidence. All our cruises will operate as shown - irrespective of the number of bookings taken and subject to the Cruise company’s schedule. If necessary our itineraries may be subject to change, and in the event of adverse weather/sea conditions that prevent the ship from calling at one of the scheduled ports, alternative arrangements will be made where possible. All cruises that include a flight will be ATOL protected.

 

Depart Return Nights Age Group Price From COMMENTS  
05 Jun 2019 15 Jun 2019 10 All Ages £ 2399 BOOK

What's included:

  • Inside cabin
  • Welcome drink and information meeting
  • Entertainment onboard
  • Porterage and Port Taxes
  • Full Board: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Afternoon teas and late night snacks
  • Self-service tea & coffee
  • All-inclusive drinks package including wine, beer and house spirits and 50% off premium and branded drinks and spirits

What's extra:

  • Cabin upgrades
  • Gratuities
  • Shore excursions
  • Port Parking
  • Insurance see here 

Temperature:

  • Average Daily Maximum:
    Stockholm 19°C Gothenburg 19°

N.B:

  • Please note that regardless of group sizes our cruises will still operate.

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