UNESCO World Heritage City, UNESCO City of Gastronomy, and a quintessentially charming Norwegian port town, Bergen is a real haven for architecture enthusiasts, seafood fanatics and outdoor explorers. The iconic Hanseatic Wharf is a great place to start your exploration of Bergen, bringing you to the heart of this enchanting region through museums, galleries, shopping and some of the finest dining spots in Norway.
DAY 3 - 16 Jul 2022
With excellent transport links to the vibrant city of Edinburgh, Rosyth is an idyllic village nestled on the east coast Scotland. Whether you're looking to escape on a day trip to the city or are looking to soak up the quiet life of the quaint countryside, Rosyth is a great starting point for a range of adventures. Discover creatures of the sea at Deep-sea World, explore Edinburgh Castle for stunning views from Castle Rock, and shop along Royal Mile for souvenirs.
DAY 8 - 21 Jul 2022
With over a thousand years of history, Tallinn has struck a fantastic balance between old and new attractions, making it an ideal port of call. To get stuck into Estonian history and culture, visit the Estonian Architecture Museum and Tallinn's Old Town, both boasting fascinating insights into the city. Head to the TV Tower for unrivalled views across the Baltic, and for relaxing in the sun, Pirita Promenade will take you to the sandy beach for sunbathing and swimming.
Stockholm - Overnight onboard
DAY 9 - 10 - 22 Jul 2022
Combining ancient history and architecture with modern urban flair, Stockholm is known as one of the most welcoming cities in the world. Culture vultures, in particular, will be delighted by the range of attractions on offer, such as the fairytale-esque Old Town, the extravagant royal palace and the Vasa Museum. For ultimate relaxation, head to a Swedish sauna to soak in an ambient setting. Just don't forget to leave time for authentic Swedish street food!
Customer reviews for Balmoral
Based on 104 reviews
Value for money
We wanted to do the Christmas Markets and found a cruise on the Balmoral. Having never cruised with Fred before we didn’t really know what to expect. Couldn’t fault it - from embarkation to disembarkation, there were no issues at all. The staff were brilliant and just can’t do enough for you. We had a superior suite which was spacious and very comfortable. Food was top notch and evening entertainment very good. Great stops and always not too far to go to get into the towns and the markets. We enjoyed it s much we have booked to do it all again in 2020.
1 Jan 2020
This was our first cruise with Fred Olsen and having just returned from a 10 day Mediterranean cruise with Azamara, we weren't sure what to expect. However, we were not disappointed! Our cabin was surprisingly large and a very substantial bathroom! We were very fortunate in that we had amazing weather sailing from Scotland to Orkney and Shetland and even on our day at sea, we were unaware we were sailing. There were many features on the ship itself which were pleasing - my husband loved the carpets and liked the general decor on the ship. The food was good and the service efficient. For us, it was a huge bonus sailing from Rosyth - only a 40 minute drive from home!
24 Sep 2019
Well appointed ship with varied passenger groups leaning towards older. The food was excellent and well presented and there was little or no queueing for anything. Good entertainment and superb staff!! Fair prices in all outlets however shore excursions were very expensive.
31 Aug 2019
This was my first ever cruise and I chose Fred Olsen for the destination and departure port. We had a very smooth check-in, embarkation and luggage delivery - you couldn't fault it. The suite was spotlessly clean and fresh, and was a very comfortable place to spend time. When underway you really had to strain your ears to hear any engine or internal noise at all. There were plenty of different public areas, but they were a little bland in appearance and all looked alike. The service, whilst overall very good, was lumpy. Breakfast and dinner were well executed but lunchtime had no finesse or style to it whatsoever. On several occasions, with just two of us dining, one person's plate was removed as soon as they finished and the next course served,straight way, which left us having different elements of the meal at the same time. The restaurant wasn't busy and there was no reason not to pace the service so that each diner was enjoying the same course at the same time. The Marquis Bar, on the top deck, had very poor service, and more often than not you had to go to the bar and order yourself. The Lido Bar at the back of the ship was, in contrast, somewhere where you wanted for nothing. What really let the ship down was the quality of the daytime and evening entertainment. It was beyond words. Daytime entertainment consisted of nothing more than 'Crafts with Marjorie' (that's a direct quote), Bingo, Carpet Bowling, or other mind-numbing offerings. The evening shows, with the exception of the ship's dance and singing troupe were equally dire, with several 'comedians' working hard to raise a laugh. The lesson to learn from that was to bring your own entertainment, for there was nothing to be found onboard. That said, we enjoyed it enough to decide to go again, as the overall journey, service levels, cabin environment etc were really enjoyable.
30 Aug 2019
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