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French & Belgian River Cruising from Newcastle, 1 September 2020 (8 nights)

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Cruise Line: Fred. Olsen
Cruise Ship: Balmoral


Holiday Features

 Balmoral -  the largest of Fred. Olsen's Ocean going Cruise ships yet still only holds 1325 passengers.

  • 6 Restaurants
  • 7 Bar/Lounges
  • 2 Show Lounges
  • 2 Swimming Pools
  • 4 Jacuzzis
  • Fitness Centre
  • Atlantis Spa
  • Golf Nets
  • Library & Card Room
...... and so much more
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Cruise itinerary

Day Port Due Depart
1 Newcastle (Port of Tyne)
2 At Sea
3-4 Rouen - Overnight onboard
4-5 Honfleur - Overnight onboard
6-7 Antwerp - Overnight onboard
8 At Sea
9 Newcastle (Port of Tyne)

Fred. Olsen Covid-19 safety measures

  • Cleaning

    Onboard the fleet, Fred. Olsen have adopted cleanliness protocols approved by hospitals, including a sanitation team who will rigorously and frequently clean all surfaces in all areas across the ship with antiviral equipment. Audits will be carried out regularly by a Sanitation Officer, using UV and swab testing for the most accurate results. To ensure this standard is maintained, crew will receive industry-approved training. This thorough cleaning process will also be carried out in your cabin each day, with a further deep cleaning taking place between cruises.

  • Ashore

    Onshore, Fred. Olsen Cruises limit tour groups to a capacity of no more than 25 guests with their partners, and will only visit attractions that they are confident are following health and safety protocols. In addition, should the itinerary have to change during the cruise, Fred Olsen ships have more options when it comes to alternative ports of call due to their smaller size.

  • Medical

    Medical centres onboard are managed by experienced doctors and nurses, using processes developed by Public Health England to treat guests with symptoms onboard and onshore.

Ship Facilities

Cabins on the Balmoral

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Customer reviews for Balmoral

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.

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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!

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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.

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Terms and Conditions

All offers and prices are subject to change and availability at time of enquiry. Prices are based on two passengers sharing unless otherwise stated and are subject to the Tour Operator's terms and conditions. Cabin and Flight supplements may apply. Other supplements may apply in addition to the price shown above. Flight details, timings and routing may be subject to alteration. Other tour operator charges may also apply. Any Onboard Spending money or drinks package value shown will be per cabin, again based on two sharing.

Note: On 13 January 2018, new European legislation is being adopted in the UK which as result will mean that we may change our required method of payment at our discretion, irrespective of how any deposit or prior payment was made.

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