Solo Season: Scandinavian Waterways and Capitals

Visit the fascinating and beautiful capital cities of the Scandinavian countries Denmark, Sweden and Norway aboard the Fred Olsen Balmoral on this great 11 night cruise departing from Newcastle – with no extra supplement for single travellers! (Book by 1st March for no single supplement offer)

Visiting the beautiful cities of Copenhagen, Stockholm and Oslo this cruise features overnight stays in each destination giving you ample time to explore these magnificent cities.

DESTINATION Scandinavia
FROM Dublin / Newcastle, UK
DATE 17 September 2017
DURATION 11 Nights
PRICE Was €3,999 now from €2,499

Sail to Scandinavia and discover stylish capital cities overflowing with sights and attractions on this cultural cruise aboard Balmoral. Overnight stays in each city will afford you plenty of time to explore, while peaceful scenic cruising through stunning waterways will perfectly complement your time in port.

In Copenhagen you’ll find something for everyone, from the spectacular architecture of the imposing Christiansborg and Amalienborg palaces, to the pretty pedestrianised streets of Strøget which are lined with trendy cafés and fantastic shopping outlets. No time spent in the delightful Danish capital is complete without visiting the historic Tivoli Gardens; and don’t forget to stop for a photo with the famous Little Mermaid statue. Sailing onwards to Sweden, take your place to deck as Balmoral negotiates the rocky islands and islets of the scenic Stockholm Archipelago en route to Stockholm, where an eclectic mix of attractions await. Tick Gamla Stan – the charming Old Town – off your ‘must-visit’ list, as well as the beautiful Drottningholm Palace; and be sure to visit ABBA: The Museum to celebrate the history of Sweden’s most famous pop group.

A cruise along the lesser-known, but effortlessly beautiful Oslofjord is followed by a call into Norway’s charming capital, Oslo. Home to an abundance of artistic and aesthetic pleasures, such as the Polar Ship Museum, Akershus Fortress and the National Gallery, there’s much to pack into your two-day stay. Fans of Fred. won’t want to miss the chance to visit nearby Hvitsten – the home village of the Olsens – where you can delve into history of our company’s founders and learn about the influence that the Olsen family has had on Oslo.

Flight Times:

OUTBOUND Dublin 11:30 Newcastle 12:45
RETURN Newcastle 15:55 Dublin 17:10

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Day to Day Itinerary:

Day 1: Newcastle, United Kingdom: Depart Late PM

Following a flight from Dublin to Newcastle, you will be transferred to the port to board the Fred. Olsen Balmoral where you will begin your journey.

Day 2: At Sea

Days 3-4: Copenhagen, DenmarkEarly AM OVERNIGHT depart Late Night

There’s an irresistible charm to the welcome of Denmark’s cosmopolitan capital.

With its vibrant, friendly atmosphere, wonderful culture and beautiful architecture, Copenhagen is a Scandinavian tourist haven. The narrow, cosmopolitan streets are always busy with welcoming locals and are lined with colourful cafes, bars, shops and places to eat. Visiting Copenhagen is always an exciting, enjoyable experience.

Much of Copenhagen’s most interesting and most popular tourist destinations are either within the city centre or are a short walk away, so there is always something to see or experience. Must-visit attractions include the historic Christianborg and Amelienborg Palaces, The Little Mermaid sculpture at Langelinje Pier, Kronborg Castle and Rosenborg Castle.

Nyhavn – Copenhagen’s 17th century waterfront and canal – is where you will find many brightly coloured 17th and 18th century townhouses that have been converted into bars and restaurants and many wooden ships in the historic harbour. There are also several galleries, museums, a zoo and an aquarium for you to enjoy and explore. There is a never a dull day in the Danish capital.

Day 5: At Sea:

Day 6: Cruising Stockholm Archipelago: Early AM to Late AM

The beautiful Stockholm Archipelago is the second largest of it’s kind in the Baltic Sea and the largest in Sweden. This stunning part of Scandinavia offers spectacular views to enjoy as you sail into Sweden’s stylish capital, Stockholm.

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.

Days 6-7: Stockholm, Sweden: Early PM OVERNIGHT depart Early PM

There are no fewer than 14 islands and 40 bridges in Sweden’s stately and spacious capital, a picturesque canvas of waterways, lakes, canals and trees.

Sweden’s beautiful capital owes much of its appeal to its unique location. Spread across 14 islands at the beginning of a vast archipelago that stretches out into the Baltic, Stockholm is wonderful to explore, with a number of parks, gardens, wide boulevards and many attractions to discover via the city’s large network of bridges.

Founded over 700 years ago, this Swedish delight retains a number of buildings from throughout its long history, so there is plenty to see, admire and explore. There’s a huge choice of museums, including the Vasa museum, the unique Skansen open air museum and of course, the ABBA museum, as well the Royal Palace and the Drottningholm Palace that 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 is where you’ll find an array of upmarket shops selling goods from globally-known brands, shopping malls, trendy cafes and the science and technology museum.

Gamla Stan – Stockholm’s charming Old Town district – is home to the city’s finest historic buildings and monuments. Dating back to the 13th century, the island is surrounded by water and offers beautiful waterfront views, while amongst the lovely cobbled streets you’ll find the Stockholm Cathedral, Royal Palace, Parliament buildings and beautiful Riddarholm Church.

Day 8: Cruising Stockholm Archipelago: Early PM to Late PM

Day 9: Cruising Oslofjord: Early AM to Early PM

Cruise the length of the Oslofjord to Oslo, the fantastic Norwegian capital. En route you’ll sail by a number of pretty islands, islets and mainland settlements, offering wonderful views from the decks of your ship.

This vast 100 kilometre stretch of water penetrates the southern coast of Norway from Fredrikstad all the way north to Oslo, Norway’s capital. While Oslofjord doesn’t boast scenery quite as dramatic as other Norwegian Fjords, there is plenty to see and admire on a scenic cruise along the glassy waters, including a number of pretty islands, fishing villages and bays. The Oslofjord is also a haven for birdwatchers too and various species can be seen resting on the shores or flying high above the fjord.

Day 9-10: Oslo, Norway: Early PM OVERNIGHT depart late PM

Tucked into its own fjord and set at the water’s edge, Norway’s lively capital is a small and eminently walkable city.

Oslo, the capital and largest city of Norway is one of Scandinavia’s most historic, interesting and welcoming tourist destinations. The city is easy to navigate on foot, so the main attractions – of which there are many – are just waiting to be discovered. The only problem is trying to decide which ones to visit!

Home to several stunning museums and an array of interesting historic monuments, there seems to be something new to explore with every turn. Highlights include the National Gallery – home to Edvard Munch’s iconic ‘The Scream’, as well as works by other European artists from Manet to Picasso and the Munchmuseet containing over 5,000 works that Munch left to the city of Oslo.

Elsewhere, the fabulous Viking Ship Museum has three ships recovered from royal burial mounds in the Oslofjord, as well as artefacts from the Viking era, while the medieval Akershus castle and fortress dominate the harbour front and are well worth visiting. Vigelandsparken Sculpture Park – one of Oslo’s must-visit attractions – is a Norwegian institution and home to more than 200 sculptures from Gustav Vigeland which are made from bronze, granite and wrought iron.

Outside of the city centre there’s plenty to explore and discover too, including the stunning natural landscapes of the Oslomarka and Oslofjord. The Oslomarka – the vast forests around Oslo – are a joy to explore, with lush green valleys and diverse fauna including species such as lynx, beaver, Eurasian elk and deer, while the Oslofjord is very impressive, a huge fjord that’s stretched over 120 Kilometres.

Day 11: At Sea:

Day 12: Newcastle, UK: Early AM

Following your disembarkation, you will be transferred to the airport to get your return flight to Dublin.

11 Nights accommodation aboard the Balmoral, operated by Fred. Olsen Cruise Line. (See ship info tab for more information on the Balmoral)

Balmoral

Balmoral is the largest and newest cruise ship, named after the Scottish home of the Royal Family. Still smaller than most cruise ships today, there are 710 cabins and suites and generous public space for the 1,300 guests on board.

The main restaurant is Ballindalloch (named after the Speyside village and castle), while the two other formal restaurants – Avon and Spey – are also in keeping with the Scottish theme and are named after two of Scotland’s most beautiful salmon rivers.

There’s a comfy pub with occasional live music or comedy, cabaret and shows in the Neptune Lounge, or drift away with a cool drink and spectacular seascapes in the Observatory Lounge.

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Dates & Prices

DATE PRICE Cabin
17 September 2017 Was €3,999
now €2,499
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Book by 1st March for no single supplement offer

Price inclusions

  • Return flights Dublin to Newcastle
  • Return Transfers airport / port
  • 11 nights accommodation aboard the Fred. Olsen Balmoral
  • Fine dining on a full board basis
  • All onboard entertainment
  • One check-in bag of 15kgs and one 10kgs carry-on per person
  • Taxes and charges of €130

Booking remarks

  • Book by 1st March for no single supplement offer
  • Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
  • Non-refundable deposit of 15% due on confirmation of booking
  • 2% surcharge if balance is paid by credit or charge card
  • Optional Insurance available on request (conditions apply)
  • Drinks packages available to prebook – only €12 per person per night
  • Gratuities from €5 per person per night payable at the end of your cruise onboard M.S. Balmoral
  • These prices are guidelines only and are subject to change and availability. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking.
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