Sweden's Scenic Waterways & Cities

Balmoral

Sweden's Scenic Waterways & Cities Overview

Departs: 05 June 2019

10 Nights Full Board

Sailing from Rosyth

What's Included

Price Includes:

  • All meals
  • A varied and professional entertainment programme
  • Cruise 
  • Baggage Allowance
  • Exclusive Offer

Ports of call

Rosyth • Cruising Gullmarsfjorden, Sweden • Cruising Saltkallefjorden, Sweden • Cruising Gullmarsfjorden, Sweden • Cruising Algofjorden, Sweden • Cruising Hakefjorden & Brattobadan, Sweden • Cruising Askerofjorden & Halsefjorden, Sweden • Malmo, Sweden • Visby, Sweden • Stockholm, Sweden (overnight) • Gothenberg, Sweden • Rosyth

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Day 1

Depart Newcastle (PM)

 

 

Day 2

At Sea

 

 

Day 3

Cruising Gullmarsfjorden, Saltkallefjorden, Älgöfjorden, Hakefjorden & Brattöbadan, Askerofjorden & Halsefjorden, Havstensfjorden & Byfjorden, Sweden

 

Cruising Gullmarsfjorden

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.

Cruising Saltkallefjorden

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.

Cruising Gullmarsfjorden

 

Cruising Älgöfjorden

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. 

Cruising Hakefjorden & Brattöbadan

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.

Cruising Askerofjorden & Halsefjorden

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. 

Weaving between Sweden’s west coast islands, you’ll be surrounded by flourishing woodland, rolling hills and picturesque settlements dotted along the shores of the fjords.

Cruising Havstensfjorden & Byfjorden

As you sail the rich ultramarine waters of Havstensfjorden and Byfjorden you’ll enjoy fantastic views whichever way you look.

Weaving between Sweden’s west coast islands, your smaller-sized cruise ship will present you with memorable views of flourishing woodland, rolling hills and picturesque settlements dotted along the shores of the fjords.

Cruising Askerofjorden & Halsefjorden

 

Cruising Hakefjorden & Brattöbadan

 

Cruising Askerofjorden & Halsefjorden

 

Cruising Älgöfjorden 

Day 4

Malmo, Sweden


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.

Day 5

Visby, Sweden

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.

Days 6 - 7

Stockholm, Sweden (overnight)

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.

Day 7

Cruising Stockholm Archipelago, Sweden

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.

Day 8

At Sea

 

Day 9

Gothenberg, Sweden

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.

Day 10

At Sea

 

Day 11

Arrive Rosyth (AM)

Welcome aboard Fred. Olsen Balmoral

At a glance....

  • 3 Restaurants
  • 2 Cafés
  • 2 lounges
  • 3 Bars
  • Fitness Centre
  • 2 swimming pools
  • 2 Jacuzzis

Balmoral is Fred. Olsen's 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.

Dining on Balmoral

  • Ballindalloch Restaurant: The stylish Ballindalloch restaurant is the main restaurant on board your cruise ship Balmoral, where your taste buds will be tempted by the delicious dishes on offer. Including the lavish affair that is the Gala Dinner, the Ballindalloch Restaurant represents quality dining on board Fred. Olsen cruises.
  • Spey Restaurant: The Spey Restaurant, and her sister restaurant the Avon, offers the quality dining you would expect on board your cruise holiday on Balmoral. Both restaurants provide the same a la carte menu as the main Ballindalloch restaurant on deck 6, but their intimate design and panoramic views combine to give a unique dining atmosphere on your cruise ship.
  • Avon Restaurant: This tastefully designed restaurant provides a beautiful setting to enjoy a delicious meal on board your cruise ship. Situated on Deck 10, the Avon Restaurant – and her sister restaurant the Spey - offers the fine dining you would expect on a cruise on board Balmoral.
  • Palms Cafe: The Palms Cafe on board Balmoral is slightly less formal and ideal for if you prefer not to stick to set dining times. The Palms Cafe offers the perfect alternative for those times when you prefer not to stick to the set dinner times on board your cruise holiday. Of course you will still be offered a fine choice of dishes, prepared to the same high standard you expect with Fred. Olsen Cruises, in a relaxed buffet style of service.
  • Marquee Bar: Enjoy a more casual lunch al-fresco on board your cruise ship Balmoral, at the Marquee Bar (weather permitting).

Entertainment on Balmoral

  • Neptune Lounge: Take your seat in the Neptune Lounge on board your cruise ship as the sun goes down and experience the music, dancing, lights and costumes. Shows, reviews and evenings of cabaret are guaranteed to have you shouting “encore”. Music and entertainment is on offer throughout Balmoral during the evening on board your cruise holiday, but the Neptune Lounge has ample room for passengers whichever dinner sitting you are on, so you can find a seat to enjoy the glitz and glamour of the evening shows.
  • Gaming Tables: See if lady luck is smiling on you when on board your cruise holiday. Your cruise ship Balmoral includes a gaming area where you may try your hand on the Black Jack table or Roulette wheel. Try and beat our experienced croupiers, and there is even the opportunity to learn how to play better, with daytime sessions teaching you how to win big.
  • Lido Bar: The Lido Bar is the perfect place to unwind after a hard days sightseeing or to simply relax during your cruise holiday. The Lido Bar looks out over the aft pool and the stern of your cruise ship and is the ideal spot to appreciate the talents of our on board pianist or musical duo. Our friendly and attentive bar staff are always on hand to serve you your favourite drink - often remembering what that may be.
  • Marquee Bar: The Marquee Bar on board your cruise ship offers plenty of refreshment options, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. Situated on Deck 11 of your cruise ship, the Marquee Bar is the perfect way to settle down with a drink, or just to enjoy some cool shade for a while, on a hot, sunny day. The floor-to-ceiling windows let the light flood in, letting you take in the panoramic views, which are a key feature of so many Fred. Olsen cruise holidays.
  • Morning Light Pub: Like your own local, the pub on board your cruise ship is the ideal place for socialising with friends old and new. The Morning Light Pub on board your cruise ship, Balmoral, is decorated in a traditional style, depicting the century and a half of Fred. Olsen history. Daytime or evening you can be entertained by occasional live music or stand-up comedians.
  • Observatory Lounge: The Observatory Lounge allows you panoramic views of your cruise holiday. The large picture windows in the Observatory Lounge offer fantastic views which are enhanced with plenty of binoculars spaced around the lounge. A grand piano provides the perfect background music as you enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail on your cruise holiday, or you can dance into the small hours upon the glass dance-floor.

Relax and Fitness on Balmoral

  • Atlantis Spa & Salon: Disappear into the Atlantis Spa and find true relaxation. Hydrating, purifying, renewing and nourishing facials. Full body or hot stone massages, waxing and body shaping treatments are just some of the ways you can embrace the pleasures and indulgence of your cruise holiday! Or enjoy all the glamour of formal nights with a new salon style, holiday highlights or a nourishing conditioning treatment. Just sit back, and enjoy the pampering. The Atlantis Spa is open from 8am till 8pm whilst at sea and in port. On occasional evenings the spa will remain open until 10pm. These services tend to be in high demand, so please do make sure you book your treatment early. Remember when you’re on board to check your cruise ship’s Daily Times – there may be a special offer to take advantage of.
  • Fitness Centre: After all that relaxing, get your blood pumping in the Fitness Centre. There are friendly fitness instructors available to give you help and guidance. Burn off the calories and stay in shape with treadmills, rowing machines, exercise bikes and free weights -  it’ll give you an excuse for extra dessert at dinner! Situated at the front of the ship on Deck 10, it offers perfect views as you exercise at your own pace. Take a yoga, aerobics, stretch and tone or pilates class while you cruise. Or make the most of the beautiful views and join the ‘walk a mile’, with a revitalising stroll, or more energetic walk round your cruise ship deck in the mornings
  • Swimming pool & Jacuzzis: Enjoy a dip in one of the two pools situated on Balmoral’s Lounge and Marquee decks. Both the swimming pools on board your cruise ship are heated to a comfortable temperature. The pool on the Lounge deck of Balmoral is located at the aft of the ship, adjacent to Palms café. The aft pool also incorporates a pair of whirlpool jacuzzi’s meaning that this area is perfect to relax your days away. Situated on the Marquee deck this beautifully tiled pool is the perfect area to relax in the sun on your cruise holiday. Burn off some of the five-course meals with a few lengths of the pool, or relax on one of the comfortable sun loungers and bathe in the sun instead. There are also two whirlpools adjacent to the pool, the ultimate indulgence.
  • Sun Deck and golfing: The large deck area on board Balmoral is the ideal sun trap where you can relax on one of the many sun loungers. The Marquee Pool Bar staff are always on hand with a long cool drink, so sip a cocktail and immerse yourself in a good book. For those keen golfers, take in sweeping sea views as you hone your perfect swing. Take some time to yourself in our practice golf nets. You could come home with a new technique up your sleeve!
  • Library: Balmoral’s well stocked library is a popular area of the ship. With an array of novels, historical, geographical, autobiographical and many other books, the library on board your cruise ship Balmoral is a true haven of peace and tranquillity. The majority of our books are in English; however we do offer a few titles in French, German and Dutch.
  • Card room: Find card tables and competition in our card room. Bridge is always a popular pursuit on board, so you’re sure to find players for a hand or two and more – whether casual or competitive is up to you! There’s always time to settle into a classic card or board game, whilst on board your cruise ship. Perfect for when you feel like a break from the elements.
  • Arts and crafts room: The Arts & Crafts Room on board your cruise ship Balmoral is situated on deck 3 and is the perfect space to explore your ideas and designs with our arts and crafts lecturers and on our Vistas themed cruises. So, for the creative amongst you, there will be plenty to keep you entertained throughout your cruise holiday, and perhaps leave you with your own self-crafted souvenir to take home.
  • Art gallery: You’ll be inspired and intrigued by some of the works on show. Paintings from the Olsen family’s private art collection hang on the walls around your cruise ship. A number of pieces form a mini-gallery on the way into the Ballindalloch Restaurant.
  • Braemar Lounge: The light and airy Braemar Lounge is perfect for watching the world go by, or for meeting up with new found friends. Along one side, large windows offer you uninterrupted views and the lounge is graced with comfortable sofas and armchairs in a tasteful and cheerful yellow and red colour scheme.  Intimate live music often adds to the relaxed atmosphere on board your cruise holiday.
  • Promenade: One of the pleasures on board a Fred. Olsen cruise ship is the extensive deck space. On board your cruise ship Balmoral, the Promenade runs all the way round the Lounge Deck where you can take a traditional stroll in the fresh air before dinner, or for the more energetic, perhaps take a jog in the morning. Or simply join friends and fellow passengers for an invigorating game of shuffleboard or deck quoits.
  • Stern: The stern of Balmoral is the perfect place to relax in the sunshine on board your cruise holiday. Why not enjoy breakfast, lunch or a cocktail or two out on deck?  With the Avon and Spey restaurants close by, you don't have far to go to enjoy the culinary delights on board your cruise ship Balmoral. During days at sea, the stern offers the perfect area to relax, take in a book, or just soak up the sun.

Other Facilities

  • Internet Centre: The internet has become part of daily life for many and especially during one of our longer cruise holidays the internet is vital to keep in touch with friends and family, or simply to make everyone back home envious with all your stories from your trip. In our well-equipped internet room it is possible to stay in touch with those back home and keep up to date with news and sporting events.
  • Launderette: One of the treats of being on board your cruise ship is to leave behind the routine chores. And of course, there is a comprehensive on board laundry service which your cabin staff will be pleased to arrange for you. Full details and prices for this service can be found in your Welcome Pack waiting in your cabin. However, occasionally there may be items you wish to deal with yourself, and the self-service launderette is very well equipped with washing machines, tumble dryers and ironing facilities. A particularly useful facility for those guests enjoying a longer cruise holiday.
  • Medical Centre: Rest assured that on each of Fred. Olsen cruise ships, have a doctor and/or nurse on call. The Medical Centre offers primary care, whenever you might need it.
  • Reception: Once on board Balmoral, you will find that the Reception Desk is at the heart of your cruise ship. 24 hours a day, our Reception staff on board your cruise ship, are on hand to advise and answer your queries. With their breadth of knowledge, they are sure to be able to help make your cruise holiday as pleasurable as possible.

Vital Statistics

Cabins 710
Passengers 1350 Standard Occupancy
Crew 510
Refitted 2008
Fully Stabilised Yes
Tonnage 43,537 grt
Length 218.18 m
Beam (width) 28.2 m
Speed 18.5 knots