The magnificent Balmoral is Fred. Olsen's newest and largest ship. With 710 luxurious staterooms, a dedicated crew of 510 and a wide selection of modern facilities, you can expect a perfect blend of world-class service and relaxation.
Named after the Royal Family's Scottish home, Balmoral oozes elegance and style. Savour a mix of fine and casual dining in the ship's variety of venues. From a cafe devoted to luxury chocolates and coffee, to a restaurant serving gourmet cuisines and fine wines. Unwind at the friendly Morning Light Pub, listen to beautiful piano music at Lido Bar, and watch live performances at Neptune Lounge. Later on, try your luck at blackjack and roulette at the casino.
Although the largest and most contemporary of Fred. Olsen's fleet, Balmoral still retains the cruise line's personal and sociable atmosphere. For an unforgettable voyage of spectacular scenery, divine dining, entertaining facilities, and uninterrupted leisure, sail on Fred. Olsen's Balmoral.
Dining on Balmoral is an exciting experience. The spacious Ballindalloch Restaurant offers a tempting menu of dinners to enjoy in elegant surroundings. The Spey Restaurant and Avon Restaurant serve delicious a la carte meals with panoramic views and glasses of fine wines. Palms Cafe is the place to go for large buffets of international cuisines and a more casual atmosphere.
During warm spells, you can also savour fresh omelettes, salads, steaks, burgers, and sandwiches at The Grill — great for light breakfasts and lunches. Or if it's a calming tea, energising coffee or sweet treat you fancy; sample luxury chocolates and hot drinks from The Bookmark Cafe. You can even make the most of Balmoral's complimentary room service between 10:00 and 22:00 every day.
Enjoy a range of drinks and venues aboard Balmoral. Try cocktails in the sun at Marquee Bar, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, or head to the relaxing Lido Bar for piano music with a pint of beer or glass of wine.
Morning Light Pub is Balmoral's traditional and welcoming venue offering drinks and entertainment throughout the day. There's also Observatory Lounge which features cocktails, panoramic views, piano music, and dancing until late. For a lively night and menu of refreshments, take a seat at the glamorous Neptune Lounge. There's somewhere for everyone to enjoy aboard Balmoral.
You have a dazzling variety of entertainment to enjoy on board Balmoral. During the day, there are arts and crafts talks, as well as yoga, Pilates and aerobics sessions. In the evening, sit back with a drink at Neptune Lounge and be amazed by stunning cabaret acts, live music and dance shows. Enjoy stand-up comedians and a professional pianist in the bars, then head to the on-board casino for a few hands of blackjack or spin of the roulette wheel. Day or night, Balmoral can't fail to impress.
Day 1: Port of Tyne Newcastle, UK
Arrive at Newcastle Port where you will board Fred Olsen’s Balmoral and set sail onwards to Eidfjord.
Day 2: Pilot Station Feinstein > Cruising Lysefjord
Day 3: Cruising Hardangerfjord > Eidfjord, Hardangerfjord, Norway
Cruising through the Lysefjord is a magical experience. Formed during the Ice Age by massive glaciers, this fjord is about 40km long and is one of the most distinctive bodies of water in Norway.
The mountain backdrop soars 3,000 feet above sea level in parts and is interlaced with waterfalls, farms and wildlife. On the shoreline, the Kjerag mountain, Kjeragbolten boulder and 604m-high Preikestolen cliff add to the ever-changing landscape. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled as you float along the fjord, which is home to lots of seals.
Lysebotn is the innermost village on the Lysefjord and is home to a power station, Lysefjord Centre, and the hair-raising Lysebotn Vegan road.
Day 4: Bergen, Norway
The charming port city of Bergen is framed by seven hills on Norway's south-west shore. Bergen’s bustling waterfront and narrow streets of colourful half-timbered houses combine with a proud musical and maritime heritage. Ride the funicular railway up Mount Floyen for city views. Visit Troldhaugen Museum to see Edvard Grieg's musical heritage comes to life, or explore the artwork on display at KODE. The 900-year old Bryggen, a wharf that features museums and pubs, guides you through the city's sea-faring past, while locally-caught seafood can be found at Bergen Fish Market. Discover family fun at Bergen Science Centre and Bergen Aquarium, or explore the city's sights on a Segway tour.
Day 5: Flåm, Aurlandsfjord, Norway > Cruising Sognefjord
Although small, Flam is Norway's fourth largest cruise port. This charming village is found in the Aurlandsfjord, which is the deepest and second-longest fjord in Europe. This diverse setting offers something for everyone, from vast meadows and picturesque farms to fragrant orchards and ancient churches. Cycle along Rallarvegen — the most popular cycling route in Norway — or hike through marked paths in the mountains. Ride the Flam Railway, which was named the best train journey in the world by Lonely Planet in 2014, and take in the spectacular mountain scenery. You can even pass deep ravines and cascading waters at the 225m-high Kjosfossen waterfall.
Step back aboard in the late afternoon before the ship sets sail towards the majestic Sognefjord. Sognefjord is the largest and best known fjord in Norway and the second longest in the world. It extends for 204km from the coast just north of Bergen to the mighty mountains of Jotunheimen National Park and the Jostedalsbreen National Park.
Day 6: Olden, Nordfjord, Norway
Disembark at Olden — a pretty, peaceful village found on the Nordfjord. The gateway to the Jostedal Glacier — the largest glacier on the European mainland — Olden is a place of dramatic landscapes. Go hiking and see the Tjøtabreen glacier and 300m Volefossen Waterfall or take a coach trip to the stunning Briksdal Galcier. You can visit nearby Stryn — a popular skiing spot — found just across the fjord. Enjoy the quiet valleys, green hills and calm water before departing.
Day 8: Port of Tyne Newcastle, UK
The cruise comes to an end in Newcastle, where you disembark and make your way home.