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Onboard Fred. Olsen - Balmoral
Hays Cruise Extras
  • Fully Escorted by Hays Travel Representative^
  • Hays Exclusive Fred.Olsen Group benefits*
  • Choice of On Board Spending Credit £60pp OR Free Car Parking *
Why book…
  • Try a unique experience by visiting an entirely frozen Ice Bar in Oslo, Norway
  • Sample the local cuisine in Fredericia, Denmark
  • Dine at one of the 15 Michelin-starred restaurants in Copenhagen, Denmark
Overview Itinerary
The Ship
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.

Food
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.

Drink
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.

Entertainment
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 where you will board Fred. Olsen's Balmoral and set sail onwards to Oslo, Norway.
Day 2: At Sea
Day 3: Oslo, Norway, Cruising Oslofjord
This morning ms Prinsendam sails through the narrow sounds, small islands and idyllic bays of Oslo Fjord. This 100km long body of water stretches in an imaginary line from the Torbjornskjaer and Faerder lighthouses and down to Langesund in the south to Oslo in the north. Norway's capital - Oslo - is your next port of call. 10th-century Viking history and indigenous Sami Culture rubs shoulders with world-class museums and modern architecture in this vibrant city. Meander through the luxury boutiques on the Aker Brygge waterfront before stopping for lunch at a waterside restaurant. Explore the city centre and take in the unique Ibsen Quotes set in the sidewalks. Absorb Nordic culture at the Fram Museum, Folk Museum and the Viking Ship Museum. Visits to Oslo Opera House, Frogner Park and Vigeland Sculpture Park, and the Giant Finger Pointing Statue are a must-do too.
Day 4: Helsingborg, Sweden, Copenhagen, Denmark
The market town of Helsingor in eastern Denmark was founded in the 1420s by Danish King Eric of Pomerania. Meander through the cobblestone streets lined with timber-framed houses and visit the Carmelite Monastery of St Maria Church, St Olaf's Church and the 15th-century Kronborg Castle - immortalised in Shakespeare's 'Hamlet' play. Explore the town's seafaring history at the National Maritime Museum and also innovative technological inventions at Danmarks Tekniske Museum. Journey to the 17th-century Frederiksborg Castle in Hillerod and the Karen Blixen Museum on the shores of Oresund Strait. Copenhagen, Denmark's capital city, is your next port of call. Ride the old-style amusement rides at Tivoli Gardens or get up close to colourful marine life at National Aquarium Denmark. Shop 'til you drop along the world's longest pedestrian shopping street - Strøget. A tour of the Carlsberg Brewery is a popular choice or enjoy family-fun at Dyrehavsbakken amusement park. Kronborg Castle and Christiansborg Palace on Slotsholmen Island are a must-see for culture fans. If you fancy something different, why not head out to the workshops, galleries and organic eateries at Freetown Christiania? No trip to Copenhagen would be complete without a photo opportunity at the world-famous Little Mermaid statue.
Day 5: Copenhagen, Denmark
Copenhagen, Denmark's capital city, is your next port of call. Ride the old-style amusement rides at Tivoli Gardens or get up close to colourful marine life at National Aquarium Denmark. Shop 'til you drop along the world's longest pedestrian shopping street - Strøget. A tour of the Carlsberg Brewery is a popular choice or enjoy family-fun at Dyrehavsbakken amusement park. Kronborg Castle and Christiansborg Palace on Slotsholmen Island are a must-see for culture fans. If you fancy something different, why not head out to the workshops, galleries and organic eateries at Freetown Christiania? No trip to Copenhagen would be complete without a photo opportunity at the world-famous Little Mermaid statue.
Day 6: Fredericia, Denmark
Nestling on the Jutland peninsula, Fredericia was founded in 1650 by King Frederik III, after whom it is named. Admire the Landsoldaten (The Foot Soldier) statue at the entrance to the city and the Det Hvide Vandtam (White Watertower) atop the ancient city walls that encircle the Old Town. While away a few hours on the Osterstrand blue-flag beach, or have fun at Madsby Play Park. Visit Den Historiske Miniby to see a miniature but lifelike copy of Fredericia in the year 1849 or enjoy a leisurely stroll through Fredericia Vold. Take a drive out to the historic town of Ribe; cross the Little Belt Suspension Bridge to explore the Funen Island countryside; or visit the popular Legoland Billund Resort.
Day 7: Arendal, Norway
The picture-perfect town of Arendal is located at the heart of the Norwegian Riviera. From its idyllic old town and harbour area to the surrounding islands, you have many delights to uncover when you step onshore. Visit the old town area of Tyholmen with its towering town hall, fascinating Klockers Hus, and 17th-century timber houses. Take a ferry over to Merdo Island to find a beach and the Merdogaard Museum. Experience exciting experiments and interactive exhibits at the Science Center, or go horse riding at Stall Siring. You can also unwind with a meal of freshly-caught seafood at Pollen — Arendal's bustling quayside.
Day 8: At Sea
Day 9: Port of Tyne Newcastle, UK
The cruise comes to an end in Newcastle, where you will disembark and make your way home.
To book call 0800 408 4229 or Enquire online
Price from £999 per person based on twin occupancy of the lead-in twin stateroom on cruise L1923 departing 08 September 2019, subject to availability. Offers may be amended or withdrawn at any time without notice, subject to availability and cannot be applied retrospectively. All bookings are subject to Fred. Olsen Cruise Line’s standard terms and conditions. *Exclusive Group Benefits, i.e. Car Parking OR, On Board Spending Credit are subject to terms and conditions. ^Hays Travel representative escorting the group is subject to minimum numbers booked.
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September 2019 - 8 Nights - Sailing from Port of Tyne
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