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, UK
Arrive in Newcastle and board Balmoral for your seven night cruise.
Day 3: 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 4: Frederica, 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 5: Aalborg, Denmark
The Danish city of Aalborg is located on the newly-renovated Limfjord waterfront in the North Jutland province. Meander along Jomfru Ane Gade and stop for a drink at one of its many bars. Get up close to animals from around the world at Aalborg Zoo or relax in the idyllic surroundings of Skanse Park. Enjoy family-time at Farup Sommerland amusement park and Leo's Legeland play centre. Step back in time at Aalborg Historical Museum, admire the artworks at Kunsten Museum of Modern Art Aalborg or marvel at the exhibits at Springeren Maritime Centre. Pay a visit to the nearby half-timbered Aalborghus Castle or ride the elevator up Aalborg Tower for panoramic vistas.
Day 6: Aarhus, Denmark
Today the ship docks in Aarhus — the Danish 'City of Smiles' - on the Jutland Peninsula. Old meets new in this charming city where Scandi-chic galleries rub shoulders with the old docks and Latin Quarter. Stroll around the Marselisborg Palace and the tranquil Aarhus Botanical Gardens. Get a culture fix at Den Gamle By open-air Museum and explore Danish art at Aarhus Art Museum. There's family-fun aplenty with the Haunted House and fairground rides at Tivoli Friheden amusement park. Travel inland to the picturesque lakeside city of Silkeborg to visit the pre-historic Tollund Man at the Silkeborg Museum.
Day 8: Port of Tyne (Newcastle), UK
Today your cruise comes to an end. Disembark and make your way back home.