European Cities

Cruise Code: 1178729

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What's included *

  • All meals throughout your cruise - from five course a la carte dining to informal buffets and late-night snacks
  • Self service tea & coffee facilities at selected venues.
  • All evening entertainment, including cabarets and dancing, with a different show each night
  • Captain’s drinks party and Gala Buffet
  • On board leisure facilities, including swimming pools, Jacuzzis and use of gym equipment
  • The currency on board is pound sterling, so you won’t be affected by any foreign exchange rate fluctuation
  • Exclusive offers you can't find anywhere else

  • 20 years of cruise expertise

  • ATOL protection for your peace of mind

  • Award-winning customer service

Overview


Join Balmoral for a relaxing, eight-night escape to France, the Netherlands and Belgium and discover the highlights of three enchanting cities. With overnight stays in each there will be chances to explore the cities to the full and at a relaxing pace, taking in all the sights, attractions and experiences on offer. The first port of call on this rewarding cruise is historic Rouen. After a short sail from Southampton, which will include scenic cruising along the picturesque River Seine, Balmoral will dock close to the centre of this pretty city. An abundance of must-visit sites will be within easy reach of the ship, including the spectacular French-gothic style Cathédrale Notre-Dame, the emblematic Gros-Horloge and Place du Vieux Marché, where Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake in 1431. Rouen is also the gateway to Paris, with the chance to visit the romantic French capital on a magical tour. Venture down the Champs-Élysées; see famous landmarks such as the iconic Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe; and wander along the grand boulevards lined with high-end stores and traditional brasseries. In the effervescent Dutch capital there are attractions aplenty to discover too, from a plethora of stylish galleries and fascinating museums to trendy boutiques and stunning architecture. Among the best of them are the Rijksmuseum, which features masterpieces from many of the greats including Van Gogh and Rembrandt; and Anne Frank House, where Anne Frank and her family famously hid from the Nazis in World War Two. Hiring a bicycle and riding around the city is a great way to take in the sights; however it’s also possible to see them from a different perspective on a relaxing boat tour along the canals. Finally Balmoral will call into Antwerp, a beautiful Belgian city known for its diamonds, chocolates and fine arts. No time spent here is complete without stopping by a chocolate shop to see how the local sweet treats are made and wandering through the glamorous diamond district. The MAS Museum is well worth a visit too, with its fantastic exhibits and open roof offering views of the city and its landmarks, including the soaring spire of Our Lady’s Cathedral.

Your Itinerary


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Your Ship:

Balmoral - Fred Olsen Cruise Lines


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Port

Date

Due Depart


Day 4

Port :

At Sea

Date :

03 Dec 2017

Due - Departs :

03 Dec 2017


The 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 are Avon and Spey – 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.

Balmoral


Launched: January 2008 | Occupancy: 1,350 passengers

Tonnage: 43,537 tons | Length: 715 ft (217.93 m)

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Terms and Conditions


Fred. Olsen Enjoyment Promise: The enjoyment promise excludes sailings of 4 nights or less. The promise only applies to bookings made for departures more than 12 weeks ahead; The Enjoyment Promise only applies to passengers who have contracted with FOCL. To evoke the Enjoyment Promise, you will need to inform Guest Relations within 48 hours of sailing. FOCL will arrange and pay for a flight and/or transport back to the UK. FOCL will refund the cruise cost only but will not refund other costs. Voyages of 28 nights or longer will require an interim deposit. A 15% deposit will need to be paid at the time of booking and then a remaining 15% will need to be paid at 180 days prior to sailing date.

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