German Waterways & Bremen Beer Festival

Cruise Code: 1186851

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Your ROL Cruise package


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 and head to Germany on very special sailing featuring scenic cruising along beautiful waterways; calls into four enchanting destinations; and a chance to experience the excitement of one of the country’s oldest and largest annual events. A string of unforgettable highlights are yours to discover on this short, yet rewarding adventure, beginning with arguably the most memorable highlight of them all – the Bremen Beer Festival. Your ship will glide into Bremen via the Weser River, so there's no need to endure a long coach ride from Bremerhaven. Once docked, you can head ashore and sample the atmosphere of the Freimarkt extravaganza. This two week festival is one of Germany’s most historic and attracts over four million revellers every year. You have the opportunity to sample delicious local brews at the beer festival, enjoy the fun and festivity of the funfair and stop-by the traditional market stalls selling aromatic sweets and tasty pastries. An afternoon of scenic cruising along the Weser will then offer you the chance to recover and relax, taking in gorgeous countryside as you sail onwards to Hamburg. Here you can take time to discover landmarks such as the towering neo-Renaissance style Rathaus and St Michael’s Church at your leisure; or perhaps embark on a boat tour of the Alster Lake and learn of the city’s ancient seafaring traditions. An overnight transit of the Kiel Canal – the first of two journeys through this incredible, size-restricted waterway on this itinerary – is followed by a full day stay in Kiel. Like Hamburg, this fascinating city harbours an extensive seafaring heritage; explore it in depth at the interesting Maritime Museum and the Laboe Naval Museum. Kiel is also home to Holstenstraße, one of Germany’s longest shopping streets; and gateway to the beautiful Holstein Lakes. Finally it’s on to the pretty seaside town of Warnemünde, boasting an abundance of friendly pubs and restaurants and an historic lighthouse offering fantastic views across the Baltic Sea. You’ll also be perfectly placed to embark on a boat trip along the peaceful River Warnow to Rostock, where landmarks such as the striking City Hall and St Mary’s Church await, as well as a local microbrewery expertly crafting delicious German beers. Yet another journey back through the Kiel Canal ensures an unforgettable end to your time in Germany as you head for home.

Your Itinerary


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Your Ship:

Balmoral - Fred Olsen Cruise Lines


Day

Port

Date

Due Depart


Day 1

Port :

Newcastle

Date :

19 Oct 2018

Due - Departs :

19 Oct 2018


Day 2

Port :

At Sea

Date :

20 Oct 2018

Due - Departs :

20 Oct 2018


Day 3-4

Port :

Bremen, Germany

Date :

21 Oct 2018

Due - Departs :

22 Oct 2018


Day 4

Port :

Cruising Weser River

Date :

22 Oct 2018

Due - Departs :

22 Oct 2018


Day 6

Port :

Kiel Canal Transit

Date :

24 Oct 2018

Due - Departs :

24 Oct 2018


Day 7

Port :

Warnemunde, Germany

Date :

25 Oct 2018

Due - Departs :

25 Oct 2018


Day 8

Port :

Kiel Canal Transit

Date :

26 Oct 2018

Due - Departs :

26 Oct 2018


Day 9

Port :

At Sea

Date :

27 Oct 2018

Due - Departs :

27 Oct 2018


Day 10

Port :

Newcastle

Date :

28 Oct 2018

Due - Departs :

28 Oct 2018


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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