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14 Aug 2018

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Efficient and friendly service

14 Aug 2018

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13 Aug 2018

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Efficient and fairly quick process

13 Aug 2018

Yes. Certainly if we went on another cruise

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

Experience the Difference

  • Cruise Miles; over 350,000 U.K Members

  • Award Winning; more than 50 Cruise Awards over the last 10 years

  • The UK's No.1 Independent Cruise Specialist; delivering impartial advice

  • Staff with over 1,000 years combined travel industry expertise, offering 5* service

  • 24 years as a cruise only specialist

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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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  • Balmoral

    Your Ship


    Balmoral

    Fred Olsen Cruise Lines

    Fred Olsen Cruise Lines
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  • Newcastle

    Day 1

    Newcastle

    19 Oct 2018

    Discover the most popular cruise destinations without the hassle of flying, cruising out of Newcastle Upon Tyne. Enjoy the beauty of the British Isles to the warmth of the Canary Islands on one of these fantastic cruise itineraries out of Newcastle.

    Destination guide
  • Day 2


    At Sea

    20 Oct 2018

  • Bremen, Germany

    Day 3-4

    Bremen, Germany

    21 Oct 2018 to 22 Oct 2018

  • Day 4


    Cruising Weser River

    22 Oct 2018

  • Hamburg, Germany

    Day 5

    Hamburg, Germany

    23 Oct 2018

    Home to one of the biggest ports in Europe, Hamburg leaves visitors spoilt for choice when it comes to things to do and see.

    Destination guide
  • Kiel, Germany

    Day 6

    Kiel, Germany

    24 Oct 2018

    Explore the history and sights of fascinating Kiel before enjoying a tranquil cruise along the scenic canal.

    Destination guide
  • Day 7


    Warnemunde, Germany

    25 Oct 2018

  • Day 8


    Kiel Canal Transit

    26 Oct 2018

  • Day 9


    At Sea

    27 Oct 2018

  • Newcastle

    Day 10

    Newcastle

    28 Oct 2018

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    Destination guide

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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Cabins


* Prices shown are per person, based on two adults sharing a twin cabin and include all cruise offer discounts and savings.

Cabin


Wheelchair Adapted

Wheelchair Adapted


Wheelchair Adapted

Standard Cabin

Standard Cabin


Standard Cabin

Inside


Inside Cabin

Inside Cabin


This cabin is approximately 160 square feet in size and can be found on the Atlantic Deck. This grade of cabin has an en-suite bathroom with shower, and an interactive television.

Inside Cabin


Inside Cabin

Guaranteed Inside Higher

Guaranteed Inside Higher


This grade of cabin has an en-suite bathroom with shower, and an interactive television.

Twin Bedded Cabin

Twin Bedded Cabin


Latesaver Twin Bedded Cabin

Inside Cabin

Inside Cabin


This grade of cabin has an en-suite bathroom with shower, and an interactive television.

Guaranteed Inside Lower

Guaranteed Inside Lower


This grade of cabin has an en-suite bathroom with shower, and an interactive television.

Superior Single Inside Cabin

Superior Single Inside Cabin


This grade of cabin has an en-suite bathroom with shower, and an interactive television.

Inside Lower

Inside Lower


Inside Lower

Inside Lower Grade

Inside Lower Grade


Inside lower grade cabin

Inside Upper


Inside Upper

Superior Inside

Superior Inside


This cabin is approximately 160 square feet in size and can be found on Lido, Bridge and Main decks. These cabins have a bathroom with bath and/or shower, and an interactive television. Cabins 9048, 9056 and 9095 on Bridge Deck have been adapted for use by disabled passengers.

Single Inside


Single Inside

Single Inside

Single Inside


This cabin is approximately 130 square feet in size and can be found on Main and Marina Decks. This grade of cabin has an en-suite bathroom with shower, and an interactive television.

Outside


Outside Cabin

Outside Cabin


This cabin is approximately 165 square feet in size, and can be found on Atlantic and Coral Decks. These cabins have picture windows and a bathroom with bath and/or shower. Facilities include an interactive television. Note - Some Cabins may have restricted view.

Single Outside Cabin

Single Outside Cabin


This grade of cabin has an en-suite bathroom with shower, and an interactive television.

Single Outside


Single Outside

Guaranteed Outside Lower

Guaranteed Outside Lower


This grade of cabin has an en-suite bathroom with shower, and an interactive television.

Guaranteed Outside Higher

Guaranteed Outside Higher


This grade of cabin has an en-suite bathroom with shower, and an interactive television.

Superior Outside


Superior Outside

Superior Outside Cabin

Superior Outside Cabin


This cabin is approximately 165 square feet in size and can be found on Lido and Main Decks. This grade of cabin has a picture window and a bathroom with bath and/or shower. Facilities include an interactive television. Note - Some Cabins may have restricted view.

Superior Outside Cabin

Superior Outside Cabin


This cabin is approximately 200 square feet in size and can be found on Lido Deck. Slightly larger than a B grade, these cabins have picture windows and a bathroom with bath and/or shower. Facilities include an interactive television. Note - Some Cabins may have restricted view.

Outside Lower

Outside Lower


Outside Lower

Outside Cabin

Outside Cabin


This cabin is approximately 165 square feet in size and can be found on the Coral Deck. These cabins have picture windows and a bathroom with bath and/or shower. Facilities include an interactive television. Note - Some Cabins may have restricted view.

Outside Cabin

Outside Cabin


This cabin is approximately 165 square feet in size and can be found on both Coral and Marina Decks. These cabins have port holes and a bathroom with bath and/or shower. Facilities include an interactive television. Note - Some Cabins may have restricted view.

Outside Cabin

Outside Cabin


Outside Cabin Note - Some Cabins may have restricted view.

Superior Twin Outside Cabin

Superior Twin Outside Cabin


This cabin is approximately 165 square feet in size and can be found on the Atlantic Deck. These cabins have picture windows and a bathroom with bath and/or shower. Facilities include an interactive television. Note - Some Cabins may have restricted view.

Superior Outside Single Cabin

Superior Outside Single Cabin


This grade of cabin has an en-suite bathroom with shower, and an interactive television.

Balcony


Terrace Balcony Suite


Terrace Balcony Suite

Balcony Cabin

Balcony Cabin


This cabin is approximately 180 square feet in size, and can be found on Lido and Bridge Decks.This cabin has a balcony, bathroom with shower or bath and shower, and an interactive television.

Superior Balcony Cabin

Superior Balcony Cabin


This cabin is approximately 190 square feet in size and can be found on Bridge Deck.Slightly larger than a Balcony Cabin, this cabin has a balcony, bathroom with shower or bath and shower, and an interactive television.

Superior Balcony


Superior Balcony

Suite


Marquee Suite


Marquee Suite

Twin Bedded Cabin


Twin Bedded Cabin

Deluxe Balcony Cabin


Deluxe Balcony Cabin

Junior Suite

Junior Suite


Junior Suite

Single Balcony Suite

Single Balcony Suite


This suite is approximately 200 square feet in size and can be found on Bridge Deck. This suite has a bedroom with sitting area and french doors leading onto a veranda. There is an en-suite bathroom with bath and/or shower. Facilities include an interactive television, DVD and CD player, mini-bar and/or refrigerator.

Superior Suite

Superior Suite


This suite has a sitting room with sofas and chairs, french doors, a large veranda and a separate bedroom with large double bed and en-suite bathroom with bath and/or shower. Facilities include an interactive television, DVD and CD player, mini-bar and/or refrigerator.

Marquee Suite

Marquee Suite


This suite is approximately 390 square feet in size and can be found on Highland Deck. This suite has a sitting room with sofas and chairs, french doors, a large veranda and a separate bedroom with large double bed and en-suite bathroom with bath and/or shower. Facilities include an interactive television, DVD and CD player, mini-bar and/or refrigerator.

Owner's Suite

Owner's Suite


Owner's Suite

Balcony Junior Suite

Balcony Junior Suite


This suite is approximately 200 square feet in size and can be found on Highland, Bridge and Lido Decks. This suite has a bedroom with a large sitting area and french doors leading onto a veranda. There is an en-suite bathroom with bath and/or shower. Facilities include an interactive television, DVD and CD player, mini-bar and/or refrigerator.

Premier Suite

Premier Suite


This suite has a sitting room with sofas and chairs, french doors, a large veranda and a separate bedroom with large double bed and en-suite bathroom with bath and/or shower. Facilities include an interactive television, DVD and CD player, mini-bar and/or refrigerator.

Premier Suite


Premier Suite


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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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