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Cruise Overview

  • Duration 13 nights
  • Departs 01 Jul 2021
  • Sails from Edinburgh (Rosyth) Scotland
  • Ship Balmoral
  • Cruise code ‍1622885‍
  • Voyage code ‍L2120‍

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Edinburgh (Rosyth), Scotland

Edinburgh (Rosyth) Scotland Thu 01 Jul 2021

Edinburgh (Rosyth), Scotland

Situated on the north bank of the River Forth, just 40 minutes from Edinburgh, the Port of Rosyth is a fantastic place to begin your holiday, thanks to its close proximity to the famous sights and highlights of the Scottish capital and its convenient location for guests joining Fred. Olsen’s smaller, friendlier cruise ships from Scotland and the north of England. There is a fantastic selection of Fred. Olsen cruises from Rosyth to choose from, each featuring incredible destinations across Europe. You could cruise from Scotland to Germany or Sweden, for picturesque waterways and attraction-packed cities; sail to captivating, culture-rich capitals in Scandinavia or the Baltic; experience the uncanny tranquillity and outstanding natural beauty of Norway’s magnificent fjordland; or even uncover a few gems found closer to home, such as postcard-perfect Scottish isles. Show less Each itinerary has been expertly crafted to present you with an extensive list of rewarding experiences and unforgettable sights as Fred. Olsen brings the world closer to you. See below to view and find out more about our cruises from Rosyth.

Balmoral, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

At Sea Fri 02 Jul 2021

Balmoral, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
Place de la Bourse Bordeaux

Bordeaux, France Mon 05 Jul 2021

Place de la Bourse Bordeaux

Bordeaux is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it offers everything from breathtaking views and picturesque locations, to incredible museums and churches. Its current shape and form with the classical and neoclassical buildings was heavily influenced by the Age of Enlightenment during the 18th century.

reflections at downtown bilbao facades

Getxo (Bilbao), Spain Wed 07 Jul 2021

reflections at downtown bilbao facades

With its must-see architecture and mouth-watering eateries, cultural Bilbao is a far cry from its industrial roots.

Gijon, Spain

Gijon, Spain Thu 08 Jul 2021

Gijon, Spain

Located on Spain’s Atlantic Coastline, lively Gijon is one of Spain’s most important port cities. With a seafaring history and maritime heritage that dates back to Roman times, Gijon has – as you might expect – a large number of historic buildings, monuments and museums to enjoy as well as gorgeous beaches and beautiful landscapes. Places of interest include the 19th century City Hall in Plaza Mayor, the Collegiate Church of San Juan Bautista, the Barloja Museum and the roman baths of the 16th century Valdes Palace. Those who prefer to relax and soak up the sunshine are spoilt for choice in Gijon, as the city is blessed with stunning stretches of soft sands such as San Lorenzo beach at Gijon Bay.

Balmoral, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

At Sea Fri 09 Jul 2021

Balmoral, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
St. Malo, France

St. Malo, France Sat 10 Jul 2021

St. Malo, France

Originally a fortified island, the walled city of St Malo at the mouth of the River Rance on France’s Brittany coast, is now connected to the mainland by a 'Sillon' causeway. Visiting this atmospheric port, once a stronghold for privateers (pirates approved by the king), is like stepping back in time. The walls of St Malo, largely destroyed in World War II, have been painstakingly reconstructed. A magnificent grey granite citadel protects the old city, the cobbled streets of which are packed with interesting shops, restaurants, bars and cafés. The main gate is Porte St-Vincent, home to the castle and town museum, and an eclectic mix of exhibits including maps and local artefacts. Saint-Malo Cathedral, built in Romanesque and Gothic styles, makes an impressive centrepiece. From the beach outside the citadel it’s possible to walk at low tide to the small island of Grand-Bé, to see the tomb of the 19th century politician and writer, Chateaubriand. To the south is where the original inhabitants lived. They were converted to Christianity by St Malou, after whom they named the impregnable island when they moved there in the 12th century.

Cruises to France

Honfleur, France Sun 11 Jul 2021

Cruises to France

It's a place of great historic charm, notably around the Vieux Basin, where lofty slate-and-timber fronted houses overlook the colourful yacht and fishing harbour, and sloping cobbled streets recall 16th century Honfleur. Not to be missed are the 15th century wooden church and the Impressionist paintings of the Museé Eugene Boudin.

Balmoral, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

At Sea Mon 12 Jul 2021

Balmoral, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
Edinburgh (Rosyth), Scotland

Edinburgh (Rosyth) Scotland Wed 14 Jul 2021

Edinburgh (Rosyth), Scotland

Situated on the north bank of the River Forth, just 40 minutes from Edinburgh, the Port of Rosyth is a fantastic place to begin your holiday, thanks to its close proximity to the famous sights and highlights of the Scottish capital and its convenient location for guests joining Fred. Olsen’s smaller, friendlier cruise ships from Scotland and the north of England. There is a fantastic selection of Fred. Olsen cruises from Rosyth to choose from, each featuring incredible destinations across Europe. You could cruise from Scotland to Germany or Sweden, for picturesque waterways and attraction-packed cities; sail to captivating, culture-rich capitals in Scandinavia or the Baltic; experience the uncanny tranquillity and outstanding natural beauty of Norway’s magnificent fjordland; or even uncover a few gems found closer to home, such as postcard-perfect Scottish isles. Show less Each itinerary has been expertly crafted to present you with an extensive list of rewarding experiences and unforgettable sights as Fred. Olsen brings the world closer to you. See below to view and find out more about our cruises from Rosyth.

What's included *

  • FREE All-Inclusive Drinks Package OR FREE on Board Spend
  • All meals throughout your cruise - from five course a la carte dining to informal buffets and late-night snacks
  • 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
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Cabins & Prices

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

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Superior Single Inside Cabin

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This room is approximately 160 square feet in size and can be found on Bridge Deck 9. It has a bath and/or shower. All rooms are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts).

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Single Interior Room

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These rooms are approximately 130 square feet in size and can be found on Main Deck 6 and Marina Deck 3. They have a bathroom with shower. All rooms are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts).

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Superior Interior

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Our Superior Interior Rooms are approximately 160 square feet in size and can be found on Lido Deck 8 and Bridge Deck 9. These rooms have a bathroom with bath and/or shower. All rooms are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts). Please note, rooms 9048, 9056 and 9095 on Bridge Deck have been adapted for use by disabled passengers.

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Interior Cabin

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This room is approximately 160 square feet in size and can be found on Main Deck 6 and Atlantic Deck 5. It has a bathroom with shower. All rooms are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts).

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Superior Ocean View Cabin

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This room is approximately 200 square feet in size and can be found on Lido Deck 8. It has a picture window, bathroom with bath and/or shower. All rooms are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts).

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Single Ocean View Cabin

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This room is approximately 140 square feet in size and can be found on Marina Deck 3. It has a porthole and a bathroom with shower. All rooms are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts).

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Ocean View Cabin

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These rooms are approximately 165 square feet in size, and can be found on Atlantic Deck 5 and Coral Deck 4. They have a picture window and a bathroom with bath and/or shower. All rooms are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts).

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Superior Ocean View Single Cabin

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This room is approximately 160 square feet in size and can be found on Lido Deck 8. It has a picture window, a bathroom with bath and/or shower. Facilities include air conditioning, a TV, mini fridge, telephone, safe and hairdryer. All rooms are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts). Please note rooms 8061 and 8072 have a small balcony.

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Superior Balcony Cabin

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These rooms are approximately 190 square feet in size and can be found on Bridge Deck 9. Slightly larger than a BC grade, these rooms have a balcony, bathroom with bath and/or shower. All rooms are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts). Smoking is permitted on room balconies.

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Balcony Cabin

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This room is approximately 180 square feet in size, and can be found on Lido Deck 8 and Bridge Deck 9. It has a balcony, bathroom with bath and/or shower. All rooms are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts). Smoking is permitted on room balconies.

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Marquee Suite

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This suite is approximately 390 square feet in size and can be found on Highland Deck 10.This suite has a bedroom with a large double bed and a sitting area, a bathroom with bath and/or shower. All rooms are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts). Smoking is permitted on room balconies.

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Premier Suite

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This suite is approximately 430 square feet in size and can be found on Highland Deck 11.This suite has a sitting room, balcony and a bedroom with large double bed and bathroom with bath and/or shower. All rooms are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts). Smoking is permitted on room balconies.

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Superior Suite

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This suite is approximately 275 square feet in size and can be found on Highland Deck 10 & Bridge Deck 9. This suite has a bedroom with sitting area and a balcony. The bathroom has a bath and/or shower. All rooms are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts). Smoking is permitted on room balconies.

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Balcony Junior Suite

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This suite is approximately 200 square feet in size and can be found on Highland Deck 10, Bridge Deck 9 and Lido Deck 8. This suite has a bedroom with a sitting area and a balcony. There is an en-suite bathroom with bath and/or shower. All rooms are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts). Smoking is permitted on room balconies. Please note, rooms 8057 and 8059 on Lido deck are equipped for use by disabled passengers.

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Single Balcony Suite

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This suite is approximately 200 square feet in size and can be found on Bridge Deck 9. This suite has a bedroom with sitting area and a balcony. The bathroom has a bath and/or shower. All rooms are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts). Smoking is permitted on room balconies. *Please note that some of the JB grades have 2 beds, but are sold as Single Balcony Suites.

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The Ship - Balmoral

  • Occupancy1,325
  • Tonnage43,537 tons
  • Length715 ft (217.93 m)
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Balmoral is the largest of the Fred. Olsen ocean-going cruise ships. It is small enough to navigate size-restricted waterways such as the Kiel Canal, providing fantastic scenic cruising opportunities, while retaining the warm, intimate and friendly atmosphere that the Fred. Olsen fleet is renowned for. She is named after the Scottish residence of the British Royal Family, Balmoral. The Scottish theme runs throughout the main dining venues, the Ballindalloch, Avon and Spey, where guests can enjoy tantalising menus prepared by expert chefs. Balmoral features 710 well-appointed rooms and suites and a selection of comfortable lounges, bars and inviting public areas, providing you with ample space in which to relax and share a memorable cruise experience with hundreds (not thousands!) of fellow travellers. As Fred. Olsen’s guests have come to expect, there is an array of superb entertainment on offer throughout the day, from lectures and hobby classes to live cabaret and comedians, ensuring you can make the most of your time on board.

What’s on board: Avon Restaurant, Ballindalloch Restaurant, Lido Bar and Lounge, Lounge Bar, Marquee Bar, Palms Cafe, Spey Restaurant, Morning Light Pub, Neptune Lounge, Art Gallery, Boutique, Hair Salon, Observation Lounge, Card Room, Deck Quoits, Golf Nets, Library, Shuffle Board, Gym and much, much more. 

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  • Our ABTA membership & ATOL license protects all our package or tailormade holidays booked through ROL Cruise so you can book with confidence knowing you are fully protected
  • Award winning Cruise Miles® loyalty programme; with over 400,000 UK members
  • Winners of more than 50 Cruise Awards over the last 5 years
  • The UK's No.1 Independent Cruise Specialist; delivering impartial advice
  • Customer satisfaction at 98% and a Feefo score of 4.8/5.
  • Expert staff with over 1,000 years of combined travel expertise offering 5★ service
  • Flexible Payment Options Available
  • Celebrating our 25th year as a cruise-only specialist
  • Key strategic partner with the major cruise lines
  • Voted The UK & Ireland's No.1 Ocean Cruise Specialist in TTG's 2020 Top 50 Travel Agencies Awards
  • Ambassadors representing us and guiding our customers onboard and at key locations on their holidays

Frequently Asked Questions about Fred Olsen Cruise Lines

What is the Fred. Olsen Plain Sailing Guarantee?

The Plain Sailing Guarantee ensures any guests who test positive for COVID-19 and therefore cannot travel can move their cruise to another with no administration fees. This will cover guests on any cruise up to the end of 2021. Fred. Olsen will hold the money for the cancellation for up to 12 months to give their guests plenty of time to choose an alternative sailing of at least the same value. All guests need to do is call prior to departure to notify their inability to travel.


What is included in my cruise fare?

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines offer incredible value via inclusive fares. The following will be included in the price of your cruise: comfortable cabins with tv, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities and individually controlled air conditioning, tempting cuisine, self-service tea and coffee at selected venues, in-room sandwiches and snacks, evening entertainment, Captain’s Drinks Party and Gala Buffet, use of leisure facilities including pools and gym, a vast range of on board activities, all UK port taxes, luggage porterage at embarkation and disembarkation and flights (as part of fly-cruises).


What isn’t included in my cruise fare?

There isn’t much Fred. Olsen doesn’t include in the price of their cruises! But do bear in mind the following (unless stated otherwise): travel to/from your port or airports, car parking, all drinks on board, Shore Tours and RIB Tours, hairdressing, health & beauty treatments and selected fitness classes, personal laundry and dry cleaning, WiFi, passport and visa costs, holiday insurance, discretionary gratuities, evening dining in premium restaurants, premium Traditional Afternoon Tea and games of Blackjack and Roulette.


Is there a dress code on board?

Yes, there is a dress code on board. Most evenings, your chosen ship will have a smart casual dress code. For men, trousers, chinos or smart dark jeans with a shirt or polo shirt are required. For ladies, outfits range from tailored trouser suits/casual separates to stylish dresses. Depending on the length of your chosen cruise, there may be one or more formal evenings. On these occasions, men wear either a dinner jacket or dark suit and tie while ladies may wear cocktail-style dresses or full-length ball gowns.


What dining options are available on board?

Upon arrival, you’ll find a Restaurant Seating Card in your cabin which will detail your evening dining time and allocated table number for the duration of your cruise. Dining times consist of two sittings; First Sitting (18:15) and Second Sitting (20:30). For guests on Freedom Fare, you will be offered the choice of your preferred slot at the time of booking, subject to availability. While guests on Saver Fares can select their dining time for a nominal supplement in advance of sailing. Informal open seating is offered to evening diners in Palms Café on Balmoral and Braemar. On selected evenings, The Grill restaurant offers premium speciality dining (for a small supplement) in exclusive indoor or al fresco locations. Here, expect to dine on succulent steaks and seafood as well as world cuisine inspired by the waters you sail in.


Are drinks packages available?

Yes, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines offer an All Inclusive Drinks Upgrade package. From only £19 per person, per night (£35 per person, per night on cruises of five nights or less and Speciality Sailings), you can enjoy selected white, red and rosé wine by the glass and selected house beers, house spirits and soft drinks all day, every day throughout your cruise. This package also extends to the restaurants on board where you can choose from a selection of soft drinks, a choice of wines by the glass and selected branded beers in cans.


What entertainment is available in the evenings?

Each evening you can enjoy a live show after dinner courtesy of resident and guest entertainers. From music to magic, cabaret to comedy, there’s so much to keep you entertained during your time on board - all you need to do is sit back and enjoy it all with your tipple of choice.


How do I pay for gratuities?

Gratuities (applicable to youths aged 12 to 17 and all adults) will be applied to your on board account. The amount (around £5 per person, per night) is not compulsory and can easily be altered by visiting Guest Services on board. You are welcome to tip personally if you prefer. You can also pre-pay gratuities before travelling (please ask at the time of booking).


Last Updated: 06/10/2020

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Booking conditions of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines and Reader Offers Limited Agency terms of business apply. Prices are per person based on two adults sharing, except single cabins, and may increase or be withdrawn at any time. Offers apply to new bookings only. Some ports may require a tender. Booking conditions of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines and Reader Offers Limited Agency terms of business apply. Prices are per person based on two adults sharing, except single cabins, and may increase or be withdrawn at any time. Regional flights may be available on request for fly-cruises. Offers apply to new bookings only. Some ports may require a tender. On board spend is per room and tiered depending on room and cruise booked. Drinks package is subject to the cruise lines T&Cs. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed. Cruise Miles T&Cs apply. E&OE.

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