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The 2022 No-Fly French Rivers & Bordeaux

From £1,299pp

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5% Discount for Ocean Club members*

No-fly small ship cruising*

FREE On Board Spend of up to £400 OR FREE Drinks Package for ALL Bookings*

Exclusive FREE Gratuities for Ocean View Staterooms & above*


Cruise Overview

  • Duration 10 nights
  • Departs 25 Oct 2022
  • Sails from Dover
  • Ship Balmoral
  • Cruise code ‍1796837‍
  • Voyage code ‍L2229‍

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Cruises from Dover

Dover Tue 25 Oct 2022

Cruises from Dover

Choose from a wide selection of cruise lines and set sail for the Mediterranean, Iceland and the Norwegian Fjords and many more with our cruises from Dover

Balmoral, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

At Sea Wed 26 Oct 2022

Balmoral, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
Balmoral, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

Cruising Gironde & Garonne Rivers, France Thu 27 Oct 2022

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

Bordeaux, France Thu 27 Oct 2022

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 Sat 29 Oct 2022

reflections at downtown bilbao facades

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

Balmoral, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

At Sea Sun 30 Oct 2022

Balmoral, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
Cruises to France

Brest, France Mon 31 Oct 2022

Cruises to France

Brest is a port city in Brittany, in northwestern France, bisected by the Penfeld river. It’s known for its rich maritime history and naval base. At the mouth of the Penfeld, overlooking the harbor, is the National Navy Museum, housed in the medieval Château de Brest. Across the river stands Tour Tanguy, a medieval tower. To the northeast are the National Botanical Conservatory and the Océanopolis aquarium.

Balmoral, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

Seine River cruising Tue 01 Nov 2022

Balmoral, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
Rouen Normandy Dial Clock Timbered House

Rouen, France Tue 01 Nov 2022

Rouen Normandy Dial Clock Timbered House

The spire of the vast Gothic cathedral soars over a superbly restored medieval and Renaissance old town - Ruskin's 'labyrinth of delight'.

Cruises to France

Honfleur, France Thu 03 Nov 2022

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.

Cruises from Dover

Dover Fri 04 Nov 2022

Cruises from Dover

Choose from a wide selection of cruise lines and set sail for the Mediterranean, Iceland and the Norwegian Fjords and many more with our cruises from Dover

What's included *

  • Full-board no-fly cruising on board Fred. Olsens fleet
  • Exclusive FREE Gratuities for Ocean View Staterooms & above
  • Your choice between a Classic Drinks Package or up to £400 FREE On Board Spend
  • 5% Ocean Club Member Discount
  • 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
  • Plus, book an Ocean View or above by 8pm 30th April 2021 and receive a FREE John Lewis Gift Card worth up to £50

The Official 2022/23 No-Fly Launch Promotion

Book today and earn up to £55.98 off your next ROL Cruise booking

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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 one of the largest ships in the Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines fleet. Despite her size, she retains the intimate, midship feel for which the cruise line is known. While on board, embrace the friendly and traditional British ambience that is found across all Fred. Olsen ships. The attractive interior, which features a blend of the modern and traditional, delivers a home from home feel.

What’s on board: Art Gallery, Atlantis Spa, Ballindalloch Restaurant, Boutiques, Card Room, Fitness Centre, Future Bookings Desk, Gaming Tables, Golf Net, Jacuzzi, Library, Lido Lounge, Marquee Bar, Morning Light Pub, Neptune Lounge, Observatory Lounge, Palms Cafe, Photo Gallery, Shore Tours Office, Spey Restaurant, The Bookmark Cafe, The Grill and much, much more.

Experience the Difference

  • 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

Do Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines have a Flexible Cancellation Policy?

Yes, Fred. Olsen does have a Flexible Cancellation Policy and is known as The Plain Sailing Guarantee.

The Plain Sailing Guarantee is for any cruise in 2021, 2022 and 2023 and offers the below:

No-Risk Deposits: If guests change their mind to sail prior to departure, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines will either move the deposit to an alternative sailing with no admin fees or refund it in full.

Transfer on your terms: 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. 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.

Transfer your deposit: Guests can transfer their deposit on any cruise to another of their choice, guests must do this prior to their final payment or interim payment is due (only applicable to longer cruises).  

 


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: 15/03/2021

* Terms & Conditions

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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 rooms, and may increase or be withdrawn at any time. Offers apply to new bookings only. Ports may require a tender. Drinks package is per room & subject to T&Cs. On board spend is for tiered per room and will vary depending on voyage/grade booked. Wildlife & Northern lights sightings are not guaranteed. Free gratuities are for oceanview & above and are subject to the cruise line’s T&Cs. *Please note Bolette & Borealis are new to the Fred. Olsen fleet, not new ships. Cruise Miles T&Cs apply. E&OE.

John Lewis Gift is based on one per booking, for UK mainland addresses only when booking an Ocean View cabin or above by 8pm 30th April 2020.

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