SAILING ON BALMORAL with FRED. OLSEN and GREATDAYS HOLIDAYS
Named after the Scottish home of the Royal Family, Balmoral is a classically styled ship exuding a welcoming, friendly atmosphere and a warming, home-from-home feel. Capable of carrying up to 1350 guests in pure comfort, Balmoral is the largest and newest ship in the Fred. Olsen fleet but never feels overcrowded, ensuring those on board always enjoy ample space and receive Fred’s renowned personal, attentive service.
A range of dining options are available on Balmoral, with mouth-watering menus to suit all tastes on offer in the elegant restaurants; and the fantastic selection of bars and lounges are perfect for enjoying a pre-dinner drink, sumptuous afternoon tea and superb entertainment. The Marquee Bar has its very own Gin Menu, including a variety of premium gins; while the Observatory lounge offers spectacular panoramic views from the bow of the ship, and also features a glass dance floor designed for late night entertainment. The broad spiral staircase at the heart of the ship is one of Balmoral’s key features, as is the stunning walkways towards the beautiful Ballindalloch Restaurant, which features photographs and paintings from Fred’s private collection.
There’s also a comfy pub with occasional live music or comedy, cabaret and shows in the Neptune Lounge, and the serene Atlantis Spa and Salon, where guests can treat themselves to a range of treatments from manicures to massages – the perfect holiday indulgence. Balmoral also features two swimming pools and bubbling Jacuzzis, ideal for keeping fit and for relaxing in the sunshine.
Coach transfer to Newcastle for afternoon departure.
Seven hills and seven fjords frame Hanseatic Bergen, a city steeped in maritime heritage. Of Bergen’s many attractions, the 900-year-old UNESCO-listed Bryggen Wharf.
Flam is a tiny village on the banks of the Aurlandsfjord, a branch of the spectacular Sognefjord. Situated amongst scenes of picturesque orchards, hamlets, cottages and farmland, this is one of Norway’s most breathtaking locations.
The Nærøyfjord has been rated by National Geographic as the world’s number one natural heritage site. As you cruise through this stunning part of the world you’ll see snow- capped mountains, waterfalls and charming traditionsl farms that cling to the vast hillsides.
A charming village, Olden is among green meadows which are ablaze with colourful flowers throughout the summer, and through which babbling brooks meander between pretty houses.
A journey along this spectacular waterway brings ever-changing, breathtaking scenes into your viewfinder. The lanscapes become taller and untamed, where isolated villages appear amongst a panorama of lush valleys, mighty cliffs and soaring alpine mountains.
Nestled in the incredible scenery of the UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord, the tiny, old Viking port of Hellesylt begs to be explored, with numerous easy-to walk trails that offer incredible views of the surrounding natural wonders.
Impressive waterfalls come into view with every turn, tumbling down the almost verticle mountain sides and cliff faces of this canyon-like gem. The Seven Sisters, the Suitor and the Bridal Veil, three of Norway’s famous waterfalls, are among the fjord’s ‘must-see’ wonders.
After disembarking the ship, travel home.
* Indicates an anchor/tender port. A small boat known as a ‘tender’ is used to transport the guests from ship to shore, with access via a stepped gangway. On safety grounds wheelchair bound guests or those requiring more than minimal assistance to board/alight a tender will be prevented from going ashore. Please ask for more details if required.