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.
Rapidly developing while still retaining its old world charm, Malmö is a delight of contemporary attractions blended with the classically-Scandinavian historic districts, including the fine castle and showpiece squares of Stortorget and Lilla Torget in the heart of Gamla Staden.
Located on the Swedish island of Gotland, the UNESCO World Heritage Town of Visby is one of the most remarkable in Scandinavia. Known for its incredible scenic beauty and stunning historic sites, the “City of Roses and Ruins” is like a living museum, and is renowned for its well-preserved medieval wall and defensive towers.
Sweden’s beautiful capital owes much of its appeal to its unique location. Spread accross 14 islands at the head of the vast archipelago that stretches out into the Baltic, Stockholm’s swathe of parks, gardens and canals are a joy to discover via the city’s large network of bridges.
Situated on Sweden’s west coast, the laid-back seaport of Gothenburg is known as one of the friendliest cities in Europe. Gothenburg offers a vibrancy and fascination through its galleries, museums, boutiques and street cafes.
Today will be spent cruising through the beautiful fjords of Sweden. Sail into two of Scandinavia’s lesser-known waterways – Hakefjorden & Brattöbådan – and enjoy unspoilt views views of rocky cliffs, rugged islands and islets, and delightful towns in Sweden’s beautiful Götaland Country.
Enjoy fantastic views of craggy islands and islets from the decks of your smaller sized ship as it slices through the still blue waters. The lush green fields, dense woodlands, rolling hills and steep cliffs are a stunning backdrop against the serene azure waters.
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.