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European Christmas Markets Cruise

  • Departure DateFri 2nd Dec 2022
  • Fred Olsen Cruise Lines Balmoral
  • 8 Night Cruise From Portsmouth
  • Cruise Only From £899 pp

Itinerary

  • Portsmouth, UK
  • Zeebrugge
  • Gothenburg
  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Hamburg
  • Portsmouth, UK

What's Included

  • New Reduced Fare

Highlights

    • Copenhagen: Admire the brightly coloured buildings as you enjoy a relaxing canal tour through Nyhavn, a 17th century waterfront. It's a great way to see all the wonderful sights this city has to offer. 

Prices from pp

TypeInteriorOcean ViewBalcony
Sail From UK
Was£999
£899
Was£1,199
£1,079
£1,749

Sailing from the UK - cruise based on sailing from Portsmouth, call to discuss transportation options.
Voyage Code: L2232

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Day 1 - Portsmouth, UK

Arrive: Fri 02 December 2022 / Depart: Fri 02 December 2022

Portsmouth has a number of attractions to offer. When walking around the city you will be able to notice the difference between old and new, with Portsmouth's newest landmark, Spinnaker Tower and award winning Gunwharfs Quay with a huge array of bars, designer shopping, nightclubs and a range of entertainment.

Day 2 - Zeebrugge

Arrive: Sat 03 December 2022 / Depart: Sat 03 December 2022

The port for medieval Bruges, one of northern Europe's most picturesque old cities, whose ancient prosperity, founded on the cloth trade, is reflected in today's living tableau of history. Admire its ancient churches, ornate 13th century guildhalls, gabled merchants' houses, cobbled streets and peaceful canals. Climb the breathtaking (literally) belfry for its panoramic views. Shop for Bruges lace and Belgian chocolates - and check out the many tempting restaurants and cafes!

Day 3 - At Sea

Day 4 - Gothenburg

Arrive: Mon 05 December 2022 / Depart: Mon 05 December 2022

Situated on Sweden’s west coast, the laid-back seaport of Gothenburg has considerable appeal for any visitor. Known as one of the friendliest cities in Europe, Gothenburg – Sweden’s second largest city – offers a vibrancy and fascination through its galleries, museums, boutiques, street cafes and Scandinavia’s largest and most popular amusement park, Lisberg, which has themed rides, performance venues and a landscaped sculpture garden. With spacious streets, leafy boulevards, and 17th century Dutch-designed canals at its heart, Gothenburg is a compact, accessible city. The harbour’s stylish buildings and bustling fish market are a must-see before heading to the enthralling districts of the city centre. Neoclassical architecture lines Gothenburg’s tram-rattled streets, and the city’s prominent trading past is emphasised by buildings like Skansen Kronan, a 17th century fortress sat proudly atop Risåsberget Hill. The city’s museums include the recently opened Museum of World Culture, the Gothenburg Museum of Art, the aeronautic Aeroseum, and, naturally, the Volvo Museum. The world famous Trädgårdsföreningen – the Garden Society of Gothenburg - is one of the city’s must-visit sites. It features gorgeous lawns, woodlands and stunning flower beds filled with thousands of rose species, and remains one of Europe's best-kept 19th century parks.

Day 5 - Copenhagen, Denmark

Arrive: Tue 06 December 2022 / Depart: Tue 06 December 2022

With its vibrant atmosphere, modern culture and beautiful architecture, Copenhagen is the essence of Scandinavian cool. One of Europe's oldest and most popular cities, Copenhagen is also one of the cleanest and most cosmopolitan. Its narrow streets are always busy with welcoming locals and are lined with colourful cafes, bars, shops and places to eat. Its bridges ring with cycling commuters and the pristine waterways make visiting this city a wonderful experience. The historic centre of Denmark’s capital, an 18th-century rococo district, is home to the Royal Family’s Amalienborg Palace, Christiansborg Palace and Rosenborg Castle, surrounded by beautiful gardens and is the home of the Danish crown jewels. The Little Mermaid sculpture at Langelinje Pier is a must-visit attraction too. Take a wander through pretty Nyhavn – Copenhagen’s 17th century waterfront and canal district – and you'll revel postcard-perfect scenes of historic wooden ships set to a backdrop of brightly coloured 17th and 18th century townhouses, many of which have been converted into bars and restaurants.

Day 6 - Kiel Canal Transit

Day 7 - Hamburg

Arrive: Thu 08 December 2022 / Depart: Thu 08 December 2022

On the River Elbe, 70 miles from the North Sea, Hamburg was founded by Charlemagne, and boasts a Hanseatic League heritage harking back 700 years. Cherishing its long historic and cultural traditions, today's spacious and leafy city is a flourishing commercial dynamo of stylish shops, excellent restaurants, and legendary nightlife.

Day 8 - At Sea

Day 9 - Portsmouth, UK

Arrive: Sat 10 December 2022 / Depart: Sat 10 December 2022

Portsmouth has a number of attractions to offer. When walking around the city you will be able to notice the difference between old and new, with Portsmouth's newest landmark, Spinnaker Tower and award winning Gunwharfs Quay with a huge array of bars, designer shopping, nightclubs and a range of entertainment.

Balmoral From Fred Olsen Cruise Lines

Balmoral is named after the Scottish residence of the British Royal Family, and the Scottish theme runs throughout the main dining venues – the Ballindalloch, Avon and Spey – where guests can enjoy tantalising menus prepared by our expert chefs. Featuring 710 well-appointed rooms and suites and a selection of comfortable lounges, bars and inviting public areas, Balmoral provides guests with ample space in which to relax and share a memorable cruise experience with hundreds, not thousands, of fellow travellers. And, as our guests have come to expect, there is always 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. Balmoral is small enough to navigate size-restricted waterways such as the Kiel Canal, providing fantastic scenic cruising opportunities, and retains the warm, intimate and friendly atmosphere that the Fred. Olsen fleet is renowned for.

Ship Cabins

2 Bedded Room

Interior Cabin

Guaranteed Interior Higher

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

Guaranteed Interior Lower

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

Interior Cabin

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).

Interior Cabin

This room is approximately 160 square feet in size and can be found on Atlantic Deck 5, Coral Deck 4 & Marina Deck 3 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).

Interior Higher

Interior Higher

Interior Lower Grade

Interior lower grade cabin

Single Interior Room

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).

Superior Interior

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.

Superior Single Inside Cabin

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).

Standard Cabin

Standard Cabin

Wheelchair Adapted

Wheelchair Adapted

Guaranteed Ocean View Higher

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

Guaranteed Ocean View Lower

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

Ocean View Cabin

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).

Ocean View Cabin

This room is approximately 165 square feet in size and can be found on Coral Deck 4. It has a picture window and a bathroom with shower. All rooms are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts).

Ocean View Cabin

This room is approximately 165 square feet in size and can be found on Atlantic Deck 5, Coral Deck 4 & Marina Deck 3. It has 2 portholes, bathroom with a shower. All rooms are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts).

Ocean View Cabin

Ocean View Cabin Note - Some Cabins may have restricted view.

Ocean View Lower

Ocean View Lower

Single Ocean View

Single Ocean View

Single Ocean View Cabin

This room is approximately 165 square feet in size and can be found on Coral Deck 4. It has a picture window and a bathroom with a shower. All rooms are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts). Please note that some of the K grades have 2 beds, but are sold as Single Ocean View rooms.

Single Ocean View Cabin

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).

Superior Ocean View Cabin

Around 165 square feet in size, these rooms are located on the Lido Deck 8 and Main Deck 6. Fitted with everything you need for your stay, there’s a picture window too. The bathroom has bath and/or shower, there’s a TV, mini fridge, hairdryer and safe. *Rooms 8073, 8075, 8084 and 8086 on the Lido Deck are wheelchair accessible and have a fully restricted window.

Superior Ocean View Cabin

Located on Atlantic Deck 5. Around 165 square feet, with a picture window; and have a bathroom with a shower or bath. All rooms are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts).

Superior Ocean View Cabin

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).

Superior Ocean View Single Cabin

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.

Balcony Cabin

This cabin is approximately 260 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 cabins are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts). Smoking is permitted on cabin balconies

Balcony Cabin

Balcony

Superior Balcony

Superior Balcony

Superior Balcony Cabin

These cabins are approximately 248 square feet in size and can be found on Bridge Deck 9. These cabins have a balcony, bathroom with bath and/or shower. All cabins are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts). Smoking is permitted on cabin balconies.

Balcony Junior Suite

This suite is approximately 279 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 cabins are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts). Smoking is permitted on cabin balconies. Please note, cabins 8057 and 8059 on Lido deck are equipped for use by disabled passengers.

Balcony Junior Suite

Balcony Junior Suite

Junior Suite

Junior Suite

Marquee Suite

This suite is approximately 472 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 cabins are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts). Smoking is permitted on cabin balconies.

Marquee Suite

Marquee Suite

Olsen Suite

Situated on Deck 10, this suite is approximately 1,181 square feet in size and is located near the lift and stairs. Features include floor to ceiling windows leading out to a private balcony. The suite has one king-size bed and a sofa with the bathroom boasting an oversize bath and separate shower. A living room, dining room, dressing room, private balcony, pantry, mini-bar, fridge and guest toilet can also be found in the Olsen Suite.

Premier Suite

This suite is approximately 601 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 cabins are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts). Smoking is permitted on cabin balconies.

Premier Suite

Premier Suite

Single Balcony Suite

This suite is approximately 274 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 cabins are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts). Smoking is permitted on cabin balconies. *Please note that some of the JB grades have 2 beds, but are sold as Single Balcony Suites.

Superior Suite

This suite is approximately 341 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 cabins are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts). Smoking is permitted on cabin balconies.

Superior Suite

Superior Suite
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