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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is promoting its 2019 ‘Balmoral from the north’ sailings with a dedicated brochure. There will be no fewer than 20 cruises from Newcastle and Rosyth (Edinburgh) next year, aboard its flagship, Balmoral. It’s the second cruise season from the convenient Scottish port and the new cruises depart between June and August. There’s the chance to glide along scenic, historic waterways into the cities of Germany, Sweden, Belgium or the Netherlands. Soak up the late summer sunshine in France, Portugal and Spain, or unearth the spellbinding natural wonders of Iceland.


You can embark on an in-depth discovery of the capital cities of the Baltic, or perhaps explore this wonderful region, at a time of year with fewer tourists. Revel in the unspoilt beauty of Fred. Olsen’s homeland on a Norwegian fjords adventure, or join a very special ‘Mystery Cruise’, which visits a different country every day. For a quick getaway, there’s a range of five-night taster holidays – the perfect way to introduce friends and family to the award-winning Fred. Olsen experience.


Clare Ward, Director of Product and Customer Service for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said:  “In order to accommodate Balmoral, the Port of Rosyth consulted with us and made significant investments in the port area and facilities. The introduction of a sheltered marquee and car parking close to the Cruise Terminal, along with enhanced passenger flows, has led to a marked upturn in guest satisfaction and a greatly-improved guest experience.”


Fred. Olsen will also be operating Balmoral from the popular Port of Tyne from April to October 2019. The ex-Newcastle cruise season starts with an eight-night ‘German Waterways’ sailing in April 2019. Other notable itineraries include a 14-night ‘Capital Cities of the Baltic’ departure – utilising the port’s strategic northern location closer to Scandinavia and the Baltic; as well as an 11-night ‘France, Spain & Portugal’ getaway. 

  • 6th November 2018

Gary Buchanan

Edinburgh-born Gary Buchanan has been a travel writer for over 30 years. He has been a specialist cruise writer for 25 years contributing to leading British publications including national newspapers and consumer magazines. He is the author of five books about cruising and spends over seven months every year at sea sailing the world’s oceans.