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Balmoral from Northern Ports

Balmoral from Northern Ports

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is promoting its 2020/21 ‘Balmoral from the north’ sailings with a dedicated brochure. There will be no fewer than 55 cruises from Newcastle (Port of Tyne), Liverpool and Edinburgh (Rosyth) aboard its 1,350-guest flagship, Balmoral. The Newcastle season runs from April to September 2020 and from March to May in 2021; ideal for those living in the North West, the Liverpool season stretches from April to December 2020 as well as May 2021; Scots will appreciate the Rosyth schedule of sailings in 2020 which lasts from May to July 2020 and again in May 2021. 

There’s the chance to explore the capital cities of the Baltic; view colourful tulips in the Netherlands; discover the delights of Iceland; or perhaps opt for a sun-kissed escape to the Canaries and Madeira. Making the most of these northern departure ports, you’ll be able to savour stunning Norwegian vistas in a shorter duration than usual, whether that’s the cities and towns of the Arctic Circle – where you may spot the elusive Northern Lights – or the unspoilt fjords of Fred. Olsen’s homeland. 

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has been refining the cruise experience for over a century and a half. As a family-operated company, they are justly proud of their lineage and heritage as much as their success. The company might not be the oldest name in cruising but it is a venerable one. This is a company that believes ‘small is beautiful’. By making the most of its smaller-sized ships, Fred. Olsen is able to feature more river, fjords and scenic cruising. An important part of a well-balanced itinerary, scenic cruising is rated as highly as the ports of call – sometimes even higher. 

Unashamedly British, the entertainment takes its cue from the West End rather than Broadway; the currency is the familiar pound as opposed to the mighty dollar; and announcements are made in English eschewing a babble of disparate tongues. When it comes to that most sublime cruise pastime of dining, the British palate takes precedence. Chefs ensure that the menus are metaphors for fine-living and good taste while eschewing the modern taboo of over-imagination. Fred. Olsen appreciate passengers want a wider choice of cruising options than is the norm in today’s world of long flights and short sailings. 

As an added bonus, guests booking by 31st October 2019 can enjoy a free all-inclusive upgrade on a wide choice of 2020 and 2021 cruises. As part of the free all-inclusive upgrade, guests will be able to enjoy selected house wines by the glass, as well as selected beers, spirits and soft drinks all day, every day during their holiday.

  • 7th October 2019

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.