Christmas Markets on Balmoral

Overview

Christmas Markets on Balmoral

Join Joan on this exclusive and fully escorted cruise for 2019 & 2020. As the festive season begins, start your celebrations in style with a cruise to four enticing European cities that really come to life at the ‘most wonderful time of the year’. At every destination, you’re in for a magical experience, with ample time ashore in each to delight in the enchanting decorations, traditional wooden huts, sweet and spicy scents and warming atmosphere of enchanting, fairytale-esque Christmas Markets.

The cities of Germany are renowned for showing-off their festive spirit, so your visit to Hamburg is sure to be special. Hamburg’s famous Christmas fare is seemingly on display at every turn, though the dominating Rathaus is the place to be to really sample the city’s seasonal splendour. The grounds of the impressive City Hall play host to the Roncalli Christmas Market, a colourful Christmas wonderland of fairy light-adorned huts selling confectionary and gifts, carousels and gingerbread bakers with the smell of warming spiced wine in the air. Perhaps grab a cup of the traditional festive tipple to enjoy as you soak up the cosy atmosphere – it’s the perfect tonic for Hamburg’s chilly December weather. Alternatively, you could choose to take in attractions such the gothic-style St Nikolai Church, the Chilehaus and the unique Miniatur Wunderland. A stroll along the banks of the beautiful River Elbe always makes for a memorable experience in the winter too.

This cruise is escorted by Joan Robertshaw.

Our exclusive cruises with local pick-ups – only available at Miles Morgan Travel

This cruise is one of our exclusive and fully escorted cruises we are running on Fred Olsen Cruise Lines in 2020 where we’ve taken extra care to ensure that our customers are well looked after; you can enjoy free return transport to the port from any town where there is a Miles Morgan Travel shop and a private welcome party to mingle with your fellow passengers.*

Our friendly travel escorts are on hand to help throughout the cruise and with check-in, in order to build an unforgettable experience for you. Enquire today to book your escorted cruise with one of our knowledgeable cruise specialists.

What's Included:

  • Free transport to the port from any town where there is a Miles Morgan Travel shop
  • Fully escorted throughout plus a private welcome party*
  • Fully escorted by Joan, our Cruise Escort
  • Unlimited, self-service tea and coffee available 24hrs
  • Full use of on board leisure facilities, including swimming pools, Jacuzzis and gym
  • Luggage porterage between your room and the drop-off/pick-up point
  • Private welcome party to mingle with your fellow passengers

*Local pick-ups, escort and welcome party based on minimum numbers

Hand Picked By

Joan Robertshaw

This is a cruise with a difference! Our unique range of Escorted Cruises ensure that your holiday starts as soon as you leave home. With local pick ups and your very own Miles Morgan Travel escort on board the ship (this one's escorted by me!), you can rest assured that every detail has been taken care of.

Joan Robertshaw

Additional Information

  • Departure Date: 29th November 2019 & 1st December 2020
  • Duration: 8 nights
  • Highlights: Join Joan on this exclusive and fully escorted cruise for 2019 & 2020. As the festive season begins, start your celebrations in style with a cruise to four enticing European cities that really come to life at the ‘most wonderful time of the year’.

Ship Overview

Balmoral

Balmoral is Fred Olsen's largest and newest cruise ship, named after the Scottish home of the Royal Family. Still smaller than most cruise ships today, there are 710 cabins and suites and generous public space for the 1,300 guests on board.

The main restaurant is Ballindalloch (named after the Speyside village and castle), while the two other formal restaurants are Avon and Spey – named after two of Scotland’s most beautiful salmon rivers.

There’s a comfy pub with occasional live music or comedy, cabaret and shows in the Neptune Lounge, or drift away with a cool drink and spectacular seascapes in the Observatory Lounge.

Balmoral Profile

  • Gross Tonnage: 20,186grt
  • Registry: Bermuda
  • Classification: Lloyds Register
  • Passenger Capacity: 700
  • Cruising Speed: 18 knots
  • Passenger Decks: 8
  • Lifts: 4
  • Electric Current: 110/220V AC
  • Stabilised and air conditioned
  • Officers & Crew: International
  • Cruise Staff & Entertainers: British & International
  • Dimensions
  • Length: 553.6ft (168.74m)
  • Beam: 80.8ft (24.64m)
  • Draft: 24.6ft (7.49m)

Balmoral Deck Plan

Full Itinerary

Itinerary map!

Day 1: Southampton

Day 2 & 3: Zeebrugge

Often called the ‘Venice of the North’, Bruges is famous for its beautiful canals and historic buildings. The charming city centre is an UNESCO World Heritage site thanks to its cultural, architectural and historical importance. A combination of original gothic structures and modern, intelligent designs give Bruges a completely unique appearance and feel.

Day 4: Oslo

Oslo, the capital and largest city of Norway, is one of Scandinavia’s most historic, interesting and welcoming destinations. Surrounded by mountains and its own fjord, this compact and cultured city is both easy and fun to explore on foot.

Day 5: Copenhagen

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.

Day 6: Kiel Canal Transit

Connecting the North Sea, at the mouth of the Elbe River, to the Baltic Sea at Holtenau, the Kiel Canal is one of the world’s busiest and most important shipping routes. Slicing a man-made path through the German countryside, this 61-mile-long marvel of engineering allows vessels to avoid 250 nautical miles of sea sailing on average, ensuring a faster and safer passage through Europe.

Day 7: Hamburg

Located on the River Elbe, Hamburg is the country’s largest port and regarded as Germany’s gateway to the world.

A vibrant, historic city boasting an impressive Hanseatic League heritage that harks back over 700 years, Hamburg’s maritime soul permeates the city. From its architecture to its cuisine, water is ever present in Germany's principal port. The city is crossed by hundreds of canals, and spanned by 1,000 bridges. Near its centre, the charming Inner Alster Lake is dotted with boats and surrounded by divine cafes.

Day 8: At Sea

Day 9: Southampton

Additional Information

  • Departure Date: 29th November 2019 & 1st December 2020
  • Duration: 8 nights
  • Highlights: Join Joan on this exclusive and fully escorted cruise for 2019 & 2020. As the festive season begins, start your celebrations in style with a cruise to four enticing European cities that really come to life at the ‘most wonderful time of the year’.

Cabin and Fares

Cabin TypeGuide PriceAdditional InfoCabinEnquire
Inside Cabin£949ppFully escortedView Cabin

Inside Cabin

Average size 160 sq ft

This cabin is approximately 160 square feet in size and can be found on Marina and Coral decks.

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Inside Cabin

Average size 160 sq ft

This cabin is approximately 160 square feet in size and can be found on Marina and Coral decks.

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Single Inside Cabin£1,373ppFully escortedView Cabin

Single Inside Cabin

Average size 165 sq ft

This cabin is approximately 165 square feet in size and can be found on Coral & Marina Decks.

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View Cabin

Single Inside Cabin

Average size 165 sq ft

This cabin is approximately 165 square feet in size and can be found on Coral & Marina Decks.

Enquire Now