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Cities & Waterways of Europe tour

Cities & Waterways of Europe

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines
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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
8 days
From: $ 1,175 $ 147 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Explore Hamburg
  • Enjoy a relaxing cruise along Germany's Lower Elbe and Scheldt
  • Discover Amsterdam, beautiful sights and unique cultural delights.
  • Visit Antwerp, it's home to plenty of other gems to discover and enjoy too.

Short Description

Stop overnight in three of Europe’s most picturesque and interesting cities and experience hours of relaxing scenic cruising along winding waterways in Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium on this attraction-packed, 8-night cultural cruise aboard Balmoral.

These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Trip Type River Cruise
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Dover, England
End City Dover, England
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Itinerary

Day 1: Dover

Home of the famous White Cliffs, Dover is one of England's most iconic towns.

Day 2: Hamburg

There's water everywhere here in Germany's principal port - from the Alster Lake to a web of canals and waterways spanned by 1,000 bridges.

Day 3: Hamburg

There's water everywhere here in Germany's principal port - from the Alster Lake to a web of canals and waterways spanned by 1,000 bridges

Cruising River Elbe

Enjoy a relaxing cruise along Germany's Lower Elbe, a picturesque section of the River Elbe linking the historic port city of Hamburg to the North Sea.

Day 4: Cruising North Sea Canal (Noordzeekanaal)

The North Sea Canal (or Noordzeekanaal) is Amsterdam’s direct link to the North Sea and is one of the country’s busiest and most important shipping lanes.

Amsterdam

Amsterdam - Netherlands's historic capital - is packed with beautiful sights and unique cultural delights.

Day 5: Amsterdam

Amsterdam - Netherlands's historic capital - is packed with beautiful sights and unique cultural delights.

Day 6: Cruising Western Scheldt River

Located in the province of Zeeland in the Netherlands, the Western Scheldt River is an estuary of the Scheldt River, and is the only direct way to the North Sea.

Antwerp

With over 80% of the world's rough diamonds passing through the city's famous diamond district at some point, Antwerp is renowned for it's charm and sparkle. However, there's a lot more to this fine city than precious stones - it's home to plenty of other gems to discover and enjoy too.

Day 7: Antwerp

With over 80% of the world's rough diamonds passing through the city's famous diamond district at some point, Antwerp is renowned for it's charm and sparkle. However, there's a lot more to this fine city than precious stones - it's home to plenty of other gems to discover and enjoy too.

Day 8: Dover

Home of the famous White Cliffs, Dover is one of England's most iconic towns.

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Fred Olsen Cruises are so friendly and excellent service/food and entertainment would recommend any of the ships.

Definitely going to book again with Freds.

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A couple of days ago I left my first ever cruise in lisbon but firstly I,ll like to give a bit of my history, I,m a 61 year old merchant navy Capt. (Cargo ships) I was talked into taking a cruise by my family (busmans holiday) after a bit of skeptical consideration from my part it was decided to go for a short taster, we decided on the 3 day southampton to Lisbon cruise aboard "Braemar" we made our way to Southampton full of pre embarkation excitement and got to the terminal and were guided thru the process by very helpfull and polite dock staff we then got onboard and at this stage I began to feel how smooth calm and profesional this was all turning out to be.
We are now onboard making our way to our cabin and the friendliness of everyone especially crew we met was quite astounding because I felt the friendliness was real and not just air hostess type smiles and greets, also another thing I couldn't help noticing was the new carpeting throughout the ship (immaculate) but anyway I,ll try and shorten this reveiw as I feel I,m starting to waffle on..
Apart from further praising the crew onboard the food, well in all my years I have never tasted or seen better and believe you me I've been around and done some mileage, we also participated in the formal night and prior to dining the Capt and heads of departments were present in Neptune lounge to toast and greet us passengers, The Capt did an excellent unscripted speech and introduced all heads of departments in such a friendly and warm Manner which was to be admired as he is a seaman and not an actor or presenter but carried it out superbly and so at ease and made us passengers feel so welcome (and Happy) and also part of the family, (well done Capt Glavic).
To cut a long story short I definitely recommend "Braemar" and Fred olsens staff also deserve a mention on how easy they seem to carry out the whole operation in a pleasant and swift way. Oh and another thing,I didnt see or hear any screaming noisy kids onboard ! Its not that I dont like kids because I even used to go to school with them (sometimes)..anyway we are definitely going to book again with Freds.
Well done All.
Peter.
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We have done several Fred Olsen cruises and love them

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We have done several Fred Olsen cruises and love them. The staff are always friendly and remember your name and your preferred drink. The food is fabulous and such a wide choice you can always find something you like. The ships are a nice, friendly size and if you meet someone one day, it is easy to see them again and chat, unlike the great big ships with thousands of people on board. Having said that, if you prefer to be on your own, it's easy to find a quiet area to sit. We have four more cruises booked with FO and can't wait
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Fred Olsen are to me one of the best lines to Travel on for all adults

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Fred Olsen are to me one of the best lines to Travel on for all adults no matter what your age. They look after Solo travellers so well. the ships are spotless, the Crew fantastic so friendly and interested in you. Entertainment is good and Food is superb. Cruising on Smaller friendly ships reaching places the big ships carnt get.
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Everyone fed up and tired !!

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Waiting to board Balmoral at Southampton. Time to arrive at port was 18:00. Ship late arriving by 1.5 hours.
Still waiting to board at 20:40. And expect at least another 20 minutes. Everyone fed up and tired !!
Even when on-board, have to find cabin, then lifeboat drill. Don't know about evening meal ... might miss it and have two breakfasts. Let's hope the cruise goes well.
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If this had been a hotel we would have left after an hour but cruise was very expensive and always felt things would improve

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We were on the black watch to St Petersburg . This was our first cruise and cruise line was recommended. On arrival first impressions were ship could do with a refit as everything very shabby . The cabin was poorly appointed and also shabby. TV limited to two channels rerunning films constantly when it worked. wifi outrageous and took ages to connect, if at all, £34 for 90 minutes. . The food was repetitive and like school dinners. The allocated late sitting for meal was non negotiable and we had to compete with other guests at the next door buffet each night.. please note all Hi season cruises seem to attract a very elderly infirm population which is to be avoided if not in that age group.
If this had been a hotel we would have left after an hour but cruise was very expensive and always felt things would improve. They didn't! . never never never again..
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Ship Name

Balmoral

Ship Stats

  • Rooms: 710
  • Passengers: 1350 Standard Occupancy
  • Crew: 510
  • Refitted: 2008
  • Fully Stabilised: Yes
  • Tonnage: 43,537 grt
  • Length: 218.18 m
  • Beam (width): 28.2 m
  • Speed: 18.5 knots

Ship Description

Balmoral is the largest of our four cruise ships but still retains the warm, intimate and friendly atmosphere found across our fleet. Balmoral takes her name from the Scottish residence of the British Royal Family and features 710 well-appointed rooms and suites.

Despite her size, Balmoral is still small enough to navigate narrow waterways, such as the Kiel Canal, providing guests with some fantastic scenic cruising opportunities missed when sailing on larger vessels.

The Scottish theme runs throughout the ship with the names of all fine-dining restaurants being influenced by the Highlands; the Ballindalloch, Avon and Spey. Whichever you dine in, you’ll be in for a treat as our Chef’s produce tantalising menus ensuring no two days are the same.

And there is plenty of time and space to relax on board with a whole host of lounges and bars providing ample room – another advantage of sharing your experience with hundreds and not thousands of other guests. And as expected, there is always a fine array of entertainment on throughout the day, ensuring you can do as much or as little with your time on board – the choice is yours!

Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Standard Group

Cancellation Policy:

You may cancel your Contract by providing notice to FOCL in writing. Where you do so 91 days or more before departure (or 181 days or more for Long Cruises),, FOCL will be entitled to retain a non-refundable deposit in accordance with clause 3 above. If you cancel 90 days or fewer before departure, then FOCL will be entitled to retain a portion of the Price in accordance with the following scale. These percentages reflect the cost to FOCL of remarketing a cruise and/or the loss that FOCL is likely to suffer as a result of the cancellation. The figures expressed below include any non-refundable deposit:

Number of days before departure

Percentage of Price FOCL will be entitled to retain if the cruise is cancelled by you

90-57 days

60% (100% for Anchor Fares)

56-42 days

75% (100% for Anchor Fares)

41-16 days

85% (100% for Anchor Fares)

15 to 0 days

100%

 

The effective date of cancellation is the date of receipt by FOCL of written notice to cancel. For the avoidance of doubt, these charges will apply whatever the reason for your cancellation, including illness, incapacity, death or any other intervening event. If you have already started your Holiday but 

Trip ID#:

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Trip Excludes

  • Personal Expenses

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