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Christmas Markets of Germany & Denmark

with Fred.Olsen Cruises
8 Nights aboard Balmoral

Join Balmoral on a magical cruise to Germany and Denmark for the chance to go in search of that special gift or simply soak up the friendly festive atmosphere of some of Europe's very best Christmas markets.

Why choose Balmoral?
Balmoral is the largest of the Fred/Olsen ships - with a spacious Observatory Lounge among other highlights and retains the warm, friendly atmosphere you'll find across the fleet.  Balmoral is named after the Scottish residence of the British Royal Family, and the Scottish influence runs throughout the main restaurants too: Ballindalloch, Avon and Spey.

Price Includes:

  • Return coach travel to/from Southampton.  We will operate UK Tours Feeder Services (Supplements may apply from selected pick-up points)
  • 8 nights accommodation aboard Balmoral in comfortable rooms/suites with TV, hairdryer, tea & coffee making facilities and individually controlled air conditioning
  • Tempting cuisine every day throughout your cruise - with five-course à la carte dinners, casual breakfast and lunch buffets and late-night snacks.  Dinner is served at 18.15 hrs each evening.
  • Self-service tea and coffee at selected venues, morning coffee with biscuits, and afternoon sandwiches and cakes
  • In room sandwiches & snacks
  • All evening entertainment, including cabaret shows, dancing and live music
  • Captain's Drinks Party and Gala Buffet
  • On board leisure facilities, including swimming pools, Jacuzzis and gym
  • A wide choice of on board activities and lectures throughout the day
  • All UK port taxes (where collectable in advance)
  • Luggage porterage between your room and drop-off/pick-up point

Not Included:

  • Personal expenditure
  • All drinks on board
  • Shore Tours
  • Hairdressing, health, beauty treatments, and selected fitness classes
  • Personal laundry and dry cleaning
  • Holiday Travel insurance (Harry Shaw Travel Insurance is not applicable to Fred.Olsen Cruises)
  • Government levies or taxes introduced after publication (01.02.18)
  • Evening dining at The Grill Restaurant on Balmoral
  • Chocolates and beverages from the Bookmark Café
  • Discretionary gratuities to the crew, drivers, guides etc. on board and ashore
  • Any applicable departure point supplement
  • Twin cabin supplement for sole occupancy


Holiday Highlights

The atmosphere is sure to intensify as you reach Bremen.  Blending the city's most iconic sights with a generous helping of festive cheer is the sparkling Christmas Market, set amidst St Peter's Cathedral, the Roland Statue and the Town Hall. Here, heart-warming stalls showcase various gifts and indulgent German treats.  For a delightfully cosy experience, tour to Oldenburg to see the Old Quarter transformed into a beautiful winter wonderland, all overlooked by St Lambert's Church.

Between two days of scenic cruising along the size-restricted Kiel Canal is a call to Copenhagen. At this magical time, the highlight is sure to be the legendary Tivoli Gardens, where visitors can soak up the faitytale atmosphere and savour enchanting light displays. Market stalls parade everyting from Nordic handicrafts to local delicacies, such as Gløgg (mulled wine) and Æbleskiver (spherical apple pancakes).

In Hamburg the dominating City Hall is the place to be.  You'll find the Roncalli Christmas Market - a festive dreamland featuring charming huts, nostalgic carousels, woodcarvers, gingerbread bakers and more.  Alternatively, take a trip to Miniature Wonderland, the world's largest model train set.

Cruise Itinerary

Date Arrive Depart Destination
December 2018 (Cruise Ref: L1838)
 Thursday 13    Late PM  Southampton
 Saturday 15  Early AM  Late Night  Bremen
 Sunday 16  Early AM  Late PM  Kiel Canal Transit
 Monday 17  Early AM  Late Night  Copenhagen
 Tuesday 18  Late AM  Late Night  Kiel Canal Transit
 Wednesday 19  Early AM  Late PM  Hamburg
 Thursday 20  Cruising
 Friday 21  Early AM    Southampton

For your information:
Precise timings for your time in port vary from place to place and sailing to sailing.  Arrival and Departure times can change as your cruise progresses so will be shown as approximate period rather than exact times.

These are as follows:

Period Arrival or Depart From
Early AM 05.00 - 10.00
Late AM 10.00 - 12.00
Early PM 12.00 - 15.30
Late PM 15.30 - 19.00
Late Night 19.00 Onwards

Proximity of Destinations
In all ports of call, the ship will dock as closely as possible to the destination.  This means we will either be in walking distance or a short bus ride from the local centre.  A shuttle bus may sometimes be provided by Fred.Olsen or the local port authority (a nominal fee usually applies).  It is sometimes the case that the port is further away.  Where this arises, it may be necessary to book a tour to visit the main destination.  Please ask Fred.Olsen staff for details.

Cruise Pricing

Cruise Pricing
Christmas Markets of Germany & Denmark (Ref. L1838)
Departing Thursday 13 December 2018
Cabin Grades Superior Suite

Ocean View Room

Ocean View Room

Ocean View Room
Highland & Bridge Decks Lido & Main Decks Atlantic & Coral Decks Atlantic, Coral & Marina Decks Main & Atlantic Decks Atlantic, Coral & Marina Decks
Prices £1549.95 £1049.95 £939.95 £849.95 £769.95 £729.95
All Prices are Per Person.  All Cabin Grades are subject to availability at time of booking.

Twin Cabin for Sole Occupancy Supplement:
50% Supplement on Superior Ocean View Room (B), Ocean View Rooms (D & F) and Interior Room (H)
100% Supplement applies to all other Cabin Grades.

For more information on Balmoral Suites & Rooms CLICK HERE

Balmoral Deck Plans

Balmoral Highland Deck


Balmoral Bridge Deck


Balmoral Lido Deck

Balmoral Main Deck


Balmoral Atlantic Deck

Balmoral Coral Deck

Balmoral Marina Deck




Fred. Olsen reserve the right to refuse boarding at the port on day of departure if, in their opinion (through observation), you or any of your party's impaired mobility prevents you from safely negotiating a stepped gangway or moving around the vessel in a safe & secure manner at all times.

If anybody in the party is unsure if they meet this minimum mobility requirement, DO NOT PROCEED WITH THIS BOOKING AT THIS TIME.  Please contact our Reservations Team on 024 76 455544 for more information on this policy. Failure to disclose impaired mobility information could lead to the loss of your cruise holiday.

Deposit: A deposit of £250.00 per person is required when booking.  Full payment is due 16 weeks prior to departure.


Bremen Christmas Market image: Copyright: Carolin Hinz / BTZ Bremer Touristik-Zentrale 

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