10 nights onboard Balmoral

In Search of the Northern Lights

Winners 2022 Favourite Ocean Cruise Line

Beautiful Balmoral is small enough to navigate Europe’s most picturesque waterways so guests can enjoy hours of scenic cruising. Balmoral retains a warm, civilised atmosphere and features comfortable accommodation, stylish restaurants and plenty of open-deck space, including an al-fresco restaurant.

Leaving from: Newcastle upon Tyne
Cruise ship: Balmoral
Visiting: Newcastle upon Tyne Molde Alta Alta
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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

Fred Olsen Cruises combine quality cruise experiences with customer-friendly value. They’ve plied the waves for 175 years, and are still going as strong today as their first day at sea.

Offering a stylish & understated style of traditional cruising, the line prides itself on its Signature Experience programme- helping passengers to gain an in-depth understanding of their destinations.

Ideal for passengers seeking a laid-back cruise, with an informal and friendly atmosphere aboard.

1325
Passengers
551
Crew
1987
Launched
2019
Last refit
43537t
Tonnage
218m
Length
32m
Width
18kts
Speed
10
Decks
GBP
Currency
Cruise Itinerary
Day 1
Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Departure time: Late PM
Day 3
Molde, Norway
Arrival time: Early AM; Departure time: Late PM
Days 4 - 5
River travel
Arrival time: Early AM; Departure time: Early AM
Days 5 - 6
Alta, Norway
Arrival time: Late Night; Departure time: Late Night
Day 7
Tromsø, Norway
Arrival time: Early AM; Departure time: Late PM
Days 8 - 8
River travel
Arrival time: Early PM; Departure time: Late PM
Day 9
Ålesund, Norway
Arrival time: Early PM; Departure time: Late PM
Day 11
Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Arrival time: Early AM
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Day 1
Newcastle upon Tyne, England
An urban city mixing culture, sophistication and heritage, Newcatle-upon-Tyne offers a range of activities and attractions. With more theatres per person than anywhere else in the UK, Newcastle has a wide range of arts and cultural attractions for visitors to enjoy, from the Theatre Royal – regional home to the Royal Shakespeare Company – to the famous Angel of the North.
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Day 3
Molde, Norway
Molde, the 'Town of Roses', is a city and municipality in Romsdal in Møre og Romsdal County, Norway. The municipality is located on the Romsdal Peninsula, surrounding the Fannefjord and Moldefjord. The city is located on the northern shore of the Romsdalsfjord. The city of Molde is the administrative centre of Møre og Romsdal County, administrative center of the municipality of Molde, commercial hub of the Romsdal region and seat of the Diocese of Møre. Molde proper consists of a 6.2-mile (10-kilometre) long and 0.62-1.24 mile (1-2-kilometre) wide strip of urban land running east-west along the north shore of the Moldefjord, an arm of the Romsdalsfjord, on the Romsdal Peninsula. The city is sheltered by Bolsøya and the Molde Archipelago, a chain of low-lying islands and islets, to the south and the wood-clad hills of Moldemarka to the north. The city centre is located just west of the River Moldeelva, which runs into the city from the north, originating in the Lake Moldevatnet and running through the Valley Moldedalen.
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Days 4 - 5
River travel
Arrival time: Early AM; Departure time: Early AM
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Days 5 - 6
Alta, Norway

Also known as the ‘City of the Northern Lights’, Norway’s northern coastal town is regarded as one of the best places in the world to view the natural phenomenon known as aurora borealis. Originally inhabited by the indigenous Sami people, Alta has a rich cultural heritage, home to the Unesco-listed site of Hjemmeluft, which features prehistoric rock carvings dating from around 4,200 to 500 BC. Like several other northern Norway towns, much of Alta had to be rebuilt after WWII and the town is now a fascinating blend of old and new, with notable modern buildings including the Northern Lights Cathedral.

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Day 7
Tromsø, Norway
With its centre located on the island of Tromsø, the municipality of Tromsø is more than five times the size of Norway’s capital, Oslo, and is the world’s northernmost university city. Lying 200 miles inside the Arctic Circle, it is known as the 'Gateway to the Arctic' because it was used as a starting point for hunters looking for Arctic foxes, polar bears and seals. In the 19th century it was a base for explorers on Arctic expeditions – a history that is remembered in the city’s Polar Museum, which you can visit on an excursion. Also commemorated in the area is the history of Norway’s indigenous people, the Sami. Visitors can learn about the traditions, heritage and modern preservation of the Sami culture at the Tromsø Museum. Nowadays, Tromsø is a charming mix of old and new, with wooden buildings sitting alongside contemporary architecture such as the impressive glacier-like Arctic Cathedral, which features one of the largest stained glass windows in Europe. Looking down on the city is Mount Storsteinen, and a cable car runs to the top, giving wonderful views over the surrounding countryside of forested peaks and reindeer pastures.
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Days 8 - 8
River travel
Arrival time: Early PM; Departure time: Late PM
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Day 9
Ålesund, Norway

The coastal town of Ålesund is the commercial capital of the Møre og Romsdal district. But more important, it is noted for its characteristic Jugendstil (Art Nouveau) buildings, which some claim make Ålesund one of the most beautiful towns in Norway. This Art Nouveau style emerged when the town was completely rebuilt after a devastating fire in 1904 destroyed nearly 800 buildings and left 10,000 residents homeless. It is said that the fire started by a tipped oil lamp. Rebuilding was carried out with the help of many young, foreign architects who added their own flourishes to the architectural blend of German Jugendstil and Viking roots. Today, narrow streets are crammed with buildings topped with turrets, spires and gables that bear decorations of dragonheads and curlicues. As one of the few remaining Art Nouveau towns in the world, in 1998 Ålesund was awarded the coveted Houens National Memorial Prize for the preservation of its unique architecture.

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Day 11
Newcastle upon Tyne, England
An urban city mixing culture, sophistication and heritage, Newcatle-upon-Tyne offers a range of activities and attractions. With more theatres per person than anywhere else in the UK, Newcastle has a wide range of arts and cultural attractions for visitors to enjoy, from the Theatre Royal – regional home to the Royal Shakespeare Company – to the famous Angel of the North.
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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
Balmoral

Beautiful Balmoral is small enough to navigate Europe’s most picturesque waterways so guests can enjoy hours of scenic cruising. Balmoral retains a warm, civilised atmosphere and features comfortable accommodation, stylish restaurants and plenty of open-deck space, including an al-fresco restaurant.

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