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Fred. Olsen – Scenic Islands In The Summertime – 2021

  • Edinburgh, Scotland - Edinburgh Castle and the Ross Fountain in Princes Street Gardens ©

    Edinburgh, Scotland - Edinburgh Castle and the Ross Fountain in Princes Street Gardens © VisitScotland, Kenny Lam
  • Edinburgh Castle viewed from Calton Hill ©

    Edinburgh, Scotland - Edinburgh Castle viewed from Calton Hill © VisitScotland, Kenny Lam EXPIRES 18.1.2022
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  • Superior Outside Cabin, Balmoral ©

    Superior Outside Cabin, Balmoral ©Fred.Olsen Cruise Lines
  • Single Inside Cabin, Balmoral ©

    Single Inside Cabin, Balmoral ©Fred.Olsen Cruise Lines
  • Ballindalloch on Balmoral

    Ballindalloch on Balmoral © Fred Olsen Cruise Lines
Balmoral - L2124 - 5th August 2021 - 5 nights
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Sails from Rosyth

A voyage specially planned to uncover intriguing islands and geological formations of two beautiful countries in just five nights makes for a wonderful summer break. Balmoral will present you with spectacular views of The Needle and the Old Man of Hoy, two magnificent sea stacks guarding the rugged Orkney Islands; and take you to Lerwick, in the picturesque Shetlands. Once ashore, you could seek-out the gorgeous coastal scenery and sea vistas of Northmavine; unearth the ancient settlements of Jarlshof and Clickimin Broch; or even seek-out native wildlife, such as iconic Shetland ponies, seabirds, orcas and seals.

Further north, your short, yet simply unforgettable discovery of spellbinding scenery and natural wonders concludes with gentle glides by the gorgeous, uninhabited islets of Gáshólmur and Tindhólmur; the unusual, arch-shaped Drangarnir sea stack; and the picturesque village of Gásadalur, each providing unmissable photo opportunities. Sailing past Hestur Island and Mykines, where rugged coasts are a haven for seabirds – such as gannets, puffins, Arctic terns, razorbills and guillemots – is a chance to witness nature at its unspoilt best. What’s more, you get to visit Tórshavn and immerse yourself in the rich Viking history of one of the world’s smallest capital cities too.

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Thursday 5th August 2021

Cruise Itinerary

Thursday 5th August 2021

Departure from Rosyth, United Kingdom

Board the ship mid-afternoon before you set sail.

Friday 6th August 2021

Cruising by The Needle, Orkneys

‘Pinned’ just off south west coast of Hoy Island, the 230 ft-high Needle is the Orkney archipelago’s second-highest rock stack.

Along with the legendary Old Man of Hoy, the Needle is one of the Orkney’s most popular climbing hotspots, a haven for various seabird species and is a magnificent sight to admire from the comfort of your ship’s decks.

Friday 6th August 2021

Cruising by Old Man of Hoy, Orkneys

Britain’s tallest and arguably most famous sea stack, the Old Man of Hoy rises 450 feet out of the Atlantic Ocean on the coast of Hoy Island, in Scotland’s rugged Orkney archipelago.

Originally an arch with two ‘legs’ resembling those of an old man, hence the landmark’s nickname, the erosive power of the weather has reduced the stack to a single pillar which, owing to a huge crack slicing through the middle of it, geologists believe will one day collapse into the sea.

As it stands today though, defiantly battling the Atlantic tide and Scottish storms, the Old Man of Hoy remains one of the UK’s most popular climbing spots and an impressive sight to enjoy from the comfort of your cruise ship.

Saturday 7th August 2021

Lerwick, United Kingdom

Lerwick is the friendly capital of the 100 islands and islets of the Shetland. The bustling, cosmopolitan seaport is the islands’ only town, and its wonderful natural harbour is a joy to explore.

Until the 1600s, Leir Vik – Norse for a muddy bay – was little more than a few huts. However, conflict between the British and Dutch, whose fishing fleet fished for herrings off the islands, led to the building of a permanent settlement. This included Fort Charlotte, which once overlooked the harbour but has now been enclosed by the town following land reclamation.

Despite the wealth created by North Sea oil, modern Lerwick retains many fascinating small shops and historic buildings. Wandering along atmospheric Commercial Street is a delight, and the Böd of Gremista – a “fishing booth” built in 1780, is now a fascinating museum. The ground floor has the salt store and the kitchen, where herrings were hung to dry. Outside the town are the well preserved remains of the Broch of Clickimin, a small Bronze-Age settlement excavated in the last century.

Sunday 8th August 2021

Tórshavn, Faroe Islands

Tórshavn, on Streymoy Island, is the capital city of the Faroe Islands. It’s known for its Old Town, Tinganes, and its curious wooden turf-roofed houses dotted across the small, rocky peninsula. Vikings discovered the islands over a thousand years ago, and established the main harbour at Tórshavn. With forts in place to protect it from pirates, it soon became a major trading centre. Many of the city’s ancient buildings are still standing and open to the public.

The Reynagarður Vicarage, built in the mid-1600s and Munkastovan, part of the medieval fort that was built to protect Tórshavn from pirate invasion, await discovery. The striking Tórshavn Cathedral, rebuilt in the 19th century, is another of the city’s must-visit attractions.

Today, Tórshavn is a picturesque town of flagstone streets, elegant buildings, informative museums, theatres and parks. Local boutiques dot the main shopping strip, Niels Finsens Gøta, while the Nordic House cultural centre offers theatre, dance and music performances in a contemporary space.

Sunday 8th August 2021

Cruising by Hestur (Horse Island), Faroe Islands

The enchanting Faroese island of Hestur (Horse Island) is famed for the variety of bird species which inhabit the craggy landscapes. Take in the dramatic scenery as you sail slowly by the island, and be sure to have your binoculars to hand to spot Atlantic puffins, European storm petrels, black guillemots and much more perched on the edge of huge cliffs and along the shores.

Sunday 8th August 2021

Cruising by Mykines, Faroe Islands

Mykines is the westernmost of all the Faroe Islands and is popular with birdwatchers due to the plethora of nesting seabirds which perch along the shore. Grab your binoculars and be sure to take your place on deck as you cruise past to hopefully spot species such as gannets, puffins, Arctic terns, razorbills and guillemots.

Sunday 8th August 2021

Cruising by Gásadalur (Goose Valley), Faroe Islands

Scenic cruising by Gásadalur (Goose Valley) on board one of Fred. Olsen’s smaller-sized ships is a chance to see, and get closer to, one of the Faroe Islands’ most famous and photographed scenes. As you sail slowly by, feeling the sea breeze out on deck, look out for the tiny village perched on top of a tall cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean – if you can divert your attention away from the sight of cascading waterfalls below and the surrounding mountains of Vágar, that is.

Sunday 8th August 2021

Cruising Gáshólmur,Tindhólmur & Drangarnir, Faroe Islands

The Faroese islets of Gáshólmur and Tindhólmur are collections of rugged islands and intriguing rock formations, providing unforgettable views at every turn.

Scenic cruise explorations of each on Fred. Olsen’s smaller ships is a memorable way to marvel at the diversity of the natural wonders on display; as you sail the glassy waters, be on the look-out the iconic Drangarnir ‘rock with the hole’, one of the Faroe Islands’ most famous and photographed landmarks.

Monday 9th August 2021

At Sea

Enjoy a full day of cruising.

Tuesday 10th August 2021

Arrival at Rosyth, United Kingdom

After an early breakfast, disembark the ship for your journey home.

Balmoral Ship information

Balmoral is the largest of Fred Olsen’s cruise ships, on board there are nine decks two of which are for the sole purpose of leisure and relaxation.

The ship’s facilities include swimming pools & Jacuzzis, Fitness centre, Sundeck & golf nets, Atlantic Spa & Salon, library and card room. There are also boutiques, fine jewellery and Port shop. A selection of soft drinks, wines and beers are included and provided by a wide range of restaurants, cafés, grill and lounges on board.

During the day several talks, lectures and classes take place, while in the evening fantastic live performances including cabaret, stand-up comedy and concerts will keep you entertained throughout the duration of your cruise.

All of the 710 rooms are equipped with private facilities which include an en-suite shower (some may have a bathtub also), a desk, telephone, interactive television, hairdryer, air conditioning and tea and coffee making facilities. According to your needs you can choose between different room types: single, interior, ocean view, balcony rooms and suites.

Date Arrival Departure Port of Call
Thu 05 Aug 2021 Late PM Rosyth, United Kingdom
Fri 06 Aug 2021 Early AM Early AM Cruising by The Needle, Orkneys
Fri 06 Aug 2021 Late AM Late AM Cruising by Old Man of Hoy, Orkneys
Sat 07 Aug 2021 Early AM Late PM Lerwick, United Kingdom
Sun 08 Aug 2021 Early AM Late PM Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
Sun 08 Aug 2021 Late PM Late PM Cruising by Hestur (Horse Island), Faroe Islands
Sun 08 Aug 2021 Late Night Late Night Cruising by Mykines, Faroe Islands
Sun 08 Aug 2021 Late Night Late Night Cruising by Gásadalur (Goose Valley), Faroe Islands
Sun 08 Aug 2021 Late Night Late Night Cruising Gáshólmur,Tindhólmur & Drangarnir, Faroe Islands
Mon 09 Aug 2021 Cruising
Tue 10 Aug 2021 Early AM Rosyth, United Kingdom

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