Waterways of Holland & Belgium No-Fly Cruise w/Meals

Balmoral, Waterways of Holland & Belgium
Holland & Belgium
Waterways of Holland & Belgium
7 Nights
Board Basis:
Full Board
  • 7 Nights on board Balmoral
  • Sail from Southampton
  • Full Board - see full details below
  • Unlimited, self-service tea and coffee available 24hrs at selected venues
  • Complimentary afternoon tea* with sandwiches and cakes, and in-room sandwiches and snacks
  • A full programme of evening entertainment
  • On board leisure facilities, including swimming pools, Jacuzzis and gym
  • Drinks Package upgrade option available
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November 8th, 2019
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Featuring calls at four compelling cities and scenic cruising of beautiful waterways, this rewarding week away brings you the best of Belgium and the Netherlands. Picturesque countryside, engaging museums, contrasting architecture and much more; there’s a host of highlights to uncover during time spent on board Balmoral and ashore.


Just a short time after departing Southampton you’ll begin three memorable days in the Netherlands, diverting inland via the Nordzeekanaal en route to your first port of call, Amsterdam. You have the chance to enjoy an authentic exploration of the diverse Dutch capital, with your ship docking overnight close to the city centre. By day, you could take in world-renowned galleries and museums such as the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum; unravel the haunting history of Anne Frank House; an even explore the city in-depth via bicycle, the locals’ transport of choice. In the evening, a boat tour of Amsterdam’s iconic canals is highly recommended. Then it’s on to Rotterdam, for a futuristic twist to your itinerary. The Netherlands’ stylish second city boasts a collection of fantastic museums and an array of unique architectural wonders, from the innovative 1970s Cube Houses to the magnificently modern Markthal. Take the day to explore Rotterdam at leisure, before marvelling at the impressive Erasmusbrug Bridge and the city’s striking skyline as you depart via Nieuwe Maas in the evening.

Heading south, the Belgian delights of two enchanting cities await you. Some of Belgium’s most famous landmarks can be seen in all their glory during a call into Ghent; be sure to seek out the gothic-style St Bavo’s Cathedral, the Castle of the Counts and the UNESCO-listed, 91-metre-high Belfry for fantastic photo opportunities. The highlights of this medieval city are easily discovered on foot or via the tram, though you might choose to explore the city on a magical canal boat tour. Another evening of scenic cruising follows, gliding along the Ghent-Terneuzen Canal as Balmoral continues on to Antwerp. Once docked in Belgium’s beautiful second city, an overnight stay affords you time to explore at your own pace. You can wander the legendary diamond district, and unearth a host of other treasures including the intricate guildhouses of Grote Markt, the mighty Cathedral of our Lady and the Royal Museum of Fine Arts. If you’ve a sweet tooth, Antwerp’s authentic Belgian chocolate shops and cafés are certain to tempt.

Waterways of Holland & Belgium Itinerary

Fri 8 Nov - Southampton, United Kingdom

Sat 9 Nov - Cruising Western Scheldt River, Belgium

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. An important shipping route for the port of Antwerp, the Western Scheldt River is formed in the east where the Schelde River enters the Netherlands from Belgium. An interesting route to cruise along, there are no bridges across the river, only a tunnel running from Ellewoutsdijk to Terneuzen, or foot ferries.

Sat 9 Nov - Antwerp, Belgium

Belgium’s charming, medieval city of Antwerp is the country’s biggest port and often recognised as its capital of cool. It has proved an alluring city for centuries, attracting lovers of art, fashion and, of course, diamonds – over 80% of the world's rough diamonds pass through the city's famous diamond district at some point or other. Renowned for its charm and sparkle, Antwerp was one of Europe’s principle cities in the mid-16th century and has maintained the essence of its medieval past, despite severe bombing during World War II.

Sun 10 Nov - Antwerp, Belgium

Mon 11 Nov - Ghent, Belgium

Belgium’s cosy but vibrant hidden gem, Ghent, is often described as Europe’s best kept secret. Located at the confluence of the Leie and Scheldt rivers, this beautifully-cultured city is easy to explore either on foot or tram. Adored by its locals, Ghent offers visitors the Castle of the Counts, the superb St. Bavo’s Cathedral, the Gothic-style St Nicholas’ Church – Ghent’s oldest and most iconic landmarks – and the UNESCO-listed 91-metre-high Belfry, the tallest in Belgium.

Tue 12 Nov - Rotterdam, Netherlands

The words innovative and inspiring sum up Rotterdam, a major port city in the Dutch province of South Holland. The Netherlands' second largest city has a diverse community, a captivating maritime history, and an abundance of excellent museums.

The city is like an exhibition of futuristic architecture, an achievement made even more remarkable given Rotterdam was literally razed to the ground during World War II. The north side of the city is easy to discover on foot. The Maritime Museum has vintage ships and exhibits that trace the city's seafaring history, while the Pilgrim Fathers Church is the site where pilgrims worshipped before embarking for America.

Tue 12 Nov - Cruising Nieuwe Maas, Netherlands

The Nieuwe Mass is a 24 kilometre-long distributary of the Netherlands’ mighty Rhine River.

On a relaxing cruise along the Nieuwe Maas, you’ll pass lovely waterfront houses, see the iconic Erasmusbrug Bridge and have the opportunity to savour the sight of Rotterdam’s soaring skyline. Be sure to have your camera to hand as you glide west along this wonderful 24 kilometre distributary of the mighty Rhine River.

Wed 13 Nov - Amsterdam, Netherlands

Golden Age canals lined with elegant merchant homes is the familiar backdrop for the Netherlands' historic capital, Amsterdam. Established in the 17th century with the construction of the River Amstel dam, this celebrated port offers everything from treasure-packed museums and antiquarian bookshops to chic boutiques and convivial cafés. Equally, art is never far away in this hub of uber-creative design. One noticeable thing about the city is that, some 150 years after its industrial heyday, Amsterdam is once again awash with producers.

Amsterdam has some 40 museums, and the Museum Quarter boasts three of the most famous: the Rijksmuseum has paintings from Rembrandt, Vermeer and Frans Hals; the Van Gogh Museum; and the Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art, displays work from Manet to Picasso. The Anne Frankhuis where Anne Frank and her family hid from German troops during the World War II, is an experience many visitors seek.

Thu 14 Nov - Amsterdam, Netherlands

Golden Age canals lined with elegant merchant homes is the familiar backdrop for the Netherlands' historic capital, Amsterdam. Established in the 17th century with the construction of the River Amstel dam, this celebrated port offers everything from treasure-packed museums and antiquarian bookshops to chic boutiques and convivial cafés. Equally, art is never far away in this hub of uber-creative design. One noticeable thing about the city is that, some 150 years after its industrial heyday, Amsterdam is once again awash with producers.

Thu 14 Nov - Cruising North Sea Canal, Netherlands

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.

Despite its industrial importance, there’s a lot more to this winding waterway than just container ships. Along the banks of the 16-mile-long canal – from the mouth at Ijmuiden, to the end in Amsterdam – there are an abundance of diverse sights to see on a scenic cruise to the Dutch capital, including interesting fortifications from World War Two, huge power plants, pretty beaches and nature reserves.

Fri 15 Nov - Southampton, United Kingdom



Refurbished in 2017, Balmoral is the largest of Fred. Olsen's smaller, friendly ocean-going cruise ships – with capacity for up to 1,350 guests – yet is still small enough to navigate narrow waterways such as Kiel Canal and bring inspirational sights and experiences closer to you. Like the rest of the fleet, Balmoral retains a warm, welcoming atmosphere and features comfortable accommodation and lounges, stylish restaurants and plenty of open-deck space.

Balmoral is named after the Scottish residence of the British Royal Family, and the Scottish theme runs throughout the main dining venues – the Ballindalloch, Avon and Spey – where guests can enjoy tantalising menus prepared by expert chefs.

Featuring 710 well-appointed rooms and suites and a selection of comfortable lounges, bars and inviting public areas which have been extensively refitted and improved as part of a fleet-wide refurbishment programme, Balmoral provides guests with ample space in which to relax and share a memorable cruise experience with hundreds, not thousands, of fellow travellers. And, as guests have come to expect, there is always an array of superb entertainment on offer throughout the day, from lectures and hobby classes to live cabaret and comedians, ensuring you can make the most of your time on board.


Dining on board Balmoral is always a highlight of any cruise. With six fantastic dining venues to choose from, you'll always find there's a tempting selection of dishes, all perfectly prepared by expert chefs.

Take a seat in the beautiful Ballindalloch, Spey and Avon restaurants to start the day with a breakfast cooked just the way you like it, or indulge with a mouthwatering five-course á la carte dinner every evening; and help yourself to the tempting buffet at the Palms Café. For an extra special treat, The Grill offers cooked-to-order steaks and seafood; while al fresco dining at its finest can be enjoyed at the newly installed The Poolside.

Dining included:

Breakfast À la carte & buffet
Lunch À la carte & buffet
Afternoon Tea À la carte & buffet
Dinner À la carte & buffet
Supper Club Buffet


  • The Poolside restaurant | £15pp
  • The Grill | £20pp
  • Premium Afternoon Tea | £8.95p
  • The Bookmark Café | coffees & chocolates

Bars & Lounges

Whether it's watching the evening show at the beautifully refurbished Neptune Lounge; taking in stunning views over a traditional Afternoon Tea at the Observatory Lounge; sampling premium gins at the Lido Bar; or having a refreshing pint at the Morning Light Pub, you'll find there are plenty of places to unwind on board Balmoral.

The flagship in this fleet features several stylish, spacious and comfortable bars and lounges, providing plenty of choice and variety. Each venue has ample room to relax and never feels overcrowded, an advantage of cruising on board a smaller cruise ship, so it's always a pleasure to enjoy the fantastic entertainment and share a drink or two with new-found friends.

Upgrade to All Inclusive

From only £19 per person, per night* (£35 per person, per night on cruises of five nights or less and Speciality Sailings),

The All Inclusive Drinks Upgrade is another service offered to ensure your holiday is relaxing and enjoyable. By upgrading to All Inclusive, you can treat yourself to that extra glass or two of your favourite tipple, without having to worry about the bar bill at the end of your cruise – it’s already covered.

All inclusive - In the bars & lounges

  • A selection of soft drinks (post-mix on pump), served by the glass: Pepsi, lemonade, tonic waters, juices & mineral/spring water
  • A choice of three red, three white & two rosé wines by the glass
  • Selected Cava by the glass
  • Selected branded beers in cans or on draught
  • Selected cider in cans
  • Selected house spirits: white rum, gin, vodka, whisky, brandy & Irish Cream
  • Bar Manager's selection

All Inclusive - In the restaurants & buffet areas

  • A selection of soft drinks, mineral/spring water & juices by the glass
  • A choice of three red, three white & two rosé wines by the glass
  • Selected branded beers in cans
  • Regular tea & coffee

All Inclusive - Premium drinks are discounted too:
Guests with the All Inclusive Upgrade can also save 50% off premium and branded drinks, other red & white wines (excluding Champagne or sparkling wine), cocktails & bottled water

Chargeable extras

Cruise descriptions include optional, chargeable experiences that may be enjoyed independently and/or with optional Shore Tours.

*Premium Traditional Afternoon Tea not included.

Upgrade to All Inclusive Drinks Package is available as a chargeable optional extra. All Inclusive upgrade can be added to your booking up to six days prior to your cruise departing

* Additional Charges

If the number of people staying in this room is less than the maximum occupancy, there may be a slight charge for under-occupancy. Booking fee’s apply on all bookings and will be confirmed at the time of booking. Minimum booking fee £6 per person.

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