Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has released details of a new Balmoral from the North programme of cruises, which focus on the northern most countries as well as Scotland.

The collection highlights a range of sailings from Newcastle and Rosyth (Edinburgh) next year, aboard its flagship, Balmoral.

From the fjords to the Baltic

Fred. Olsen will be reinforcing its Scottish connections in 2018 by introducing its 1,350-guest cruise ship Balmoral to Rosyth (Edinburgh) for the very first time, on a total of nine itineraries.

Cruise holidays on offer from Rosyth – from May to July – include a five-night Norwegian Fjords departure, a 14-night Scandinavia and St. Petersburg Baltic discovery, and a nine-night German Waterways experience.

Justin Stanton, sales and marketing director for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said: “Whether you are seeking out exciting new destinations, or are drawn to re-visiting a previous favourite, whichever Fred. Olsen itinerary you choose, you will be able to relax and enjoy the warm, friendly atmosphere of Balmoral – the flagship of our fleet – and all from a port nearby.”

Destinations and trip highlights for 2018

Example itineraries featured in Fred. Olsen's new Balmoral from the North collection include a seven-night German Cities & the Kiel Canal cruise, from Newcastle on 26th April. This holiday takes in the seaside charm of Warnemünde, the maritime heritage of Kiel and the UNESCO-listed historic sites of Bremen.

Also in the collection is a five-night Norwegian Fjords cruise from Rosyth on 26th May. Scotland's close proximity to Norway means that the scenery and natural wonders of Lysefjord, Hardangerfjord and Maurangerfjord can all be discovered in less than a week, along with the attractions of Bergen, home of the UNESCO-listed Bryggen Wharf, and the village of Eidfjord.

Group travel organisers can also choose from a Diamonds, Chocolates & Canals departing 30th June, and a five-night Scottish Highlands & Islands cruise on 28th August.

GTOs booking with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines can expect group benefits including free places for the organiser, afternoon teas, funding towards transport and preferential group dining.

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