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Bank Holiday Escape to the Netherlands

 28th April 2023 | 5 Nights | SouthamptonBalmoralL2309

from: £669pp

BMB Host and Team
All of our Bridge Cruises have a Bernard Magee Bridge host and a team of helpers.
Daily Bridge
There is a daily session of bridge available as well as seminars on days at sea. All the bridge sessions are optional.
Partners & Parties
We have many single players on board and guarantee everybody a partner. We also have drinks parties to help players meet and mingle and create a nice atmosphere on board.
About this Cruise

From impressive architectural sights to unique, seasonal delights, discover the highlights of a duo of attraction-packed Dutch cities on this short, yet rewarding break. A specially timed visit to Amsterdam includes chances to experience the springtime splendour of the Keukenhof Gardens, alive with the vibrant colour and fragrance of millions of tulips, and visit capital’s famous morning flower markets to feel their buzz of excitement and energy. You’ll dock within a mile of the Dutch capital, so you could discover other attractions, such as the UNESCO-listed Canal Ring and Anne Frank House, with ease if you wish too.

Balmoral also takes you to Rotterdam, for a day of discovering the various treasures of the Netherlands’ second city. Explore at your leisure, or perhaps on tour, to see and compare the diverse architecture on display, from the futuristic Erasmusbrug Bridge to the unusual Markthal and the Cube Houses. You’ll find interesting museums and galleries aplenty too, providing an insight into Rotterdam’s extensive, maritime industry-influenced heritage.

Your Host
    TBC

    The host for this cruise will be announced soon.

    Itinerary
    Accommodation
    What's Included

    What's included?

    • Comfortable, stylish cabins and suites equipped with a Smart TV, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities, a fridge and individually controlled air conditioning
    • A tempting choice of cuisine every day throughout your cruise – with five-course à la carte dinners, casual breakfast and lunch buffets, late-night snacks and much more
    • 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, including cabaret shows, comedy, dancing and live music
    • Full use of on board leisure facilities, including swimming pools, Jacuzzis and gym
    • A wide choice of engaging on board activities and lectures throughout the day
    • All UK port taxes (where collectable in advance)
    • Luggage porterage between your cabin and the drop-off/pick-up point
    • Formal welcome and/or Captain’s Drinks Party and Gala Buffet

    Chargeable extras
    Cruise descriptions include optional, chargeable experiences that may be enjoyed independently and/or with optional Fred. Olsen Shore Tours. *Premium Traditional Afternoon Tea not included. Upgrade to All Inclusive Drinks Package is available as a chargeable optional extra and can be added to your booking up to six days prior to your cruise departing.

    Great value offers
    Great value offers on selected fares and cabin grades available on this cruise. Please contact our Reservations team for further details.

    About Your Ship
    Balmoral
    Carrying up to 1,350 guests is 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.

    Bank Holiday Escape to the Netherlands

     28th April 2023 | 5 Nights | SouthamptonBalmoralL2309
    Cabin Prices
    Double Occupancy
    Single Occupancy
    Interior Cabin
    160 square feet
    Smart TV
    Mini Fridge

    £669pp

    Ocean View Cabin
    165 square feet
    Smart TV
    Mini Fridge

    £859pp

    Superior Ocean View
    165 square feet
    Smart TV
    Mini Fridge

    £999pp

    Balcony Room
    180 square feet
    Balcony
    Smart TV & Fridge

    £1329pp

    Superior Balcony
    190 square feet
    Balcony
    Smart TV & Fridge

    £1429pp

    Balcony Suite
    Up to 430 square feet
    Balcony
    Smart TV & Fridge

    £1519pp

    Single Interior
    160 square feet
    Smart TV
    Mini Fridge

    £1139

    Single Ocean View
    165 square feet
    Smart TV
    Mini Fridge

    £1289

    Bank Holiday Escape to the Netherlands

    28th April 2023 | 5 NightsSouthampton | Balmoral | L2309
    Depart: Southampton, United Kingdom
    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.
    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.

    Whether on boat or bike - there are more bikes than permanent residents - exploration of the city is relatively straightforward, and a tour of the Canal Ring district, an UNESCO World Heritage site, is not to be missed. Seemingly unchanged since the 17th century, the district has been recognised for its unique cultural and historical values, and is home to many exclusive gabled facades and their celebrity owners.
    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.

    The rapid expansion of Rotterdam’s art scene, and the surge of quality dining and drinking venues make the port one of Europe's most exciting cities. The 17th century Delfshaven neighbourhood is home to canal side boutiques and shopping, and is one area of Rotterdam that still offers an impression of what the city looked like before the bombings.

    Split by the imposing Nieuwe Maas shipping channel, the city is crossed by a collection of tunnels and bridges, notably the dramatic Erasmusbrug – nicknamed “the swan”. The innovative Cube Houses, tilted at 45 degrees, are a quirky discovery, as is the Schouwburgplein square. The renowned Blijdorp Zoological Garden, is also worth a visit.
    Arrive: Southampton, United Kingdom.

    Accommodation on Balmoral

    28th April 2023 | 5 NightsSouthampton | Balmoral | L2309
    BJ - Balcony Junior Suite
    • This suite is approximately 200 square feet in size and can be found on Highland Deck 10, Bridge Deck 9 and Lido Deck 8.
    • This suite has a bedroom with a sitting area and a balcony. There is an en-suite bathroom with bath and/or shower.
    • Facilities include climate control, Interactive Smart TV, desk, phone, mini-fridge, hairdryer and tea & coffee making facilities.
    • All rooms are non-smoking, have room service available until 11.00pm, and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts). Smoking is permitted on room balconies.

    Please note, rooms 8057 and 8059 on Lido deck are equipped for use by disabled passengers.

    PS - Premier Suite
    • This suite is approximately 430 square feet in size and can be found on Highland Deck 10.
    • This suite has a sitting room, balcony and a bedroom with large double bed and bathroom with bath and/or shower.
    • Facilities include climate control, Interactive Smart TV, desk, phone, mini-fridge, hairdryer & tea & coffee making facilities.
    • All rooms are non-smoking, have room service available until 11.00pm, and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts). Smoking is permitted on room balconies.
    OW - Owner's Suite
    • Exclusive suite - please call for more details.
    SS - Superior Suite
    • This style of suite is approximately 275 square feet in size, and can be found on Highland Deck 10 and Bridge Deck 9.
    • This suite has a sitting area with a balcony and a bedroom with a twin or double bed. The bathroom has a bath and/or shower.
    • Facilities include climate control, Interactive Smart TV, desk, phone, mini-fridge, hairdryer & tea & coffee making facilities.
    • All rooms are non-smoking, have room service available until 11.00pm, and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts). Smoking is permitted on room balconies.
    MS - Marquee Suite
    • This suite is approximately 390 square feet in size and can be found on Highland Deck 10.
    • This suite has a bedroom with a large double bed and a sitting area, a bathroom with bath and/or shower.
    • Facilities include climate control, Interactive Smart TV, desk, phone, mini-fridge, hairdryer & tea & coffee making facilities.
    • All rooms are non-smoking, have room service available until 11.00pm, and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts). Smoking is permitted on room balconies.
    BA - Superior Balcony Cabin
    • These rooms are approximately 190 square feet in size and can be found on Bridge Deck 9.
    • Slightly larger than a BC grade, these rooms have a balcony, bathroom with bath and/or shower.
    • Facilities include climate control, Interactive Smart TV, desk, phone, mini-fridge, hairdryer and tea & coffee making facilities.
    • All rooms are non-smoking, have room service available until 11.00pm, and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts). Smoking is permitted on room balconies.
    BC - Balcony Cabin
    • This room is approximately 180 square feet in size, and can be found on Lido Deck 8 and Bridge Deck 9.
    • It has a balcony, bathroom with bath and/or shower.
    • Facilities include climate control, Interactive Smart TV, desk, phone, mini-fridge, hairdryer & tea & coffee making facilities.
    • All rooms are non-smoking, have room service available until 11.00pm, and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts). Smoking is permitted on room balconies.
    A - Superior Ocean View
    • This room is approximately 200 square feet in size and can be found on Lido Deck 8.
    • It has a picture window, bathroom with bath and/or shower.
    • Facilities include climate control, Interactive Smart TV, desk, phone, mini-fridge, hairdryer and tea & coffee making facilities.
    • All rooms are non-smoking, have room service available until 11.00pm, and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts).
    B - Superior Ocean View
    • Approx. 165 square feet in size, these rooms are located on the Lido Deck 8 and Main Deck 6.
    • Fitted with everything you need for your stay, there’s a picture window too.
    • Facilities include climate control, Interactive Smart TV, desk, phone, mini-fridge, hairdryer & tea & coffee making facilities.
    • All rooms are non-smoking, have room service available until 11.00pm, and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts).

    *Rooms 8073, 8075, 8084 and 8086 on the Lido Deck are wheelchair accessible and have a fully restricted view.

    C - Superior Ocean View
    • This room is approximately 165 square feet in size and can be found on Atlantic Deck 5.
    • It has a picture window and a bathroom with bath and/or shower.
    • Facilities include climate control, Interactive Smart TV, desk, phone, mini-fridge, hairdryer & tea & coffee making facilities.
    • All rooms are non-smoking, have room service available until 11.00pm, and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts).
    D - Ocean View
    • These rooms are approximately 165 square feet in size, and can be found on Atlantic Deck 5 and Coral Deck 4.
    • They have a picture window and a bathroom with bath and/or shower.
    • Facilities include climate control, Interactive Smart TV, desk, phone, mini-fridge, hairdryer & tea & coffee making facilities.
    • All rooms are non-smoking, have room service available until 11.00pm, and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts).
    E - Ocean View
    • This room is approximately 165 square feet in size and can be found on Coral Deck 4.
    • It has a picture window and a bathroom with shower.
    • Facilities include climate control, Interactive Smart TV, desk, phone, mini-fridge, hairdryer & tea & coffee making facilities.
    • All rooms are non-smoking, have room service available until 11.00pm, and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts).
    F - Ocean View
    • This room is approximately 165 square feet in size and can be found on Atlantic Deck 5, Coral Deck 4 & Marina Deck 3.
    • It has 2 portholes, bathroom with a shower.
    • Facilities include climate control, Interactive Smart TV, desk, phone, mini-fridge, hairdryer & tea & coffee making facilities.
    • All rooms are non-smoking, have room service available until 11.00pm, and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts).
    G - Superior Interior Cabin
    • Our Superior Interior Rooms are approximately 160 square feet in size and can be found on Lido Deck 8 and Bridge Deck 9.
    • These rooms have a bathroom with bath and/or shower.
    • Facilities include climate control, Interactive Smart TV, desk, phone, mini-fridge, hairdryer and tea & coffee making facilities.
    • All rooms are non-smoking, have room service available until 11.00pm, and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts).

    *Please note, rooms 9048, 9056 and 9095 on Bridge Deck have been adapted for use by disabled passengers.

    H - Interior Cabin
    • This room is approximately 160 square feet in size and can be found on Main Deck 6 and Atlantic Deck 5.
    • It has a bathroom with shower.
    • Facilities include climate control, Interactive Smart TV, desk, phone, mini-fridge, hairdryer & tea & coffee making facilities.
    • All rooms are non-smoking, have room service available until 11.00pm, and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts).
    I - Interior Cabin
    • This room is approximately 160 square feet in size and can be found on Atlantic Deck 5, Coral Deck 4 and Marina Deck 3.
    • It has a bathroom with shower.
    • Facilities include climate control, Interactive Smart TV, desk, phone, mini-fridge, hairdryer & tea & coffee making facilities.
    • All rooms are non-smoking, have room service available until 11.00pm, and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts).
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