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Rugged & Remote Spitsbergen with the Midnight Sun

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BMB BRIDGE CRUISE
12th June 2024  |  14 Nights  |  Newcastle  |  Balmoral  |  L2417
From: £2199pp
BMB Host & 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 Found
We have many single players on board and guarantee everybody a partner.
BMB Parties
We also have drinks parties to help players meet and mingle and create a nice atmosphere on board.

Rugged & Remote Spitsbergen with the Midnight Sun

12th June 2024   |   14 Nights   |   Newcastle   |   Balmoral   |   L2417

ABOUT THIS CRUISE

On this exploration of the isolated lands of Spitsbergen, you can witness nature in all its forms, from the surreal phenomenon that is the Midnight Sun to elusive marine life, which you can search for from the comfort of Balmoral with the help of conservationists from wildlife charity OWE, the Ocean Wildlife Encounters group.

Experience what life was like in remote Longyearbyen, donning your own miner’s helmet as you explore a disused mine, fully immersing yourself in the town’s past. Elsewhere you can uncover local Sámi culture and visit the ‘Gateway to the Arctic’, Tromsø. Marvel at remarkable scenery as Balmoral cruises past Torghatten – a mountain with a hole through its centre, the Seven Sisters mountains, and Tempelfjorden’s Temple Mountain.

Your BMB Host

Lyn Hilton

Lyn Hilton lives in Leicestershire with her 3-legged, one year old rescue dog Tya, her two children have grown and flown.

She has been playing bridge since the age of 17. Initially playing kitchen bridge and then learnt properly when she was 30.

She is a qualified bridge teacher, director and plays bridge for the Leicestershire team. She is a member of three clubs within the country and teaches within the county club.

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Rugged & Remote Spitsbergen with the Midnight Sun

12th June 2024   |   14 Nights   |   Newcastle   |   Balmoral   |   L2417
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Jun 12

NEWCASTLE

United Kingdom

Select  ~  Departure - Late Afternoon
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Jun 14

ÅLESUND

Norway

Arrival - Early Morning  ~  Departure - Early Afternoon

Situated in the most spectacular of settings, Ålesund is built on three islands with a magnificent mountainous backdrop. The city was rebuilt in 1904 after a devastating fire, into the classic Art Nouveau style it is renowned for today, and which can be seen in the displays at the Jugendstilsenteret, The National Art Nouveau Centre. The panoramic views of the city, archipelago and Sunnmore Alps from the top of Mount Aksla are well worth the 418 steps to the summit.

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Overnight Port
Jun 17 - 18

LONGYEARBYEN

Norway

Arrival - Early Morning  ~  Departure - Early Afternoon

Located deep within the Arctic Circle, Longyearbyen is seen as the world’s most northernmost town, and is surrounded by incredible Norwegian Arctic wilderness. The sun doesn’t set here in the summer months, and is the gateway to many Arctic adventures in Svalbard. Home to reindeer, arctic fox, and a range of cetaceans, Longyearbyen is the perfect place for observing wildlife in its natural habitat.

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Jun 18

CRUISING TEMPELFJORDEN

Norway

Arrival - Late Afternoon  ~  Departure - Early Evening

Tempelfjorden is a fjord branch at the inner end of Sassenfjorden, a part of Isfjorden at Spitsbergen, Svalbard. Located between Sabine Land and Bünsow Land, the fjord is named after the mountain Templet, which resembles a temple. Tunabreen Glacier is a breath-taking shade of blue, and is constantly moving and creaking, creating a powerful, natural experience.

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Jun 20

HAMMERFEST

Norway

Arrival - Early Morning  ~  Departure - Late Night

Recognised as the world’s most northerly urban town, Hammerfest is also one of Norway’s oldest towns. Despite being virtually destructed by the Nazis during the Second World War, Hammerfest retains many colourful houses from the 1950’s. Thanks to its northerly location, the town experiences the phenomenon of the ‘midnight sun’ during the summer months, and the chance to see the Northern Lights in winter. Hammerfest is home to elk, reindeer, eagles and many cetaceans.

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Jun 21

ALTA

Norway

Arrival - Early Morning  ~  Departure - Early Evening

Located deep into the Altafjord, and originally inhabited by the indigenous Sami people, Alta is one of the best places on earth to see the ethereal Northern Lights. As the city had to be rebuilt after the Second World War, many of its buildings are relatively new – one remarkable piece of architecture is the striking Northern Lights Cathedral. The Alta Rock Drawings, dating back to between 4200 and 500 BC, provide an excellent example of human activity in this area.

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Jun 22

TROMSØ

Norway

Arrival - Early Morning  ~  Departure - Late Afternoon

During winter, the ice-covered seas around Tromso are filled with hundreds of whales, as they go in search of food and breeding grounds. One of the main reasons they visit this area is for the abundance of herring in the waters. Tromso is also well-known for its husky sledding, where these magnificent creatures pull sleds through the snowy countryside. It’s also possible to see the other-wordly Northern Lights as they dance and flicker in the skies above northern Norway’s largest city.

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Jun 23

CRUISE TJELDSUNDET STRAIT

Norway

Arrival - Late Night  ~  Departure - Late Night

Slicing through the rugged landscapes of Troms og Finnmark, separating the islands of Hinnøya and Tjeldøya from the mainland, the Tjeldsundet Strait has long been one of Norway’s most important waterways, serving as vital route between the country’s northern and southern regions. The beauty and peace of Tjeldsundet is surrounded by mountains and dramatic rock faces; and the impressive Tjeldsund Suspension Bridge connects the islands of Lofoten and Vesterålen with the mainland.

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Jun 23

CRUISING SEVEN SISTERS MOUNTAIN RANGE

Norway

Arrival - Early Afternoon  ~  Departure - Early Afternoon

Forming a majestic chain of peaks overlooking the shipping channel, the Seven Sisters mountain range is an awe-inspring backdrop to a myriad of islands and Norwegian landscapes. Standing 1,000 feet above the shoreline, these striking peaks are perhaps best observed in all their glory from your cruise ship. It is possible to climb them, and to learn the legend of the trolls who were turned to stone!

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Jun 23

CRUISING TORGHATTEN

Norway

Arrival - Late Afternoon  ~  Departure - Late Afternoon

Located on the island of Torget, Torghatten Mountain is one of Norway’s most astonishing natural wonders. Known affectionately as ‘the mountain with the hole’, Torghatten is famous for the huge hole which strikes right through the middle of it. Formed during the Scandinavian Ice Age, looser sediment and rock were eroded, but the harder rock at the top of the mountain remained, creating the distinctive hole. There are also one or two folklore tales about how the hole was formed!

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Jun 24

KRISTIANSUND

Norway

Arrival - Early Morning  ~  Departure - Late Afternoon

Often referred to as the Atlantic City, due to its close proximity to one of the world’s most scenic roadways, the Atlantic Road, Kristiansund is home to much of Norway’s most iconic modern architecture. The Atlantic Road is a true feat of engineering, offering breath-taking scenery and culture at every point, as it snakes over a series of small islands, spanned by a total of eight bridges.

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Jun 26

NEWCASTLE

United Kingdom

Arrival - Early Morning  ~  Select
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Introducing Balmoral

Beautiful Balmoral is small enough to navigate some of 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.
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BALMORAL

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

  • 710 Cabins
  • 1,325 Guests
  • 551 Crew
  • 43,537 GT
  • 16kts Max Speed
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Balmoral Cabins

CABIN OPTIONS ON YOUR CRUISE
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BALCONY JUNIOR SUITE (BJ)


Balmoral’s Balcony Junior Suites have a large cabin area and private balcony.

  • Highland deck,Bridge deck,Lido deck
  • Approx. 279 sq. ft.
  • Twin or double bed
  • Bath and/or shower
  • Mini Bar / Fridge
From £5399pp
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MARQUEE SUITE (MS)


Situated on deck 10, Marquee Suites have a private balcony and large cabin area.

  • Highland deck
  • Approx. 472 sq. ft.
  • Double bed
  • Bath and/or shower
  • Mini Bar / Fridge
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OWNER’S SUITE (OW)


Exclusive Suite.

  • Highland deck
  • Approx. 1181 sq. ft.
  • King size bed
  • Bath and/or shower
  • Mini Bar / Fridge
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Owners suite, cabin 1023, Balmoral

PREMIER SUITE (PS)


Located on deck 10, Premier Suites have a private balcony and large cabin area.

  • Highland deck
  • Approx. 601 sq. ft.
  • Twin or double bed
  • Bath and/or shower
  • Mini Bar / Fridge
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SUPERIOR SUITE (SS)


Located on decks 9 & 10, Superior Suites have a balcony and large cabin area.

  • Highland deck,Bridge deck
  • Approx. 341 sq. ft.
  • Twin or double bed
  • Bath and/or shower
  • Mini Bar / Fridge
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BALCONY CABIN (BA)


Located on Deck 8 & 9, Balcony Cabins have a private balcony and spacious cabin area.

  • Bridge deck, Lido deck
  • Approx. 260 sq. ft.
  • Twin or double bed
  • Bath and/or shower
  • Mini Bar / Fridge
From £4699pp
Superior Balcony Room (BA), Balmoral 9072

SUPERIOR OCEAN VIEW (A)


Higher on the ship, these cabins offer views from large picture windows.

  • Lido deck
  • Approx. 200 sq. ft.
  • Twin or double bed
  • Bath and/or shower
  • Mini Bar / Fridge
From £2599pp
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SUPERIOR OCEAN VIEW (B)


These cabins feature a picture window offering ocean views.

  • Lido deck, Main deck
  • Approx. 165 sq. ft.
  • Twin or double bed
  • Bath and/or shower
  • Mini Bar / Fridge
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SUPERIOR OCEAN VIEW (C)


Balmoral’s C Grade Superior Ocean View cabins feature a picture window.

  • Atlantic deck
  • Approx. 165 sq. ft.
  • Twin or double bed
  • Bath and/or shower
  • Mini Bar / Fridge
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SUPERIOR OCEAN FULLY OBSTRUCTED VIEW (CO)


CO Grade Superior Ocean View cabins have a fully obstructed picture window.

  • Lido deck
  • Approx. 165 sq. ft.
  • Twin or double bed
  • Bath and/or shower
  • Mini Bar / Fridge
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OCEAN VIEW (D)


Balmoral’s D Grade Ocean View cabins have a picture window.

  • Atlantic deck, Coral deck
  • Approx. 165 sq. ft.
  • Twin bed
  • Bath and/or shower
  • Mini Bar / Fridge
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OCEAN VIEW (E)


The E Grade Ocean View cabin on Balmoral features a picture window.

  • Coral deck
  • Approx. 165 sq. ft.
  • Twin bed
  • Shower
  • Mini Bar / Fridge
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OCEAN VIEW (F)


Two portholes in Balmoral’s F Grade Ocean View cabins offer ocean views.

  • Atlantic deck, Coral deck, Marina deck
  • Approx. 165 sq. ft.
  • Twin bed
  • Shower
  • Mini Bar / Fridge
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SUPERIOR INTERIOR CABIN (G)


G Grade Superior Inside cabins on Balmoral are perfect for a relaxing cruise.

  • Bridge deck, Lido deck
  • Approx. 160 sq. ft.
  • Twin or double bed
  • Bath and/or shower
  • Mini Bar / Fridge
From £2199pp
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INTERIOR CABIN (H)


These cabins feature a picture window offering ocean views.

  • Main deck, Atlantic deck
  • Approx. 160 sq. ft.
  • Twin or double bed
  • Shower
  • Mini Bar / Fridge
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INTERIOR CABIN (I)


I Grade Inside cabins on Balmoral offer everything you need on a cruise.

  • Atlantic deck, Coral deck, Marina deck
  • Approx. 160 sq. ft.
  • Twin or double bed
  • Shower
  • Mini Bar / Fridge
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SINGLE OCEAN VIEW (L)


Balmoral’s L Grade Single Ocean View cabins offer ocean views from the porthole

  • Marina deck
  • Approx. 140 sq. ft.
  • Twin or double bed
  • Shower
  • Mini Bar / Fridge
From £3999
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SINGLE INTERIOR (N)


N Grade Single Interior cabins are located on decks 3 & 6.

  • Main deck, Marina deck
  • Approx. 130 sq. ft.
  • Twin bed
  • Bath and/or shower
  • Mini Bar / Fridge
From £3799
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SINGLE BALCONY CABIN (J)


On Lido Deck 8, Balmoral’s J Grade Balcony cabins have a picture window.

  • Lido deck
  • Approx. 160 sq. ft.
  • Double bed
  • Bath and/or shower
  • Mini Bar / Fridge
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SINGLE BALCONY SUITE (JB)


Balmoral’s Single Balcony Suites have a private balcony and airy inside area

  • Bridge deck
  • Approx. 274 sq. ft.
  • Twin bed
  • Bath and/or shower
  • Mini Bar / Fridge
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SINGLE OCEAN VIEW (K)


K Grade Ocean View cabins on Balmoral offer scenic views from the picture window.

  • Lido deck, Coral deck
  • Approx. 165 sq. ft.
  • Twin bed
  • Shower
  • Mini Bar / Fridge
Call 01344 205 120 for latest prices
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SINGLE OCEAN VIEW (L)


Balmoral’s L Grade Single Ocean View cabins offer ocean views from the porthole.

  • Marina deck
  • Approx. 140 sq. ft.
  • Twin or double bed
  • Shower
  • Mini Bar / Fridge
Call 01344 205 120 for latest prices
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SINGLE INTERIOR CABIN (M)


M Grade Single Interior cabins are perfect for a relaxing cruise.

  • Bridge deck
  • Approx. 160 sq. ft.
  • Twin bed
  • Bath and/or shower
  • Mini Bar / Fridge
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Your BMB Bridge Cruise Coupon

Don’t forget to quote the code GRP0295, when booking a BMB Bridge Cruise. Call our friendly booking experts on: 01344 205 120.

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So Much Already Included

Everything listed below is included within the price of your BMB Bridge Cruise holiday.
  • DINING & LOUNGES
    • À la carte dining
    • Daily buffet dining options
    • Late night Supper Club
    • Afternoon tea
    • Self-service tea & coffee
    • In-cabin dining & snacks
  • ACTIVITIES & ENTERTAINMENT
    • Daily bridge sessions
    • Bridge seminars*
    • Evening shows
    • Live music & dancing
    • Dance classes
    • Lectures & talks
    • Cookery demonstrations
    • Traditional deck games
  • RELAXATION & FITNESS
    • Swimming Pools
    • Jacuzzis
    • Fitness Centre
    • Fitness Classes

DINING & LOUNGES

  • À la carte dining
  • Daily buffet dining options
  • Late night Supper Club
  • Afternoon tea
  • Self-service tea & coffee
  • In-cabin dining & snacks

ACTIVITIES & ENTERTAINMENT

  • Daily bridge sessions
  • Bridge seminars*
  • Evening shows
  • Live music & dancing
  • Dance classes
  • Lectures & talks
  • Cookery demonstrations
  • Traditional deck games
* Days at sea.

RELAXATION & FITNESS

  • Swimming Pools
  • Jacuzzis
  • Fitness Centre
  • Fitness Classes

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