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In Search of the Northern Lights in Nine Nights

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BMB BRIDGE CRUISE
10th March 2024  |  9 Nights  |  Newcastle  |  Balmoral  |  L2406
From: £1239pp
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.

In Search of the Northern Lights in Nine Nights

10th March 2024   |   9 Nights   |   Newcastle   |   Balmoral   |   L2406

ABOUT THIS CRUISE

In just nine nights, you will have the chance to spot the natural phenomenon of the Northern Lights from the comfort of your ship.

There are plenty of immersive winter activities to give you a taste of life in the Arctic wilderness, from dog sledding (during which you can even mush your own team of huskies through the snowy landscapes) to ice fishing with a Tromsø local.

Our itinerary planners have also included several scenic cruising highlights, with Balmoral passing sights such the Seven Sisters mountain range and Torghatten – the mountain with a hole through its centre. Your ship is also small enough to take a scenic shortcut through the Tjeldsundet Strait.

Host Elaine Duff

Your BMB Host

Elaine Duff

Elaine learnt to play bridge at university but didn’t start playing duplicate until 2008 when she took up the game again after a ten year break. She plays regularly for both Hitchin and Royston Bridge Clubs, but it is with Hitchin that she is mostly involved with directing and encouraging players to improve through workshops. With one of her bridge partners, she has entered some of the local and county competitions.

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In Search of the Northern Lights in Nine Nights

10th March 2024   |   9 Nights   |   Newcastle   |   Balmoral   |   L2406
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Mar 10

Newcastle

United Kingdom

Select  ~  Departure - Late Afternoon
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Mar 13

BODØ

Norway

Arrival - Late Morning  ~  Departure - Late Night

Surrounded by steep, snow covered mountain peaks, Bodo in winter is bathed in hues of pink and orange light as the winter light reflects off the surrounding waters. Located just north of the Arctic Circle, there are also opportunities to see the Northern Lights in Bodo, and as it is the first place the Gulf Stream hits the Norwegian coast, it’s climate is milder than more inland destinations.

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Mar 14

NARVIK

Norway

Arrival - Early Morning  ~  Departure - Early Evening

Due to its location far north of the Arctic Circle, the small town of Narvik is seen as one of the best places to see the Aurora Borealis. Situated on the banks of the Ofotfjorden, with snow covered mountains and desnse forests surrounding Narvik, the Northern Lights dance in the skies overlooking the town. In March, the winter festival is held, celebrating music, literature, art, and dancing.

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Mar 14

CRUISE TJELDSUNDET STRAIT

Norway

Arrival - Late Evening  ~  Departure - Late Evening

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 snow-capped mountains and rock faces; and the Tjeldsund Suspension Bridge connects the islands of Lofoten and Vesterålen with the mainland.

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Mar 15

TROMSØ

Norway

Arrival - Early Morning  ~  Departure - Early Evening

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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Mar 16

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 snow-capped mountains and rock faces; and the Tjeldsund Suspension Bridge connects the islands of Lofoten and Vesterålen with the mainland.

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Mar 16

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, particularly when snow-covered in the winter months. It is possible to climb them, and to learn the legend of the trolls who were turned to stone!

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Mar 16

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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Mar 17

ÅLESUND

Norway

Arrival - Early Afternoon  ~  Departure - Early Evening

Considered by Norwegians to be Norway’s most beautiful city, Alesund in winter is perhaps even more breath-taking than in the summer months, as its bathed in dusky shades of orange and pink. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains, the Art Nouveau town is built on three islands, where panoramic views of the city, archipelago and Sunnmore Alps are best seen from the top of Mount Aksla.

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Mar 19

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 £3039pp
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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 £2759pp
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 £1569pp
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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
Call 01344 205 120 for latest prices
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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 £1239pp
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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 £2749
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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 £2099
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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
Call 01344 205 120 for latest prices
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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
Call 01344 205 120 for latest prices
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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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