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North American Waterways

Set sail in September 2023 with Fred.Olsen on an exciting new cruise in North America & Canada

Offering a rare chance to revel in the seasonal splendour of scenic waterways and gorgeous coastlines in the US and Canada on board Balmoral, and explore remarkable cities too, this exhilarating North American adventure makes for an unmissable ocean cruise experience.

Many unforgettable sights will punctuate the exploration of North America’s incredible East Coast. Heading to New York, sail the Cape Cod Canal, passing through autumn-coloured woodland and under impressive bridges, before waking to the sight of the iconic Statue of Liberty. Two days in the ‘Big Apple’ affords ample time to see the skyscrapers, shop at world-renowned stores, visit Broadway, Times Square, Central Park and more, before Balmoral takes you beyond New York and along the Hudson River – only accessible to smaller ships – for views of riverbanks resplendent with brown and red fall foliage. Beautiful autumnal scenes will be revealed as glide along the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal to Baltimore, gateway to Washington DC. Once ashore, tour from Baltimore to the US capital and you can take your pick of must-visit sites, such as the White House and Lincoln Memorial.

Elsewhere in the US, perhaps discover the quaint cobbled streets, shops and microbreweries of the Old Port in Portland; and admire the appealing fusion of hi-tech towers and classic Georgian architecture in Boston, home of the famous Freedom Trail. North of the US border, enjoy a taste of Canada’s beautiful Eastern Seaboard, which comes to life in the fall. Visit St John’s, surrounded by stunning Newfoundland countryside and home to the historic Signal Hill; Sydney, perfectly placed for explorations of Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Highlands, the Bras d’Or Lakes and Fortress Louisbourg National Park; and the culture-rich cities of Halifax and Saint John. At each Canadian call, be fully immersed in the natural beauty, fresh air and welcoming atmosphere of this remarkable country. Finally, for contrasting experiences to those enjoyed in North America, Balmoral will take you to the sun-splashed Atlantic Ocean islands of Bermuda and São Miguel, for soothing warmth, inviting crystal-clear waters and glorious beaches.


This 34 night cruise departs Southampton on 26th September 2023 and returns on 30th October 2023. Some of the highlights not shown on the above map include:

* Cape Cod Canal

* cruising by the Statue of Liberty

* Hudson River 

* Chesapeake and Delaware Canal

Prices & Cabins

* Prices correct as of 30/07/2020, based on the lowest available Cruise Only fare, and on two people sharing a twin cabin. Please call Cruise Connections on 09 972 2031 for availability & prices.

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

About Your Ship

Balmoral is the largest of our ocean-going cruise ships, yet is still small enough to navigate size-restricted waterways such as the Kiel Canal, providing fantastic scenic cruising opportunities, and retains the warm, intimate and friendly atmosphere that the Fred. Olsen fleet is renowned for. 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 our 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 Fred. Olsen's 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 our 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.


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