Fjord Near Bergen

Fred Olsen Balmoral Norwegian Fjords Mini Cruise – 3rd May 2018

The Norwegian Fjords are closer than you think. This five-night mini cruise is a perfect excuse to see them for yourself.

Spanning the weekend, this Fred. Olsen cruise to Norway sails from Newcastle and combines a couple of ports of call with some scenic cruising along beautiful fjords.

About this cruise

On Thursday 3rd May 2018 you'll eagerly head to the International Passenger Terminal in North Shields, Newcastle, to board the lovely Balmoral. I loved my time on board this small ship and found plenty of spaces to gaze outside, making this the ideal ship to navigate the Norwegian Fjords. You'll have some time to explore the ship before embarking on this fantastic itinerary.

Friday is spent partly at sea and partly cruising through Lysefjord. A size restriction means only smaller ships can safely navigate their way along this fjord. Cameras at the ready!

You'll be refreshed and ready to stretch your legs on Saturday as you dock in the Hanseatic city of Bergen. Tour the museums, take in the sights of the colourful timber houses as you walk along the cobbled streets, or browse the shops lining the main streets. This is a city that's just as pretty as the fjords you are sailing.

Sunday's port of call is the tiny but picturesque village of Eidfjord which is nestled within the breathtaking Hardangerfjord. If you can, check out the Voringfossen Waterfall.

You might be tempted to enjoy dinner and a show onboard that evening, but try and tear yourself away as you'll cruise through Hardangerfjord, Maurangerfjord, and Furebergfossen late on Sunday night.

A day at sea on Monday is your last chance on this cruise to relax, unwind, and enjoy the entertainment laid on by the ship's staff. For on Tuesday Morning, you'll arrive back in Newcastle where you're memorable cruise will draw to a close.

(Photo credit to Crazygoat)

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The Route

The itinerary for this mini cruise is:

1Thursday 3rd May 2018NewcastleLate afternoon
2Friday 4th May 2018Day at seaAll day
3Saturday 5th May 2018BergenEarly morning to late night
4Sunday 6th May 2018EidfjordEarly morning to late afternoon
5Monday 7th May 2018Day at seaAll day
6Tuesday 8th May 2018NewcastleEarly morning

Why choose this taster cruise?

  • 5 nights on Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines' biggest small ship, Balmoral
  • Voyage L1809 departs on Thursday 3rd May 2018
  • Sail round-trip from Newcastle
  • Enjoy calls to Bergen and Eidfjord together with scenic cruising along three beautiful fjords

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So you know, the map above shows point-to-point lines which may cross land. Don't worry, your cruise ship will not sprout legs and run across dry land. Instead it's water all the way! Mapping is approximate, and the scheduled times are estimates. Your trip is subject to change as, occasionally, operators have to alter itineraries due to bad weather or unforeseen events.

The Price


On Monday 12th March 2018, I found a starting price from £649 per person based on two sharing the cheapest cabin (usually this is an inside cabin). 6 days prior it started from £699 per person, a saving of £50 per person.


What's that per night?

Want to compare this short break to a hotel stay? A starting price of 'from £649 per person' equates to 'from £129.80 per person per night'.


Are there any extras?

This price normally includes some meals but excludes drinks, gratuities, optional shore excursions, and any applicable flights and transfers (if needed and if excluded). If you want a cabin or suite with a view, these come at a premium (if available).

Cruise prices are based on supply and demand so the more spare cabins there are closer to the sail date, the cheaper the prices often become. After all, no cruise line likes sailing with empty cabins and this cruise sails in 1 month.

I regularly check for price changes by hand, but as they can occur rapidly, please use the link below to get the latest prices.

Remember, prices were correct when I last checked, but may have since changed. Prices are usually based on two adults sharing the cheapest available cabin.

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