Thursday 24 April 2025 - 8-days - Only 2-cabins left!

Imagine ……. just over a year from now, being picked up by a luxury coach at one of just four local pick-up point, enjoying a glass of bubbly & canapés en route and then boarding  your cruise ship ‘just down the road’ at Southampton!
Solent Events on Tour has  the opportunity to offer you
a relaxing cruise, Spring colour and the sights and sounds of  THREE beautiful cities on the river in Belgium & Holland …. and NO flying! 

Cruise: L2506 •
European River Cities with Dutch Tulips • Departs Southampton • Thursday 24 April 2025 • 7 nights • Balmoral  • Luxury return coach to Southampton from home area PLUS £100 per person onboard spend • Complimentary Private Drinks Party for Solent Events clients!

April 2025 doesn’t look too bad after all, does it?! 

Akin to all Fred. Olsen’s cosy, friendly small ships, Balmoral it is a really lovely traditional cruise ship and if you joined us for a 70’s Cruise to Bruges & Christmas Markets in December 2015, you will remember what a delightful cruise ship Balmoral is!

With more and more of the ‘modern, Butlin’s on Water’ ships being introduced year on year, we still say ‘SMALL IS BEST!’ and as Fred Olsen’s beautiful Balmoral is small enough to navigate Europe’s most picturesque waterways you can enjoy hours of scenic, flat cruising where the biig ships cannot go, plus ocean-going cruises in home-from-home comfort – and no Apps! Balmoral offers a warm, civilised atmosphere and features comfortable accommodation, stylish restaurants and plenty of open-deck space.

Balmoral is the smallest ship in the fleet and is well-loved by everyone, especially long-standing guests. She has wonderful facilities – 6 beautiful restaurants, seven bars & lounges, 2 pools and wide open decks which are perfect for when Balmoral is scenic cruising. Her smaller size is a huge asset when it comes to creating itineraries that go off the beaten track and into less visited ports and waterways. Balmoral journeys along rivers and right into the heart of cities such as Bordeaux, or transits through spectacular waterways like the Kiel Canal.

Balmoral‘s crest proudly replicates the British royal family’s Scottish residence Balmoral Castle, with a nod to Fred. Olsen’s historic links with Scotland and where the family still have an estate today.

You’ll have the chance to unwind on board with 2-days at sea (one outbound and one inbound). To make your experience even more special, Fred. Olsen’s ‘Journey Planners’ have designed a unique programme of Signature Experiences which will allow you to discover real insights about the culture and nature of the places we are visiting (Antwerp, Rotterdam & Hamburg, so you can arrive in each destination fully prepared to get the most out of your visit, whether it is for citysigh-seeing or further afield to see the beauty of the Dutch Tulips at the Keukanhof Festival, the Bridges & Waterways of Hamburg, the Windmills of Kinderijk or the beauty of  Delft and it’s famous blue china.

Shore Tours at each port of call will be available to book around 8-13 weeks prior to departure. The Signature Experience team have carefully researched and hand-selected some wonderful tour options for you, designed to help you see the real destination and not just the tourist hotspots.

Take advantage of Fred. Olsen’s popular, great value pre-bookable DRINKS PACKAGE, saving you £’s on your cruise … especially as prices worldwide are currently rising daily!   

So if you are interested in a fantastic cruise on a SMALL ship with only 710 cabins (max 1,325 passengers & 537 Crew  and a cosy home-from-home atmosphere, please contact us as soon as possible, especially as our maximum group size will be 25/30 pax.

The itinerary, cabin details and deck plans can be found below.

SOLOS SPECIAL OFFER:  For solo travellers, a 50% reduced sole occupancy supplement based on CO grade (Superior Oceanview Twin cabin, with fully restricted viewon Lido Deck 8),  is currently £2,099. 

All prices include: Solent Events SPECIAL £100pp ON BOARD SPEND
TRANSPORT to and from the port of Southampton; TRAVEL TREATS and a complimentary Solent Events PRIVATE DRINKS PARTY!
Daily on board you will enjoy:

Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, 5-course à la carte dinner, late night buffet & self-service 24hr tea & coffee • Varied daytime activities when at sea • Lectures & talks • Swimming pools, Jacuzzi & gym • Choice of live evening entertainment • 2 formal nights


Cabins from only £999pp

Interior from £999pp ; Oceanview fr £1,149pp ; Balcony fr£1,999 and Suites fr £2,099 
(Sharing a Twin/Double)
PLUS SPECIAL SOLO OFFER – subject to availability!

What's Included?

What's Not Included?

Lin with Ellie Fulcher Group Manager – on board
Bolette in Southampton – 05May22
For your peace of mind and financial protection, our cruise is
arranged in conjunction with Fred Olsen Cruise Lines.

The customer friendly DRINKS PACKAGE on  Balmoral is currently  £24.99pp per night (total £174.95pp) and is therefore great value. – FREE option for all bookings made 31 January 2024!!  It should defnitely be considered if you like an alcoholic/non-alcoholic cocktail drink – or two every day as they soon add up …..!

NB. Fred. Olsen does not permit guests to bring their own alcohol on board for consumption.

i) more than one glass of wine/alcoholic drink with your lunch & dinner 
PLUS ii) a glass or two of Cava, cocktails, beer, cider or soft drinks whilst relaxing between meal times or pre-dinner
PLUS iii) sitting by the pool, one of several lounges & bars, or after dinner in the theatre 
It also gives you peace of mind about not receiving a large bar bill at the end of your 8-day cruise! 

There is a convenient waiter-service in each venue, plus you may also order at the bar.

The package must be booked and paid for up to 2 weeks before departure. If booked when on board, the price rises to £34.99pp per day – (Approx £245pp)!

The Drinks Package consists of  the following, unlimited:
BEERS, LAGERS & CIDER (incl non-alcoholic Carlsberg)
HOUSE WINES  by the glass
White: Sauvignon Blanc; Chenin Blanc; Chardonay/Semillon; Eisberg Sauvignon Blanc
Red: Merlot; Pinotage; Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot; Eisberg Cabernet Sauvignon
Rosé: Cinsault-Rosé; Cabernet Sauvignon-Rosé
Vodka; Whisky; Gin; white Rum; Brandy; Irish Cream
MINERALS (incl diet)
Pepsi; Lemonade; Tonic Water Ginger Ale 
JUICES (by the glass)
Orange; Apple; Pineapple; Cranberry; Tomato
WATER – still & carbonated

PLUS  @ 50% discount: 
Cocktails, Premium  & Branded Spirits from the normal drinks menu

PLUS – from cabin/room service:
Orange/grapefruit juice; Milk; Teas/coffee & decaf
All other drinks from the Room Service Menu are chargeable to your account

Items not included:
Champagne; Prosecco Special Selection Red & White wines, Sparkling & Dessert wines; Drinks from cabin mini-bar; via duty free or cabin shopping; room service; coffee/teas in bars & Bookmark Café; drinks taken ashore.

Complimentary Drinks 
Coffee and Tea are available 24 hours a day in the Palm Café
Soft drinks (eg: orange juice; cranberry; water etc) available during restaurant open times
Cabin tray with kettle, tea & coffee,  daily fresh carafe of water, water glasses, mugs, spoons.

Spirits £3.50/£4 (25ml);  Glass wine £6; Bottle wine £23 to £43; Lager £5/£6 pint; Cider £5/£6 pint; ALe £4/£6; Bottle Champagne £55 to £240; Glass Champagne £14; Prosecco DOC Spumante £26; Cocktails/Martinis £7; Non-alcoholic cocktails £4; Liqueurs £4;  Soft drinks – cans & bottles: £2 to £4; Water £2.50 to £3; Milkshake £4; Cappucino/Americano £3

The small print!
Minimum age: 18 to consume alcoholic drinks
The all-inclusive Drinks Package is for the sole use of those on the package and the all-inclusive cabin card must be presented each time a drink is required – without exception (it’s the same system if you ‘purchase’ a drink on your account without a package!).
Drinks within package are only available during bar/restaurant opening hours.
Only one drink per card may be ordered and this must be consumed before further drinks are requested (for obvious reasons!)
Draught products are only available in selected bars and not in the restaurants or cafés as not all the facilities have ‘pumps’.
Canned beers and ciders will be served opened for consumption.
Fred.Olsen reserves the right to refuse service to any guest deemed intoxicated and in breach of safety regulations to themselves or others.
Any infringements to the above Terms & Conditions may result in the package being withdrawn.

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