Sail to Belgium and the Netherlands in the spring, enjoy the charming Antwerp and attraction -packed Amsterdam to uncover a host of world famous highlights.
After sailing overnight from Southampton to Belgium, a relaxing cruising along the winding Western Scheldt River will lead you into the heart of Antwerp. An overnight stay in Belgium’s beautiful second city will ensure you have plenty of time to explore the pretty cobbled streets and see the sights at your own pace. The mighty Cathedral of Our Lady and the Royal Museum of Fine Arts – which houses the works of Rubens and other Flemish masters – are among many gems to discover in Antwerp, a city famed for its legendary diamond district; while no visit is complete without stopping by one of the friendly cafés and chocolate shops to sample authentic Belgian chocolate. Antwerp is also your gateway to enchanting Ghent, where on a tour you could marvel at St Bavo’s Cathedral and learn more about Belgian chocolates from one of the city’s artisan chocolatiers.
In the Netherlands you’ll enjoy a wonderful early-morning glide through the complex locks and waterways of the Nordzeekanaal before Balmoral stops in Amsterdam, the culture-rich Dutch capital. There’s a host of iconic attractions to discover here, from the grand structures of the historic, UNESCO-listed Canal Ring and the unique sights of the ‘Red Light’ district to the fascinating Anne Frank House and the Van Gogh Museum, and a full day stay will offer you the chance to tick many of the highlights off of your ‘must-visit’ list. Not to be missed is the gorgeous Keukenhof Gardens, especially at this time of the year. Amsterdam’s famous tulips burst into their fragrant full bloom in the spring and Keukenhof is one of the best places in the city to see various species in their colourful seasonal splendour.
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Balmoral is the largest of our four cruise ships but still retains the warm, intimate and friendly atmosphere found across our fleet. Balmoral takes her name from the Scottish residence of the British Royal Family and features 710 well-appointed rooms and suites.
The Scottish theme runs throughout the ship with the names of all fine-dining restaurants being influenced by the Highlands; the Ballindalloch, Avon and Spey. Tuck in to fantastic, 5-course a la carte menus in the beautiful Ballindalloch, Spey and Avon Restaurants; a tempting self-service buffet in the Palms Café; or treat yourself to favourites such as perfectly cooked steaks and burgers in the al fresco setting of The Grill – whatever you choose, we’re sure you’ll enjoy an unforgettable dining experience.
There is plenty of time and space to relax on board with a whole host of lounges and bars providing ample room, there is also a fine array of entertainment, with talks, lectures and classes taking place during the day, and fantastic live performances – including cabaret, stand-up comedy and intimate shows from the resident bands and singers – to enjoy in the evening.