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Classic Christmas Markets

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With the festive season in full swing, this is the perfect getaway before the ‘big day’ arrives, offering chances to explore cities and markets that really come to life at the ‘most wonderful time of the year’. German cities are renowned for their festivities and you’ll get to experience why in Hamburg. Traditional Christmas markets and charming wooden huts adorned with twinkling lights and selling food, confectionery and handicrafts create a warmth amidst the winter chill; explore and enjoy a mug of steaming Glühwein as you browse for unique gifts. Make the most of your time to see sights such as St Nikolai Church and the Chilehaus, and enjoy a winter stroll along the banks of the River Elbe too, perhaps.

The Christmas-time charms of captivating cities in the Netherlands and Belgium await you too. Borealis will call at Zeebrugge, your gateway to UNESCO-listed Bruges; here you can explore decorated streets and canals in search of architectural gems such as Church of our Lady and the 13th century Belfry, indulge at authentic Belgian chocolate shops, and soak-up the cosy atmosphere of the city’s Christmas market. You’ll also get to see the twinkling lights and iconic sights of Amsterdam, get a feel for the Dutch capital’s festivities and take a boat tour of the famous canals – particularly magical at this time of year.

What does this price include?

  • 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

Your Itinerary

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  • Depart: Late PM

  • Cruising

    Enjoy a relaxing day at sea, making the most of the on-board amenities, meeting with new-found friends, or simply curling up with a good book as the ship heads toward the next exciting port of call.

  • Arrive: Early AM

    Depart: Late Night

  • Arrive: Early AM

    Depart: Late PM

    Amsterdam

    Ah, Amsterdam. A city that truly is for the culture-lovers. Step off the ship and into a world of its world-class art museums, including the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and the Anne Frank House. But you don’t even need to head into a museum to feel a rich sense of the city’s past and its essence. Simply wander the labyrinth of Amsterdam’s canals, 1,500 bridges, stunning medieval town squares, and flower-lined streets, or while away the afternoon at a waterfront café.

  • Arrive: Early PM

    Depart: Late PM

  • Arrive: Late PM

    Depart: Late PM

    Hamburg

    After cruising into the mouth of the River Elbe, dock in the great German port-city of Hamburg. Step ashore to browse the stalls at Rathausmarkt, then spend an evening soaking up the atmosphere of the city’s vibrant and varied neighbourhoods, seeking out the bars where the Beatles honed their sound.

  • Arrive: Late PM

    Depart: Late PM

    Hamburg

    After cruising into the mouth of the River Elbe, dock in the great German port-city of Hamburg. Step ashore to browse the stalls at Rathausmarkt, then spend an evening soaking up the atmosphere of the city’s vibrant and varied neighbourhoods, seeking out the bars where the Beatles honed their sound.

  • Cruising

    Enjoy a relaxing day at sea, making the most of the on-board amenities, meeting with new-found friends, or simply curling up with a good book as the ship heads toward the next exciting port of call.

  • Cruising

    Enjoy a relaxing day at sea, making the most of the on-board amenities, meeting with new-found friends, or simply curling up with a good book as the ship heads toward the next exciting port of call.

  • Arrive: Early AM


Days marked above with an anchor include ports where you will be transferred to shore by landing boat. These ports may be inaccessible for customers with mobility difficulties as a result. Any days not listed will be spent at sea.

Dates & Prices

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Further Information

  • Cruise descriptions include optional, chargeable experiences that may be enjoyed independently and/or with optional Fred. Olsen Shore Tours. 

    *Premium Traditional Afternoon Tea not included.

    Upgrade to All Inclusive Drinks Package is available as a chargeable optional extra and can be added to your booking up to six days prior to your cruise departing.

  • Rules may have changed since you last travelled to European Union countries as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. The following are useful guidelines which will help you prepare for your next adventure. You do require government issued passport to travel.

    Names - It is very important that all passenger names are exactly as per your passport although we do not require middle names.

    Passport - Your passport must meet two requirements to travel to an EU country and to Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. It must be: Less than 10 years old on the day you return home (please check the "date of issue") and valid for at least 3 months after the day you return home (please check the "expiry date").

    Visa - You do not need a visa for short trips to most EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. You’ll be able to stay for up to 90 days in any rolling 180-day period.

    European Travel Information & Authorisation System (ETIAS) - Commencing in late 2023 or 2024, all citizens of the United Kingdom will require a ETIAS electronic form completed prior to their arrival into the EU and Schengen member countries. The cost for this travel authorisation will be €7.00 per person with exceptions for under 18’s and over 70’s. The latest information and further details can be found at www.etias.com.

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