European Christmas Markets Cruise with Fred Olsen - 9 Days

Available Dates

02/12/2022 - 10/12/2022 Guaranteed £1,029.00
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European Christmas Markets Cruise with Fred Olsen

As the festive season begins, start your celebrations in style with discoveries of four European cities that really come to life at the ‘most wonderful time of the year’.

Your visit to Hamburg is sure to be a highlight; German cities are renowned for their festivities and you’ll get to experience why. Traditional Christmas markets, packed with fairy-light adorned huts selling gifts, trinkets, tasty gingerbread and warming spiced wine await you. See sights such as St Nikolai Church and the Chilehaus, and enjoy a winter stroll along the banks of the River Elbe too, perhaps…

There are also Christmas-time charms to uncover in Belgian, Swedish and Danish cities. Balmoral will call at Zeebrugge for tours to the UNESCO-listed Bruges, where you’ll find highlights such as the 13th century Belfry, traditional chocolate shops and markets stalls amongst the decorated streets, and in Sweden, a later stay in Gothenburg provides a chance to see the Liseberg and Haga festive markets illuminated after dark.

Your visit to Copenhagen, Denmark’s delightful capital, will be one to remember; Tivoli Gardens is a ‘must-visit’ at this time the year, with its displays of light and decoration, and stalls offering everything from Nordic handicrafts to local delicacies.

Sailing from Portsmouth with return coach travel from Norwich.

Full cruise details here – Group discounts apply

Prices from £929* pp + £100 Coach Transfer –  group discount applies to the prices quoted on the attachment.

*depending on Cabin type chosen

Fred Olsen Guarantee:

”Our Plain Sailing Guarantee is designed to give you every reassurance about your booking with us during these unusual times. And it comes completely without clauses or caveats. This will cover guests sailing with us in 2022. That’s why if you make a new booking now for a 2021 cruise and change your mind about travelling nearer the time, we will either move the deposit you have paid to an alternative cruise with no admin fees or refund it to you in full.

Just let us know no later than when your final payment is due (or your interim payment for a longer cruise) and our team will take care of the rest.

We will also transfer your cruise or give you a sailing credit if you cannot travel due to testing positive for Coronavirus. There will be no administration fees and you can choose any cruise within 12 months of your original sailing date. No quibble refunds If we have to cancel your cruise for any reason, whilst we would love it if you transferred to another, you can of course have a full refund with no quibbles, at any time.

We want you to book your cruise with us with complete confidence. That’s why Fred. Olsen Jnr himself insists each and every booking is covered with his Enjoyment Promise. It means that if within 48 hours of sailing, you are not enjoying your ocean cruise, we will arrange to take you home at our expense and give you a full refund.

As the world is changing constantly, it may also be necessary for our Plain Sailing Guarantee to change without notice. You will always be able to see our latest version on our website ( The benefits above replace our standard transfer policy detailed in our Booking Conditions. We’ve kept things beautifully simple and straightforward, just like the family-run business we are. We look forward to welcoming you on board when the time is right for us all.”

Trip Highlights

  • Executive coach travel to and from the cruise terminal in Portsmouth
  • Complimentary refreshments on board the coach
  • Services of an IC Travel courier throughout the trip

Video Gallery

Cruise Video is from a similar, previous cruise :

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Price Includes

  • 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
  • Group drinks party

Price Excludes

  • Refreshments at roadside services or on board the ferry
  • 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
  • Alcoholic/bar drinks and tips on the cruise (unless an All-Inclusive Tips Package is available and added to your booking)
  • Travel Insurance (highly recommended)


Day 1
Friday 2nd

Coach departs Taverham 7.00am
Local pickups en route
PORTSMOUTH, ENGLAND Depart late afternoon

Day 2
Saturday 3rd

ZEEBRUGGE, BELGIUM – Arrive early morning, depart late afternoon

Day 3
Sunday 4th

Ship cruising at sea

Day 4
Monday 5th

DEC 05 GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN Arrive early morning, depart late evening

Day 5
Tuesday 6th

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK Arrive early morning, depart late evening

Day 6
Wednesday 7th

KIEL CANAL TRANSIT, GERMANY Arrive late morning, depart late evening

Day 7
Thursday 8th

DEC 08 HAMBURG, GERMANY Arrive late night, depart early evening

Day 8
Friday 9th

Ship cruising at sea

Day 9
Saturday 10th

PORTSMOUTH, ENGLAND Arrive early morning
Coach returns to Taverham

FAQ's applicable to all trips

These can be found on our main “Frequently Asked Questions” page under the “About” menu.

Will I need a passport for this trip?

Yes – you will need a passport that meets the validity requirements listed here :

Will I need an entry Visa for this trip?

At the time of writing, it is not clear whether the Schengen Area ETIAS visa waiver scheme will have launched. If it has, all travellers will need to have applied online and have the 3-year ETIAS visa waiver entitlement.

Further details can be found here :

Do I need travel insurance for this trip?

Yes – travel insurance is strongly recommended for this trip. IC Travel does not provide travel insurance and it is each travellers own responsibility to have suitable cover in place before departure

Book Now

You can check availability and book now using our secure, online booking system, which accepts most credit or debit cards, or you can select an alternative payment method during your online booking – Card Payment by Phone, Bank Transfer, Cheque, Cash or Gift Voucher (all or part payment).

We only store the last 4 digits of your card number after a transaction has processed in case of any subsequent query.

If you choose not to pay by card, your booking will be held as an option for 7 days from the date and time of your booking – if payment has not been made within this time it will be cancelled automatically. If the trip sells out we reserve the right to cancel option bookings sooner but will contact you before doing so.

Online bookings (regardless of payment type chosen) are our preferred method as they are completed and places reserved immediately, 24 hours per day.

If you prefer you can, of course, book by telephone during our office hours.

You are booking a coach transfer to the cruise terminal and the services of an IT Travel courier throughout the cruise directly with us at £100 per person. Your booking paperwork for these services will include documentation and our group discount code enabling you to book your choice of cabin and any other cruise facilities directly with the cruise provider. For online bookings the Fred Olsen leaflet can be downloaded form “Manage my Booking”.


You can send your enquiry via the form below.

European Christmas Markets Cruise with Fred Olsen
From £1,029.00
per Adult

Trip Facts

  • Coach and Cruise Liner
  • Yes - select when booking
  • Cruise Package
  • Yes

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