Cruise into Christmas

Experience Christmas like never before with Cruise into Christmas

Brought to you by Sussex Cruise Club. The cruise specialists at Woods Travel Group in Bognor Regis this is your chance to win a cabin for two on the European Christmas Market Cruise with Fred Olsen Cruise Lines.

The Prize:
8-night Cruise for two on board Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines' Balmoral on the European Christmas Markets Cruise.
Departing 13th December 2023 from/to Southampton.
Ocean View cabin for 2 people.

Ship: Balmoral
Balmoral is the smallest ship in the fleet and is well-loved by all of the Fred.Olsen Cruise Lines teams, and long-standing guests. She has wonderful facilities - six beautiful restaurants, seven bars and lounges, two pools and lovely wide open decks which are perfect for when Balmoral is scenic cruising. 

The itinerary planners have carefully crafted your cruise to coincide with traditional Christmas Markets in three European cities. Hamburg’s markets – which you can enjoy by day and night on this sailing as the ship will stay overnight – feature decorated wooden huts brimming with unique wares. You can sample Glühwein and wurst as you mingle with locals and fellow travellers, soaking up the festive atmosphere. Oslo’s city centre and Copenhagen’s colourful quayside, Nyhavn, boast even more markets for you to explore. Your journey also includes a scenic sailing along Oslofjord, passing the Olsen family home in Hvitsten, and navigating the iconic Kiel Canal – a feat only possible on a smaller ship.

  • Wednesday & Thursday

    Welcome to your home for this Cruise; Balmoral. Balmoral offers a warm, civilised atmosphere and features comfortable accommodation, stylish restaurants and plenty of open-deck space.

  • Friday & Saturday

    Hamburg at Christmas is a joy to behold, with festive markets adorned with twinkling lights, stalls selling delicious hot foods, sweet treats and handicrafts, and with the smell of Glühwein hanging in the air; creating a winter wonderland.

  • Saturday

    The River Elbe is one of Central Europe’s main waterways - stretching from the Czech Republic through to the North Sea via Germany. It winds its way through tall hills, past vast plains and alongside picturesque towns and cities.

  • Saturday

    Slicing a man-made path through the German countryside, the Kiel Canal is on average this 61-mile long marvel of engineering allows vessels to avoid 250 nautical miles of sea sailing. Sailing slowly along the canal presents an opportunity to take in lush green countryside and a collection of interesting villages and towns flanking the still waters.

  • Sunday

    Copenhagen is one of the oldest cities in Europe, with its monarchy dating back as far as the 8th century, and home to the impressive Royal Family’s Amalienborg Palace and Christianborg Palace. Danish charm exudes from the various wooden huts selling traditional handicrafts and festive food and drink, with festive lights reflecting brightly in the canal.

  • Monday

    On the shores of the Oslofjord, situated amongst the picturesque scenery of Hvitsten, lies Lysedal Mansion, the historic home of the Olsen family. Oslofjord is a haven for birdwatchers, and various species can be seen resting on the shores or flying high above the fjord.

  • Monday

    The Olsen family home in Hvitsten is located on the shores of Oslofjord, with the impressive Lysedal Mansion overlooking the waters. The inner part of the fjord is lined with dense forests, and is well known for the small group of islands that lie close to Oslo, whose beaches are hugely popular with locals.

  • Tuesday & Wednesday

    During the 2 days sailing back to Southampton you can indulge in all Balmoral has to offer. Some of the best moments of cruising are the days spent at sea where you can relax and enjoy the wonderful programme of events and activities we have planned for you.

  • Thursday

    Welcome home. You'll arrive back at Southampton full of Christmas Spirit, relaxed & ready for the festivities that lie ahead.

Their Signature Experiences:
To make your experience even more special, the 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 you are visiting, so you can arrive in each destination fully prepared to get the most out of your visit.

As well as the Signature Experiences, there is a host of other treats to enjoy on board our ships.

  • Dining & Lounges

    À la carte breakfast, lunch & dinner
    Daily buffet dining options
    Late night Supper Club
    Afternoon tea
    Self-service tea & coffee
    In-cabin dining & snacks

  • Treats & Pastimes

    Evening shows
    Live music & dancing
    Dance classes
    Lectures & talks
    Cookery demonstrations
    Traditional deck games
    Daily games & quizzes

  • Relaxation & Fitness

    Swimming Pools
    Fitness Centre
    Fitness Classes

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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines - 175 YEARS IN EVERY SINGLE DAY
Our story: 175 years ago, three brothers in a small town on the shores of Oslofjord in Norway wrestled with a spirit of adventure. It led the Olsen family to buy their first ships and set about discovering the world.
Today, we are proud of how far we have sailed. But our pride is not just in the extraordinary places in every corner of the globe we take our thousands of treasured guests. It’s in how we take them there too.
Our accent is on elegance, a sense of occasion, excitement, sociability, warmth and conviviality. Our people take great pride in their personal, attentive service where, for our guests, nothing is ever too much.
Our ships are big enough to ensure great variety of rewarding on-board experiences. But small enough that sailing with us always feels friendly and personal. And our itineraries are designed afresh every year to make sure our guests see not only the world’s most amazing destinations but at the very best possible times to see them.


Prize Terms & Conditions
T&C’s for the free cabin. Please contact Fred. Olsen Cruise lines within 14 days of winning the cruise to confirm names. Cabin category - D Twin Outside cabin on the European Christmas Markets cruise L2327, Southampton departure, Balmoral, 13 Dec 2023, 8 nights. One guest must be over the age of 18. No upgrades available. The free cruise cannot be exchanged for cash, cannot be exchanged to another person, cannot be exchanged for an alternative cruise. A gratuity of £5pp per day will automatically be added to the onboard account, which cannot be removed from the onboard account and must be settled at the end of the cruise.

Competition Terms & Conditions
Competition closes at 11.59pm on Sunday 29th October. One winner will be randomly generated from all entries from all platforms. By entering the competition you are confirming you are aged 18 years old or above. By entering the competition you are consenting to being contacted by 3rd parties for marketing purposes. You may be contacted in the future with offers & marketing messages.
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