A voyage specially planned to uncover intriguing islands and geological formations of two beautiful countries in just five nights makes for a wonderful summer break. Balmoral will present you with spectacular views of The Needle and the Old Man of Hoy, two magnificent sea stacks guarding the rugged Orkney Islands; and take you to Lerwick, in the picturesque Shetlands. Once ashore, you could seek-out the gorgeous coastal scenery and sea vistas of Northmavine; unearth the ancient settlements of Jarlshof and Clickimin Broch; or even seek-out native wildlife, such as iconic Shetland ponies, seabirds, orcas and seals. Further north, your short, yet simply unforgettable discovery of spellbinding scenery and natural wonders concludes with gentle glides by the gorgeous, uninhabited islets of Gáshólmur and Tindhólmur; the unusual, arch-shaped Drangarnir sea stack; and the picturesque village of Gásadalur, each providing unmissable photo opportunities. Sailing past Hestur Island and Mykines, where rugged coasts are a haven for seabirds – such as gannets, puffins, Arctic terns, razorbills and guillemots – is a chance to witness nature at its unspoilt best. What’s more, you get to visit Tórshavn and immerse yourself in the rich Viking history of one of the world’s smallest capital cities too.


  • See magnificent sea stacks guarding the rugged Orkneys
  • Visit the Shetlands to take in gorgeous coastal scenery and wildlife
  • Marvel at the unspoilt beauty of Gáshólmur and Tindhólmur


  • 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