Canaries Christmas & Funchal Fireworks

Departs Southampton  •  21st December 2017  •  16 nights
Balmoral  •  L1728  •  Prices from £2,349.00 (cruise only)
Balmoral in Funchal, Madeira
Balmoral in Funchal, Madeira
Sail to stunning islands off the coast of Africa and enjoy a very special festive season with Fred. on this spectacular sailing aboard Balmoral. While your friends and family at home endure the typically cold, wet weather of winter, you’ll relax and indulge in some soothing sunshine and unforgettable experiences – the perfect way to sign off the year.

A call into the Galician gem of La Coruna – from where you can join a tour to the magnificent UNESCO-listed Santiago de Compostela Cathedral – is followed by a memorable Christmas at sea. Forget about the usual stress and strain of a busy Christmas Eve back home as Fred. takes care of everything for you; then enjoy festive food and fun on the big day with your friends, loved ones and fellow guests as the ship glides towards the Canaries. On Boxing Day Balmoral will dock in Arrecife, the perfect place to recover from two days of indulgence on board. Soak up the sunshine on the soft sands of Playa del Reducto – located just off of Fred. Olsen avenue; or perhaps embark on a ‘moonscape trek’ through the lunar-like landscapes of Timanfaya National Park and see the incredible Fire Mountains.

In Las Palmas, continue your relaxation on the gorgeous golden dunes of Maspalomas Beach, basking in Gran Canaria’s renowned year-round warmth; or appreciate the fantastic Renaissance, Gothic and Neo-Classical style architecture of the delightful Veguta district. You’ll then have the chance to climb Mount Teide – Spain’s highest peak – or visit the mysterious Pyramids of Güímar on tours from Santa Cruz de Tenerife; and sample local cuisine and culture at Calle Real in Santa Cruz de La Palma before sailing to magnificent Madeira. Stopping overnight in Funchal, discover an abundance of highlights such as the floral levada walking trails and the Cabo Girão sea cliff; then watch one of the world’s largest New Year’s firework displays from the decks of Balmoral – a simply unforgettable way to welcome 2018. Before sailing home, start the New Year in style with an overnight stay in Portugal’s culture-rich, attraction-packed capital, Lisbon.

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Itinerary & Port Information

Canaries Christmas & Funchal Fireworks
Date
Arrive
Depart
Destination
December 2017
Thu 21
Late PM
Southampton
Southampton

Southampton

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Sat 23
Early PM
Late PM
La Coruna, Spain
La Coruna, Spain

La Coruna, Spain

La Coruna is the capital of the province and a busy seaport situated in the Bay of Coruna.

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Tue 26
Early AM
Late PM
Arrecife, Lanzarote
Arrecife, Lanzarote

Arrecife, Lanzarote

Arrecife is the gateway to the island of Lanzarote.

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THE FIRE MOUNTAINS (TOUR A)

Arrecife, Lanzarote must do

THE FIRE MOUNTAINS (TOUR A)

  • Discover the lunar landscape of the Timanfaya National Park
  • Enjoy an optional camel ride  
  • View the salt flats of Janubio
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Wed 27
Early AM
Late Night
Las Palmas, Gran Canaria
Las Palmas, Gran Canaria

Las Palmas, Gran Canaria

Benefitting from Gran Canaria's gorgeous climate and year-round warmth, Las Palmas is one of the Canary Island's most popular destinations, attracting thousands of sun-seekers every year who visit the island to relax on the abundance of golden-sand beaches and immerse themselves in the diverse range of cultures.

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PALMITOS PARK (TOUR J)

Las Palmas, Gran Canaria must do

PALMITOS PARK (TOUR J)

  • Visit one of Gran Canaria’s most popular attractions
  • Experience the exciting world of Palmitos Park, with ample free time to discover its many highlights
  • Observe the park’s many fascinating creatures and take the opportunity to enjoy a walk around the botanical gardens
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Thu 28
Early AM
Late Night
Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Tenerife’s wonderful climate and resorts have been attracting tourism for decades and rightly so. Santa Cruz is built around boulevards and wide avenues that link elegant squares and parks. A tour to the exotic Botanical Gardens or the mystical and intriguing Pyramids of Guimar is a must.

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PYRAMIDS OF GUIMAR & SECRET GARDEN (TOUR EXC)

Santa Cruz de Tenerife must do

PYRAMIDS OF GUIMAR & SECRET GARDEN (TOUR EXC)

  • Discover the terraced structures, known as the Pyramids of Güímar
  • Learn more about the mysterious complex that has been astronomically positioned
  • Enjoy the Secret Garden and marvel at some of the most dangerous plants in the world!
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Fri 29
Early AM
Late PM
Santa Cruz, La Palma
Santa Cruz, La Palma

Santa Cruz, La Palma

Santa Cruz is undoubtedly one of the prettiest towns in the entire archipelago.

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NORTH OF THE ISLAND (TOUR A)

Santa Cruz, La Palma must do

NORTH OF THE ISLAND (TOUR A)

  • Marvel at La Palma’s stunning and varied landscapes
  • Discover the spectacular and unique laurel forest 
  • Learn how rum is produced, before enjoying a sample! 
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Sat 30
Early PM
Funchal, Madeira
Funchal, Madeira

Funchal, Madeira

Located off the coast of Africa, Funchal has a timeless charm, delightfully enhanced by a benign climate that fills this 'floating garden' with the year-round colours and perfumes of subtropical flowers and fruit.

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Sun 31
Late Night
Funchal, Madeira
Funchal, Madeira

Funchal, Madeira

Located off the coast of Africa, Funchal has a timeless charm, delightfully enhanced by a benign climate that fills this 'floating garden' with the year-round colours and perfumes of subtropical flowers and fruit.

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January 2018
Tue 02
Early PM
Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal

Spread out over seven hills on the north of the River Tagus, Lisbon is a delightful mix of palaces, art-nouveau cafés, museums, gardens, ancient castles and splendid bridges. Don’t miss a visit to the Centro Commercial Colombo – the biggest shopping mall on the Iberian Peninsula!

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Wed 03
Late PM
Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal

Spread out over seven hills on the north of the River Tagus, Lisbon is a delightful mix of palaces, art-nouveau cafés, museums, gardens, ancient castles and splendid bridges. Don’t miss a visit to the Centro Commercial Colombo – the biggest shopping mall on the Iberian Peninsula!

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Sat 06
Early AM
Southampton
Southampton

Southampton

We offer a range of fantastic cruises from Southampton. Sail to the warmth of the Canaries, the majestic Norwegian Fjords, the wonderful American Deep South or the vibrant cities of the Far East. Wherever you want to visit, we have a cruise for you.

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Pricing / Rooms

Prices shown are updated once daily and are based on the lowest price available for each room type. Correct at 05:21 23/06/2017.
Please contact our Reservations Team for live availability and prices.
Pricing based on cruise only. Please call for latest fly-cruise prices.

What's Included

Rest assured, all of the following comes as standard on every Fred. Olsen cruise:

  • Comfortable rooms and suites with TV, hairdryer, tea & coffee making facilities and individually controlled air conditioning.
  • Tempting cuisine every day throughout your cruise - with five-course à la carte dinners, casual breakfast and lunch buffets and late-night snacks.
  • Self-service tea and coffee at selected venues, morning coffee with biscuits, and afternoon sandwiches and cakes.
  • Sandwiches and snacks in your room.
  • All evening entertainment, including cabaret shows, dancing and live music.
  • Captain's Drinks Party and Gala Buffet.
  • On board leisure facilities, including swimming pools, Jacuzzis and gym.
  • A wide choice of on board activities and lectures throughout the day.
  • All UK port taxes (where collectable in advance).
  • Luggage porterage between your room and the drop-off/pick-up point.
  • Flights, as confirmed as part of a fly-cruise holiday.

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

On Our Ship

Balmoral is the largest of Fred. Olsen's smaller, friendly ocean-going cruise ships – with capacity for up to 1350 guests – yet is still small enough to navigate narrow waterways such as Kiel Canal and bring inspirational sights and experiences closer to you. Like the rest of the fleet, Balmoral retains a warm, welcoming atmosphere and features comfortable accommodation and lounges, stylish restaurants and plenty of open-deck space.

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Canary Islands Cruise Reviews by

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Date
Cruise
Score
Comment
20 Jun 2017
Canaries & Madeira Winter Warmth (L1701)
Service: Excellent
Itinerary: Excellent
Service rating : 1st class, always did their best. Seemed happy in their work which gave a good atmosphere.
Product : Brilliant cruise, unable to pick out any faults.
20 Jun 2017
Canaries & Madeira Winter Warmth (L1701)
Service: Excellent
Itinerary: Excellent
Service rating : We were particularly impressed with the service we received from the waiting staff at dinner. Unfortunately one of our fellow guests at dinner died unexpectedly during our cruise, and the caring response from the waiting staff was exceptional. They could not have done more for his...
Service rating : We were particularly impressed with the service we received from the waiting staff at dinner. Unfortunately one of our fellow guests at dinner died unexpectedly during our cruise, and the caring response from the waiting staff was exceptional. They could not have done more for his widow and nothing was too much trouble, which helped all of us on the table to cope at such a sad time.
Product : Having been on the Black Watch cruise last year when we had a fire and were all eventually flown home, we were given 50 per cent off another cruise, so we chose this one, so got a bargain!
19 Jun 2017
Canaries & Madeira Winter Warmth (L1701)
Service: Excellent
Itinerary: Excellent
Service rating : friendly atmosphere always on board. Staff learn very quickly names of passengers and recognise them again on their return nothing is too much trouble for any of the staff. ...
Service rating : friendly atmosphere always on board. Staff learn very quickly names of passengers and recognise them again on their return nothing is too much trouble for any of the staff. The service and choice of menus at meal times also excellent as well as the service from your personal waiters
Product : although when I cruised in January 2017 it was chilly. It did not deter from my previous comments
19 Jun 2017
Canaries & Madeira Winter Warmth (L1701)
Service: Excellent
Itinerary: Excellent
Service rating : Could not do enough to help you ,excellent service through out the cruise, and the food was wonderful.
Product : Very interesting ports of call with plenty to do and see at each venue.
19 Jun 2017
Canaries & Madeira Winter Warmth (L1701)
Service: Good
Itinerary: Good
Service rating : The staff are friendly and helpful. Always plenty to do. All areas of the ship are comfortable. Will continue to recommend Fred Olsen cruises to people.
Product : We have cruised these islands before but we still enjoyed the experience and we will repeat the experience.
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