Canaries Christmas & Funchal Fireworks
Balmoral • L1839 • Prices from £2,299.00 (cruise only)
The festivities on board your ship will be in full swing from the moment you set sail from Southampton however, after calling into Lisbon – the attraction-packed Portuguese capital – on Christmas Eve, the celebrations will really kick into gear during a memorable Christmas Day at sea. As you sail towards the Canaries you can forget about the usual stress and strain of the big day and let Fred. Olsen’s attentive staff take of everything as you enjoy festive food, fun and excitement with your friends, loved ones and fellow guests. Boxing Day will also be spent relaxing on board before Balmoral takes in four gorgeous Canary Islands on consecutive days as the year draws to a close. You’ll have the chance to sample a taste of the authentic Canarian lifestyle in pretty Gran Tarajal on the island of Fuerteventura, where you could also uncover the beautiful golden sands of Jandia Beach. Some of the Canaries’ very best beaches will also await your discovery in Gran Canaria, with Las Palmas serving as your gateway to the oasis-like dunes of Maspalomas. Picturesque Puerto de Mogán and the charming towns of Teror and Arucas are well worth a visit too.
Your island-hopping adventures continue in Tenerife, the largest island in the archipelago. Santa Cruz has a cosmopolitan atmosphere and an array of tapas bars and enlightening museums; but if venture further you won’t be disappointed by the breathtaking sight of mighty Mount Teide – the world’s third highest volcano. A short stay in San Sebastian will also allow time to discover several monuments and buildings harbouring La Gomera’s historic links to Christopher Columbus. Madeira is where you’ll say goodbye to 2018 and welcome the arrival of the New Year in style. After arriving in Funchal early on New Year’s Eve, you can take the day to discover an abundance of highlights such as the floral levada walking trails and the Cabo Girão sea cliff; then board step back on board Balmoral for a fantastic night of celebration, culminating with the chance to watch one of the world’s largest New Year’s firework displays from the decks of your ship. Before sailing home you’ll also head to Spain to begin 2019 with a rewarding exploration of pretty La Coruña.
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Itinerary & Port Information
DateArriveDepartDestinationDecember 2018Fri 21Late PMSouthampton
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.Read more about this port and its shore tours >Mon 24Early AMLate PMLisbon, 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!Read more about this port and its shore tours >Thu 27Early AMLate NightGran Tarajal, Fuerteventura
Gran Tarajal, Fuerteventura
Gran Tarajal is one of the largest towns on the island of Fuerteventura. Once renowned as a busy shipping town where the island’s tomato export was shipped, Gran Tarajal now offers an authentic taste of Canaries culture with a relaxed feel and a constant air of tranquillity.Read more about this port and its shore tours >Fri 28Early AMLate NightLas 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.Read more about this port and its shore tours >
Las Palmas, Gran Canaria must do
Sat 29Early AMLate NightSanta Cruz de Tenerife
- 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
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.Read more about this port and its shore tours >Sun 30Early AMEarly PMSan Sebastian, La Gomera
San Sebastian, La Gomera must do
Mon 31Early AMLate NightFunchal, Madeira
- Experience the distinctive atmosphere and ambience of the magnificent Jardin Tecina Hotel
- Explore the natural beauty of the National Park of Garajonay
- Take in breathtaking views from some fantastic viewpoints
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.Read more about this port and its shore tours >January 2019Thu 03Early AMEarly PMLa Coruna, SpainSat 05Early AMSouthampton
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.Read more about this port and its shore tours >
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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 25/02/2018.
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Pricing based on cruise only. Please call for latest fly-cruise prices.
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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