Islands of the Mediterranean

Departs Southampton  •  03rd April 2018  •  17 nights
Balmoral  •  L1806  •  Prices from £1,899.00 (cruise only)
Aerial view over La Rambla from Christopher Columbus monument, with quarters of El Raval to the left and Barri Gotic to the right in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Aerial view over La Rambla from Christopher Columbus monument, with quarters of El Raval to the left and Barri Gotic to the right in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Sail to the Mediterranean in the spring and let Balmoral be your guide to discovering sun-kissed Spanish, French and Italian islands where charming towns and cities, stunning beaches and some of the region’s most spectacular unspoilt scenery awaits your discovery.

After a short stop in the pretty port city of El Ferrol, Ibiza – one of Spain’s most popular destinations – is the first of a string of Mediterranean islands on your itinerary. Take time to discover Ibiza’s UNESCO-listed Dalt Vila Old Town, or the famous salt flats of Las Salinas and you’ll find there’s much more to this ‘party island’ than the renowned nightlife. From Ibiza it’s on to Barcelona, a cosmopolitan Catalan city boasting an abundance of world-class attractions. Be sure to take in Las Ramblas and the architectural wonders of Gaudi, including the iconic Sagrada Familia, before your Mediterranean island hopping adventure continues on the French island of Corsica. Breathtaking coastline and countryside smothered with forests, mountains and rivers is yours to explore, with Balmoral calling into Ajaccio. Take a tour to marvel at the spectacular gorges of Prunelli, where huge granite cliffs plunge into the Prunelli River; or alternatively stay in the city to explore the life of Napoléon Bonaparte – an Ajaccio native – at several superb museums.

Your ship will then sail to two sophisticated Italian islands, calling first into the Sardinian city of Olbia. You’ll find inviting stretches of smooth, soft white sands as well as a few historic highlights such as the beautiful 11th century Basilica of San Simplicio. Opt to head out of Olbia and you could marvel at the Dantesque granite landscapes of the unusual Moon Valley; or even sample the glitz and glamour of the Costa Smeralda resort. In Palermo – the capital of Sicily – you’ll encounter a picture book of attractions, including the Royal Palace, the Cathedral and Teatro Massimo. Further along the coast you’ll find the charming fishing village of Cefalù. Returning to Spanish shores, the delights of Mallorca will await you. Palma’s labyrinth of pretty streets is joy to explore; although you might prefer to take a memorable scenic journey aboard a vintage train to Soller instead. After rounding off your island adventure in style, the historic city of Cádiz and Lisbon – the attraction packed Portuguese capital – beckon before you sail back to Southampton. 

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Itinerary & Port Information

Islands of the Mediterranean
Date
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April 2018
Tue 03
Late PM
Southampton
Southampton

Southampton

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Thu 05
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El Ferrol
El Ferrol

El Ferrol

El Ferrol is a city in La Coruña provincia, in the comunidad autónoma (“autonomous community”) of Galicia, in extreme northwestern Spain on the Ferrol Inlet of the Atlantic Ocean.

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Sun 08
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Ibiza, Spain
Ibiza, Spain

Ibiza, Spain

Join a Mediterranean cruise and experience the charming Spanish Island of Ibiza.

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Mon 09
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Barcelona
Barcelona

Barcelona

Barcelona - Spain's cosmopolitan second city - overflows with interest and its mood is infused with a vibrant Catalan spirit and heritage.

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Tue 10
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Late Night
Ajaccio, Corsica
Ajaccio, Corsica

Ajaccio, Corsica

Friendly capital of this captivating 'Isle of Beauty'.

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Wed 11
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Olbia, Italy
Olbia, Italy

Olbia, Italy

Situated on the beautiful North East coast of Sardinia, Olbia is often used as a gateway to the island’s fashionable Costa Smeralda holiday resort. A fascinating ancient city, Olbia is also well worth exploring to discover a number of historic structures and archaeological sites. 

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Thu 12
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Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Palermo, Sicily, Italy

Palermo, Sicily, Italy

Sicily's ancient capital has been around for nearly 3,000 years since its foundation by Phoenician traders.

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Sat 14
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Palma, Mallorca
Palma, Mallorca

Palma, Mallorca

Palma is the cosmopolitan capital of Mallorca, the most popular of the Balearic Islands (if not the entire Mediterranean)

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Mon 16
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Cadiz, Spain
Cadiz, Spain

Cadiz, Spain

Cadiz - one of Western Europe's most ancient cities - hugs Andalusia’s sunlit Atlantic coast and is characterised by palm trees, lookout towers and weathered old buildings. Historic and pretty, the city centre is a joy to explore with a fascinating Old Town district containing huge stone walls from the 1500s and a beautifully carved cathedral.

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Tue 17
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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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Fri 20
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Southampton
Southampton

Southampton

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Pricing / Rooms

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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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