Discovering the Ancient Mediterranean

14th Nov 2023 16 nights Sails from Southampton Balmoral L2325
FREEDOM FARE FROM £1,999 per person
Panorama of Archaeological Site of Carthage, Tunis Panorama of Archaeological Site of Carthage, Tunis
FREEDOM FARE FROM £1,999 per person
£250pp FREE On Board Spend or £500pp when booking a Suite

*Applicable to new bookings made from 16/03/2022 on 2022/23 cruises sailing from the UK, of 16 to 19 nights in duration, see terms & conditions.

Add door-to-door transfer option for just £300pp

Door-to-door transfer: This door-to-door transfer offer is applicable to L2325 and up to a maximum of 200 UK mainland miles to/from Southampton. Any additional mileage must be paid to the transport provider (CMAC) at the time of booking. Guests may be required to share the transport for all or part of the journey, when an appropriate vehicle will be provided. Once the complimentary transport has been confirmed by the provider, charges will apply if fail to take this arrangement without cancelling with the transport provider. The Door-to-Door transfer service is a one-way transfer per booking, for all guests, and is based on the lead guest address. No deviations en-route are permitted. This offer is not combinable with any other offer, unless stated otherwise.

This journey through the Mediterranean is also a journey through the fascinating history of the region’s ancient trading routes, offering a glimpse of the influences of the kingdoms and civilisations that established them. In many of the places you visit, learn of their historic links to various ruling powers. You’ll get to see the influences of the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Moors and more throughout your cruise, in cities where their trading hubs were established, such as Carthage, on tour from La Goulette; Tangier; Nora, which is a short distance from Cagliari; Gades, near Cádiz; and Cartagena. Remains of the powers’ ports, settlements and other monuments await discovery. Heading off the tourist trail presents likes of Algiers, where tours allow you to go ashore and discover architecture influenced by different ruling powers including the Berbers and Ottomans, too.[ReadMore]

Beyond these highlights, there are plenty of other sights and experiences to take in during your special exploration of the Med. In Cartagena for example, you could opt to seek-out sites such as medieval castles, Roman amphitheatre, Bateria de Castillitos and the Punic Wall from 3rd century BC, while from Cagliari perhaps you’ll join a tour to find rock formations such as the ‘Devil’s Saddle’, salt pools and inviting beaches. You can immerse yourself in the modern way of life in Tangier and Tunis too, amongst the hustle and bustle of their vast medinas, markets and shopping streets, where local trading is still at the heart of everything to this day. Plus, there are visits to cities bursting with centuries of maritime history; there are landmarks, museums and monuments aplenty to see and explore in Lisbon, Cádiz and La Coruna.

In recent years, we have seen a new era emerging in cruising.

There is a trend for everything to get bigger and busier, and for a cruise to be seen as an alternative to a large luxury resort, with a limitless flurry of activity. But this is not for us. Find out more 


We are free to do things a different way because we are family-run. Of course some people enjoy the bigger, busier cruises, but it is not for everyone, and it is not for us. We prefer to do things, 'The Olsen Way'.


We have fewer guests, so the atmosphere on board our ships is always warm and civilised. Our smaller ships allow us to visit the more interesting places that the world has to offer.


We pride ourselves on putting our all into the Fred. Olsen cruise experience. Our itineraries are created from scratch every year, our service is genuinely personal and each and every area of our ships is designed by hand.

Balmoral, carrying up to 1,350 guests is 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.