Brazilian Discovery

6th Jan 2020 23 nights Sails from Southampton Balmoral L2001A
Adult only sailing
FROM ONLY £2,499 per person
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FROM ONLY £2,499 per person
SAVE up to 20%

Fares are per person, based on standard occupancy of the lead-in rooms, subject to availability. Warmer Cruising offers are valid for new bookings made from 14/08/19 to 15/10/19, inclusive, on cruises shown in the Warmer cruising brochure. For cruise D19GV savings are applicable from 17/07/19, and for cruises W1923, D192425 & D1925 savings are applicable from 24/07/19. Savings shown are based on recent selling prices and have been applied to the fares shown. Fly-Cruise prices include flight(s), APD and transfer(s) to/from the ship as arranged by Fred. Olsen. Guests can choose to book on a cruise-only basis. Guests booking on this option will need to arrange their own flights and transfers to/from the ship. See specific cruise page on this website for details.

Under the guidance of Balmoral, you’ll discover some of South America’s most iconic sights and attractions as you sail to inspirational destinations in Brazil and Uruguay. The world-famous landmarks and cultural highlights of intoxicating cities await, while there are lush rainforests and stunning beaches to uncover too, all on this captivating voyage.

After departing from Southampton and stopping-off in Lisbon to marvel at the maritime monuments of the Portuguese capital, the excitement will build as you sail across the Atlantic – one of the great ocean cruise experiences. [ReadMoreMob]Stopping at two gorgeous islands en route, you’ll have chances to revel in the sweet-smelling gardens of Madeira and São Vicente's typically Cape Verdean volcanic landscapes. Your time in South America will then begin in Brazil. [ReadMoreDesk]A visit to Salvador will present you with an opportunity to immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the enchanting ‘Capital of Happiness’ as you explore its picturesque UNESCO-listed Historic Centre, a living museum of Portuguese colonial architecture, lavish cobbled streets and squares, and over 300 churches of various eras and architectural styles. Meanwhile, Ilhabela – situated amongst verdant Atlantic Rainforest – is your gateway to paradise. Around 85% of this incredible destination is classed as Brazilian National Park, and you’ll be close to glorious golden-sand beaches, spectacular waterfalls and dense jungle, natural habitat for over 300 bird species. 

In between Salvador and Ilhabela comes the crowning moment of this unforgettable voyage, an overnight stay in legendary Rio de Janeiro. You’ll have plenty of time to see the iconic Christ the Redeemer, towering over the city from atop mighty Corcovado Mountain; revel in breathtaking views from the peak of Sugarloaf Mountain; and shake your hips to the unmistakable, carnival-like sounds of samba beats reverberating thought the streets. Watching the sunset from the famous sands of Copacabana Beach is an unmissable experience. Onwards to Uruguay, South America’s southernmost capital is then yours to explore. Take a leisurely wander into Montevideo’s delightful Ciudad Vieja old town district and you’ll uncover historical highlights aplenty, including the 26-storey-high Palacio Salvo, one of Uruguay’s most famous sights; the 19th century Teatro Solis and the impressive Metropolitan Cathedral. After 23 unforgettable nights on board, it’s finally time to disembark in Argentina’s cosmopolitan capital, Buenos Aires.

Bringing the world closer
Braemar in Bordeux, France

Our size advantage means we can take you to places that some of the larger cruise vessels simply can’t. We dock close to the heart of some of the world’s most beautiful cities and can take you on scenic cruising adventures showcasing inspirational landscapes. Our itineraries are expertly crafted to make the most of this advantage.

Smaller but spacious
Guest swimming in pool, Marquee deck, Boudicca

Aboard our smaller, friendlier ships you'll find there's plenty of room to stretch out by the pool, enjoy a drink and great conversation with like-minded guests, and make the most of your time away. Sailing with hundreds, not thousands, of others allows you to get ashore faster too, and make the most of each destination.

Service with a smile
Waitress with drinks and guest on deck, Boudicca

Each member of the Fred. Olsen team has been carefully selected for their warm and welcoming personalities. The quality of our people, supported by training and development, ensures they will give you a great holiday. In fact, 97% of guests rated Fred. Olsen’s friendly, attentive staff ‘Excellent’ or ‘Good’.

Refurbished in 2017, Balmoral is the largest of Fred. Olsen's smaller, friendly ocean-going cruise ships – with capacity for up to 1,350 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.