Brazilian Discovery

6th Jan 2020 23 nights Sails from Southampton Balmoral L2001A
Adult only sailing
FROM ONLY £3,199 per person
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FROM ONLY £3,199 per person

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. 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. [ReadMoreDesk]

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.

Real ships
We don’t have boastful megaships. We take immense pride in our fleet of smaller-scaled vessels that retain the style, ambience and understated quality of a country house hotel.  We ensure they remain contemporary too: from winter 2016 to spring 2018 the whole fleet underwent dry dock refits to further enhance the facilities for guests. With the fifth generation Fred. Olsen as Chairman and 170 years of seafaring heritage behind us, we believe we’ve found the perfect formula for you to get the best out of your holiday with us.

Smaller but spacious
A smaller ship doesn’t mean less space; far from it. Each room is comfortably sized, with all that you’ll need to enjoy your holiday. In fact, our rooms are comparable to those on some of the mammoth cruise ships. While our vessels are on a more accessible scale, you can have just as much private space.  With fewer people on board it’s easy to find a quiet spot to relax in peace with a drink or a good book. There’s room to stretch out by the pool and you can get ashore more quickly too. And when you’re ashore, you’re seeing the best of each port of call with hundreds – not thousands – of others, giving you a much more authentic experience.

Service with a smile
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 guest feedback our staff are always the most highly-rated aspect of the whole experience.

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.