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California, Mexico & The Panama Canal

19th Jan 2019 62 nights Sails from Southampton Balmoral L1902
FROM ONLY £6,199 per person
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FROM ONLY £6,199 per person
No Single Supplement & your tips covered *selected grades
OR Three cruises for the price of two (must inc. Oct-Dec'18 cruise)

Balmoral will be your guide to discovering some of very best and most exciting destinations on North America’s western shores; a first for Fred. Olsen. On this very special voyage, you’ll uncover a host of highlights in the USA and Mexico; while beautiful islands and a few South and Central American gems are thrown in for good measure too.

The sweet scented gardens and lush levada trails of Madeira will be yours to explore first before the ship sails across the Atlantic. Beautiful Barbados and Bonaire will provide a touch of Caribbean flavour to your cruise, with chances to relax on gorgeous sun-kissed beaches or even go in search of sea turtles. Then it’s on to Colombia to admire the Hispanic architecture of Cartagena de Indias; and Panama, where you’ll stop-off in Colon before experiencing a memorable journey through the Panama Canal en route to El Salvador and the seductive white-sand beaches of Acajutla. Three enticing resorts on Mexico’s Pacific Coast will then await your exploration. Step ashore at Puerto Vallarta and discover the fine sculptures of the Malecon Boardwalk, or visit the colourful botanical gardens; discover Mazatlán’s mix of historic and modern architecture; and spend a day immersing yourself in the beauty of Cabo San Lucas – all before continuing onwards to the USA to experience ‘The California Dream’. [ReadMore]

Three days in stunning San Francisco kicks-off your Californian adventure in style. With so many fantastic attractions to discover, including the historic Alcatraz prison, magnificent Golden Gate Bridge and the largest Chinatown outside of Asia, ‘San Fran’ is sure to invigorate and entertain. Be sure to climb the city’s steep hills via one of the iconic cable cars and take in the sights, a simply unforgettable experience. Heading south along the coast, experience the glitz and glamour of Los Angeles with the chance to see the world-famous Hollywood sign, visit the Walk of Fame, stroll along Rodeo Drive and Sunset Boulevard and much more; then sample San Diego’s laid-back vibes and visit a variety of must-see sites. The USS Midway Museum and Balboa Park, home of the world-renowned San Diego Zoo, are not-to-be-missed. Returning to Mexico, enjoy a day amongst the soaring mountains, gorgeous beaches and inviting azure waters of Acapulco; then cruise to Costa Rica and lively Punta Arenas. A journey back through the Panama Canal will lead you to the Caribbean once more to discover the delights of two Dutch-influenced islands, Aruba and St. Maarten; before your cruise concludes with stops in the Azores and Spain.

Please note, this is an adult only sailing (18+).

Single supplement offers are available on selected grades on this sailing, please call for details.

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.

Rest assured, all of the following comes as standard on every Fred. Olsen cruise:

  • Comfortable rooms and suites with TV, hairdryer, tea and 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
  • Unlimited, self-service tea and coffee at selected venues, afternoon tea* with sandwiches and cakes, and in-room sandwiches and snacks
  • All evening entertainment, including cabaret shows, dancing and live music
  • Captain's Drinks Party and Gala Buffet (on cruises of 5 nights or more)
  • 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. *Premium Traditional Afternoon Tea not included.

Real ships
We’re not interested in gimmicks like zip wires, climbing walls or celebrity chefs. 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.