Canaries & Portugal with Funchal Flower Parade

2nd May 2022 16 nights Sails from Newcastle Balmoral L2211
FROM ONLY £1,999 per person
Lanzarote’s world-famous Manrique Cactus Garden Lanzarote’s world-famous Manrique Cactus Garden
FROM ONLY £1,999 per person
FREE On Board Spend up to £100pp plus tips covered

On-board spend/Tips covered offer: applicable to new bookings, made from 16/08/21 onwards, on sailings of up to 19 nights in duration, departing from the UK, between January 2022 and May 2023, excluding cruises L22SN, T2212, & M2223; cruises over 20 nights & Fly-cruises including M2233 are excluded. Free On Board Spend amount is per person (pp), up to two guests per cabin, amount varies per cruise up to £100 pp. E&OE.

On a springtime escape to savour, revel in glorious sunshine, sand and stunning scenery – with wonders of horticulture and an unforgettable seasonal celebration mixed in for good measure – as you hop between beautiful Macaronesian islands. With city explorations to enjoy too, and ample time to relax on board Balmoral, you’re in for a holiday packed with rewards.

Your extended visit to the gorgeous Portuguese ‘garden island’ of Madeira includes a memorable overnight stay in Funchal, timed to coincide with the island’s fabulous annual Flower Festival. Once ashore your senses will tingle, awoken by an infusion of vibrant colours and delicate, sweet scents as a parade of florally-decorated flotillas and locals dress in elaborate traditional costumes make their way through the capital’s pretty streets. Beyond the celebrations in Funchal, there’ll be time explore Madeira’s lush-green landscapes via the unique levada walking trails; take a cable car to the enchanting Monte Palace Tropical Garden; or, from something a little more exhilarating, visit the famous Cabo Girão – one of the world’s highest sea cliffs. 

The awe-inspiring sights and experiences don’t stop there; after Madeira you’ll also take in the delights of two sun-soaked islands in the Canaries. There are horticultural highlights aplenty to uncover at these Atlantic Ocean gems, such as the mysterious Pyramids and Poison Garden of Güímar in Tenerife and Lanzarote’s world-famous Manrique Cactus Garden. From Santa Cruz de Tenerife you could opt to tour to Mount Teide, and experience its magnificent up-close; while Arrecife is also your gateway to exploring Lanzarote’s lunar-like volcanic landscapes. Elsewhere, you’ve chances to delight in the maritime history and landmarks of La Coruña in Spain, and the Portuguese capital of Lisbon, where Jerónimos Monastery, Tower de Belem, Padrão dos Descobrimentos are particular highlights; and visit Claude Monet’s iconic house – famed for its astonishing gardens – on a tour from Honfleur, France.

Your Itinerary

  • Witness a fusion of floral colour on this springtime cruise
  • Explore Madeira’s lush landscapes and tropical gardens
  • Delight in the maritime history of La Coruña and Lisbon
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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.

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 

1. WE ARE PROUD TO SAIL OUR OWN COURSE

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'.

2. SMALLER IS BETTER

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.

3. HAND-CRAFTED, NOT MASS PRODUCED

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.