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
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PLUS, £100pp On Board Spend

Free On Board Spend amount is per person (pp), up to two guests per cabin, and amount varies per cruise, with a minimum £50 pp. On Board Spend is non-transferable, no refunds will be given for the credit amount shown, and no cash alternative will be given for unused money. T&Cs apply.

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.

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’.

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.