Canaries & Portugal with Madeira Meteor Shower

8th Dec 2020 14 nights Sails from Liverpool Black Watch W2032
FROM ONLY £1,399 per person
Friends walking in Funchal, Madeira Friends walking in Funchal, Madeira
FROM ONLY £1,399 per person

Escape to Portugal, the Canaries and Madeira for a relaxing and rewarding pre-Christmas getaway filled with the sun, sea, sand and sights of breathtaking islands and attraction-packed cities. Volcanic wonders, beautiful gardens, iconic landmarks and much more awaits, while in true Fred. Olsen style, you’ll also have the chance to experience a very special event – the spectacular Geminid Meteor Shower.

Sailing first to the shores of northwest Spain, you can indulge in a day of sightseeing in Vigo. [ReadMoreMob]This Galician gem is a delight to explore, with its charming Old Quarter – awash with grand façades and gothic churches – and picturesque bay, overlooked by the 17th century Fortress of Castro. Sailing onwards, you’ll then head to Madeira, Portugal’s gorgeous ‘garden island’, just as the magical Geminid Meteor Shower reaches its incredible peak. Stopping overnight in Funchal affords you the best chance to see the darting lights of spellbinding ‘shooting stars’ as they streak across the sky – a simply unforgettable experience. Your extended visit allows ample time for daytime exploration too: you could trail Madeira’s unique levada walking routes, for views of stunning, unspoilt landscapes; absorb the vibrant colours and sweet scents of tropical gardens; or even visit the famous Cabo Girão to revel in the astonishing views on offer from atop one of the world’s highest sea cliffs. [ReadMoreDesk]

Following on from your memorable visit to Madeira, your island-hopping continues with calls to two blissful islands in the Canaries. With a full day in Tenerife, there’s plenty of time to discover the many highlights of this volcanic gem. You could unravel the mysteries of the Pyramids of Güímar; tour to mighty Mount Teide, to gaze in the awe at the sheer scale of Spain’s highest peak; or simply take your weight off at the beach – Santa Cruz is your gateway to it all. Volcanic wonders await you in Lanzarote too: perhaps explore the lunar-like volcanic landscapes of Lanzarote’s Timanfaya National Park and the dramatic Fire Mountains, or seek-out the glorious saltwater lagoon of Jameos Del Agua Cave. Finally, as you head for home, Black Watch will also take you to the Portuguese mainland, for feast of iconic landmarks and traditional flavours. Enjoy a day in Lisbon, to delve into the city’s rich maritime history and perhaps enjoy an authentic taste of Portugal with quintessential egg custard tarts; and take the opportunity to tour from the port of Leixoes to Oporto, renowned for its world-famous port wine cellars, mix of baroque and neo-classical architecture, and postcard-perfect riverscapes.

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’.

Black Watch is the ultimate home-from-home at sea: spacious with a friendly, familiar feel and providing a traditional cruise experience. This classically-designed, 804-guest ship features stylish décor, fittings and furniture throughout, and comfortable, spacious bars and lounges including the beautiful Black Watch Room. 

What's more, soft furnishings, smart TVs and mini-bars enhance the accommodation on board. And while Black Watch features all of the modern amenities and facilities you would expect, she still retains her sleek, intimate style and has a warm, welcoming ambience - just like the rest of the Fred. Olsen fleet.