Canaries Christmas & Funchal Fireworks

22nd Dec 2021 14 nights Sails from Southampton Balmoral L2131
Festive cruise
FROM ONLY £2,699 per person
Fireworks over Funchal, Madeira Fireworks over Funchal, Madeira
FROM ONLY £2,699 per person

As you sail to and visit a string of stunning, sun-kissed Atlantic Ocean islands, you’ll savour an unforgettable festive season on this very special cruise on board Balmoral. Spending Christmas at sea with Fred. Olsen will be an experience to remember – you’ll be sailing south via the Atlantic’s deep blue waters on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day, celebrating with fun, festivity and delicious food in the company of friends, family and fellow guests, all while your ship’s friendly crew take care of everything for you.[ReadMoreMob]

The end of year festivities will be memorable too, seeing out 2021 in style during a visit to the gorgeous garden island of Madeira. As midnight strikes, you’ll be in prime position to watch one of the world’s greatest fireworks displays illuminating the night sky above Funchal from the decks of your smaller ship, perhaps with a glass of celebratory bubbles in hand, for the perfect start to the New Year. You’ll also have New Year’s Eve to explore Madeira’s fragrant botanical gardens and scenic walking trails, or perhaps visit the Cabo Girão sea cliff for spectacular Atlantic Ocean views, before all the late evening excitement.[ReadMoreDesk]

In between, a post-Christmas Canary Island-hopping adventure takes in four beautiful destinations. A visit to Tenerife is your chance to witness the soaring splendour of Mount Teide; uncover the mysterious of the Pyramids of Güímar; or sample the culture of Santa Cruz, while Gran Canaria provides a haven for relaxation. You could head to the Maspalomas sand dunes and soak up hours of glorious sunshine; or perhaps opt for a gentle stroll around the charming towns of Teror and Arucas. Meanwhile, at the ‘Pretty Island’ of La Palma and gorgeous La Gomera, you’ll find wonderlands volcanic parks, biosphere reserves and ‘enchanted’ laurel forests begging for exploration.

Your Itinerary

  • Sail to and visit stunning Atlantic Ocean islands
  • Celebrate Christmas at sea with fun and delicious food
  • With time to explore Madeira’s gorgeous gardens & trails too
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Bringing the world closer

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

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, 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.