Canaries Christmas & New Year

22nd Dec 2020 15 nights Sails from Southampton Balmoral L2033
FROM ONLY £2,299 per person
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FROM ONLY £2,299 per person

Experience an altogether more magical, memorable and laidback festive season on this spectacular cruise to sun-kissed Canaries and fragrant Madeira. Visiting five gorgeous islands, you’ll get to uncover a seemingly endless list of attractions, from breathtaking beaches and biosphere reserves to mighty volcanos and sea cliffs, all complemented by simply unforgettable Christmas and New Year celebrations.

Spending Christmas at sea on board a Fred. Olsen ship is always a wonderful experience, and your journey south will be no exception. [ReadMoreMob]You can forget about the usual stress and strains of Christmas, relax and enjoy delicious food, festivity and fantastic entertainment as Balmoral’s friendly, attentive staff take care of everything. On Boxing Day, your island discovery begins with an overnight call at Madeira. Exploring fragrant gardens within easy reach of Funchal and the scenic levada walking trails is a great way to spend your first day ashore. By evening, the heart of Funchal is the place to be to enjoy a taste of authentic Madeiran food, drink and entertainment. Continuing on to the Canaries, where you’ll visit four of this Atlantic archipelago’s most beautiful and diverse islands, your end to 2020 can be as relaxing and restful, or energetic and adventurous as you wish. [ReadMoreDesk]

The landscapes of La Palma, nicknamed ‘the pretty island’, beg for you exploration: on tour from Santa Cruz you could head deep into the verdant forests of Los Tilos Biosphere Reserve, a haven for various fauna and flora species; or seek-out views of the imposing San Antonio volcano. Then there’s La Gomera, where highlights include Fred. Olsen’s very own Hotel Jardin Tecina, before it’s on to Gran Canaria to revel in this glorious island’s renowned year-round warmth. Perhaps you’ll opt to head to Maspalomas, where stretches of golden, palm-lined sands are primed for hours of relaxation; or venture into the beautiful Agaete Valley. The piece de resistance of your Canarian adventure is a very special visit to Tenerife. You’ll have a full day to perhaps unravel the mysteries of the Pyramids of Güímar; see might Mount Teide in all its glory; or simply indulge in a day of sunbathing at Playa de Las Americas. By evening, you’ll be ready to celebrate the arrival of 2021 in style, with food, drink, entertainment and views of Tenerife's spectacular New Year’s fireworks display to enjoy on board your ship. Finally, before heading home, you divert to the Portuguese mainland for a rewarding day in Lisbon.

Real ships
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.

Refurbished in 2017, 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.