Canaries Christmas & New Year

22nd Dec 2020 15 nights Sails from Southampton Balmoral L2033
Festive cruise
FROM ONLY £1,999 per person
Friends looking out to Funchal from deck Friends looking out to Funchal from deck
FROM ONLY £1,999 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.

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.