Canaries Christmas & Funchal Fireworks
Savour an unforgettable festive season on this special sailing aboard Balmoral. You’ll celebrate a magical Christmas at sea; visit stunning destinations for an exciting end to 2019; and welcome the arrival of the New Year in style. Combine all this with the soothing winter warmth and highlights of the Canaries, Morocco and Madeira and you’re in for a wonderful holiday.
Spending Christmas with Fred. Olsen will be an experience to remember forever. As you sail south on board Balmoral you’ll enjoy a relaxing Christmas Eve and celebrate the ‘big day’ 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. Boxing Day will be memorable too; you’ll have an opportunity to discover the highlights of Morocco’s cultural heart during a call into Casablanca. [ReadMoreDesk] An authentic way to experience this enchanting city is to visit the impressive Hassan II Mosque and the bustling local souk. Then, for a post-Christmas island-hopping adventure, it’s on to Canaries; three gorgeous destinations are yours to explore, including Tenerife. During your call into Santa Cruz you could take the chance to marvel at Mount Teide, Spain’s magnificent highest peak; uncover the mysterious of the Pyramids of Güímar and the poison gardens; or perhaps simply sunbathe on the golden sands of Playa de Las Americas.
Gran Canaria, with its wonderfully warm climate and particularly inviting beaches, is a haven for relaxation. From Las Palmas, the island’s capital, you could head to Maspalomas, where rolling, palm-lined sand dunes are the perfect place to enjoy a few hours of rest and recovery. Alternatively, if you’re feeling adventurous, you could opt to explore the picturesque Agaete Valley. Concluding your time in the Canaries is a call at Santa Cruz de La Palma. Nicknamed the ‘Pretty Island’, La Palma is a wonderland of diverse landscapes that beg for exploration. You can uncover natural wonders galore here; not to be missed are the dramatic peaks of San Antonio Volcanic Park and the island’s ‘enchanted’ laurel forests. After three days in the Canaries, an extended stay in Funchal signs off 2019 in style. You could take the day to wander vibrant botanical gardens or scenic walking trails, before stepping back on board Balmoral for a fantastic evening of celebration. You’ll be in prime position to watch Madeira’s spectacular New Year Fireworks from your ship’s decks and toast to 2020 with a glass of celebratory bubbles in hand. As the New Year begins you’ll sail back to the UK, diverting to the Portuguese mainland en route to uncover the highlights of the capital, Lisbon.