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Canary Islands & Madeira Winter Warmth

5th Jan 2019 14 nights Sails from Southampton Balmoral L1901
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The sunshine and scenery of beautiful Macaronesian islands awaits you on this relaxing and rejuvenating winter escape. As the new year begins you’ll discover golden beaches, breathtaking natural wonders and stunning landscapes, and enjoy 14 nights on board Balmoral – a wonderful way to recover from the fun, excitement, stress and strain of the hectic festive period.
 

The first of five gorgeous islands on your itinerary is Madeira. With its lush landscapes and vibrant botanical gardens, the Portuguese ‘garden island’ begs to be explored. You could take in the floral scenes of the fragrant Monte Palace Tropical Garden, which is accessed by cable car from Funchal; or perhaps explore the unique Levada trails and uncover lush-green scenery and incredible vistas. In the Canaries you’ll experience the very best of this sun-soaked archipelago with calls into four inviting islands. On the ‘pretty island’ of La Palma, you’ll have the chance to see the soaring San Antonio Volcano; or savour a taste of the island’s local wines at the welcoming town of Fuencaliente on tours from Santa Cruz, while Santa Cruz de Tenerife is your gateway to the countless highlights of the largest Canary Island. The mysterious Pyramids of Güímar are the perfect place to while away a couple of hours in the sunshine; and riding a cable car up mighty Mount Teide – Spain’s highest peak – is an unforgettable experience. Of course, a full day in Tenerife will afford time to relax on the island’s glorious beaches too. [ReadMore]

In Gran Canaria – an island renowned for its year-round tropical climate – you can take in the mix of fine architecture in Las Palmas’ charming Vagueta district; or delve deeper to discover picturesque towns such as Puerto de Mogán and Santa Brígida, boasting pretty streets lined with eucalyptus and flower-adorned houses. Alternatively you might prefer to unwind on the oasis-like sands of Maspalomas Beach. Whatever you choose to do you’re sure to forget about the cold, wet weather back home as you bask in the soothing warmth. A short stop at Gran Tarajal on the island of Fuerteventura will offer you your final chance to sample the authentic Canarian culture, or simply enjoy a couple of hours of sunbathing. Before and after your island-hopping adventures Balmoral will also head to the shores of mainland Spain and Portugal and sail into two culture-rich, attraction-packed cities. Discover the architectural delights of historic La Coruña, including the Torre de Hercules lighthouse and the striking facades of Maria Pita Square; and explore Lisbon on foot, via the tram or even on a tuk-tuk tour to uncover the Belém Tower, the Jerónimos Monastery and much more. 

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.

Real ships
We’re not interested in gimmicks like zip wires, climbing walls or celebrity chefs. 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.