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Springtime Canary Islands and Portugal

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Mount Tiede, Tenerife View of Botanical gardens Funchal, Madeira

02 Apr 2024

Newcastle

15 nights

Balmoral

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Join Balmoral for this springtime sailing to the Canary Islands, with their balmy climate and links to the Olsen family. The volcanic landscapes make for rewarding exploration, from the mountainous vistas of La Palma and Tenerife’s Mount Teide to Lanzarote’s Timanfaya National Park. Alternatively, soaking up the warmth on a vast choice of beaches or learning how to make traditional Mojo sauce with a local family offer more relaxing experiences. Meanwhile, a full day in Funchal will allow time to wander Madeira’s botanical gardens – perhaps with an orchid enthusiast who can share their knowledge of the island’s flora – and capture views from the Cabo Girão sea cliff.

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Highlights

Volcanic crater in Mountains of fire, Timanfaya National Park in Lanzarote Island

Explore volcanic Canarian landscapes

The islands to be visited on this Balmoral cruise have captivated nature enthusiasts and geologists for decades. Formed by volcanic activity millions of years ago, the lunar-like landscapes and diverse ecosystems are ripe for exploration by our guests. La Palma is known as ‘La Isla Bonita’, due to its delightful mix of striking volcanoes, dense forests and distinctive black-sand beaches. Timanfaya National Park in Lanzarote is another fine example of the captivating power of volcanic forces, with a surreal terrain formed of solidified lava fields and rock formations. Join us on a tour to discover more about the geothermal demonstrations caused by intense heat simmering beneath the surface, which explode with steam when water is poured into them.

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Telopea flower in Palheiro Gardens in Madeira, Portugal

Discover the gardens of Madeira 

The garden isle of Madeira is home to an extraordinary array of exotic plants from all over the world, which flourish here due to its mild climate and rich biodiversity. Palheiro Gardens offer a collection of both formal and informal patterns, and are complemented by beautiful coastal views and lush green hills. Join us on a tour here to explore the plant variations here, and then journey on to a family owned garden where a local orchid expert will conduct an orchid workshop, showing guests how to mount the plant on a branch and offering tips on keeping these graceful plants at home.

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Glass of red wine, Vineyards

Experience the Canarian Way of Life

Life in the Canaries is based on a blend of nature, culture and traditions. In La Palma, the local cuisine includes the famous Papas Arrugadas - wrinkly potatoes, which are simply boiled with their skins on and plenty of salt added; but are said to taste quite delicious as the potatoes are grown on the island itself. When in Tenerife, it is a must to try the Mojo sauce, a herby sauce made with peppers and lots of garlic, perfect when served with the Papas Arrugadas; and when in Madeira, with its terraced vineyards and rich botanical landscapes, do make time to enjoy samples of the local wine. 

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Life On Board

Introducing Balmoral

Beautiful Balmoral is small enough to navigate some of Europe’s most picturesque waterways so guests can enjoy hours of scenic cruising. Balmoral retains a warm, civilised atmosphere and features comfortable accommodation, stylish restaurants and plenty of open deck space.

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Fred. Olsen ship Balmoral sailing at dawn

Balmoral

Beautiful Balmoral is small enough to navigate Europe’s most picturesque waterways so guests can enjoy hours of scenic cruising. Balmoral offers a warm, civilised atmosphere and features comfortable accommodation, stylish restaurants and plenty of open-deck space.

710 cabins
1,325 guests
551 crew
43,537 GT
16kts max speed
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Our Signature Experiences

To make your experience even more special, our Journey Planners have designed a unique programme of Signature Experiences which will allow you to discover real insights about the culture and nature of the places we are visiting, so you can arrive in each destination fully prepared to get the most out of your visit.

Itinerary Insights

We have carefully curated a programme of events to give you a deeper understanding of each of the destinations you will be visiting

Scenic Discoveries

Our Scenic Discoveries are designed to allow you to enjoy seeing the world from the unique perspective of our ships

The Ship and the Sea

Maritime is in our DNA - our history in shipping goes back almost 200 years

The Sky at Sea

There’s very little in the natural world more beautiful than a clear night sky, sunrise or sunset seen at sea

Treats of the Region

We love to bring a taste of the region's food, drink, local tastes and culinary traditions to life on board

Sample Shore Tours

At each port of call on your cruise, we carefully research and hand pick Shore Tour options for you, designed for you see as many of the world's best destinations as possible.

Below, you will find some sample Shore Tours which will give you an example of what to expect on your cruise. Your Shore Tours will be available to book approximately 8-13 weeks prior to departure via your My Cruises account.

Flowers of Funchal

Flowers of Funchal

Begin with a scenic drive to Palheiro Gardens to explore the beautiful garden before continuing to the family-owned Quinta Jardins do Lago, where Pedro, a local botanical enthusiast, will conduct an insightful orchid workshop.

££££

Funchal

Mount Teide Cable Car

Mount Teide Cable Car

Journey up Spain’s highest volcano, Mount Teide, via cable car to La Rambleta, 3,555 metres above sea level, affording fabulous views not only of the crater but of Tenerife and the other islands of the archipelago.

££££

Santa Cruz de Tenerife

The Fire Mountains

The Fire Mountains

Discover the fiery mountains of Timanfaya and witness the rustic nature of this otherworldly volcanic landscape caused by the eruptions that affected the southern part of the island. 

££££

Arrecife

Wine Regions of Lanzaroe

Wine Regions of Lanzarote

Enjoy a visit to one of the leading wineries on the island, Bodegas Le Geria with unrivalled views of Timanfaya National Park, before heading to one of the oldest wineries, Bodega Rubicon. Learn about the wine's distinctive characteristics and enjoy a tasting accompanied by local cheese. 

££££

Arrecife

Your Guest Speakers

We’ve arranged for some wonderful guest speakers to join us for this cruise. They will be delivering a programme of insightful talks and activities to deepen your cultural, artistic and historical understanding of the destinations we will be exploring, well as helping you to enjoy the natural beauty of the places we visit.

Martin Lunn
Astronomy

Martin Lunn MBE

Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and lecturer in Astronomy, Martin Lunn MBE will be out on deck to host stargazing sessions during the evenings.

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Mike Bowman
Geology

Mike Bowman

Geologist and honorary professor, Mike Bowman will be speaking about the geological features of Canary Islands and Portugal and what makes them so special during your cruise.

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ORCA
Ocean Wildlife

Orca

Founded in 2001, ORCA is a group of Ocean Conservationists. Join them out on deck to search the seas for marine life.

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Ted Bourn
Maritime

Ted Bourn

Retired Lieutenant Commander from the Royal Navy, Ted Bourn will be on your cruise to talk about the Portuguese Age of Discoveries and their navigational skills.

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Treats & Pastimes

In addition to our Signature Experiences, we have a selection of lovely Treats & Pastimes for you to enjoy when on board. Just check your Daily Times each day for full details.

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Cabins, Prices & Offers

Cabin Options On Your Cruise

* Prices correct as of 23:00 26/02/2024, based on the lowest available Cruise Only fare, and on two people sharing a twin cabin. Please call +441473746175 for live availability & prices.

* Prices correct as of 23:00 26/02/2024, based on the lowest available Cruise Only fare, and on sole occupancy. Please call +441473746175 for live availability & prices.

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Balcony Junior Suite (BJ)

Balmoral's Balcony Junior Suites have a large cabin area and private balcony

Freedom Fare From £4,599 pp
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Superior Suite (SS)

Located on decks 9 & 10, Superior Suites have a balcony and large cabin area

Freedom Fare From £4,699 pp

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Marquee Suite (MS)

Situated on deck 10, Marquee Suites have a private balcony and large cabin area

Freedom Fare From £5,999 pp

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Premier Suite (PS)

Located on deck 10, Premier Suites have a private balcony and large cabin area

Freedom Fare From £6,299 pp

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Owner's Suite (OW)

Exclusive Suite - please call for more details

Freedom Fare From £7,999 pp
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Cruise Offers

Solo traveller offer available   Saver Fare
Freedom Fare

FREE drinks or FREE on board spend   Freedom Fare

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