Springtime Canary Islands and Portugal

2nd Apr 2024 15 nights Sails from Newcastle Balmoral L2409
FREEDOM FARE FROM £1,999 per person
Palm trees on Playa de las Teresitas Beach, Tenerife palm trees on Playa de las Teresitas Beach, Tenerife
FREEDOM FARE FROM £1,999 per person
Solo traveller offer available

Fantastic reduced single supplement deals available on selected grades on this sailing. T&Cs apply*

£200pp Free On Board Spend or £400pp when booking a Suite

*Applicable to new bookings made from 16/03/2023 on 2022/23 cruises sailing from the UK, of 13 to 15 nights in duration, see terms & conditions.

Visiting four beautiful islands in the Canaries and Madeira, as well as two culture-rich Portuguese cities, makes for a very special start to spring. You’ll get to bask in soothing seasonal warmth, revel in spectacular scenery, and discover an abundance of diverse sights and highlights – the perfect way to recover after a long, cold winter. Your island-hopping begins amongst the fragrant, colourful scenes of Madeira. Delight in the beauty of the ‘garden island’, perhaps trailing the scenic levada walking route or exploring botanical gardens under the guidance of a local flower expert; or maybe visit Cabo Girão sea cliff for stunning Atlantic Ocean views. The Canaries will then await you, with La Palma the first of three of the archipelago’s islands on your itinerary. The entire island of La Palma is a UNESCO-listed Biosphere Reserve ripe for exploration, with scenery ranging from untouched forests and tumbling waterfalls, to soaring volcanos and rugged craters.[ReadMore]

In Tenerife, a day docked at Santa Cruz allows ample time to take in interesting museums, elegant parks and pretty squares, and stop-by welcoming restaurants for a taste of authentic local cuisine. Elsewhere on the island, the secrets of the mysterious Pyramids of Güímar are yours to unravel, while majestic Mount Teide provides views of Spain’s highest peak. For a more relaxing experience, you may opt to simply stop-by your pick of Tenerife’s beaches. This Canarian discovery concludes with a visit to Arrecife, from where the unmissable attractions of Lanzarote await discovery, such as the lunar-like landscapes of Timanfaya National Park, the magnificent Fire Mountains and the beautiful saltwater lagoon of Jameos Del Agua Cave. Bookending your island-adventures are two diversions to the Portuguese mainland; as you sail south, enjoy a stop at Leixoes for tours to nearby Oporto, famed for its port wine and fine architecture, and take the chance to explore Lisbon, with its fascinating museums, maritime history and monuments, before returning home.

In recent years, we have seen a new era emerging in cruising.

There is a trend for everything to get bigger and busier, and for a cruise to be seen as an alternative to a large luxury resort, with a limitless flurry of activity. But this is not for us. Find out more 

1. WE ARE PROUD TO SAIL OUR OWN COURSE

We are free to do things a different way because we are family-run. Of course some people enjoy the bigger, busier cruises, but it is not for everyone, and it is not for us. We prefer to do things, 'The Olsen Way'.

2. SMALLER IS BETTER

We have fewer guests, so the atmosphere on board our ships is always warm and civilised. Our smaller ships allow us to visit the more interesting places that the world has to offer.

3. HAND-CRAFTED, NOT MASS PRODUCED

We pride ourselves on putting our all into the Fred. Olsen cruise experience. Our itineraries are created from scratch every year, our service is genuinely personal and each and every area of our ships is designed by hand.

Balmoral, carrying up to 1,350 guests is 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.