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Winter warmth in the Canary Islands

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Aerial view of the beautiful Maspalomas dunes, Gran Canaria Aerial view of the beautiful Maspalomas dunes, Gran Canaria

02 Feb 2025

Southampton

13 nights

Balmoral

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Hand-crafted highlights

Enjoy the warmth of the Canary Islands and Madeira as Balmoral sails around volcanic islands on this winter sailing. Madeira’s luscious green landscapes offer botanical and tropical gardens, plus Levada trails through vibrant flora and fauna. The Canary Islands offer a different blend of landscape, although just as spectacular; discover the volcanic core of Lanzarote at Timanfaya National Park with its lava fields, volcanic cones and geothermal activity, while Tenerife’s Mount Teide offers surreal views across the surrounding terrain, stretching as far as the eye can see. In Gran Canaria, the desert-like sand dunes of Maspalomas are a mesmerising contrast against the azure sea. You can also explore cultural traditions and culinary delights; pop by a local bakery in Funchal to sample the traditional Portuguese custard tart, pastéis de nata, or perhaps try some locally produced wine from Lanzarote’s volcanic ash vineyards.

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Highlights

Mount Tiede, Tenerife

Picturesque Volcanic Landscapes

The Canary Islands archipelago boasts a diverse range of landscapes shaped by volcanic activity, blending natural landscapes with unique geological features. The Maspalomas Sand Dunes stretch along the coast of Gran Canaria, creating a unique desert-like landscape which contrasts beautifully against the azure blue of the Atlantic Ocean; while Mount Teide in Tenerife, surrounded by otherwordly terrain, offers fantastic panoramic views across the island. Join us on a tour of Timanfaya National Park in Lanzarote, which showcases the lunar landscape of lava fields, volcanic cones and geothermal activity. Meanwhile, in Madeira, explore the Levadas that crisscross lush valleys, offering hiking trails through thick forests and charming villages.  

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Patatas bravas, Spanish potato dish with sauce

The way of life in the Canary Islands and Madeira

Life in the Canaries and Madeira is a perfect blend of cultural traditions and culinary delights. In Madeira, do try the delectable flaky pastry custard tarts, pastéis de nata, which are a symbol of warmth and hospitality; while in Lanzarote, try Malvasía wine, made from the sweet-smelling grape only found on this island; and in Tenerife, the famous spicy Mojo sauce adds flavour to traditional dishes, such as patatas bravas. There will also be opportunities to experience Madeira's Fado music, full of soulful melodies and touching lyrics and telling stories of Portuguese longing and lost loves, contrasting with the lively Bailinho folk dance embodying community spirit and joy.

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Bird of paradise flower head, Funchal

Uncovering island agriculture and horticulture

The Canaries and Madeira have perfect conditions for agriculture and horticultural practices to thrive, due to their year-round temperate climates. In Madeira, join us to explore the array of exotic flowers and plants in the Botanical Gardens and Monte Palace Tropical Gardens; while the vineyards here and in Lanzarote produce unique wines recognised for their quality. In Tenerife, discover how bananas are cultivated in the mild climate at a local plantation, producing sweet-tasting fruits. These agricultural enterprises reflect centuries-old traditions and the rich heritage of the islands.

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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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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.

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Astronomy

Go Stargazing

Acting as tour guides of the heavens, the Go Stargazing astronomers will share their knowledge with group sessions learning interesting and amazing facts about our Universe. The friendly and approachable team will be on hand to answer any questions you may have, and to help you spot planets and stars.

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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 15:00 19/04/2024, 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 15:00 19/04/2024, based on the lowest available Cruise Only fare, and on sole occupancy. Please call +441473746175 for live availability & prices.

Cabin Grades

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Balcony Junior Suite (BJ)

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

Freedom Fare From £3,299 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 £3,599 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 £4,599 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 £4,999 pp
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Owner's Suite (OW)

Exclusive Suite - please call for more details

Freedom Fare From £6,299 pp
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Cruise Offers

FREE On Board Spend   Freedom Fare

What's Included

SO MUCH ALREADY INCLUDED

As well as our Signature Experiences, there are a host of other treats to enjoy on board our ships.

  • À la carte breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Daily buffet dining options
  • Late night Supper Club
  • Afternoon tea
  • Self-service tea & coffee
  • In-cabin dining & snacks
  • Evening shows
  • Live music & dancing
  • Dance classes
  • Lectures & talks
  • Cookery demonstrations
  • Traditional deck games
  • Daily games & quizzes
  • Swimming Pools
  • Jacuzzis
  • Fitness Centre
  • Fitness Classes

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