Christmas Celebrations in the Canaries

22nd Dec 2022 14 nights Sails from Portsmouth Balmoral L2234
Festive cruise
FROM ONLY £2,599 per person
 View of beach in Playa del Ingles. Maspalomas. Gran Canaria View of beach in Playa del Ingles. Maspalomas. Gran Canaria
FROM ONLY £2,599 per person
Enjoy FREE Drinks Package AND your tips covered

**FREE All Inclusive Drinks Package and Tips Covered, applicable to new bookings only, made between 01/12/21 and 01/02/22 inclusive, for five to 19 night cruises sailing from the UK, departing from Jan 2022 up to May 2023, inclusive. Offer excludes cruises T2212 & L2205, cruises less than five or more than 19 nights in duration, Saver fares, charters, exclusive sailings, & Tour Operator holidays. Freedom fare terms and conditions apply. Offer is capacity controlled.
FREE All Inclusive 
Drinks Package & Tips covered: offer applicable on selected sailings. Free drinks upgrade package comprises of selected house beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks – for terms & conditions, click here. Tips are paid directly to the relevant staff on board; are non-refundable, non-transferable and cannot be exchanged for cash. Recommended amount for Tips is £5 per person per night (where paid). Offer not combinable with any other offer, including, but not limited to Solo offers, or Saver fares - with the exception of Enjoyment Promise. E&OE.

Experience an altogether more laidback festive season, visiting sun-kissed islands and celebrating Christmas and New Year’s Eve in style, on this Canarian adventure.[ReadMoreMob] Spending Christmas Day at sea on board Balmoral will be unforgettable; your ship’s attentive staff will take care of everything so you can simply enjoy the day’s fun, food and festivities in the company of friends, loved ones and fellow guests. Visiting Madeira on Boxing Day is a chance to recover from your indulgence amongst the island’s fragrant gardens and scenic walking trails, before you continue on to the Canaries, where your end to 2022 can be as relaxing and restful, or energetic and adventurous as you wish.

The landscapes of La Palma, nicknamed ‘the pretty island’, beg for exploration; you could head deep into the verdant forests of Los Tilos Biosphere Reserve, a haven for various fauna and flora species, or witness the imposing San Antonio Volcano. Volcanic wonders await in Lanzarote too, such as the Fire Mountains and lunar-like landscapes of Timanfaya National Park. Visit Gran Canaria to revel in this glorious island’s renowned year-round warmth, perhaps at Maspalomas, where stretches of golden, palm-lined sands are primed for hours of relaxation, or on a discovery of the beautiful, tranquil Agaete Valley. The piece de resistance of your time in the Canaries is a very special visit to Tenerife. You’ll have a full day to perhaps unravel the mysteries of the Pyramids of Güímar; see might Mount Teide in all its glory; or simply indulge in a day of sunbathing at Playa de Las Americas. By evening, you’ll be ready to celebrate the arrival of 2023 in style, with food, drink, entertainment and views of Tenerife’s spectacular New Year’s fireworks display to enjoy on board your ship.

Your Itinerary

  • Enjoy an unforgettable Christmas at sea
  • Discover the beaches and landscapes of the Canaries
  • Celebrate New Year's Eve in style in Tenerife
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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.

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.