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2nd Sep 2018 14 nights Sails from Newcastle Balmoral L1829
FROM ONLY £1,699 per person
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FROM ONLY £1,699 per person

Join Balmoral for the chance to take in the sights and sounds of stylish Spanish and attraction-packed Portuguese cities; immerse yourself in Morocco’s melting pot of cultural delights; and see our entire fleet together for only the second time ever all on one unforgettable sailing. 

Leixoes will be your gateway to Oporto – Portugal’s picturesque second city – which is home to world-famous port wine cellars and an array of magnificent architecture. Don’t miss the Baroque style Clérigos Church and the fortress-like cathedral; and be sure to visit the historic, UNESCO-listed Ribeira District. Then in Malaga you’ll have time to discover the diverse attractions of this Andalusian gem, including the Moorish-style Gibralfaro Castle and the fantastic Picasso Museum; or tour to Granada to see the glorious Alhambra Palace. Alternatively you could go in search of some Spanish sunshine in nearby Marbella. From southern Spain you’ll sail to Morocco to take in the famous sights of charming Casablanca. An undoubted highlight is the Hassan II Mosque, with its soaring 210 metre-high minaret; while the chance to enjoy lunch at Rick’s Café – a recreation of the bar in the classic Casablanca film – is not to be missed. Don’t forget to visit the bustling Old Medina too. [ReadMore]

Returning to Spain, Balmoral will then dock in historic Cádiz alongside Braemar, Boudicca and Black Watch for the ‘Captains in Cádiz’ event, marking the 170th anniversary of Fred. Olsen's beginnings in shipping. See our entire fleet together for only the second time ever and enjoy a memorable day of themed entertainment, food and fun on board and on the quayside with our Captains, crews and your fellow guests – a simply unforgettable experience. Next you’ll head back to Portugal and the beautiful capital, Lisbon. Explore on foot or perhaps via the iconic tram and you’ll discover architectural wonders such at the Belém Tower and Jerónimos Monastery, as well as a number of lovely backstreet cafés. As this spellbinding sailing draws to an end, you’ll then take in two more fantastic Spanish cities. Wander through the delightful old town district in Vigo, or tour to the UNESCO-listed Santiago de Compostela Cathedral; then explore the fascinating seafaring history of pretty El Ferrol. 

Single supplement offers are available on selected grades on this sailing, please call for details.

Balmoral is the largest of Fred. Olsen's smaller, friendly ocean-going cruise ships – with capacity for up to 1350 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.

Rest assured, all of the following comes as standard on every Fred. Olsen cruise:

  • Comfortable rooms and suites with TV, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities and individually controlled air conditioning
  • Tempting cuisine every day throughout your cruise - with five-course à la carte dinners, casual breakfast and lunch buffets and late-night snacks
  • Unlimited, self-service tea and coffee at selected venues, afternoon tea* with sandwiches and cakes, and in-room sandwiches and snacks
  • All evening entertainment, including cabaret shows, dancing and live music
  • Captain's Drinks Party and Gala Buffet (on cruises of 5 nights or more)
  • On board leisure facilities, including swimming pools, Jacuzzis and gym
  • A wide choice of on board activities and lectures throughout the day
  • All UK port taxes (where collectable in advance)
  • Luggage porterage between your room and the drop-off/pick-up point
  • Flights, as confirmed as part of a fly-cruise holiday

​Cruise descriptions include optional, chargeable experiences that may be enjoyed independently and/or with optional Fred. Olsen Shore Tours. *Premium Traditional Afternoon Tea not included.

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.