Discovering Cultural Morocco

18th Jan 2024 14 nights Sails from Southampton Balmoral L2402
FREEDOM FARE FROM £1,799 per person
The Hassan II Mosque II, Casablanca, Morocco The Hassan II Mosque II, Casablanca, Morocco
FREEDOM FARE FROM £1,799 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.

Our journey planners have crafted this cruise to put discoveries of Morocco’s unique cultures, traditions and influences at the heart of your experience, with chances to visit cultural landmarks, sample local life and much more. An overnight stay in Casablanca is the centrepiece of four days in Morocco; enjoy ample time to see this iconic city’s sights, such as Hassan II Mosque, and not only sample local cuisine, but learn to cook like the Berbers too. You could also tour to Marrakech for bustling souks, religious monuments and the famous Medina, or the imperial city of Rabat, home to the impressive Hassan Tower. Animated souks, as well as soaring minarets, domes and a legendary Kasbah – once the sultan's walled palace and gardens –await in Tangier, from where you journey to UNESCO-listed Tétouan and uncover its famous ancient medina on tour.[ReadMore]

Visiting Agadir presents an opportunity to explore Souk El Had and try local flavours of mint tea, fruits and spices; and even learn about how Argan Oil is made, meeting the ladies who crush the nuts from endemic argan trees. The city is also a gateway to the Atlas Mountains, and you can join a tour to go trekking in their foothills and witness some of Morocco’s most magnificent scenery. Away from Moroccan shores, there’s time in a trio of Portuguese destinations, including Lisbon; in the capital you’ll see Moroccan influences in the architecture of its enchanting Moorish quarter. You’ll also get to visit Oporto, a city renowned for its wines and architectural charms, and spend a day revelling in the gorgeous floral sights and scents of Portugal’s ‘garden island’, Madeira.

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.