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Discovering Spain and North Africa

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Panoramic view of Plaza de Espana in Seville, Andalusia, Spain Panoramic view of Plaza de Espana in Seville, Andalusia, Spain
05 Jan 2025
Southampton
13 nights
Balmoral

Your cruise at a glance

Hand-crafted highlights

This cruise aboard Balmoral has been designed to showcase Spain and North Africa's cultural charms and ornate landmarks. Morocco is full of sights, scents, and sounds, particularly amid the bustling souks, and you are perfectly placed to enjoy diverse activities like Berber-style cooking classes, experience the local tea culture, or go hiking in the Atlas Mountains, allowing you the chance to thoroughly immerse yourself in local culture. In Spain, you will be able to sample regional delicacies like tapas, experience the raw passion of flamenco dancing from a local bailaora, and discover fascinating Roman architecture, while Gibraltar offers classic British foods and iconic landmarks to explore, including the famous Rock and its mischievous Barbary apes.

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Highlights

Discover ornate landmarks

Your Balmoral cruise to Spain and North Africa will take you to iconic cities that are home to some of Europe's most striking landmarks. From Cádiz, you can explore the 18th century Cathedral with its blend of Baroque and Neo-classical architecture, or journey to Seville to discover the Plaza de España, whose mosaics of tiles located at the foot of the building reflect the 52 Spanish provinces. The Grand Souk in Tangier, sitting at the entrance to the renowned Medina with its vibrant market of colour, charm, street musicians, scenic handicrafts, and spices, begs for exploration, while the beautiful Ketchaoua Mosque, dating back to Ottoman times, holds significant cultural and religious importance.

Spanish dancers, Flamenco

A taste of Spanish & North African cultures

During your cruise to Spain and North Africa, you'll have plenty of opportunities to fully immerse yourself in the way of life in the magnificent destinations you will visit. Cadiz is deeply rooted in Andalusian culture and is at the heart of the passionate Flamenco dance, where its rhythm and sultry movements will fill your soul as you watch a performance and learn some steps with a local bailaora. You will be perfectly placed to explore Gibraltar, a slice of Britain bathed in the sunshine of Southern Europe, where red pillar boxes and traditional pubs are nestled within the shadows of the iconic Rock of Gibraltar. Tangier beckons with the bustling souks and labyrinthine alleys of the Medina, holding a magical world of sights, scents, and sounds, along with tastes of aromatic Tajines and warm Kalinte, while the daily tea culture of Algiers, encouraging family and friends to take time out to socialise with each other, is a unique and welcome experience.

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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.

Balmoral
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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Sample Shore Tours

At each port of call on your cruise, we carefully research and hand pick Shore Tour options for you, designed for you see as many of the world's best destinations as possible.

Below, you will find some sample Shore Tours which will give you an example of what to expect on your cruise. Your Shore Tours will be available to book approximately 8-13 weeks prior to departure via your My Cruises account.

Santiago Church and pavement cafe in Cathedral Square, Cadiz, Cadiz

Cádiz Like a Local

Stroll through the hidden corners of Cádiz with a local guide to see the Old Market, before trying some tapas. Continue to the heart of the Barrio of La Viña, to try chicharrones and visit La Caleta.

££££

Cádiz

 Flamenco Experience

Flamenco Experience

Learn about the history of flamenco and visit an authentic tablao-tavern to learn how to master this passionate dance from a local expert. 

££££

Cádiz

Beautiful Seville in the sunshine

Splendours of Seville

Explore the wonders of Seville on this Andalusian capital tour. Journey through picturesque landscapes, passing sherry vineyards and agricultural fields. Upon arrival, enjoy a panoramic city tour, including Plaza de America and Plaza España. After free time for lunch or a drink, embark on a walking tour, discovering Santa Cruz neighborhood and the Gothic-style Seville Cathedral.

££££

Cádiz

Monkey sitting on rock in Gibraltar

The Rock Tour

See Gibraltar’s apes that roam freely and step inside St. Michael’s Cave for a 3D light show, before visiting Trinity Lighthouse.

££££

Gibraltar

Gibraltar Macaque Experience

Gibraltar Macaque Experience

Spend time with a habituated troop of free-living monkeys. You will learn about the Barbary Macaques social behaviours and observe them in their natural habitat.

££££

Gibraltar

Roman Cartagena with a Local Expert.

Roman Cartagena with a Local Expert

Travel back in time and discover the splendour of Roman Cartagena, joined by a specialist guide with great archaeological knowledge.

££££

Cartagena

View of Notre Dame d'Afrique, Algiers, Algeria

Explore the UNESCO Casbah

Explore the city with a guide detailing Algeria's history, from the King’s Palace through narrow streets to a Casbah House for mint tea and biscuits. Descend to Martyrs’ Square, viewing three mosques, including the historic Ketchaoua Mosque.

££££

Algiers

Moroccan Tea & Bread Experience

Experience the centuries-old Moroccan tradition of baking fresh bread with locals and learn the secret behind crafting the perfect peppermint tea.

££££

Tangier

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.

Carla Ionescu
Ancient History

Carla Ionescu

Historian Carla Ionescu will be on hand throughout your cruise to deliver a series of talks on the Roman influence in the destinations we will be visting, and Phoenicians and Moors in Andulasia.

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Astronomy

Go Stargazing

Go Stargazing is formed of a group of astronomers, all of whom are keen to encourage public interest in astronomy to as wide an audience as possible. Join Dani Robertson on your cruise for stargazing sessions conducted on the top deck in the evenings.

Karin Bucannan - Guest Speaker
Landmarks & Architecture

Karin Bucannan

Karin, a seasoned educator with extensive experience in teaching Art and Design, brings a wealth of knowledge from her background in Interior Design and Architecture, as she provides insight into the architecture and landmarks of the destinations we will be visiting.

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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 09:00 14/06/2024, 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 09:00 14/06/2024, 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 £3,599 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 £3,999 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 £4,699 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 £5,199 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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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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