Escape to the Canaries

24th Mar 2023 13 nights Sails from Southampton Balmoral L2305
FREEDOM FARE FROM £1,699 per person
Famous Tropical Botanical Gardens in Funchal town, Madeira island, Portugal Famous Tropical Botanical Gardens in Funchal town, Madeira island, Portugal
FREEDOM FARE FROM £1,699 per person
Enjoy FREE Drinks AND tips covered on Freedom Fares

**FREE All Inclusive Drinks Package and Tips Covered, applicable to new bookings only, made between 01/12/21 and 01/03/22 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.

Simply enjoy some soothing springtime warmth, and discover scenic sights and cultural highlights, as you visit four beautiful islands in the Canaries and Madeira. At each destination you’ll find gorgeous coastlines and sandy beaches enticing you to relax and enjoy the seasonal sunshine; the sands of Tenerife and Lanzarote, and the Olsen family-owned Tecina Hotel on La Gomera, in particular are ideal locations for indulgent relaxation.[ReadMore]

In addition to hours of sunbathing, you could seek-out the volcanic wonders of the trio of Canary Islands on your itinerary too; perhaps scale might Mount Teide – Spain’s highest peak – for unforgettable views of Tenerife’s rugged interiors, and take the chance to feel the heat of the active lava fields created by Lanzarote’s Fire Mountains. Not far from the Canaries, there’s also a visit to the floral Portuguese island of Madeira; in Funchal, perhaps ride the cable car and watch people ride toboggans down the capital’s hills, or take in lush-green scenery uncovered via the unique levada trails.

Your Itinerary

  • Explore magnificent Mount Teide when in Tenerife
  • Take a visit to Lanzarote's Fire Mountains
  • Enjoy a toboggan ride in Funchal
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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.