Escape to the Canaries


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Botanical gardens in Funchal, Madeira Famous Tropical Botanical Gardens in Funchal town, Madeira island, Portugal

24 Mar 2023


13 nights


The cruise at a glance

The Olsen Way Highlights

Your escape to the Canaries, Spain and Madeira includes visits to four islands and the city of La Coruña. Experience sandy beaches, volcanic landscapes and floral scenes, all while enjoying the region’s balmy climate. Balmoral’s smaller size makes it possible to dock closer to the centre of Funchal, where an extended stay gives you plenty of time to take in the colourful gardens, ride the historic cable car and watch people tobogganing down the narrow, winding streets. Other highlights include Lanzarote’s active volcano, Tenerife’s Mount Teide and the Olsen family-owned Tecina Hotel on La Gomera.

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Bird of paradise flower head, Funchal

Explore the ‘Garden Isle of Madeira’


Take a tour with a local botanical enthusiast and find out just why Madeira is famed as the ‘Garden Isle’. Explore Palheiro Gardens, famous not only for the variety of plants that can be found here but for the beauty of its location in the lush green hills of Funchal. At the family-owned Quinta Jardins do Lago, your guide will conduct an orchid workshop, demonstrating how to pot an orchid or mount it on a branch and offering tips on how to keep these elegant plants at home.

Balmoral at sea

The Fred. Olsen Story


From our early beginnings transporting Norwegian ice to the tables of Victorian London through to our notable ships of today, join guest speaker Chris Mason for this informative and intriguing talk on the history of Fred. Olsen. He will guide you through our unique story so you can discover how we’ve always done things differently and see that maritime, is indeed, in our DNA.



Cruise Itinerary

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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.

Fred. Olsen ship Balmoral sailing at dawn


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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Our Signature Experiences

To make your experience even more special, our Journey Planners have designed a unique programme of Signature Experiences which will allow you to discover real insights about the culture and nature of the places we are visiting, so you can arrive in each destination fully prepared to get the most out of your visit.

Itinerary Insights

We have carefully curated a programme of events to give you a deeper understanding of each of the destinations you will be visiting

Scenic Discoveries

Our Scenic Discoveries are designed to allow you to enjoy seeing the world from the unique perspective of our ships

The Ship and the Sea

Maritime is in our DNA - our history in shipping goes back almost 200 years

The Sky at Sea

There’s very little in the natural world more beautiful than a clear night sky, sunrise or sunset seen at sea

Treats of the Region

We love to bring a taste of the region's food, drink, local tastes and culinary traditions to life on board

Cabins, Prices & Offers

Cabin Options On Your Cruise

Please call our Reservations Team for latest pricing and availability.

What's Included


As well as our Signature Experiences, there is a host of other treats to enjoy on board our ships.

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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Enhance your cruise

Each of our cruises has been carefully designed for you to get the very best out of your time on board; and now you can enhance your cruise to make it even more special.

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