Exploration of South America and the Antarctic

5th Jan 2023 78 nights Sails from Southampton Balmoral L2301
FREEDOM FARE FROM £8,499 per person
Exploration of South America & the Antarctic Exploration of South America & the Antarctic
FREEDOM FARE FROM £8,499 per person
Solo traveller offer available

Fantastic reduced single supplement deals available on selected grades on this sailing. T&Cs apply*

FREE door to door transfer OR up to £400 per person FREE On Board Spend

*Free door to door transfer: This door-to-door transfer offer is up to a maximum of 200 UK mainland miles and must be pre-booked, for those guests who have booked on cruise L2301 only, valid for new bookings made from 19/05/22. Any additional mileage must be paid to the transport provider (CMAC) at the time of booking. Guests may be required to share the transport for all or part of the journey, when an appropriate vehicle will be provided. Once the complimentary transport has been confirmed by the provider, charges will apply if fail to take this arrangement without cancelling with the transport provider. The Door-to-Door transfer service is a one transfer (each way) per booking for all guests, and is based on the lead guest address. No deviations en-route are permitted. This offer is not combinable with free on board spend offer or any other offer, unless stated otherwise.

*On board spend: Free spend amount varies per cabin category, from £100 per person based on an interior cabin, up to £400 per person based on booking a Suite, valid for new bookings made from 14/07/21 on cruise L2301. E&OE.


Balmoral takes you on an epic circumnavigation – and in-depth exploration of – South America, combined with an unforgettable venture to the rugged, icy wilderness of the Antarctic peninsula. On this 78-night voyage, discover some of the most fascinating, rarely seen parts of the world and experience their wonders, plus take in iconic landmarks, ancient sites, idyllic beaches and much more.

You’re in for an incredible adventure from the moment you set sail; during your first Atlantic crossing, you stop at the Azores to see their verdant landscapes, and at beautiful Bermuda, before visiting Cuba to revel in the unmistakable culture and history of Havana. [ReadMore]Then, after a memorable navigation of the Panama Canal, the South American exploration begins in style; you head to Ecuador for a chance to take an overland tour to seek-out the unique wildlife – from marine iguanas to giant tortoise – of the Galapagos Islands, or you could delve into the history of the Incas at Machu Picchu or Lake Titicaca on overland tours. The Chilean leg of your journey will be an undoubted highlight; you’ll experience scenic cruising of Patagonian Fjords amongst glaciers and snow-capped peaks, sail the rugged headland of Cape Horn and visit Puerto Chacabuco, gateway to the mountains of Lower Patagonia and the Andes. Beyond Chile, discover the ‘end of the world’ from Ushuaia in Argentina and sail to remote Antarctica to see its ice-covered landscapes and wonders such as Elephant Island.

A rare visit to the Falkland Islands is an opportunity to learn of the history of this famously disputed archipelago, and go in search of its endemic species of seals, penguins and other seabirds too. In Uruguay, perhaps throw yourself into the way of Gaucho cowboy life during a visit to Montevideo, before returning to Argentina and its capital, Buenos Aires. Make the most of an overnight stay to see this city’s multitude of historic and artistic attractions, perhaps learn how to Tango and gain insight into the life of Eva Peron. Time in Brazil brings your South American adventures to an end; visits to Itajai, African-influenced Salvador, Ilhabela – a tropical paradise of lush-green lands and golden beaches – and Recife sandwich an overnight stay in Rio de Janeiro, where you can absorb the carnival culture, feel the Samba beats and of course witness iconic sights such as Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain. Finally, as you head for home back across the Atlantic, delight in visits to beautiful Cape Verde and Tenerife too.

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 


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'.


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.


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 the Kiel Canal, and bring inspirational sights and experiences closer to you.

Like the rest of the fleet, Balmoral conveys a warm, welcoming atmosphere and features comfortable accommodation and lounges, stylish restaurants and plenty of open-deck space.