Exploration of South America and the Antarctic

5th Jan 2023 78 nights Sails from Southampton Balmoral L2301
FROM ONLY £8,999 per person
Exploration of South America & the Antarctic Exploration of South America & the Antarctic
FROM ONLY £8,999 per person
FREE On Board Spend up to £400pp*

*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. On Board Spend is non-transferrable. No refunds will be given for the credit amount shown. No cash alternative will be given for unused spend. Complimentary or chargeable cabin upgrades, where applicable, will not alter the on board spend value. On board spend is applicable for a maximum of two guests per cabin and is not combinable with any other offer, (with the exception of the Enjoyment Promise or Plain Sailing Guarantee). On board spend is capacity controlled and subject to availability.


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. 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, and to Peru to delve into the history of the Incas at Machu Picchu or Lake Titicaca on overland tours too.[ReadMore] 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.

Bringing the world closer

Our size advantage means we can take you to places that some of the larger cruise vessels simply can’t. We dock close to the heart of some of the world’s most beautiful cities and can take you on scenic cruising adventures showcasing inspirational landscapes. Our itineraries are expertly crafted to make the most of this advantage.

Smaller but spacious

Aboard our smaller, friendlier ships you'll find there's plenty of room to stretch out by the pool, enjoy a drink and great conversation with like-minded guests, and make the most of your time away. Sailing with hundreds, not thousands, of others allows you to get ashore faster too, and make the most of each destination.

Service with a smile
Waitress with drinks and guest on deck, Boudicca

Each member of the Fred. Olsen team has been carefully selected for their warm and welcoming personalities. The quality of our people, supported by training and development, ensures they will give you a great holiday. In fact, 97% of guests rated Fred. Olsen’s friendly, attentive staff ‘Excellent’ or ‘Good’.

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.