Festive Escape to Madeira, Portugal & Spain

6th Dec 2021 11 nights Sails from Southampton Balmoral L2138
Festive cruise
FROM ONLY £999 per person
Christmas time in Funchal, Maderia Christmas time in Funchal, Maderia
FROM ONLY £999 per person
FREE On Board Spend up to £250pp*

On board spend offer: On Board Spend amounts vary per cruise. 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. 
Save up to £250 per person: applicable to August to December 2021 sailings only; amounts vary per cruise – check availability to see applicable offers on selected fares and grades. Savings amount is per person and not applicable to 3rd/4th guest in cabin.
On board spend and savings offers are not combinable with any other offer, unless stated; offers are capacity controlled and subject to availability.

A pre-Christmas cruise with a twist, this is an opportunity to venture south in search of some of Europe’s finest festive highlights. Instead of sailing to cities in Western and Central Europe that are popular tourist spots at this time of year, you’re in for a yuletide discovery of Portugal, Spain and Madeira. At each destination, feel the buzz of excitement amongst enchanting scenes of Christmas markets, illuminations and decorations; mid-December evenings in Funchal make for a magical experience, while the historic hearts of Vigo and Lisbon come to life as their friendly locals countdown to and get ready for Christmas.[ReadMoreMob]

With an overnight stay in Funchal, the capital of Madeira, there is ample time to discover the gems of Portugal’s gorgeous ‘garden island’ too; perhaps take in views of verdant forested landscapes via the levada walking trails, ride the cable car to a beautiful botanical garden, or head to the Cabo Girao sea cliff for spectacular Atlantic Ocean vistas. A full day in Lisbon is a chance to immerse yourself in the Portuguese capital’s rich maritime heritage and local culture too, while the Spanish cities of Vigo and La Coruña, with their picturesque coasts, historic quarters and abundance of landmarks and monuments, are delights to explore.

Your Itinerary

  • Enjoy a pre-Christmas cruise with a twist
  • Feel a buzz of excitement amongst the Christmas markets
  • Discover Madeira’s lush landscapes and botanical gardens
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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.