Festive Spain & Portugal

10th Dec 2022 12 nights Sails from Portsmouth Balmoral L2233
Festive cruise
FREEDOM FARE FROM £1,099 per person
Aerial view of tree Christmas with Se church and Madeira flag in Funchal City, Madeira island, Portugal. Aerial view of tree Christmas with Se church and Madeira flag in Funchal City, Madeira island, Portugal.
FREEDOM FARE FROM £1,099 per person
£150pp FREE On Board Spend or £300pp when booking a Suite

*Applicable to new bookings from 16/03/2022 on 2022/23 cruises sailing from the UK, of 10 to 12 nights in duration, see terms & conditions.

For a memorable start to your Christmas, escape to Spain and Portugal and discover the festive delights of destinations bursting with yuletide spirit.[ReadMoreMob] At each you’ll see Christmas lights and decorations, and get to explore traditional festive markets; mid-December evenings in Funchal, with its family feel and evening festivities, make for a magical experience, while the Spanish and Portuguese cities will be alive with friendly locals counting down to and getting ready for the big day.

What’s more, your overnight stay in Funchal allows ample time to seek-out Madeira’s ‘Garden Island’ sights too; perhaps wander through forested landscapes via the levada trails, explore botanical gardens, or see the Atlantic Ocean vistas from Cabo Girao. A day in Lisbon is a chance to delve into the Portuguese capital’s maritime heritage and local culture too and, in Spain, there are picturesque coasts, historic quarters and ancient monuments and landmarks aplenty to uncover in Vigo, Cádiz and La Coruña.

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.

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.