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Four Fred's in Funchal with the Canaries

29th Mar 2020 16 nights Sails from Newcastle Balmoral L2003
Four Freds in Funchal Adult only sailing
FROM ONLY £1,899 per person *
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FROM ONLY £1,899 per person *

Get set for seasonal sights, scents and sunshine as you welcome the arrival of spring with visits to a string of stunning Macaronesian islands. The diverse landscapes, tempting beaches and typically warm climate of four idyllic Canary Islands feature, while your stop at Madeira will be one to remember. Not only will you see the ‘Garden Island’ in spring bloom, but you’ll be part of Fred. Olsen’s fantastic ‘Four Fred.’s in Funchal’ event.

First up on this springtime sailing is Leixões, from where you can tour to Oporto for world-famous port wine cellars and magnificent architecture. Your very special call at Madeira kicks off five days of wonderful island exploration. Here you’ll dock alongside Braemar, Black Watch and Boudicca and be part of the ‘Four Fred.’s in Funchal’ event. A unique day of celebration – featuring fantastic live entertainment, specially prepared menus and more – will be shared with crews and fellow guests from all four ocean-going ships in the Fred. Olsen fleet. The chance to visit the other ships is sure to be unforgettable too. Away from the festivities, you can experience the vibrant colours and sweet seasonal scents of Madeira’s botanical gardens and levada walking trails. [ReadMore]

In the Canaries, four awe-inspiring islands present a wealth of breathtaking attractions. La Palma, an UNESCO-listed natural wonderland, is yours to explore from the island’s capital, Santa Cruz. San Antonio Volcanic Park and the prehistoric laurel forest of Los Tilos are among La Palma’s highlights. In Tenerife, Mount Teide – Spain’s highest peak – can be experience in all its majesty on tour from Santa Cruz de Tenerife. The mysterious Pyramids of Guimar and Playa de Las Americas are within your reach too. Visiting Gran Canaria offers you the chance to absorb the mix of architecture in Las Palmas’ charming Vagueta District; or perhaps venture into the tranquil Agaete Valley. Elsewhere the rolling, golden sand dunes of Maspalomas are sure to appeal as place to enjoy the warm spring sunshine. Lanzarote’s lunar-like Timanfaya National Park awaits your exploration during a stop at Arrecife. Exploring Timanfaya is a must to marvel at the ever-impressive impressive Fire Mountains. Lastly, La Coruña beckons. This Spanish city boasts ancient monuments such as the Torre de Hercules, though you might be tempted to take a tour to see Santiago de Compostela’s magnificent, UNESCO-listed cathedral.

Refurbished in 2017, Balmoral is the largest of Fred. Olsen's smaller, friendly ocean-going cruise ships – with capacity for up to 1,350 guests – yet is still 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.

Real ships
We don’t have boastful megaships. We take immense pride in our fleet of smaller-scaled vessels that retain the style, ambience and understated quality of a country house hotel.  We ensure they remain contemporary too: from winter 2016 to spring 2018 the whole fleet underwent dry dock refits to further enhance the facilities for guests. With the fifth generation Fred. Olsen as Chairman and 170 years of seafaring heritage behind us, we believe we’ve found the perfect formula for you to get the best out of your holiday with us.

Smaller but spacious
A smaller ship doesn’t mean less space; far from it. Each room is comfortably sized, with all that you’ll need to enjoy your holiday. In fact, our rooms are comparable to those on some of the mammoth cruise ships. While our vessels are on a more accessible scale, you can have just as much private space.  With fewer people on board it’s easy to find a quiet spot to relax in peace with a drink or a good book. There’s room to stretch out by the pool and you can get ashore more quickly too. And when you’re ashore, you’re seeing the best of each port of call with hundreds – not thousands – of others, giving you a much more authentic experience.

Service with a smile
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 guest feedback our staff are always the most highly-rated aspect of the whole experience.