France, Spain & Portugal

28th Aug 2019 11 nights Sails from Newcastle Balmoral L1922
FROM ONLY £999 per person
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FROM ONLY £999 per person
Last minute Saver Fares available

Full payment is required at the time of booking; 100% cancellation charges apply – no refunds are permitted. Booking is not transferrable to any other cruise. No room number is provided at the time of booking (room number will be advised on cruise ticket). Oceans Loyalty Club discounts are not combinable with Saver Fares; Ocean points will be earned, however. Dining sitting will be allocated at FOCL’s discretion and will be advised on the cruise ticket. Saver Fare guests can choose a specific dining sitting at the time of booking, for a supplement of £2.00 per person per night; Table sizes cannot be requested when booking an Saver Fare.

Solo traveller offer available

An immersive Iberian adventure, this 11-night cruise takes in four culture-rich cities in Spain and Portugal for an array of diverse experiences. You’ll have chances to immerse yourself in centuries of fascinating history, marvel at impressive architecture, sample traditional flavours and much more; each destination on your itinerary is packed with highlights.

Two days of your Iberian exploration will be spent in the gorgeous Galicia region of northwest Spain, where La Coruña and Vigo await.[ReadMoreMob] Stylish La Coruña is perfect for indulging in a few hours of enlightening sightseeing; attractions such as Maria Pita Square, the beautiful seafront promenade, the compact Ciudad Vieja old quarter and ancient Tower of Hercules are all well-worth seeking out on foot. The city is also ideally located for tours to Santiago de Compostela, home to one of the world’s most spectacular cathedrals. Vigo, with its historic sites and picturesque backdrop, is a delight to explore in the soothing Spanish sunshine too; a wonderful Old City and picturesque bay – overlooked by a 17th century castle – are among the many highlights of Galicia’s largest city. Don’t miss the views on offer from atop La Guia Hill and the tempting treats on offer at Vigo’s traditional tapas bars.[ReadMoreDesk]

The Portuguese leg of your cruise will then present you with plenty of memorable experiences, with calls at Lisbon and Leixoes offering opportunities to uncover the treasures of Portugal’s vibrant capital and charming second city. Spread out over seven hills on the banks of the River Tagus, Lisbon is a jumble of adorable districts and architectural gems including the Belém Tower and Jerónimos Monastery, which offer a glimpse into the city’s maritime heritage. See the city’s sights on foot, via the tram, or even take a ride on a Tuk Tuk for a unique experience. Then, UNESCO-listed Oporto will be within reach from the port of Leixoes. Taking the short trip to Oporto is highly recommended; you can enjoy a glass or two of delicious port at the city’s world-famous wine cellars; explore the historic Ribeira District; and visit the impressive fortress-like cathedral. After four days in Spain and Portugal, Balmoral will also take you to Lorient – where top landmarks include the remarkable Keroman Submarine Base from World War Two – for a French-flavoured end to your holiday.

Single supplement offers are available on selected grades on this sailing, please call for details.

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.

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.