Iconic Italy with the Venice Carnival

15th Feb 2022 26 nights Sails from Southampton Balmoral L2204
Venice canals and iconic gondelas Venice canals and iconic gondelas

Experience a journey of contrasts combining the tranquillity of ancient towns, the classic opulence of iconic cities, and the vibrancy and extravagance of the Venice Carnival. [ReadMoreMob]

Rome, within reach of the port of Civitavecchia, is one of the world’s most famous cities and home to treasures galore, including the magnificent Colosseum and Vatican City, while your extended stay in Venice is certain to be an undoubted highlight of your holiday. You’ve ample time to explore Venice’s network of canals, delight at the legendary landmarks and immerse yourself in all the sights and sounds of the city’s unique carnival. The flamboyant costumes and intricate jewelled masks cannot fail to amaze as the streets come alive with music and dance. Elsewhere in Italy, Livorno is your gateway to Tuscany’s iconic highlights; you could head to Pisa to see its iconic leaning tower, or to Florence to lose yourself in the most romantic of Renaissance cities.

In Croatia, you’ll not only get to revel in views of the country’s spectacular Adriatic coastline, but also step ashore and be greeted by its fascinating history and culture in spellbinding cities. Visit the UNESCO-listed World Heritage sites of Dubrovnik and Split’s enchanting old towns, and stroll through tales of centuries past amongst their ancient walls, terracotta-topped buildings, churches and monasteries, and breathtaking seascapes. There’s a call at Zadar, the perfect base from which to journey to the beautiful Krka National Park, with its waterfalls and walking trails. And, as if all that wasn’t enough, you’ll have chances to explore Valletta and see its UNESCO-listed Grand Harbour; delve into the maritime heritage of Lisbon; and step back to Roman times in Cartagena.

Your Itinerary

  • Tranquillity of ancient towns & opulence of iconic cities
  • Enjoy time in Venice, to catch carnival’s sights & sounds
  • In Croatia, view the spectacular Adriatic coastline
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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.

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 


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'.


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.


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.