Iconic Italy with the Venice Carnival

15th Feb 2022 28 nights Sails from Southampton Balmoral L2204SN
Venice gondalas with stunning sunset Venice gondalas with stunning sunset

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.

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.[ReadMoreMob] 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.

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.

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’.