Islands of Cape Verde, Madeira & the Canaries

19th Jan 2022 19 nights Sails from Southampton Balmoral L2202
FROM ONLY £2,099 per person
Braemar cruising into Mindelo in the distance Braemar cruising into Mindelo in the distance
FROM ONLY £2,099 per person

With chances to immerse yourself in colourful history, authentic culture and spectacular beauty; feel the bliss of soothing winter warmth on your skin; and experience the magic of Atlantic Ocean cruising on a smaller ship, you’re in for a island-hopping adventure filled with engrossing experiences throughout.

Bursting with a cultural infusion of African and Portuguese influences and heritage, the two gorgeous Cape Verde islands on your itinerary are sure to captivate and inspire. For an authentic taste of Cape Verdean life, you can get amongst the bustle of African markets; catch performances of traditional Funana music; join locals for a glass of the national drink; and visit historic churches, monuments and landmarks in Mindelo and Praia. On Santiago Island, UNESCO-listed Cidade Velha, the first city built by Europeans in West Africa, can be explored on tour from Praia too; while São Vicente Island scenes of vast volcanic valleys and sky-scraping peaks – including mighty Monte Verde – showcase some of Cape Verde’s most breathtaking landscapes.

As you sail the vast, azure waters of the Atlantic, off the arid west coast of Africa, a trio of the Canaries’ unashamedly beautiful, sun-splashed islands will also await your discovery and exploration. Perhaps uncover the mysteries of the Pyramids of Güímar or see Mount Teide in all its soaring glory on a scenic cable car ride in Tenerife; head to the oasis-like sands of Maspalomas in Gran Canaria; and be at one with nature amongst La Palma’s wonderland of untouched forests and biosphere reserves. At each, you’ll find gorgeous beaches that are havens for relaxation. And, during a visit to the Portuguese ‘garden island’ of Madeira, you’ve opportunities to indulge in the splendour of fragrant botanical gardens, lush landscapes and the flavour of sweet local wines.

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’.