Islands of the Canaries

17th Jan 2020 14 nights Sails from Southampton Black Watch W2002
FROM ONLY £1,249 per person
Botanical Gardens in Funchal Botanical Gardens in Funchal
FROM ONLY £1,249 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.

Enjoy an altogether more rewarding and restful start to the New Year on a wonderful winter cruise to sun-drenched islands and fascinating cities. Stunning landscapes, gardens and beaches are yours to discover, all while enjoying seasonal warmth, in Madeira and the Canaries; then Cádiz and Lisbon will reveal a wealth of historical and cultural attractions.[ReadMoreMob]

A relaxing long weekend at sea will leave you feeling refreshed and ready to explore Madeira. After arriving in the capital, Funchal, you’ll be afforded time to seek out the attractions of Portugal’s ‘Garden Island’; highlights include the magnificent Cabo Girão, a towering sea cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, and the enchanting Monte Palace Tropical Garden. Four days in the Canaries follow, visiting four uniquely impressive Spanish islands. The ‘Pretty Island’ of La Palma will beg for your exploration during a call into Santa Cruz de La Palma; an astonishing UNESCO-listed wonderland of varied landscapes awaits. Choose to tour to the San Antonio Volcanic Park perhaps, to see wonders such at the Teneguia Volcano up-close; or uncover the secrets of ‘enchanted’ laurel forests. Then there’s Tenerife, offering plenty of unforgettable sights and experiences. Majestic Mount Teide, towering over Tenerife’s volcanic landscape, is a remarkable sight and the views on offer from Spain’s highest peak are not-to-be-missed. Elsewhere, the pyramids and poison gardens of Güímar are well worth a visit. [ReadMoreDesk]

Gran Canaria is the perfect place to indulge in a day of relaxation. This glorious island is renowned for its year-round warmth and particularly impressive beaches; from Las Palmas you could head to Maspalomas where rolling golden sand dunes will tempt you into hours of sunbathing. Alternatively, you may opt to continue your island exploration with a venture into the picturesque Agaete Valley or the dense Los Tilos forests. The final island on your itinerary is Lanzarote. A call at Arrecife will offer you the chance to head to the breathtaking Timanfaya National Park and the soaring peaks and open lava fields of the Fire Mountains for unmissable photo opportunities; or go in search of César Manrique’s iconic creations, such as Jameos Del Agua Cave. Before returning home, Black Watch diverts to two fantastic mainland cities. You’ll stop at the ancient city of Cádiz, situated on Spain’s sunlit Andalusian Atlantic coast, for sultry flamenco and delicious traditional tapas. Jerez, known for its sherry and equestrian art, can be visited on tour from Cádiz too. In Portugal, Lisbon beckons. Admire the architectural treasures of the Portuguese capital, such as Belém Tower and the Jerónimos Monastery, and be sure to visit the famous Pasteis de Belém to sample traditional egg custard tarts.

Black Watch is the ultimate home-from-home at sea: spacious with a friendly, familiar feel and providing a traditional cruise experience. This classically-designed, 804-guest ship features stylish décor, fittings and furniture throughout, and comfortable, spacious bars and lounges including the beautiful Black Watch Room. 

What's more, soft furnishings, smart TVs and mini-bars enhance the accommodation on board. And while Black Watch features all of the modern amenities and facilities you would expect, she still retains her sleek, intimate style and has a warm, welcoming ambience - just like the rest of the Fred. Olsen fleet.

Bringing the world closer
Braemar in Bordeux, France

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
Guest swimming in pool, Marquee deck, Boudicca

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’.