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Islands of the Mediterranean

3rd Apr 2018 17 nights Sails from Southampton Balmoral L1806
FROM ONLY £1,999 per person
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FROM ONLY £1,999 per person

Sail to the Mediterranean in the spring and let Balmoral be your guide to discovering sun-kissed Spanish, French and Italian islands where charming towns and cities, stunning beaches and some of the region’s most spectacular unspoilt scenery awaits your discovery.

After a short stop in the pretty port city of El Ferrol, Ibiza – one of Spain’s most popular destinations – is the first of a string of Mediterranean islands on your itinerary. Take time to discover Ibiza’s UNESCO-listed Dalt Vila Old Town, or the famous salt flats of Las Salinas and you’ll find there’s much more to this ‘party island’ than the renowned nightlife. From Ibiza it’s on to Barcelona, a cosmopolitan Catalan city boasting an abundance of world-class attractions. Be sure to take in Las Ramblas and the architectural wonders of Gaudi, including the iconic Sagrada Familia, before your Mediterranean island hopping adventure continues on the French island of Corsica. Breathtaking coastline and countryside smothered with forests, mountains and rivers is yours to explore, with Balmoral calling into Ajaccio. Take a tour to marvel at the spectacular gorges of Prunelli, where huge granite cliffs plunge into the Prunelli River; or alternatively stay in the city to explore the life of Napoléon Bonaparte – an Ajaccio native – at several superb museums. [ReadMore]

Your ship will then sail to two sophisticated Italian islands, calling first into the Sardinian city of Olbia. You’ll find inviting stretches of smooth, soft white sands as well as a few historic highlights such as the beautiful 11th century Basilica of San Simplicio. Opt to head out of Olbia and you could marvel at the Dantesque granite landscapes of the unusual Moon Valley; or even sample the glitz and glamour of the Costa Smeralda resort. In Palermo – the capital of Sicily – you’ll encounter a picture book of attractions, including the Royal Palace, the Cathedral and Teatro Massimo. Further along the coast you’ll find the charming fishing village of Cefalù. Returning to Spanish shores, the delights of Mallorca will await you. Palma’s labyrinth of pretty streets is joy to explore; although you might prefer to take a memorable scenic journey aboard a vintage train to Soller instead. After rounding off your island adventure in style, the historic city of Cádiz and Lisbon – the attraction packed Portuguese capital – beckon before you sail back to Southampton.

Balmoral is the largest of Fred. Olsen's smaller, friendly ocean-going cruise ships – with capacity for up to 1350 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.

Rest assured, all of the following comes as standard on every Fred. Olsen cruise:

  • Comfortable rooms and suites with TV, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities and individually controlled air conditioning
  • Tempting cuisine every day throughout your cruise - with five-course à la carte dinners, casual breakfast and lunch buffets and late-night snacks
  • Unlimited, self-service tea and coffee at selected venues, afternoon tea* with sandwiches and cakes, and in-room sandwiches and snacks
  • All evening entertainment, including cabaret shows, dancing and live music
  • Captain's Drinks Party and Gala Buffet (on cruises of 5 nights or more)
  • On board leisure facilities, including swimming pools, Jacuzzis and gym
  • A wide choice of on board activities and lectures throughout the day
  • All UK port taxes (where collectable in advance)
  • Luggage porterage between your room and the drop-off/pick-up point
  • Flights, as confirmed as part of a fly-cruise holiday

​Cruise descriptions include optional, chargeable experiences that may be enjoyed independently and/or with optional Fred. Olsen Shore Tours. *Premium Traditional Afternoon Tea not included.

Real ships
We’re not interested in gimmicks like zip wires, climbing walls or celebrity chefs. 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.