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Islands of the Mediterranean

2nd Apr 2019 17 nights Sails from Southampton Balmoral L1904
FROM ONLY £2,099 per person *
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FROM ONLY £2,099 per person *

Experience an unforgettable springtime exploration of the sun-kissed Mediterranean and discover the delights of a string of gorgeous Spanish, Italian and French islands. In just over two weeks you will take in some of the most charming towns and cities, inviting beaches and spectacular scenery this stunning region has to offer, and all while enjoying the warm, friendly atmosphere on board Balmoral.  

Five fabulous islands feature on this incredible itinerary in total, including three of Spain’s beautiful Balearic Islands. A day in Ibiza will afford you plenty of time to discover that is there is much more to this popular ‘Party Island’ than the renowned nightlife enjoyed by so many here. The UNESCO-listed Old Town of Dalt Vila, the famous salt flats of Las Salinas and much more are sure to catch your attention.[ReadMore] Many Menorcan highlights await your discovery too, during a call into Mahon. Perhaps you will opt to go in search of Menorca’s glorious beaches and Monte Toro, the island’s highest peak; visit the gin distillery; or even explore unspoilt countryside on horseback. On the pretty island of Mallorca, Palma is a joy to explore with its labyrinth of historic streets and captivating architecture. You could choose to stay here and marvel at the city’s sights, such as the Gaudi-crafted Gothic-style cathedral; or embark on a scenic train journey to nearby Soller.

The French island of Corsica never fails to impress, with its breathtaking coastlines and lush countryside smothered with dense forests, towering mountains and winding rivers. Here Balmoral will dock at Ajaccio, your gateway to the dramatic gorges of Prunelli, where magnificent granite cliffs plunge into the Prunelli River. Your ship will also sail to the Italian island of Sardinia, where the soft white sand beaches and historic attractions of Olbia, the unusual landscapes of Moon Valley and the glamourous Costa Smeralda resort await. This special 17-night sailing presents chances to explore some of the Spanish and Portuguese mainland’s finest cities too. In Spain, Málaga, Cartagena and Cádiz offer up tours to grand palaces, an ancient Roman amphitheatre and fantastic tapas bars; while in Portugal, Lisbon – the picturesque capital – boasts plenty of attractions, from architectural treasures to the Iberian peninsula’s largest shopping mall. 

Refurbished in 2017, Balmoral is the largest of Fred. Olsen's smaller, friendly ocean-going cruise ships – with capacity for up to 1,350 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.

Real ships
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.