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Landscapes of the Canaries & Morocco

24th Nov 2018 14 nights Sails from Southampton Balmoral L1836
FROM ONLY £1,399 per person *
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Feel a world away from the colder, wetter weather of autumn at home as you hop between gorgeous destinations in the Macaronesia archipelago, where wonderfully diverse landscapes, incredible natural wonders and of course, sun-kissed beaches await you.

On the Portuguese ‘garden island’ of Madeira – the first of four islands on your itinerary – you can immerse yourself in floral sights and scents of the Monte Palace Tropical Garden; explore the lush landscapes via the unique levada trails; or take in astonishing ocean vistas from the Cabo Girão cliff. Funchal is your gateway to it all. In the Canaries, Gran Canaria’s year-round warmth can be enjoyed at the oasis-like sands of Maspalomas – the ideal place to simply relax and unwind – on a tour from Las Palmas; or wandering the pretty streets of Teror and Arucas, before Balmoral sails on to Tenerife. A full-day call into Santa Cruz will afford time to uncover many of Tenerife’s very best attractions, such as the mysterious Pyramids of Güímar, countless golden beaches and mighty Mount Teide. Riding a cable car up Teide – the world’s third largest volcano – is an unmissable experience. There’s also a chance to sample an authentic taste of Canarian life in Fuerteventura’s largest town, Gran Tarajal, boasting palm-lined beaches, a busy fishing marina and a delightful promenade perfect for a relaxing stroll in the sunshine. [ReadMore]

After experiencing the unspoilt beauty and enchanting charm of the Canaries and Madeira to the full, a visit to Agadir will add an exciting Moroccan twist your cruise. Morocco’s main beach resort benefits from around 300 days of warm, invigorating sunshine annually, so you might want to take your time here to relax and soak up the rays. Alternatively you could opt to sample the engrossing local culture in the city, taking in the bustling souks and even a fantastic cookery class; or tour to the ancient city of Taroudant. For a simply unforgettable experience, escape to the Atlas foothills and marvel at the arid mountains and ochre-red rocks softened by lush palm and banana groves. On this fantastic fortnight away from it all Balmoral will also sail to the shores of Spain and Portugal and visit two of Europe’s prettiest and most interesting cities. A call into La Coruña will kick off your autumn break in style, with opportunities to discover an array of museums, galleries and architectural wonders; or tour to the spectacular Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, while a day in Lisbon – the picturesque Portuguese capital – rounds off your holiday perfectly. 

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’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.