Madeira, Spain & Portugal

2nd Nov 2020 11 nights Sails from Southampton Balmoral L2027
FROM ONLY £1,099 per person
Friends on board, looking out to Funchal, Maderia Friends on board, looking out to Funchal, Maderia
FROM ONLY £1,099 per person

Savour spectacular vistas, sweet scents and delicious flavours all the way on this shorter-than-usual escape to Madeira, Spain and Portugal. As the weather turns back home, you’ll get to revel in Madeira’s warm climate, enchanting gardens and arresting landscapes, and uncover the attractions of charming mainland cities too, all while spending less than two weeks away.[ReadMoreMob]

Four wonderfully rewarding destinations feature on this 11-night sailing in total, so your cruise promises a plethora of memorable sights and experiences. In Spain, La Coruña makes for a fantastic first stop on your itinerary. Head ashore and explore this Galician gem and you’ll be presented with an array of architecture and famous landmarks; be sure to take in the pretty facades of Maria Pita Square and the ancient Torre de Hercules. La Coruña is also your gateway to the incredible, UNESCO-listed Santiago de Compostela cathedral. Continuing south, Balmoral diverts to Leixoes to offer you your first chance to step foot on Portuguese shores. From here, you can take a short trip to Oporto, to uncover pretty pastel-fronted houses, fine examples of neo-classic and baroque architecture, and a number of world-famous port wine cellars in Portugal’s enchanting second city. [ReadMoreDesk]

Stopping overnight in Madeira will be an undoubted highlight of your holiday. Your ship will dock at Funchal, the Madeiran capital, from where you can go in search of botanical gardens to immerse yourself in a feast of vibrant colours and sweet floral scents. The unique levada walking trails, which showcase some of Madeira’s most beautiful landscapes, are yours to explore in the sunshine too; while there’s a chance to visit the remarkable Cabo Girão – the world’s second highest sea cliff – for unspoilt Atlantic Ocean views. Within Funchal itself, you’ll find plenty of places to unwind and taste famous Madeiran wine. Whatever you choose to do, your time on the ‘Garden Island’ is sure to be unforgettable. Finally, it’s back to the Portuguese mainland to visit Lisbon, a charming capital city packed with fascinating museums, adorable historic districts and impressive, centuries-old monuments such as the Belém Tower and Jerónimos Monastery. See the sights on foot, via the tram, or even take a ride on a Tuk Tuk for a unique experience. However you choose to explore, be sure to visit Pasteis de Belém to sample one of the world-famous egg pastries.

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’.

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.