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Beautiful views of the colourful houses on Amalfi coast, Italy

17 Sep 2025

Southampton

57 nights

Balmoral

Your cruise at a glance

Hand-crafted highlights

Intricate architecture will unfold as you cruise through the Mediterranean, from the Alcazar and Plaza de España in Seville to Barcelona’s impressive Sagrada Familia and the colourful mosaics of Park Güell. Meanwhile, Istanbul’s grandeur is revealed through the Hagia Sophia Mosque and Topkapi Palace. The Dalmatian Coast, with its mountains, bays and islands, presents chances to see the scenic sights of Lake Bled, the Bay of Kotor, the Krka Waterfalls and the picturesque Makarska Riviera. Greece enchants with iconic views of Santorini’s blue-domed, whitewashed buildings and Zakynthos’s stunning coastline, featuring beautiful white cliffs, turquoise waters and countryside adorned with olive trees. Meanwhile, the charming, pastel-hued towns of Cinque Terre and the Amalfi Coast, seemingly teetering on the cliff edge, are a delight to explore. Immerse yourself in the Mediterranean way of life, from Ibiza’s Bohemian spirit to la dolce vita in Italy and the vibrant Spanish culture known as La Vida Española. Indulge in rich culinary traditions, savouring Spanish tapas and paella, Turkish meze, fresh pasta, pesto, pizza, and lemons in Italy, and Greek delights like moussaka and souvlaki. You can also experience local music and dance, uncover beautiful gardens in Amalfi, and witness the mesmerising Ibizan sunset. Throughout your journey, uncover the rich tapestry of ancient Roman and Greek history, enriching your exploration of the Mediterranean further.

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Highlights

Vernazza - One of five cities in cinque terre, Italy

Islands, Bays, Mountains and Coastal villages

Your cruise aboard Balmoral will take you to a multitude of remarkable bays, islands and villages perched on coastal cliffs in the Mediterranean. From La Spezia, explore Cinque Terre with its tiny cobblestone alleys, quaint piazzas and views of pastel-colored buildings that cling to the terraced slopes. Balmoral will also sail along the scenic Amalfi Coast, characterised by its dramatic cliffs and vibrant villages clinging to the rugged cliffs above the ultramarine waters. You can take in the wild beauty of Mount Biokovo in Croatia as you cruise past the spectacular limestone cliffs covered in luxurious flora. The seaside jewel of Split is tucked away alongside the glistening Adriatic Sea and features winding alleyways, picturesque squares, and vibrant marketplaces. Sail along the Bay of Kotor's fjord-like waters, surrounded by rocky shorelines, small villages and towering peaks, before exploring the spectacular vistas, untamed scenery and towering mountains of iconic Greek Islands.

Greek olives in  bowl

The Mediterranean way of life

Life in the Mediterranean is based on a variety of cultures. In Italy, experience 'La Dolce Vita' - translating as 'the sweet life', embodies a lifestyle and cultural ethos that places a strong focus on leisure, enjoyment, and living in the now. With this in mind, take the opportunity to enjoy pizza in Naples and freshly made Limoncello in Sorrento on your Balmoral cruise. Salerno serves as your gateway to the quaint hilltop village of Ravello, which is renowned for its enchanted villas and exquisite gardens. In Croatia, discover how the combination of flavours from the Mediterranean and Eastern Europe is an essential part of the nation's cultural identity. Take time to sample locally produced olive oil, explore the colourful fish market and konobas and appreciate the city's rich cultural past through traditional folk dance and music. In Greece, savour authentic Greek cuisine in a local taverna, including moussaka and souvlaki, and sample Kalamata olives; or enjoy Assyrtiko, a crisp white wine with a distinct and refreshing flavour. You'll also have opportunities to experience Turkish and Iberian cultures and cuisines when on this epic cruise.

Parthenon on the Acropolis in Athens, Greece

Discover inspirational artists and uncover Ancient history

On this Balmoral cruise, you'll be able to learn why Ibiza's varied landscape, immaculate beaches, exciting nightlife, and rich cultural heritage attract artists. The cosmopolitan community, bohemian history, spiritual atmosphere, and mesmerising sunsets of Ibiza all serve as inspirational creations that capture the island's distinct fusion of nature and culture. Discover the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, a futuristic complex created by Santiago Calatrava that blends futuristic architecture with a scientific and cultural institution. There will also be many opportunities to learn more about the lives of Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali. Ancient Greece and its mythology, are a complex tapestry of tales and legends that explored themes of love, treachery, bravery, and the conflict between gods and mortals. The Acropolis, Parthenon, Temple of Olympian Zeus, and Ancient Agora are just a few of the archaeological monuments that can be visited from Piraeus. Agios Nikolaos is the starting point for accessing the Palace of Knossos, an ancient Minona palace close to Heraklion.

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Life On Board

Introducing Balmoral

Beautiful Balmoral is small enough to navigate some of Europe’s most picturesque waterways so guests can enjoy hours of scenic cruising. Balmoral retains a warm, civilised atmosphere and features comfortable accommodation, stylish restaurants and plenty of open deck space.

Balmoral
Fred. Olsen ship Balmoral sailing at dawn

Balmoral

Beautiful Balmoral is small enough to navigate Europe’s most picturesque waterways so guests can enjoy hours of scenic cruising. Balmoral offers a warm, civilised atmosphere and features comfortable accommodation, stylish restaurants and plenty of open-deck space.

710 cabins
1,325 guests
551 crew
43,537 GT
16kts max speed
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Your Guest Speakers

We’ve arranged for some wonderful guest speakers to join us for this cruise. They will be delivering a programme of insightful talks and activities to deepen your cultural, artistic and historical understanding of the destinations we will be exploring, well as helping you to enjoy the natural beauty of the places we visit.

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Astronomy

Go Stargazing

Acting as tour guides of the heavens, the Go Stargazing astronomers will share their knowledge with group sessions learning interesting and amazing facts about our Universe. The friendly and approachable team will be on hand to answer any questions you may have, and to help you spot planets and stars.

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Treats & Pastimes

In addition to our Signature Experiences, we have a selection of lovely Treats & Pastimes for you to enjoy when on board. Just check your Daily Times each day for full details.

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Cabins, Prices & Offers

Cabin Options On Your Cruise

* Prices correct as of 03:00 19/04/2024, based on the lowest available Cruise Only fare, and on two people sharing a twin cabin. Please call +441473746175 for live availability & prices.

* Prices correct as of 03:00 19/04/2024, based on the lowest available Cruise Only fare, and on sole occupancy. Please call +441473746175 for live availability & prices.

Cabin Grades

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Balcony Junior Suite (BJ)

Balmoral's Balcony Junior Suites have a large cabin area and private balcony

Freedom Fare From £15,499 pp
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Superior Suite (SS)

Located on decks 9 & 10, Superior Suites have a balcony and large cabin area

Freedom Fare From £16,999 pp
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Marquee Suite (MS)

Situated on deck 10, Marquee Suites have a private balcony and large cabin area

Freedom Fare From £20,499 pp

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Premier Suite (PS)

Located on deck 10, Premier Suites have a private balcony and large cabin area

Freedom Fare From £22,999 pp
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Owner's Suite (OW)

Exclusive Suite - please call for more details

Freedom Fare From £28,999 pp
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Cruise Offers

FREE On Board Spend AND Door-to-Door transfer up to 200 miles   Freedom Fare

What's Included

SO MUCH ALREADY INCLUDED

As well as our Signature Experiences, there are a host of other treats to enjoy on board our ships.

  • À la carte breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Daily buffet dining options
  • Late night Supper Club
  • Afternoon tea
  • Self-service tea & coffee
  • In-cabin dining & snacks
  • Evening shows
  • Live music & dancing
  • Dance classes
  • Lectures & talks
  • Cookery demonstrations
  • Traditional deck games
  • Daily games & quizzes
  • Swimming Pools
  • Jacuzzis
  • Fitness Centre
  • Fitness Classes

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