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Mediterranean Grand Voyage from Newcastle

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Beautiful views of colourful houses on the Amalfi coast, Italy Beautiful views of colourful houses on the Amalfi coast, Italy

15 Sep 2025

Newcastle

59 nights

Balmoral

Your cruise at a glance

Hand-crafted highlights

Iconic sights await as you cruise through the Mediterranean on this iconic sailing from Newcastle and returning to Southampton. When in Spain, soak up Antonio Gaudí’s distinctive architecture with La Sagrada Familia and Park Güell in Barcelona, or Seville’s historical Alcazar and Plaza de España. While in Turkey, you can discover Istanbul’s rich heritage at the Hagia Sophia Mosque and Topkapi Palace. The Dalmatian Coast offers scenic landscapes in every direction, from lakes, bays and rivieras to waterfalls to mountains, all nestled amongst charming old towns and cities just waiting to be explored. Meanwhile, the colourful Cinque Terre and Amalfi coastline are the perfect contrast to the iconic white and blue scenes of Santorini; both offering beautiful views, opportunities to explore, or a moment sit back and take it all in. Enjoy a culinary journey as you travel, trying authentic Mediterranean cuisine from each region; from to paella and tapas, pasta and gelato, then olives and moussaka, embracing the Mediterranean way of life. Immerse yourself in local culture with traditional music and dance, and delve into the historic stories of ancient cities and islands.

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Highlights

Vernazza - One of five cities in cinque terre, Italy

Coastal villages, islands and mountains

Throughout this Spanish and Mediterranean cruise, you will see numerous breathtaking coves, islands, and picturesque towns perched atop coastal cliffs. Discover Cinque Terre from La Spezia, with its charming piazzas, narrow cobblestone streets, and views of pastel-coloured homes that seem to cling to the terraced slopes. Balmoral will also cruise along the picturesque Amalfi Coast, which is known for its striking cliffs and lively communities embracing the jagged cliffs above the azure blue seas. Admire the untamed splendour of Croatia's Mount Biokovo while sailing past its breathtaking limestone rockfaces. Tucked away next to the shimmering Adriatic Sea, Split is a seaside gem with winding streets, charming squares, and lively marketplaces. The fjord-like waters of the Bay of Kotor with its rugged coastlines, untamed landscape, and towering mountains entice visitors with its breathtaking views and wild landscapes, while the iconic Greek Islands of Santorini and the Zakynthos coastline are begging for exploration.

Greek olives in  bowl

The way of life in the Mediterranean

The Mediterranean region is home to many different cultures. Discover 'La Dolce Vita' (or 'the sweet life') in Italy, which is a way of life and a cultural ethos that emphasises leisure, happiness, and present-moment living in the region. In light of this, on your Balmoral cruise, don't miss the chance to savour freshly made Limoncello in Sorrento and pizza in Naples. Your journey to the charming hilltop village of Ravello, known for its magical houses and beautiful  gardens, begins in Salerno. Learn how Croatia's unique blend of Mediterranean and Eastern European flavours contributes significantly to the country's cultural character. Spend some time tasting the freshly made olive oil from the area, perusing the vibrant fish market and konobas, and appreciating the city's rich cultural history via folk music and dance. Enjoy traditional Greek dishes like moussaka and souvlaki at a neighbourhood taverna when visiting the Greek Islands. You can also try Kalamata olives and Assyrtiko, a crisp white wine with a distinctive flavour all of its own. Throughout this magnificent sailing, you'll also get the chance to sample the foods and cultures of Turkey and Iberia.

Parthenon on the Acropolis in Athens, Greece

Delve into inspirational art and uncover Roman history

Discover why artists are drawn to Ibiza by its diverse terrain, pristine beaches and rich cultural legacy during this Balmoral cruise. Ibiza's diverse population and captivating sunsets all serve as creative inspiration that encapsulate the island's unique blend of nature and culture. Explore Valencia's City of Arts and Sciences, a futuristic complex designed by Santiago Calatrava that combines a scientific and cultural institution with contemporary architecture. There will also be many chances to discover more about Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso's lives. The mythology of Ancient Greece is an intricate web of stories and fables that addressed themes of bravery, love, betrayal, and the struggle between the gods and humans. The Parthenon, Acropolis, and Temple of Olympian Zeus, and Ancient Agora are just a few of the archaeological monuments that can be visited from Piraeus. Agios Nikolaos is your gateway to exploring 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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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 15:00 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 15:00 19/04/2024, based on the lowest available Cruise Only fare, and on sole occupancy. Please call +441473746175 for live availability & prices.

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Balcony Junior Suite (BJ)

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

Freedom Fare From £15,699 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 £17,199 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 £20,699 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 £23,199 pp
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Owner's Suite (OW)

Exclusive Suite - please call for more details

Freedom Fare From £29,199 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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