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Exploring the Islands of the Mediterranean

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Valletta skyline, Malta Valletta skyline, Malta

14 Sep 2024

Newcastle

19 nights

Balmoral

Your cruise at a glance

Hand-crafted highlights

This island-hopping cruise has been designed to take you on a journey through the Mediterranean's scenic bays, harbours, and islands. So many highlights await, including the pristine beaches and azure waters of Ibiza, Valletta's historic Grand Harbour and the French island of Corsica, with its rugged coastline and picturesque villages. You can enjoy a taste of the Mediterranean way of life, which is celebrated for its vibrant culture, exquisite cuisine, and relaxed pace. Indulge in Maltese dishes, taste Corsican wine and embrace Ibiza's bohemian spirit. The region is steeped in history, too, giving you opportunities to trace the footsteps of ancient civilisations, such as the Romans, Carthaginians and Knights Templar.

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Highlights

A view of Bonifacio port and old town, Corsica island, France

Scenic Bays, Harbours & Islands

Your cruise aboard Balmoral has been meticulously planned to showcase the beautiful bays, harbours and islands of the Mediterranean. The azure blue seas and pristine beaches of Ibiza beckon, while Mahon's harbour is renowned for its natural splendour, and Valletta's Grand Harbour stands as testament to the islands significant maritime heritage. In Bonifacio, join us on a journey on Nono's Petit Train to explore the old town and discover its narrow, winding streets, where spectacular views over the island can be experienced at the old market. You will also have the opportunity to explore the blend of ancient ruins and a modern port in Cartagena, as well as the iconic Rock of Gibraltar.

Glass of red wine, Vineyards

The Mediterranean way of life

Life in the Mediterranean embodies a wonderful mix of tradition, culture and natural landscapes. Maltese cuisine blends flavours from the Mediterranean with influences from Italy, Sicily and Britain with dishes such as pastizzi (ricotta filled flaky pastry) and ftira (a traditional bread) while Corsica's wine culture thrives amid breathtaking vistas of vineyards clinging to steep slopes, producing quality wines such as Nielluccio, Sciacarello and Vermentino, reflecting its maritime influences. Discover Ibiza's laidback bohemian vibe while admiring brilliantly coloured sunsets, and experience Gozo's slower pace of life, centered around family, community and Malta's rich agricultural heritage, cultivating a strong connection to the land and respect for traditional farming traditions.

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Cruise Itinerary

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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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Sample Shore Tours

At each port of call on your cruise, we carefully research and hand pick Shore Tour options for you, designed for you see as many of the world's best destinations as possible.

Below, you will find some sample Shore Tours which will give you an example of what to expect on your cruise. Your Shore Tours will be available to book approximately 8-13 weeks prior to departure via your My Cruises account.

Bonifacio

Bonifacio

Begin with a scenic drive to Bonifacio where you will board Nono’s Petit Train to journey into the oldest part of the town. Here, continue on foot through the city’s cobblestoned streets passing historical sites en route. Proceed to the old market viewpoint to admire spectacular views before passing through the Pore de Gênes and concluding at Saint Roch Chapel.

££££

Propriano

Island Highlights

Island Highlights

Enjoy a tour of Menorca, visiting Fornells, a former fishing village with narrow winding streets and whitewashed houses, Monte Toro, the highest peak in Menorca and the Megalithic village of Torralba d’en Salord.

££££

Mahon

Santiago Church and pavement cafe in Cathedral Square, Cadiz, Cadiz

Cádiz Like a Local

Stroll through the hidden corners of Cádiz with a local guide to see the Old Market, before trying some tapas. Continue to the heart of the Barrio of La Viña, to try chicharrones. Finally, arrive at La Caleta, with its vivid turquoise water dotted with fishing boats.

££££

Cádiz

 Flamenco Experience

Flamenco Experience

Learn about the history of flamenco and visit an authentic tablao-tavern to learn how to master this passionate dance from a local expert. 

££££

Cádiz

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.

Historian

Laura Fitzachary

Laura is a historian and will be joining us on board to deliver some insightful talks on the Medieval history of the Mediterranean.

Martin Lunn
Astronomy

Martin Lunn MBE

Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and lecturer in Astronomy, Martin Lunn MBE will be on hand out on deck to host stargazing sessions on clear sky evenings.

Spanish Way of Life

Mike Eyley

Mike was raised bilingual in Spain and has built a diverse career, excelling in the leisure industry, education, and acquiring extensive knowledge in Spanish history, culture, food, and wine. He will be joining us on board to deliver a series of engaging talks about the Spanish way of life.

Ocean Wildlife Encounters
Ocean Wildlife

OWE (Ocean Wildlife Encounters)

Ocean Wildlife Encounters (OWE) are a group of highly experienced wildlife speakers. Join them for an insightful talk or out on deck to search the seas for wildlife.

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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 07:00 13/04/2024, 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 07:00 13/04/2024, 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 £7,499 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 £7,999 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 £9,499 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 £10,499 pp
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Owner's Suite (OW)

Exclusive Suite - please call for more details

Freedom Fare From £11,799 pp
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Cruise Offers

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

What's Included

SO MUCH ALREADY INCLUDED

As well as our Signature Experiences, there is 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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