New Year Escape to the Canaries

4th Jan 2024 14 nights Sails from Southampton Balmoral L2401
FREEDOM FARE FROM £1,799 per person
Beautiful beach Las Teresitas, Tenerife Beautiful beach Las Teresitas, Tenerife
FREEDOM FARE FROM £1,799 per person
£200pp Free On Board Spend or £400pp when booking a Suite

*Applicable to new bookings made from 16/03/2023 on 2022/23 cruises sailing from the UK, of 13 to 15 nights in duration, see terms & conditions.

After the busy festive period, escape to the sun-kissed Canaries on a rejuvenating cruise just as the winter cold, rain and gloom sets in at home. You’re in for a restful, relaxing holiday, hopping between beautiful islands, exploring their volcanic lands, sampling their culture and relaxing on their glorious beaches. On Tenerife, you could head to the coast for a few hours of sunbathing, or even opt to see the island’s volcanic interior and ascend Mount Teide by cable car. Perhaps uncover the secrets of the mysterious pyramids and poison gardens of Güímar. You’ll find Gran Canaria is a haven for relaxation; the island is renowned for its year-round warmth and its long stretches of golden sands, such as those found at Maspalomas. You could spend some time on a laidback amble through the picturesque Agaete Valley here too.[ReadMore]

With its imposing volcanoes and verdant forests, La Palma’s landscapes make for rewarding exploration, as does the otherworldly scenery of Lanzarote. Perhaps take to the peaks and lava fields of Lanzarote’s Fire Mountains; amongst this lunar-like wonderland you'll get to feel the heat of an active volcano, and leave your footprints in the dramatic black sands. Other highlights include chances to indulge yourself at the Olsen family-owned Jardin Tecina Hotel on La Gomera, where the forests and volcanic gems of an UNESCO-listed Biosphere Reserve await you too. Not far from the Canaries, there’s also a visit to the floral Portuguese island of Madeira. From Funchal you could ride the cable car to discover the floral scenes of fragrant botanical gardens and watch as people ride toboggans down the capital’s hills, or take in lush-green scenery uncovered via the unique levada trails.

In recent years, we have seen a new era emerging in cruising.

There is a trend for everything to get bigger and busier, and for a cruise to be seen as an alternative to a large luxury resort, with a limitless flurry of activity. But this is not for us. Find out more 


We are free to do things a different way because we are family-run. Of course some people enjoy the bigger, busier cruises, but it is not for everyone, and it is not for us. We prefer to do things, 'The Olsen Way'.


We have fewer guests, so the atmosphere on board our ships is always warm and civilised. Our smaller ships allow us to visit the more interesting places that the world has to offer.


We pride ourselves on putting our all into the Fred. Olsen cruise experience. Our itineraries are created from scratch every year, our service is genuinely personal and each and every area of our ships is designed by hand.

Balmoral, carrying up to 1,350 guests is 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.