Patagonia, Falklands & the Caribbean

29th Jan 2020 47 nights Sails from Buenos Aires Balmoral L2001BC
FROM ONLY £6,299 per person
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FROM ONLY £6,299 per person

A host of highlights are packed into this epic expedition aboard Boudicca. You’ll cruise through incredible waterways and visit a string of stunning cities in Central and South America; then top it all off with some soothing sunshine in the Caribbean.

After meeting your ship in Buenos Aires – the cosmopolitan Argentine capital and home of the sultry tango – and visiting glamourous Punta del Este in Uruguay, two rare calls in the Falkland Islands follow, for chances to unearth the fascinating history, scenic beauty and endemic wildlife of this famously disputed archipelago. [ReadMoreMob]The Chilean leg of your voyage will then include visits to the charming city of Punta Arenas, where highlights include the Austral Brewery, Braun-Menéndez Museum and La Cruz Hill Viewpoint; Puerto Chacabuco, starting point for seeking out the native fauna and spectacular mountain scenes of Lower Patagonia and the Andes; vivacious Valparaiso; and Arica, for inviting sun-kissed beaches. On top of all that, sailing between the magnificent glaciers and snow-capped peaks of the astonishing Chilean fjords will be an experience you’ll never forget. Then, during three days in Peru, you could embark on an epic overland tour from Paracas to Machu Picchu – one of the New Seven Wonders of the World – and explore the ancient ruins of the awe-inspiring ‘lost city’, before returning to your ship in Callao. [ReadMoreDesk]

Continuing onwards to Central America, you’ll get to witness one of the world’s greatest engineering feats in action as you cruise through the locks and lakes on the remarkable Panama Canal. In Costa Rica, enjoy a day in Puerto Limón to explore the bustling markets, charming historic streets and gorgeous Caribbean coastline of one of Latin America’s oldest cities; before it’s on to the captivating Colombian city of Cartagena de Indias. Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, which overlooks the city, is a fine example of the colonial Spanish structures to uncover here. There’s a memorable few days to in the Caribbean too, to indulge in blissful relaxation or rewarding exploration amongst the postcard-perfect beaches, idyllic island scenes and culture-rich towns and cities of Curacao, Bonaire, Barbados, Antigua and St Kitts, providing an authentic taste of the region. As you finally head for home, you’ll cross the Atlantic – one of the great ocean cruise experiences – and stop at São Miguel in the verdant Azores, and add the Spanish style and culture of La Coruña to the end of your journey too.

Real ships
We don’t have boastful megaships. We take immense pride in our fleet of smaller-scaled vessels that retain the style, ambience and understated quality of a country house hotel.  We ensure they remain contemporary too: from winter 2016 to spring 2018 the whole fleet underwent dry dock refits to further enhance the facilities for guests. With the fifth generation Fred. Olsen as Chairman and 170 years of seafaring heritage behind us, we believe we’ve found the perfect formula for you to get the best out of your holiday with us.

Smaller but spacious
A smaller ship doesn’t mean less space; far from it. Each room is comfortably sized, with all that you’ll need to enjoy your holiday. In fact, our rooms are comparable to those on some of the mammoth cruise ships. While our vessels are on a more accessible scale, you can have just as much private space.  With fewer people on board it’s easy to find a quiet spot to relax in peace with a drink or a good book. There’s room to stretch out by the pool and you can get ashore more quickly too. And when you’re ashore, you’re seeing the best of each port of call with hundreds – not thousands – of others, giving you a much more authentic experience.

Service with a smile
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 guest feedback our staff are always the most highly-rated aspect of the whole experience.

Refurbished in 2017, 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.