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South American Exploration

6th Jan 2020 70 nights Sails from Southampton Balmoral L2001
FROM ONLY £6,999 per person
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FROM ONLY £6,999 per person
Three cruises for the price of two (must inc. Oct-Dec'18 cruise)
OR free door-to-door travel

Balmoral will guide you on an extensive, in-depth exploration of South America to bring you the very best of this intoxicating part of the world. Each incredible destination on your itinerary will be simply unforgettable, with countless highlights, such as iconic landmarks, ancient sites, beautiful beaches and astonishing natural wonders, to uncover.

A sense of excitement will build in anticipation of your once-in-a-lifetime adventure as you sail across the Atlantic, taking in floral Madeira and the volcanic island of São Vicente en route. The South American exploration will then begin in Brazil. Stops at Salvador, with its UNESCO-listed historic centre, and beautiful Ilhabela sandwich an overnight stay in Rio de Janeiro, where you can shake your hips to the unmistakable sound of samba beats and marvel at world-famous attractions including Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain. In Uruguay, you’ll visit culture-rich Montevideo and the glamourous resort of Punta del Este. In between these calls, Balmoral will also divert to Buenos Aires. Make the most of an overnight call at Argentina’s vibrant capital to take in a multitude of historic and artistic attractions; perhaps enjoy a performance of traditional Tango dance; or even tour to spectacular Iguazu Falls. [ReadMore]

Two rare calls in the Falkland Islands offer you chances to immerse yourself in fascinating history and unique culture of this famously disputed archipelago, and go in search of endemic species of seals, penguins and other seabirds. The Chilean leg of your cruise takes in charming Punta Arenas; Puerto Chacabuco, gateway to the spellbinding mountains of Lower Patagonia and the Andes; vivacious Valparaiso; and Arica, for stunning sun-kissed beaches. Sailing between the glaciers and snow-capped peaks of the Chilean fjords will be an undoubted highlight of your holiday. 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. The Costa Rican city of Puerto Limón awaits you too, after sailing the magnificent Panama Canal, while visiting the Colombian city of Cartagena de Indias brings an enthralling end to your time in South America.

Before heading back across the Atlantic, Balmoral will also bring you to the gorgeous islands of Curacao, Bonaire, Barbados, Antigua and St Kitts, for an authentic taste of paradise in the Caribbean. The Azorean island of São Miguel and stylish La Coruña are yours to explore as you head for home too.

Balmoral is the largest of Fred. Olsen's smaller, friendly ocean-going cruise ships – with capacity for up to 1350 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.

Rest assured, all of the following comes as standard on every Fred. Olsen cruise:

  • Comfortable rooms and suites with TV, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities and individually controlled air conditioning
  • Tempting cuisine every day throughout your cruise - with five-course à la carte dinners, casual breakfast and lunch buffets and late-night snacks
  • Unlimited, self-service tea and coffee at selected venues, afternoon tea* with sandwiches and cakes, and in-room sandwiches and snacks
  • All evening entertainment, including cabaret shows, dancing and live music
  • Captain's Drinks Party and Gala Buffet (on cruises of 5 nights or more)
  • On board leisure facilities, including swimming pools, Jacuzzis and gym
  • A wide choice of on board activities and lectures throughout the day
  • All UK port taxes (where collectable in advance)
  • Luggage porterage between your room and the drop-off/pick-up point
  • Flights, as confirmed as part of a fly-cruise holiday

​Cruise descriptions include optional, chargeable experiences that may be enjoyed independently and/or with optional Fred. Olsen Shore Tours. *Premium Traditional Afternoon Tea not included.

Real ships
We’re not interested in gimmicks like zip wires, climbing walls or celebrity chefs. 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.