South American Exploration

6th Jan 2020 70 nights Sails from Southampton Balmoral L2001
Adult only sailing ORCA sailing
FROM ONLY £6,999 per person
Aerial view of Botafogo Bay from high angle with Christ the redeemer staue overlooking, Rio, south America Aerial view of Botafogo Bay from high angle with Christ the redeemer staue overlooking, Rio, south America
FROM ONLY £6,999 per person
Last minute Saver Fares available

Full payment is required at the time of booking; 100% cancellation charges apply – no refunds are permitted. Booking is not transferrable to any other cruise. No room number is provided at the time of booking (room number will be advised on cruise ticket). Oceans Loyalty Club discounts are not combinable with Saver Fares; Ocean points will be earned, however. Dining sitting will be allocated at FOCL’s discretion and will be advised on the cruise ticket. Saver Fare guests can choose a specific dining sitting at the time of booking, for a supplement of £2.00 per person per night; Table sizes cannot be requested when booking an Saver Fare.

Solo traveller offer available

Fantastic reduced single supplement deals availble on selected grades on this sailing. T&Cs apply.

Up to £350pp FREE On Board Spend

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.[ReadMoreMob]

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 [ReadMoreDesk]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. 

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 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.

Bringing the world closer
Braemar in Bordeux, France

Our size advantage means we can take you to places that some of the larger cruise vessels simply can’t. We dock close to the heart of some of the world’s most beautiful cities and can take you on scenic cruising adventures showcasing inspirational landscapes. Our itineraries are expertly crafted to make the most of this advantage.

Smaller but spacious
Guest swimming in pool, Marquee deck, Boudicca

Aboard our smaller, friendlier ships you'll find there's plenty of room to stretch out by the pool, enjoy a drink and great conversation with like-minded guests, and make the most of your time away. Sailing with hundreds, not thousands, of others allows you to get ashore faster too, and make the most of each destination.

Service with a smile
Waitress with drinks and guest on deck, Boudicca

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 fact, 97% of guests rated Fred. Olsen’s friendly, attentive staff ‘Excellent’ or ‘Good’.