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Spain, Portugal & Madeira

6th Jan 2020 11 nights Sails from Southampton Black Watch W2001
FROM ONLY £1,099 per person *
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FROM ONLY £1,099 per person *
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or 3 cruises for the price of 2*

While friends and family back home endure a cold, gloomy start to 2020, you’ll be visiting charming, attraction-packed cities and a beautiful, sun-soaked island. With chances to enjoy rewarding explorations of each destination on your itinerary, while enjoying soothing winter warmth, you’re sure to kick-off the New Year in style.

In Spain, La Coruña makes for a fantastic first stop on your itinerary. Head ashore and explore this Galician gem and you’ll be presented with an array of architecture and famous landmarks; be sure to take in the pretty facades of Maria Pita Square and the ancient Torre de Hercules. La Coruña is also your gateway to the incredible, UNESCO-listed Santiago de Compostela cathedral. Continuing south, Black Watch diverts to the Portuguese port of Leixoes. You’ll be docked just a short distance from Oporto, so the highlights of Portugal’s second city are within your reach. Head to Oporto for pretty, pastel-fronted houses, fine neo-classical and baroque-style architecture, and world-famous port wine cellars found within the city’s historic heart. You could enjoy a relaxing cruise along the River Douro aboard a traditional Rabelo boat during your time in Oporto too. [ReadMore]

Stopping overnight call in Madeira will be an undoubted highlight of your holiday. Your ship will dock at Funchal, the Madeiran capital, from where you could go in search of botanical gardens such as the Monte Palace Tropical Garden, and immerse yourself in the vibrant colours and sweet scents of native flora. The unique levada walking trails, which showcase some of Madeira’s most beautiful landscapes, are yours to explore too; while you also have a chance to visit the remarkable Cabo Girão – the world’s second highest sea – cliff for unspoilt Atlantic Ocean views. Whatever you choose to do, your time on the ‘Garden Island’ is sure to be unforgettable. Back on the Portuguese mainland, Lisbon – the charming capital city – is packed with fascinating museums, adorable historic districts and impressive, centuries-old monuments such as the Belém Tower and Jerónimos Monastery. See the sights on foot, via the tram, or even take a ride on a Tuk Tuk for a unique experience. However you choose to explore, be sure to visit Pasteis de Belém to sample one of the world-famous egg pastries.

Black Watch is the ultimate home-from-home at sea: spacious with a friendly, familiar feel and providing a traditional cruise experience. Refurbished at the end of 2016, the 804-guest Black Watch features stylish new décor, fittings and furniture, plus the new Black Watch Room restaurant.

What's more, new soft furnishing, smart TVs and mini-bars enhance the accommodation on board, while the cinema has been upgraded too. Despite all these new features, Black Watch still retains her sleek, intimate style and has a welcoming ambience - just like the rest of the Fred. Olsen fleet.

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.