Spain, Portugal & Madeira

6th Jan 2020 11 nights Sails from Southampton Black Watch W2001
FROM ONLY £1,499 per person
Boudicca cruising in Funchal Boudicca cruising in Funchal
FROM ONLY £1,499 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.

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.[ReadMoreMob]

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. [ReadMoreDesk] 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. 

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. This classically-designed, 804-guest ship features stylish décor, fittings and furniture throughout, and comfortable, spacious bars and lounges including the beautiful Black Watch Room. 

What's more, soft furnishings, smart TVs and mini-bars enhance the accommodation on board. And while Black Watch features all of the modern amenities and facilities you would expect, she still retains her sleek, intimate style and has a warm, welcoming ambience - just like the rest of the Fred. Olsen fleet.

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’.