Experience the Traditions of Spain & Portugal

2nd Jul 2023 17 nights Sails from Rosyth (Edinburgh) Balmoral L2316
FREEDOM FARE FROM £2,599 per person
Belem tower - fortified building fort on an island in the River Tagus, Portugal Belem tower - fortified building fort on an island in the River Tagus, Portugal
FREEDOM FARE FROM £2,599 per person
£250pp FREE On Board Spend or £500pp when booking a Suite

*Applicable to new bookings made from 16/03/2022 on 2022/23 cruises sailing from the UK, of 16 to 19 nights in duration, see terms & conditions.

Visiting cities that are the origins of, or known for their links to, some of their country’s renowned cultural and historical gems, enjoy an in-depth discovery of quintessentially Spanish and Portuguese traditions. There are highlights to look forward to throughout this journey, including time in Lisbon to delve into the history of Portugal’s capital, amongst its centuries-old monuments such as Belem Tower and Jeronimos Monastery. In Lisbon you’ve a chance to not only eat the city’s famous Pasteis de Nata, but also make your own with a local pastry chef. You’re in for a similar experience in Malaga too; perhaps visit a family-run grove to learn about about the history of local olive oil, how it’s made and to sample some at source, and see the city’s famous fortresses, castles and pieces from Picasso, a Malaga native.[ReadMore]

Balmoral docks close to the heart of historic Cádiz, where you’ll find sights such as Torre Tavira and the 18th century cathedral, as well as cafés and restaurants serving traditional tapas, are within easy reach. Here you can engage with Andalusia’s passion for Flamenco dancing, and even learn a few steps from a local Bailaora. Get a feel for the rich history of Valencia and enjoy a plate or two of delicious, expertly-made paella in the city where it originates; and spend a day in Cartagena, a delight to explore with its abundance of historical and architectural delights, found within the city’s ancient walls and fortifications. Sample a taste of authentic Spanish island life on Menorca too; sun-kissed beaches, landscapes ripe for hiking and charming Mahon await you. Meanwhile in Portugal, in addition to your time in Lisbon, there’s also a visit to Leixoes – gateway to Oporto, where you may with to sample local flavours of port wine and sardines.

In recent years, we have seen a new era emerging in cruising.

There is a trend for everything to get bigger and busier, and for a cruise to be seen as an alternative to a large luxury resort, with a limitless flurry of activity. But this is not for us. Find out more 

1. WE ARE PROUD TO SAIL OUR OWN COURSE

We are free to do things a different way because we are family-run. Of course some people enjoy the bigger, busier cruises, but it is not for everyone, and it is not for us. We prefer to do things, 'The Olsen Way'.

2. SMALLER IS BETTER

We have fewer guests, so the atmosphere on board our ships is always warm and civilised. Our smaller ships allow us to visit the more interesting places that the world has to offer.

3. HAND-CRAFTED, NOT MASS PRODUCED

We pride ourselves on putting our all into the Fred. Olsen cruise experience. Our itineraries are created from scratch every year, our service is genuinely personal and each and every area of our ships is designed by hand.

Balmoral, carrying up to 1,350 guests is small enough to navigate narrow waterways such as the Kiel Canal, and bring inspirational sights and experiences closer to you.

Like the rest of the fleet, Balmoral conveys a warm, welcoming atmosphere and features comfortable accommodation and lounges, stylish restaurants and plenty of open-deck space.