The Canary Islands with the fleet in Funchal

30th Oct 2023 15 nights Sails from Southampton Balmoral L2324
FREEDOM FARE FROM £2,099 per person
Las Teresitas with yellow sand, umbrellas, lounges and palm trees, Santa Cruz, Tenerife Las Teresitas with yellow sand, umbrellas, loungers and palm trees, Santa Cruz, Tenerife
FREEDOM FARE FROM £2,099 per person
£200pp Free On Board Spend or £400pp when booking a Suite

*Applicable to new bookings made from 16/03/2023 on 2022/23 cruises sailing from the UK, of 13 to 15 nights in duration, see terms & conditions.

Visiting four islands in the Canaries presents opportunities to discover some of the greatest sights and experiences that this sun-kissed archipelago has to offer. What’s more, you’ll also get to be part of the ‘Fred. Olsen Fleet in Funchal’ event, joining guests and crew from all four Fred. Olsen ships for an unforgettable day of celebration, on which Balmoral, Borealis, Bolette and Braemar will dock alongside each other in Madeira’s capital. On this very special occasion, you’ll get to enjoy fantastic live entertainment and events; get to take part in exciting activities; tuck-in to delicious, specially prepared menus; visit the other ships in the fleet, to explore and meet up with guests and crew you may know from previous cruises; and much more. Away from all the festivities, there are chances to discover Madeira’s many highlights, from its botanical gardens and picturesque walking trails to natural wonders such as Cabo Girao sea cliff, too.[ReadMore]

During your time in the Canaries, every moment spent exploring ashore will be memorable; plenty of highlights await as you visit four islands on consecutive days. Up first is Gran Canaria, where spectacular beaches such as the oasis-like sands of Maspalomas may tempt you into a few hours of relaxation, before its on to Tenerife, for a chance to explore Mount Teide – the Canaries’ most famous volcanic site. You’ve opportunities to explore verdant forests and seek out volcanic wonders aplenty La Palma and La Gomera, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, too. Uncovering the Olsen family’s links to these islands also makes for an insightful experience, be it at La Gomera’s Hotel Jardin Tecina or the mystical Pyramids of Güímar on Tenerife. Before and after your island-based adventures, discover the delights of mainland Spanish and Portuguese cities too; a visit to Cádiz is a chance to seek-out this Andalusian gem’s ancient highlights, while there’s centuries of rich maritime history to uncover in Lisbon.

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 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.