The Caribbean, Colombia & the Panama Canal

18th Feb 2020 27 nights Sails from Callao Balmoral L2001C
FROM ONLY £3,899 per person
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FROM ONLY £3,899 per person

Head straight to Peru and join Balmoral for this exhilarating holiday and you’ll experience scenic and historic wonders galore during a relaxing and highlight-filled sailing back to the UK, visiting captivating South American cities and the gorgeous, paradise islands of the Caribbean along the way.

After embarking your smaller-ship in Callao, this rewarding cruise adventure begins in memorable fashion, with three laidback days at sea to settle into life on board and with a journey through the impressive locks and lakes of the Panama Canal – one of the world’s greatest engineering feats. [ReadMoreMob]In Costa Rica, enjoy a day in Puerto Limón to explore the bustling markets, charming historic streets and gorgeous Caribbean coastline of one of Latin America’s oldest cities; before it’s on to the captivating Colombian city of Cartagena de Indias. Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, which overlooks the city, is a fine example of the colonial Spanish structures to uncover here. Your unforgettable few days in the Caribbean will then kick-off in stunning Curacao, where you could explore the UNESCO-listed centre of Willemstad, with its European-influenced architecture, or simply take advantage of your first opportunity to relax at postcard-perfect beaches. [ReadMoreDesk]

The beautifully unspoilt scenes of Bonaire await you next. This breathtaking island’s landscapes beg for exploration, and you can see the best of the natural wonders on exciting Harley Davidson or traditional tut-tuk tours. In Barbados, chances to visit Harrison’s Cave to see the impressive stalactites and stalagmites, or go in search of sea turtles and other native marine fauna on a catamaran cruise are sure to tempt, though you might prefer to sample the culture and authentic Caribbean rum on offer in Bridgetown. As your time in the Caribbean ends, you’ll visit Antigua, where you could visit the historic English Harbour and Nelson’s Dockyard; enjoy the views on offer from Shirley Heights; take your pick from the 365 gorgeous beaches, and St Kitts, for a chance to ride the island’s world-famous scenic railway. When you finally head for home, you’ll cross the Atlantic – one of the great ocean cruise experiences – and stop at São Miguel in the verdant Azores, and add the Spanish style and culture of La Coruña to the end of your journey too.

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.

Refurbished in 2017, 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.