The Caribbean, Colombia & the Panama Canal

18th Feb 2020 27 nights Sails from Callao Balmoral L2001C
FROM ONLY £2,749 per person
Couple looking out to English harbour, Antigua Couple looking out to English harbour, Antigua
FROM ONLY £2,749 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.

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.

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’.

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.