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The Island of Madeira with Spain & Portugal

24th Mar 2018 10 nights Sails from Southampton Balmoral L1805
FROM ONLY £999 per person
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If you’re craving some soothing seasonal sunshine, stunning scenery and captivating culture, but don’t have time to fit in a longer cruise, this ten night springtime escape to Spain, Portugal and the idyllic island of Madeira might be the ideal getaway.

Although shorter, this rewarding sailing still manages to pack in four enthralling destinations, where a wealth of remarkable sights and incredible experiences await. The stylish Spanish city of La Coruña is the perfect place to start, boasting an array of architectural highlights, famous landmarks and inviting beaches. Within the city’s historic heart you’ll discover the cultural hub of Maria Pita Square and the charming Ciudad Vieja old quarter; while the seafront promenade is ideal for a relaxing stroll. You could also stop by the ancient Tower of Hercules, or head out of the city altogether and take a tour to the spectacular Santiago de Compostela Cathedral. Balmoral will then sail to Leixões, gateway to Oporto. It is well worth taking the short journey into Portugal’s second city to admire the pastel-fronted houses, neo-classic structures and impressive fortress-like cathedral found with the UNESCO-listed historic centre. You’ll also have the opportunity to enjoy a relaxing river cruise along the picturesque Douro River, before sampling the city’s local tipples at one of the famous port wine cellars. [ReadMore]

Fabulous Funchal will be your starting point for an unforgettable exploration of Macaronesia’s gorgeous ‘garden island’, Madeira. Enchanting gardens such as the Monte Palace Tropical Garden and the unique levada walking trails – which present breathtaking views of the island’s unspoilt landscapes – are yours to explore in the spring sunshine at your leisure or on a guided tour. Alternatively visit the island’s pretty villages, including Câmara de Lobos; or marvel at striking vistas from atop Cabo Girão – one of the world’s highest sea cliffs. Finally, after spending Good Friday at sea as you head back to the Portuguese mainland, you’ll visit the vibrant capital, Lisbon. Explore on foot, via the tram, or even hitch a ride on a tuk tuk to take in highlights such as Belém Tower and the Jerónimos Monastery. Or, if you’d prefer to take the weight off your feet, why not watch the city go by at one of the lovely art-nouveau cafés; or visit Pasteis de Belém to sample one of the world-famous egg pastries. To cap it all off, Easter Sunday and Monday will be spent relaxing and enjoying the festivities on board your ship before disembarking in Southampton.

Balmoral is the largest of Fred. Olsen's smaller, friendly ocean-going cruise ships – with capacity for up to 1350 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.

Rest assured, all of the following comes as standard on every Fred. Olsen cruise:

  • Comfortable rooms and suites with TV, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities and individually controlled air conditioning
  • Tempting cuisine every day throughout your cruise - with five-course à la carte dinners, casual breakfast and lunch buffets and late-night snacks
  • Unlimited, self-service tea and coffee at selected venues, afternoon tea* with sandwiches and cakes, and in-room sandwiches and snacks
  • All evening entertainment, including cabaret shows, dancing and live music
  • Captain's Drinks Party and Gala Buffet (on cruises of 5 nights or more)
  • On board leisure facilities, including swimming pools, Jacuzzis and gym
  • A wide choice of on board activities and lectures throughout the day
  • All UK port taxes (where collectable in advance)
  • Luggage porterage between your room and the drop-off/pick-up point
  • Flights, as confirmed as part of a fly-cruise holiday

​Cruise descriptions include optional, chargeable experiences that may be enjoyed independently and/or with optional Fred. Olsen Shore Tours. *Premium Traditional Afternoon Tea not included.

Real ships
We’re not interested in gimmicks like zip wires, climbing walls or celebrity chefs. 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.