Canary Islands & Madeira Winter Warmth

Overview

Canary Islands & Madeira Winter Warmth

The sunshine and scenery of beautiful Macaronesian islands awaits you on this relaxing and rejuvenating winter escape. As you settle into 2021, you’ll discover golden beaches, breathtaking natural wonders and stunning landscapes, and enjoy 14 relaxing nights on board Balmoral – a wonderful way to indulge in some rest and recovery after the excitement, stress and strain of the hectic festive period. The first of five gorgeous islands on your itinerary is Madeira. With its lush landscapes and vibrant botanical gardens, the Portuguese ‘garden island’ will beg to be explored during your call into Funchal. You could take in the floral scenes of the fragrant Monte Palace Tropical Garden, accessed by cable car from the island’s capital; or perhaps explore the unique levada trails and uncover lush-green scenery and incredible vistas. Then in the Canaries, you’ll experience the very best of this sun-soaked archipelago with calls into four inviting islands on consecutive days. On the ‘pretty island’ of La Palma, you’ll have the chance to see the soaring San Antonio Volcano; or savour a taste of the island’s local wines at the welcoming town of Fuencaliente on tours from Santa Cruz, while Santa Cruz de Tenerife is your gateway to the countless highlights of the largest Canary Island. The mysterious Pyramids of Güímar are the perfect place to while away a couple of hours in the sunshine; and riding a cable car up mighty Mount Teide – Spain’s highest peak – is an unforgettable experience. Of course, a full day in Tenerife will afford time to relax on the island’s glorious beaches too.

What's Included

  • Full board
  • Luggage porterage between your room and the drop-off/pick-up point
  • Unlimited, self-service tea and coffee available 24hrs at selected venues, complimentary afternoon tea* with sandwiches and cakes, and in-room sandwiches and snacks
  • A full programme of evening entertainment, including cabaret shows, comedy, dancing and live music
  • Full use of on board leisure facilities, including swimming pools, Jacuzzis and gym

Hand Picked By

Nina Robertshaw

Those who know me will know that I am an avid Fred. Olsen Cruise fan. Having travelled with them many times, I love their smaller more intimate ships and their friendly and attentive staff. Awarded ‘Best for Itineraries’ in the Cruise Critic UK Editors’ Picks Awards for the third year running, Fred. Olsen offer a cruise holiday experience like no other. Sailing from Southampton and fly-cruising to exotic locations around the globe, they bring some of the world’s greatest destinations and experiences closer with their extensive programme of expertly-crafted cruise holidays.

Nina Robertshaw

Additional Information

  • Departure Date: 6th January 2021
  • Duration: 14 nights
  • Highlights: The sunshine and scenery of beautiful Macaronesian islands awaits you on this relaxing and rejuvenating winter escape. As you settle into 2021, you’ll discover golden beaches, breathtaking natural wonders and stunning landscapes, and enjoy 14 relaxing nights on board Balmoral – a wonderful way to indulge in some rest and recovery after the excitement, stress and strain of the hectic festive period.

Ship Overview

Balmoral

Balmoral is Fred Olsen's largest and newest cruise ship, named after the Scottish home of the Royal Family. Still smaller than most cruise ships today, there are 710 cabins and suites and generous public space for the 1,300 guests on board.

The main restaurant is Ballindalloch (named after the Speyside village and castle), while the two other formal restaurants are Avon and Spey – named after two of Scotland’s most beautiful salmon rivers.

There’s a comfy pub with occasional live music or comedy, cabaret and shows in the Neptune Lounge, or drift away with a cool drink and spectacular seascapes in the Observatory Lounge.

Balmoral Profile

  • Gross Tonnage: 20,186grt
  • Registry: Bermuda
  • Classification: Lloyds Register
  • Passenger Capacity: 700
  • Cruising Speed: 18 knots
  • Passenger Decks: 8
  • Lifts: 4
  • Electric Current: 110/220V AC
  • Stabilised and air conditioned
  • Officers & Crew: International
  • Cruise Staff & Entertainers: British & International
  • Dimensions
  • Length: 553.6ft (168.74m)
  • Beam: 80.8ft (24.64m)
  • Draft: 24.6ft (7.49m)

Balmoral Deck Plan

Full Itinerary

Day 1 - 3: Southampton - At Sea

Day 4 & 5: Lisbon, Portugal

Stretched across its seven trademark hills overlooking the River Tagus estuary, Portugal’s hilly, coastal capital city of Lisbon, is a cinematic collection of cobbled alleyways, pastel-coloured buildings, ancient ruins and white-domed cathedrals. Decimated by an earthquake in 1755, modern Lisbon has been shaped by that eventful day. The Pombaline architecture that now defines the city represents some of the first seismically-protected buildings in Europe.

Day 6: Funchal, Madeira, Portugal

Funchal, the capital of Portugal's Madeiran archipelago, has a timeless old-world charm. Enhanced by a subtropical climate that fills this 'floating garden' with the year-round colours and perfumes of flowers and fruit, Funchal was a favourite of Sir Winston Churchill. His praise of the city has ensured British visitors always receive a warm welcome from locals.

Day 7: Santa Cruz La Palma, Spain

La Palma’s small, yet pretty capital city - is one of the Canary Island’s true gems. Boasting colonial-style architecture, a swathe of charming beaches, restaurants and bars, Santa Cruz is typically Canarian and has something for everyone.

Conquered by the King of Castile in the 15th century, Santa Cruz de La Palma was a key trading post between Spain and the Americas, and the city’s fascinating history can be explored in the historic quarter – one of Spain’s Historic-Artistic sites. The Naval Museum is a replica of Christopher Columbus's 15th-century Santa Maria sailing ship.

Day 7: Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain

Sophisticated Santa Cruz - Tenerife's capital - is built around boulevards and wide avenues that link elegant squares and parks. Well-preserved buildings feature in the old town, including the colonial Church of the Immaculate Conception and the 18th century Palacio de Carta, which has impressive Baroque and neoclassical features. Recently redesigned by the architects Herzog & de Meuron, the city’s largest square, Plaza de España, is a pleasant spot to lose a few hours. Lively beaches such as Playa de Las Americas are within easy reach of Santa Cruz too.

Day 9: Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Spain

With its feel of mainland-Spain, spiced up with an eclectic mix of Asian and African cultures, Las Palmas is one of the Canary Island's most popular destinations, attracting sun-seekers who come to relax on its golden-sand beaches and soak up the gorgeous, year-round climate of Gran Canaria.

Founded over 500 years ago, Las Palmas is the largest city in the Canary Islands, and has three gorgeous beaches, including Playa de las Canteras, regarded as one of the world's best beaches, to enjoy.

Day 10 - 12: Arrecife, Spain

The bustling port of Arrecife on Lanzarote’s east coast is home to the biggest fishing fleet in the Canaries. Back in the 16th and 17th centuries the city was regularly attacked by pirates. To defend against these raiders, the court of Spain ordered two castles to be built. The first built in 1590, Castillo San Gabriel, now houses the island’s Ethnographic Museum, which tells the fascinating story of the islands' original inhabitants: the Guanche.

Day 13 & 14: La Coruña, Spain

The city of La Coruña is the capital of the province and a busy seaport situated in the Galicia region of northwest Spain. Most famous for its Roman lighthouse, the diverse architectural styles of La Coruña make the city an absolute delight for sightseeing.

La Coruña boasts an impressive seafront promenade, beautiful beaches and a host of attractions such as the Domus Museum, the Casa del Hombre and Torre De Hercules – said to be the only Roman lighthouse in existence – which offers sweeping coastal views from the top of its 60 metre high tower. The Paseo Marítimo, a lovely 13km walkway and bike path, runs from the port, around the peninsula, and along the ocean beaches.

Day 15: Southampton

Additional Information

  • Departure Date: 6th January 2021
  • Duration: 14 nights
  • Highlights: The sunshine and scenery of beautiful Macaronesian islands awaits you on this relaxing and rejuvenating winter escape. As you settle into 2021, you’ll discover golden beaches, breathtaking natural wonders and stunning landscapes, and enjoy 14 relaxing nights on board Balmoral – a wonderful way to indulge in some rest and recovery after the excitement, stress and strain of the hectic festive period.

Cabin and Fares

Cabin TypeGuide PriceAdditional InfoCabinEnquire
Inside Cabin£1,599ppView Cabin

Inside Cabin

Average size 160 sq ft

This cabin is approximately 160 square feet in size and can be found on Marina and Coral decks.

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View Cabin

Inside Cabin

Average size 160 sq ft

This cabin is approximately 160 square feet in size and can be found on Marina and Coral decks.

Enquire Now