The magnificent Balmoral is Fred. Olsen's newest and largest ship. With 710 luxurious staterooms, a dedicated crew of 510 and a wide selection of modern facilities, you can expect a perfect blend of world-class service and relaxation.
Named after the Royal Family's Scottish home, Balmoral oozes elegance and style. Savour a mix of fine and casual dining in the ship's variety of venues. From a cafe devoted to luxury chocolates and coffee, to a restaurant serving gourmet cuisines and fine wines. Unwind at the friendly Morning Light Pub, listen to beautiful piano music at Lido Bar, and watch live performances at Neptune Lounge. Later on, try your luck at blackjack and roulette at the casino.
Although the largest and most contemporary of Fred. Olsen's fleet, Balmoral still retains the cruise line's personal and sociable atmosphere. For an unforgettable voyage of spectacular scenery, divine dining, entertaining facilities, and uninterrupted leisure, sail on Fred. Olsen's Balmoral.
Dining on Balmoral is an exciting experience. The spacious Ballindalloch Restaurant offers a tempting menu of dinners to enjoy in elegant surroundings. The Spey Restaurant and Avon Restaurant serve delicious a la carte meals with panoramic views and glasses of fine wines. Palms Cafe is the place to go for large buffets of international cuisines and a more casual atmosphere.
During warm spells, you can also savour fresh omelettes, salads, steaks, burgers, and sandwiches at The Grill — great for light breakfasts and lunches. Or if it's a calming tea, energising coffee or sweet treat you fancy; sample luxury chocolates and hot drinks from The Bookmark Cafe. You can even make the most of Balmoral's complimentary room service between 10:00 and 22:00 every day.
Enjoy a range of drinks and venues aboard Balmoral. Try cocktails in the sun at Marquee Bar, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, or head to the relaxing Lido Bar for piano music with a pint of beer or glass of wine.
Morning Light Pub is Balmoral's traditional and welcoming venue offering drinks and entertainment throughout the day. There's also Observatory Lounge which features cocktails, panoramic views, piano music, and dancing until late. For a lively night and menu of refreshments, take a seat at the glamorous Neptune Lounge. There's somewhere for everyone to enjoy aboard Balmoral.
You have a dazzling variety of entertainment to enjoy on board Balmoral. During the day, there are arts and crafts talks, as well as yoga, Pilates and aerobics sessions. In the evening, sit back with a drink at Neptune Lounge and be amazed by stunning cabaret acts, live music and dance shows. Enjoy stand-up comedians and a professional pianist in the bars, then head to the on-board casino for a few hands of blackjack or spin of the roulette wheel. Day or night, Balmoral can't fail to impress.
Day 1: Southampton, UK
Arrive in Southampton and embark on Balmoral.
Day 4: Lisbon, Portugal
Spread across seven hills on the shores of River Tagus is Portugal's capital city, Lisbon. Pavement cafes, bustling squares and serene gardens sit alongside palaces, bridges and castles in this waterside city.
Immerse yourself in culture at Calouste Gulbenkian Museum and National Museum of Contemporary Art, or enjoy the colourful marine life at Oceanarium. Take a vintage tram ride through the city's cobbled streets, admiring Jerónimos Monastery and Belém Tower on the way. Haggle for bargains at the lively Thieves Market, or explore designer shops on Rua do Carmo, Rua Garrett and Avenida da Liberdade.
Venture further afield and discover the fairytale places and ornate villas in Sintra or go dolphin-watching in Setúbal.
Day 6: Funchal, Madeira
It is very easy to see why Madeira has gained the name of 'The Garden Island'. Lush greenery with an array of tropical fruits, this island is a favourite on many cruise itineraries. Take gondola ride to the mountain village of Monte to experience some of the most breathtaking views of the island, then take the thrilling way down on a local toboggan, winding and bending over the cobbles; this is something you won’t want to miss. For wine lovers, venture out into the vineyards and experience some of the famous wine of the region.
Day 9: Mindelo, Cape Verde
Mindelo is a port city on Sao Vicente - part of the Cape Verde archipelago - known for its music, nightlife and lively carnival celebrations. Head to the top of the island’s towering mountain and make sure to have your camera ready to capture the breath-taking views. Visit the sweeping sandy beaches that sit at the foot of the rugged mountains, and gaze in awe at crystal blue waters dotted with colourful fishing boats. Take a drive through the island’s fantastic landscapes, volcanic valleys and bustling city to discover the colourful life and culture of the islanders of Cape Verde.
Day 15: Salvador, Brazil
Salvador is the capital of the state of Bahia in Brazil and comprises the upper and lower towns connected by a number of lifts and steep streets. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage listed Pelourinho old town which is awash with 17th and 18th-century colonial buildings. Discover the abundant churches including the amazing Sao Francisco Church and Church of Nosso Senhor do Bonfim. Shop for local handicrafts at Mercado Modelo and colourful local produce and flavourings at Feira de Sao Joaquim. Salvador's week-long carnival - one of the biggest in the world - boasts parades, live entertainment, music, and dancing. Spend a few hours on one of the many beaches to enjoy the calm waters and miles of sun-drenched golden sands.
Day 18-19: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Step ashore in the vibrant and exciting seaside city of Rio de Janeiro. Mention Rio and the first things that come to mind are the 38-metre high Christ the Redeemer statue atop Mount Corcovado, Sugar Loaf Mountain, and the famous carnival. Spend time on the famous Copacabana and Ipanema beaches or visit Chilean-born artist Jorge Selaron's fascinating Escadaria Selaron stairway. Pay a call to the sculptures and art-adorned pavilions at Passeio Publico then continue on to Parque do Flamengo and the nearby Museum of Modern Art. The ancient Nossa Senhora de Campo church and Sao Bento church and monastery contrast with the modern-day Catedral de Sao Sebastiao. Explore the atmospheric Santa Teresa district or discover the exhibits at the National Museum at Quinta da Boa Vista. Take a boat trip over to Ilha de Paqueta to view the sights from the comfort of a horse-drawn carriage.
Day 20: Ilhabela, Brazil
Ilhabela sits on an archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean, 6km off the coast of Brazil's Sao Paulo state. This place is famous for the 40km of gorgeous white beaches that line its shoreline, perfect for a few hours sunbathing while sipping a traditional caipirinha cocktail. The offshore crystal clear waters are full of pirate shipwrecks and a popular choice with divers. You can also discover abundant hiking trails and waterfalls such as Cachoeira de Tros Trombos and Trilha da Agua Branca in the surrounding UNESCO-listed Parque Estadual de Ilhabela biosphere.
Day 23: Montevideo, Uruguay
Montevideo, Uruguay’s capital city, sits alongside Montevideo Bay. Plaza de la Independencia is the main hub of the city and leads to the Ciudad Vieja old town with its colonial houses, art deco buildings, and fascinating landmarks such as Palacio Salvo and the Solis Theatre. Admire the international artworks and surrounding Japanese gardens at the Museum of Fine Arts - Juan Manuel Blanes. Climb up to Fortaleza del Cerro to enjoy panoramic views of the city and beyond. No visit to Montevideo would be complete without enjoying parilla-grilled fare at one of the steakhouses at Mercado Del Puerto or tasting the traditional yerba mate tea. Spend a few hours soaking up the sunshine on the golden sands of Pocitos Beach or take a leisurely stroll along La Rambla promenade.
Day 24 - 25: Fly Buenos Aires - UK
Disembark in Argentina and be transferred to the airport for your flight back to the UK.