Spain, Portugal & Madeira
Onboard Fred. Olsen - Balmoral
Hays Cruise Extras
  • Free drinks and tips
Why book…
  • Stop at one of the many wine and port cellars for a taste of Oporto's most-loved drink
  • Take gondola ride to the mountain village of Monte to experience some of the most breathtaking views of Funchal
  • Enjoy pavement cafes, bustling squares and serene gardens sit alongside palaces, bridges and castles in Lisbon
Overview Itinerary
The Ship
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.

Food
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.

Drink
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.

Entertainment
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 board Balmoral.
Day 2: At sea
Day 3: La Coruna, Spain
La Coruña overlooks the Bay of Coruña in the north-west corner of Spain. Step ashore and visit the Tower of Hercules, Castillo de San Anton, and Castillo de San Diego. Explore the Roman wall, historical buildings and the medieval Church of Santiago in Ciudad Vieja. Get a culture hit at the Museum of Sacred Art, Archaeological Museum and Military Museum. People-watch at La Marina and Plaza Maria Pita, or relax on the Playa Riazor and Playa del Orzan beaches. Enjoy some family fun at Aquarium Finisterrae, Science Museum and Domus — an interactive museum. Venture further afield to visit the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Santiago de Compostela, Betanzos and Ferrol.
Day 4: Leixões (for Oporto), Portugal
Port of Leixões is the main harbour gateway to the city of Oporto in northern Portugal. The UNESCO World Heritage site of Oporto is set on the banks of the River Duoro and is renowned for its port wine production. Walk the narrow streets of the medieval Ribeira district — lined with pastel-coloured town houses, neo-classical buildings and intricate baroque churches. Stop at one of the many wine and port cellars for a taste of the region's most-loved drink.
Day 5: At sea
Day 6 - 7: 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 8: At sea
Day 9: 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 10 - 11: At sea
Day 12: Southampton, UK
Disembark in Southampton and make your way home.
To book call 0800 408 4229 or Enquire online
Terms, conditions and limitations apply. See website or travel agent for full details. Offers applicable for new bookings made between 05/12/2018 & 28/02/2019 only, subject to availability. Free Drinks & Tips: Free All Inclusive Drinks Upgrade and restaurant waiter & cabin stewardess tips covered on most 2019/20 Ocean sailings. Solo Cruising: Based on sole occupancy of specific grades of twin/double rooms, paying no single supplement, on selected 2019/20 sailings. 3 for 2: on most Ocean and River cruises. All three holidays must be booked in one transaction with the same lead name. The value of the lowest priced cruise will be divided into three with one third of this value deducted from each of the three bookings. Please ask in store for more details.
Price per person from only
£999
March 2019 - 11 Nights - Sailing from Southampton
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