Madeira, Portugal,Spain

Cruise Code: 1186637

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Your ROL Cruise package


What's included *

  • All meals throughout your cruise - from five course a la carte dining to informal buffets and late-night snacks
  • Self service tea & coffee facilities at selected venues.
  • All evening entertainment, including cabarets and dancing, with a different show each night
  • Captain’s drinks party and Gala Buffet
  • On board leisure facilities, including swimming pools, Jacuzzis and use of gym equipment
  • The currency on board is pound sterling, so you won’t be affected by any foreign exchange rate fluctuation
  • Exclusive offers you can't find anywhere else

  • 20 years of cruise expertise

  • ATOL protection for your peace of mind

  • Award-winning customer service

Overview


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. 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.

Your Itinerary


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Your Ship:

Balmoral - Fred Olsen Cruise Lines


Day

Port

Date

Due Depart


Day 2

Port :

At Sea

Date :

25 Mar 2018

Due - Departs :

25 Mar 2018


Day 4

Port :

Leixoes (for Oporto), Portugal

Date :

27 Mar 2018

Due - Departs :

27 Mar 2018


Day 5

Port :

At Sea

Date :

28 Mar 2018

Due - Departs :

28 Mar 2018


Day 7

Port :

At Sea

Date :

30 Mar 2018

Due - Departs :

30 Mar 2018


Day 9-10

Port :

At Sea

Date :

01 Apr 2018

Due - Departs :

02 Apr 2018


The 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


Launched: January 2008 | Occupancy: 1,350 passengers

Tonnage: 43,537 tons | Length: 715 ft (217.93 m)

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Terms and Conditions


Fred. Olsen Enjoyment Promise: The enjoyment promise excludes sailings of 4 nights or less. The promise only applies to bookings made for departures more than 12 weeks ahead; The Enjoyment Promise only applies to passengers who have contracted with FOCL. To evoke the Enjoyment Promise, you will need to inform Guest Relations within 48 hours of sailing. FOCL will arrange and pay for a flight and/or transport back to the UK. FOCL will refund the cruise cost only but will not refund other costs. Voyages of 28 nights or longer will require an interim deposit. A 15% deposit will need to be paid at the time of booking and then a remaining 15% will need to be paid at 180 days prior to sailing date.

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