Featuring eight diverse, culture-rich destinations in five beautiful regions, this fantastic 15-night cruise offers an in-depth, authentic exploration of Spain.
Traditional tapas bars, architectural treasures, fascinating historical sites and range of cultural highlights; Balmoral will bring the many attractions of some of Europe’s finest cities closer to you.
Two stunning cities in Andalusia, a gorgeous region in sunlit southern Spain, will offer plenty of memorable experiences. In ancient Cádiz, charming old districts are yours to explore at leisure in search of majestic monuments such as the Torre Tavira watchtower and the 18th century cathedral; many of the city’s highlights are within easy reach of the port. Cádiz is also the gateway to Jerez, a city renowned for its sherry production and equestrian art. Then there’s a call at Malaga, where the Moorish-style Gibralfaro Castle and fantastic Picasso Museum are among many ‘must-visit’ attractions. This Andalusian gem is also the starting point for tours to Granada’s magnificent Alhambra Palace and to the picturesque mountaintop city of Ronda. In the Murcia region, Cartagena awaits your discovery. Be sure to take in the medieval castle and the Roman amphitheatre.
You’ll have a day to sample the laidback Mediterranean island lifestyle of Mallorca, where Balmoral will dock at pretty Palma, before Barcelona – Catalonia’s cosmopolitan capital – beckons. You’re sure to be captivated by this iconic city. A stroll along energetic Las Ramblas, Barcelona’s most famous street is always a memorable experience; while architectural wonders such as the Gothic Cathedral of Santa Eulalia and the many works of Gaudi, including the world-famous Sagrada Familia, present photo opportunities galore. Valencia has plenty to recommend it too. From a myriad of modern galleries, museums and contemporary architecture to a charming Old Quarter and traditional restaurants serving plentiful portions of Paella, Spain’s third largest city offers something for everyone. Finally, calls at two enchanting cities in the gorgeous Galicia region of northern Spain end your exploration. In Vigo, perhaps while away a few hours in the delightful Old Town; then, during a morning in La Coruna, take the chance to tour to the spectacular, UNESCO-listed Santiago de Compostela.
Please note, this is an adult only sailing (18+).
Included in your cruise
Comfortable, stylish rooms and suites equipped with a Smart TV, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities, a fridge and individually controlled air conditioning
A tempting choice of cuisine every day throughout your cruise – with five-course à la carte dinners, casual breakfast and lunch buffets, late-night snacks and much more
Unlimited, self-service tea and coffee available 24hrs at selected venues, complementary 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
A wide choice of engaging 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
Formal welcome and/or Captain’s Drinks Party and Gala Buffet
Thu 24 Oct - Southampton, United Kingdom
Depart from Southampton
Mon 28 Oct - Cádiz, Spain
Cadiz, one of Europe's most ancient cities, hugs Andalusia’s sunlit Atlantic coast and is characterised by palm trees, lookout towers and weathered old buildings. Now into its fourth millennium, Cádiz's fascinating Old Town district features huge stone walls from the 1500s and is home to a wealth of historic highlights, including the beautifully crafted 18th century Cádiz Cathedral.
Tue 29 Oct - Malaga, Spain
Situated on Andalusia's beautiful Mediterranean coast, Malaga offers everything you would expect from a city on the Costa del Sol: seemingly endless stretches of golden sand beaches, fantastic restaurants serving traditional tapas and friendly bars attract locals and holidaymakers alike.
Wed 30 Oct - Cartagena, Spain
One of Spain’s most important port cities for over 2000 years, Cartagena is bursting with history and culture. Originally built over five hills by the Romans, Cartagena is strategically placed on the Mediterranean coast and boasts some wonderful architecture and historic monuments. They include Casa de la Fortuna, a villa with murals and mosaics, and the medieval Castillo de la Conception, which served as a fortress for the Carthaginians, Romans, Visigoths, Arabs and Castilians, and overlooks the city's stunning natural harbour.
Thu 31 Oct - Palma, Spain
With its array of bars & restaurants, stylish shops, palm-lined beaches and charming Old Town, Palma – Mallorca’s cosmopolitan capital, is one of the Balearic’s finest destinations. Surrounded by vast mountains and crystal clear waters, it is also one of the most beautiful.
Fri 1 Nov - Barcelona, Spain
Spain's cosmopolitan second city, Barcelona, is awash with heritage and its mood is infused with a vibrant Catalan spirit. There's something around every corner of the city: jewels of Catalan and contemporary architecture, relaxing parks and beaches, mouth-watering markets and treasures from its Roman and Medieval past.
Sat 2 Nov - Valencia, Spain
Packed with plenty to see, do and explore, there is a never a dull day in this charming Spanish city. Wander through the beautiful city centre admiring the array of beautiful historic monuments; visit the myriad of museums and art galleries such as the Institute of Modern Art and Museum of Fine Arts or simply head to one of the city’s beaches to enjoy the Mediterranean sunshine and sample local cuisine in the many restaurants that line the promenades.
Tue 5 Nov - Vigo, Spain
Situated on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, and with one of the world’s finest natural ports, the Galician gem of Vigo has been an important part of Spain’s maritime industry for centuries. Boasting a wonderful historic quarter, modern marina and pretty centre, this city is alive with attractions.The historic old quarter – like many of Vigo’s other attractions – is a great example of the influence the sea has had on the city. Located around the port, the Cidade Vella has narrow streets lined with old fishing houses and large markets selling locally caught seafood.
Wed 6 Nov - 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.
Fri 8 Nov - Southampton, United Kingdom
Refurbished in 2017, Balmoral is the largest of Fred. Olsen's smaller, friendly ocean-going cruise ships – with capacity for up to 1,350 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.
Balmoral is named after the Scottish residence of the British Royal Family, and the Scottish theme runs throughout the main dining venues – the Ballindalloch, Avon and Spey – where guests can enjoy tantalising menus prepared by expert chefs.
Featuring 710 well-appointed rooms and suites and a selection of comfortable lounges, bars and inviting public areas which have been extensively refitted and improved as part of a fleet-wide refurbishment programme, Balmoral provides guests with ample space in which to relax and share a memorable cruise experience with hundreds, not thousands, of fellow travellers. And, as guests have come to expect, there is always an array of superb entertainment on offer throughout the day, from lectures and hobby classes to live cabaret and comedians, ensuring you can make the most of your time on board.
Dining on board Balmoral is always a highlight of any cruise. With six fantastic dining venues to choose from, you'll always find there's a tempting selection of dishes, all perfectly prepared by
Take a seat in the beautiful Ballindalloch, Spey and Avon restaurants to start the day with a breakfast cooked just the way you like it, or indulge with a mouthwatering five-course á la carte dinner every evening; and help yourself to the tempting buffet at the Palms Café. For an extra special treat, The Grill offers cooked-to-order steaks and seafood; while al fresco dining at its finest can be enjoyed at the newly installed The Poolside.
Breakfast À la carte & buffet Lunch À la carte & buffet Afternoon Tea À la carte & buffet Dinner À la carte & buffet Supper Club Buffet
The Poolside restaurant | £15pp
The Grill | £20pp
Premium Afternoon Tea | £8.95p
The Bookmark Café | coffees & chocolates
Bars & Lounges
Whether it's watching the evening show at the beautifully refurbished Neptune Lounge; taking in stunning views over a traditional Afternoon Tea at the Observatory Lounge; sampling premium gins at the Lido Bar; or having a refreshing pint at the Morning Light Pub, you'll find there are plenty of places to unwind on board Balmoral.
The flagship in this fleet features several stylish, spacious and comfortable bars and lounges, providing plenty of choice and variety. Each venue has ample room to relax and never feels overcrowded, an advantage of cruising on board a smaller cruise ship, so it's always a pleasure to enjoy the fantastic entertainment and share a drink or two with new-found friends.
Upgrade to All Inclusive
From only £19 per person, per night* (£35 per person, per night on cruises of five nights or less and Speciality Sailings),
The All Inclusive Drinks Upgrade is another service offered to ensure your holiday is relaxing and enjoyable. By upgrading to All Inclusive, you can treat yourself to that extra glass or two of your favourite tipple, without having to worry about the bar bill at the end of your cruise – it’s already covered.
All inclusive - In the bars & lounges
A selection of soft drinks (post-mix on pump), served by the glass: Pepsi, lemonade, tonic waters, juices & mineral/spring water
A choice of three red, three white & two rosé wines by the glass
Selected Cava by the glass
Selected branded beers in cans or on draught
Selected cider in cans
Selected house spirits: white rum, gin, vodka, whisky, brandy & Irish Cream
Bar Manager's selection
All Inclusive - In the restaurants & buffet areas
A selection of soft drinks, mineral/spring water & juices by the glass
A choice of three red, three white & two rosé wines by the glass
Selected branded beers in cans
Regular tea & coffee
All Inclusive - Premium drinks are discounted too:
Guests with the All Inclusive Upgrade can also save 50% off premium and branded drinks, other red & white wines (excluding Champagne or sparkling wine), cocktails & bottled water
Cruise descriptions include optional, chargeable experiences that may be enjoyed independently and/or with optional Shore Tours.
*Premium Traditional Afternoon Tea not included.
Upgrade to All Inclusive Drinks Package is available as a chargeable optional extra. All Inclusive upgrade can be added to your booking up to six days prior to your cruise departing.
* Additional Charges
If the number of people staying in this room is less than the maximum occupancy, there may be a slight charge for under-occupancy.
Booking fee’s apply on all bookings and will be confirmed at the time of booking. Minimum booking fee £6 per person.
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