Dance Holidays on Fred Olsen Cruise Line’s Balmoral
Fred Olsen Lines – Balmoral
Welcome Aboard the Balmoral
Award-winning family-run Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines operates four stylish, more intimate ships – Balmoral, Braemar, Boudicca and Black Watch. Being on a smaller scale, the ships suit group travel particularly well as, whatever the size of party, Fred. Olsen’s on board staff can provide a friendly, personal service – so fellow dancers can cruise in confidence knowing that every aspect of their holiday has been taken care of!
The 1,350-guest ship Balmoral is the largest of Fred Olsen’s fleet but still retains the warm and sociable atmosphere found across the fleet. Despite her size, she can access many ports larger cruise ships cannot, taking guests ‘closer’ to their destination so that they can spend more ashore. Balmoral is still small enough to navigate narrow waterways, such as the Kiel Canal, providing guests with some fantastic scenic cruising opportunities missed when sailing on larger vessels.
Balmoral takes her name from the Scottish residence of the British Royal Family and features 710 well-appointed rooms and suites. The Scottish theme runs throughout the ship, with the names of all fine-dining restaurants being influenced by the Highlands: the Ballindalloch, Avon and Spey. Whichever restaurant guests choose to dine in, they will be in for a treat as Fred. Olsen’s expert chefs produce tantalising menus, ensuring no two days are the same.
Guests will also have plenty of time to relax and socialise on board, as Balmoral has a host of lounges and bars. There is ample space for group travellers to practice and show off their dance skills – another advantage of sharing the experience with hundreds – and not thousands – of other guests. In addition, guests can expect a fine array of entertainment throughout the day, ensuring they can do as much or as little with their time on board!!
L1834 – Canary Islands & Portugal – 29th October 2018 – 14 Nights – Departing Southampton
Trade the autumn gloom for the revitalising sunshine and stunning scenery of the Canaries on this enticing fortnight away aboard Balmoral. As the nights begin to draw in and the cold, wet arrives back home you’ll experience holiday paradise discovering gorgeous beaches, astonishing natural wonders, unspoilt landscapes and much more in Gran Canaria, Tenerife and La Palma. And, as if that wasn’t enough, you’ll also take in the ‘garden island’ of Madeira and the vibrant cities of Lisbon and Oporto too.
Leixoes, Oporto, Portugal
Portugal´s second largest city. Oporto preserves its ancient roots with pride. At the same time a modern and lively commerce makes it a thriving city and its traditional importance as an industrial centre does not diminish the charm and character of its old quarters. Take a Port Wine and Douro River Cruise, or a tour around the Quint Da Aveleda.
Las Palmas, Gran Canaria
Benefitting from Gran Canaria’s gorgeous climate and year-round warmth, Las Palmas is one of the Canary Island’s most popular destinations, attracting thousands of sun-seekers every year who visit the island to relax on the abundance of golden-sand beaches and immerse themselves in the diverse range of cultures. Las Palmas is the largest city in the Canary Islands and the capital of stunning Gran Canaria. A beautiful, interesting and charming city, it is said to have the world’s best climate and is bathed in warming sunshine nearly all-year round. Founded over 500 years ago, the city has an extensive heritage and an abundance of historic buildings and monuments to admire, as well as three gorgeous beaches including Playa de Las Canteras – regarded as one of the world’s best beaches – to relax on.
Vegueta is the oldest part of the city and is where the finest examples of the Las Palmas’s extensive historic architecture and many charming bars and restaurants are found. At its centre you’ll find the twin towers of Santa Ana Cathedral. Started in 1500 but not finished for almost four centuries, the cathedral has a unique mix of Renaissance, Gothic and Neoclassical styles in its construction. In Plaza Santa Ana, there are bronze statues of dogs – the Romans named the islands after legendary canines – as well as many original buildings. These include the 17th-century Palacio Regental, the Town Hall and the Bishop’s Palace.
Santa Cruz, Tenerife
Tenerife’s wonderful climate and resorts have been attracting tourism for decades and rightly so. Santa Cruz is built around boulevards and wide avenues that link elegant squares and parks. A tour to the exotic Botanical Gardens or the mystical and intriguing Pyramids of Guimar is a must.
The largest and most populated of the Canary Islands, Tenerife is a hugely popular cruise destination – and for good reason too! With beautiful, warm weather and incredible beaches, Tenerife is rich with culture and is the perfect location for a relaxing and comfortable break. Your cruise ship will dock in the stunning port of Santa Cruz and from here you can check out the beautiful island at your leisure. Easily reached are the elegant beach resort of Puerto de la Cruz, the lively leisure complex of Playa de las Americas, the banana and pineapple plantations of the beautiful Orotava Valley, and the stunning volcanic scenery and views of El Teide National Park, dominated by the 12,000ft snow-tipped peak of Spain’s highest mountain.
Located off the coast of Africa, Funchal has a timeless charm, delightfully enhanced by a benign climate that fills this ‘floating garden’ with the year-round colours and perfumes of subtropical flowers and fruit.
After having received much praise by the great Sir Winston Churchill, Madeira has been offering the British visitor a warm welcome for three centuries. It’s famous for its delicious wine which so happens to be the perfect aid to total relaxation!
Spend your time here wandering the best parks and gardens, some of which are not too far from the waterfront. For nature enthusiasts and keen bird watchers, a hike through the Laurel Forest might be just what you are looking for.
Spread out over seven hills on the north of the River Tagus, Lisbon is a delightful mix of palaces, churches, art nouveau cafés, gardens, ancient castles and splendid bridges. These include the Ponte 25 de Abril – similar to the Golden Gate in San Francisco – and the Ponte Vasco da Gama, which includes over 11km of viaducts.
Lisbon has many fascinating museums, including the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, the National Museum of Contemporary Art, the National Coach Museum and the Carmo Archaeological Museum. It’s also a shopper’s paradise, with the Centro Commercial Colombo – the biggest shopping mall on the Iberian peninsula – and the elegant Avenidas Novas, full of upmarket shops. Alternatively, search for bargains alongside the locals in the flea market at Campo de Santa Clara.
L1838 – German & Danish Christmas Markets – 13th December 2018 – 8 Nights – Departing Southampton
Embark on a magical cruise to Germany and Denmark and experience the fun, festivity and flavours of some of Europe’s very best Christmas markets. In eight nights you’ll visit three charming cities, each offering an enchanting experience at the most wonderful time of the year. In Germany you’ll take in the yuletide delights of Bremen and Hamburg, and spend two days sailing along the Kiel Canal; while in Denmark you’ll enjoy a full day in Copenhagen, savouring the welcoming festive atmosphere of the capital.
Set on the River Weser, our fleet of smaller ships are amongst only a few cruise vessels that can call at Bremen, with larger ships having to stop several miles away at Bremerhaven. We can sail all the way along the river into the heart of the city, so guests can sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery, before stepping ashore to explore. Once a member of the Hanseatic League, Bremen is home to some incredible Gothic architecture. The Marktplatz (Market Square) in particular is a must-visit site. Here you will find the Town Hall of Bremen, a gothic structure originally built between 1405 and 1410. This UNESCO World Heritage Site currently hosts a restaurant with original Hanseatic era décor and the Bremer Ratskeller, a public house in the basement. The Town Hall is also home to the 12 oldest wines in the world. In contrast, Überseestadt – the former docklands – offers a completely different experience and is a fine example of modern Bremen. Here you will find a selection of trendy bars, stylish cafes and fine restaurants to enjoy, as well as beautiful harbour and yacht-filled marina.
With its vibrant, friendly atmosphere, wonderful culture and beautiful architecture, Copenhagen is a Scandinavian tourist haven. The narrow, cosmopolitan streets are always busy with welcoming locals and are lined with colourful cafes, bars, shops and places to eat. Visiting Copenhagen is always an exciting, enjoyable experience. Much of Copenhagen’s most interesting and most popular tourist destinations are either within the city centre or are a short walk away, so there is always something to see or experience. Must-visit attractions include the historic Christianborg and Amelienborg Palaces, The Little Mermaid sculpture at Langelinje Pier, Kronborg Castle and Rosenborg Castle.
Nyhavn – Copenhagen’s 17th century waterfront and canal – is where you will find many brightly coloured 17th and 18th century townhouses that have been converted into bars and restaurants and many wooden ships in the historic harbour. There are also several galleries, museums, a zoo and an aquarium for you to enjoy and explore. There is a never a dull day in the Danish capital.
There’s water everywhere here in Germany’s principal port – from the Alster Lake to a web of canals and waterways spanned by 1,000 bridges.
Located on the River Elbe some 70 miles from the North Sea and home to the country’s largest port, Hamburg is regarded as Germany’s gateway to the world. A vibrant, busy and historic city boasting an impressive Hanseatic League heritage that harks back over 700 years, Hamburg is one of Germany’s most interesting tourist destinations. A city that cherishes its long history and traditions, Hamburg is awash with beautiful historic buildings and monuments that are typical of Hanseatic culture. The steeple of St. Nikolai – a church almost completely destroyed in World War Two, the 17th century Zollenbrücke Bridge and Hamburg Rathaus are must-visit sites. In the city centre, you will discover the flourishing commercial dynamo of stylish shops, excellent restaurants and legendary nightlife – a celebration of modern, cosmopolitan Hamburg. At the city’s vibrant waterfront district there’s plenty to see and enjoy too. Discover an array of lively bars and restaurants at the harbour, watch Europe’s second largest port in action or head to HafenCity, a newly developed urban quarter.
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Holidays at This Hotel
Oct : 29th - 12th (Mon - Mon)
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Dec : 13th - 21st (Thu - Fri)
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