Canary Islands, Madeira & the Azores
Madeira & the Azores
This extraordinary part of the world is renowned for its aweinspiring
islands, spectacular views and volcanic landscapes.
The following cruises present perfect opportunities to escape
to these warmer climes. You’ll travel in comfort and style to
discover the sheer joy of Spanish and Portuguese island life,
and experience an abundance of natural wonders, culinary
delights and cultural allures.
Scattered just 70 miles off the coast of Africa, the Canary Islands enjoy a superb,
year-round climate. Fred. Olsen has a long history with the islands and its people
– a connection that continues to this day. Our passion for the region is underlined
by our enthusiasm in showing you its wonders. We’ll deliver you the scenic splendour
of the Canaries, getting you up close to the crater cones of Lanzarote’s Timanfaya
National Park, the vast, oasis-like sand dunes of Gran Canaria’s Maspalomas Beach,
and Tenerife’s mighty Mount Teide – Spain’s highest peak. Pine forests and the amazing
biosphere reserve on La Palma provide further chances to explore the diversity of the
region. Alternatively, you can use your time ashore to swim, sail, snorkel or simply stroll
around these magnificent islands.
A perennial favourite with Fred. Olsen guests, Portugal features prominently on
these cruises. On the mainland you’ll have the chance to admire an array of historic
architecture and sample the nation’s treats, including delicious wine and Pasteis de Nata
(Portuguese custard tarts). The traditional sound of Fado – included on UNESCO’s Lists
of Intangible Cultural Heritage – is a joy to hear, too.
The beautiful, hard-to-reach Azores, their stunning landscapes and breathtaking
whale-watching adventures, are a much-loved inclusion. While Madeira’s blend
of flourishing gardens, spectacular vistas and authentic food, drink and folklore –
complemented by a balmy climate year-round – is about as captivating as it gets.
What’s more, Madeira will take centre stage for a number of special events. Within this
section there is a sensational adventure aboard Balmoral timed perfectly to capture the
New Year’s Eve fireworks in Funchal, as well as three very special sailings that feature
the ‘Four Fred.s in Funchal’ event, which will see Fred. Olsen’s ocean-going fleet come
together for an unforgettable day of celebration.
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