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Cruises with a Little Bridge

Escape to the Canaries

 24th March 2023 | 13 Nights | SouthamptonBalmoralL2305

from: £1599pp

BMB Host on Board
All of our Little Bridge Bridge Cruises have a Bernard Magee Bridge host on board.
Bridge at Sea
Bridge is available on days at sea. All the bridge sessions are optional.
We have many single players on board and guarantee everybody a partner.
About this Cruise

Your escape to the Canaries, Spain and Madeira includes visits to four islands and the city of La Coruña. Experience sandy beaches, volcanic landscapes and floral scenes, all while enjoying the region’s balmy climate.

Balmoral’s smaller size makes it possible to dock closer to the centre of Funchal, where an extended stay gives you plenty of time to take in the colourful gardens, ride the historic cable car and watch people tobogganing down the narrow, winding streets. Other highlights include Lanzarote’s active volcano, Tenerife’s Mount Teide and the Olsen family-owned Tecina Hotel on La Gomera.

Your Host
BMB Bridge Host

On cruises with a little bridge there is a BMB host on board but no team. Bridge is for days at sea only.

Southampton - Mar 24
United Kingdon

Departure - late afternoon

 = Anchor Port
3 Days Sailing

As we sail towards Madeira, you can discover the history of the 'Garden Isle' with guest speaker Glynda Easterbrook, learn about the geology of the volcanic landscapes of the Canary Islands, sample local sweet treat Malasadas, or enjoy an invigorating Pilates class whilst taking in the stunning sunrise at sea.

Funchal - Mar 28 - 29

Arrival - early afternoon
Departure - early afternoon

Famous for its outstanding natural beauty, the Atlantic island of Madeira is known as the ‘floating garden’, with its array of subtropical flowers and plants – grown from the bulbs and seeds of the British merchants who came to the island after making their fortune from selling Madeiran wine. Produced since the 17th century, Madeira Wine’s historical and maritime links make for fascinating reading, of course accompanied by a glass or two of the ‘liquid history’, as described by Winston Churchill.

San Sebastian - Mar 30

Arrival - early morning
Departure - early evening

Fred. Olsen has a deep connection to La Gomera, and the family has a history with the island dating back to 1904, when fruit was transported to ports in Northern Europe by small steam ships. Known as ‘Isla Colombina’ due to Christopher Columbus calling at the island on his journey to America, some of the buildings and monuments in San Sebastian are linked to him, including the Casa de la Aguada and Casa de Colon.

Santa Cruz De Tenerife - Mar 31

Arrival - early morning
Departure - early evening

Largest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife is built around Mount Teide, the highest volcano in Spain. Santa Cruz is home to the eye-catching 16th century Iglesia de la Concepción and the baroque Palacio de Carta. The island has a resident population of pilot whales and several migratory species, thus making Tenerife one of the best places to whale watch in Europe.

Arricefie - Apr 01

Arrival - early morning
Departure - late afternoon

FArrecife, meaning ‘reef’ in Spanish, owes its name to the expansive rock reef that covers the beaches on the island. The lunar-like landscape is strewn with shades of red, orange and yellow, following the eruption of over 100 volcanoes in the 1700’s, and only Timanfaya remains active today – just 13 metres below the surface the temperature can reach 600ºC. The original inhabitants of Arrecife, the Guanche, can be discovered at the Ethnographic Museum, housed within the 16th century Castillo San Gabriel.

2 Days Sailing

As we sail away from the Canaries and head for La Coruña, join guest speaker James Simister to learn about the story behind the famous pilgrimage route to Santiago de Composteal, join one of your Navigational Officers for a spot of chart reading, and enjoy viewing the famous Torre de Hercules, the oldest working lighthouse in the world, from the unique perspective of the ship.

La Coruna - Apr 04

Arrival - early morning
Departure - late afternoon

The 9th-century port town of La Coruña, on the Iberian Peninsula, is a delicate combination of old and new architecture, with the shimmering glass of modern buildings prompting the nickname of ‘The Crystal City’, juxtaposed against the deeply historical medieval district. The centrepiece of this region is the Santiago de Compostela, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where is it said the Relics of James the Apostle are buried – an incentive for the pilgrims who make the journey along the Camino de Santiago each year.

1 Day Sailing
Southampton - Apr 06
United Kingdon

Arrival - early morning

What's Included

What's included?

  • Comfortable, stylish cabins 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, complimentary 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 cabin and the drop-off/pick-up point
  • Formal welcome and/or Captain’s Drinks Party and Gala Buffet

Chargeable extras
Cruise descriptions include optional, chargeable experiences that may be enjoyed independently and/or with optional Fred. Olsen Shore Tours. *Premium Traditional Afternoon Tea not included. Upgrade to All Inclusive Drinks Package is available as a chargeable optional extra and can be added to your booking up to six days prior to your cruise departing.

Great value offers
Great value offers on selected fares and cabin grades available on this cruise. Please contact our Reservations team for further details.

About Your Ship
Carrying up to 1,350 guests is 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.

Escape to the Canaries

 24th March 2023 | 13 Nights | SouthamptonBalmoralL2305
For more information and to book, please call: 01344 205 120
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