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Fred. Olsen’s seasonal sailings from Portsmouth and first Antarctica visit

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Balmoral in Funchal, Madeira
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ Balmoral will undertake two festive cruises from Portsmouth this December and in January, a longer voyage to South America including Antarctic debut.

Balmoral will depart December 10 from the UK port on a 12-night festive voyage to Spain and Portugal including visit to Funchal’s Christmas markets in Madeira.

A 14-night round trip sailing to the Canaries follows with Christmas Day at sea.

In early 2023, Balmoral will depart on a 78-night exploration of South America and the Antarctic. During the circumnavigation of the continent, guests will visit the Panama Canal, overnight in Callao, Peru, visit five Chilean ports of Arica, Valparaiso, Castro, Puerto Chacabuco and Punta Arenas, as well as scenic cruising in the Patagonian Fjords.

Antarctic debut

The voyage then moves onwards to Ushuaia, Argentina and for the first time in Fred. Olsen Cruise Line’s history, cruising the Antarctica Peninsula for three days before heading for stops in Uruguay, Brazil, Cape Verde and Tenerife and returning to Southampton.

Clare Ward, director of product and customer service at Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said: ‘These sailings have been hand-crafted by our team of dedicated journey planners, to offer our guests something special at the time of year they are visiting.’

UK departure ports

Fred. Olsen Cruise Line’s regional UK departure ports, alongside Portsmouth and Southampton, are Dover, Liverpool, Newcastle and Rosyth (Edinburgh).