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‘Californian Dream’ with Fred. Olsen

Fred. Olsen Cruise lines has launched a brand new cruise offering holidaymakers the chance to explore the magic, beauty, glitz and glamour of California.

Setting sail on 19th January 2019 from Southampton aboard 1,350 guest-ship Balmoral, cruise guests can enjoy 62-nights on board, taking in 18 destinations, including San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego with the chance to see some of the best attractions, such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Balboa Park, Alcatraz, Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive and the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

As well as taking in three cities along the California ‘Gold Coast’, this epic voyage also gives guests the chance to explore cities and towns in Colombia, Barbados, Portugal, Costa Rica, Aruba and three beautiful beach resorts on the Mexican Riviera. Balmoral will also transit the mighty Panama Canal, twice – a truly marvellous experience.

Neil Herbert, Head of Sales at Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said:

“We are very excited to be offering this special cruise for the first time ever in 2019. Every year we work hard to come-up with new holidays and experiences for our guests and we think this cruise is going to be extremely popular. The itinerary, which features many maiden calls for Fred. Olsen reads like a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ backpacking adventure, yet with all the comfort and home-from-home surroundings of our flagship, Balmoral.”

Guests that book this cruise between 15th December 2016 and 1st March 2017 can select one of three added value benefits*; a free upgrade to the ‘all-inclusive’ drinks package; free ‘door-to-door’ transfers of up to 250 mainland miles; or up to £350 on board spend per person.

- Balmoral’s 62-night L1902 ‘California, Mexico & the Panama Canal’ cruise, departing from Southampton on Saturday 19th January 2019. Prices start from £5,999 per person.

Ports of Call: Southampton, UK – Funchal, Madeira, Portugal (overnight stay) – Bridgetown, Barbados – Kralendijk, Bonaire – Cartagena de Indias, Columbia – Colon, Panama – Cruising the Panama Canal – Acajutla, El Salvador – Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico – Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico – Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico – San Francisco, California, USA (two-night stay) – Los Angeles, California – San Diego, California – Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico – Puntarenas, Costa Rica – Cruising the Panama Canal – Oranjestad, Aruba – Philipsburg, St Maarten – Ponta Delgada, São Miguel, Azores – La Coruña, Galicia, Spain – Southampton, UK.

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Price is based on two people sharing an Interior Room and includes accommodation, all meals and entertainment on board, and port taxes.

*Offers not combinable. See website for all terms and conditions.

Groups are welcome on all Fred. Olsen cruises and, depending on the size of the group, they may be eligible for a choice of ‘added value’ benefits. Fred. Olsen's bespoke groups service appeals to all types of groups, including family and friendship groups, corporate and incentive groups, and all kinds of clubs, associations and societies.

For group bookings and enquiries, please contact Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ dedicated Group Sales Department on 01473 746169 (Monday to Friday, 9am until 5pm), or e-mail For further information on Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, visit the website at