Andalucia… the exotic south
At the end of March when the last vestiges of winter may be blowing around northern Europe, spring has already come to Spain and Portugal. Our cruise visits five ports with strong associations with the sea. Our forays ashore mainly concentrate on seeing the sights with local guides, but we are also able to stroll along the coast, taking in the bracing sea air, and walk inland close to historic cities
Our unique shore walks and excursions include:
La Coruña - We visit the city from which the Armada sailed in 1588. It is Spain’s second largest port. A local guide shows us the city sites, including the 13th century Santa Maria del Campo church, plus we walk out to the Torre de Hercules, the ancient Roman lighthouse.
Cádiz - Rich in maritime history, the city has an old quarter teeming with character. Cobblestone alleys open in small plazas. A local guide will take us through the old town.
Málaga - We travel inland from Picasso’s native city to Ronda, high in the Serrania de Ronda. The city, perched above the Tajo gorge, is an incredible sight. The gorge divides the town between the older Moorish quarter and sections built after the ‘Reconquista’. We explore the historic streets and walk the gorge.
Seville - A city where orange trees line the cobbled streets. With a local guide we visit the cathedral, claiming to house Columbus’ tomb, the Moorish splendour of the Alcázar, and wander the streets of the Barrio Santa Cruz, a maze of shady white-washed streets and picturesque squares.
Lisbon - Portugal’s capital is famously bathed in clear Atlantic light. A local guide helps us to discover the city’s secrets and we ride a tram.
Fred.Olsen adopts smart casual dress code
Fred. Olsen has altered its dress code to allow for a smart casual option. There will still be formal nights on selected evenings, but the relaxed dress code will apply on all other nights. This means men can wear open necked shirts, chinos and dark coloured jeans, and women a dress or casual separates.
Drinks Inclusive package
A Drinks Inclusive Package is available for £29 per person per night. The offer includes bar drinks such as wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks (but not cocktails, premium drinks, minibar drinks, room service or events such as an additional afternoon tea visit).