Rio Carnival & River Plate

23 January - 10 March 2018


46 Nights

Journey Type

Sailing from the UK


16 Ports

23 January

Setting sail from Southampton

Southampton is the UK's leading port. Bustling modern cruise terminals, as well as wharfs and commercial harbours, line the waterfront, whilst the city itself is a fascinating mix of ancient and modern, with a picturesque old town, the original city walls still standing, and super-modern shopping centres and office complexes. On all corners you will see tributes to the city's rich history and maritime heritage. Henry V marched his troops through the Westgate on his way to the battle of Agincourt, The Mayflower sailed from here with a cargo of settlers to the New World, and the Titanic started her fateful voyage here.

Our tip

Get a copy of the Old Town Walk map from the tourist information centre, a perfect (and free!) way to explore Southampton at a leisurely pace.

24-26 January

At sea

27 January

Portugal: Funchal

28 January

Canary Islands: Santa Cruz de Tenerife

29-30 January

At sea

31 January

Cape Verde: Santiago Islands

1-3 February

At sea

4 February

Brazil: Fortaleza

5 February

At sea

6 February

Brazil: Maceio

7-8 February

At sea

9-12 February

Brazil: Rio de Janeiro

13-14 February

At sea

15 February

Uruguay: Montevideo

16-17 February

Argentina: Buenos Aires

18 February

Uruguay: Punta del Este

19-20 February

At sea

21 February

Brazil: Santos

22-23 February

At sea

24 February

Brazil: Salvador

25 February - 1 March

At sea

2 March

Cape Verde: Cape Verde

3-4 March

At sea

5 March

Canary Islands: Lanzarote

6 March

At sea

7 March

Portugal: Lisbon

8-9 March

At sea

10 March

Arriving in Southampton

Don't miss

Just a short drive from Southampton is the magical New Forest with its quaint hamlets, historic towns and seaside villages. Look out for the ponies too.

The Ship

Your home from home

Balmoral at sea
Balmoral in Sydney
Balmoral deck space

Balmoral is a cosy, intimate ship offering traditional British style cruising and personal, warm and friendly atmosphere.

What we love

Fred. Olsen offer a huge variety of sailings, many of which are excellent no fly cruise itineraries departing from a number of different regional UK ports. This comfortable ship has a British style with inviting public areas.

Capacity 1,340 Guests
Crew 470 International Staff
Style Traditional British cruising with an informal, friendly and unpretentious atmosphere.
  • All meals in all venues
  • Tea and coffee throughout the day
  • All onboard entertainment
  • Unlimited use of the Fitness Centre
More about Balmoral

Tailor-make your trip

Ways to make it better
The Pig in the Wall, Southampton

Overnight in Southampton

Stay at the Pig in the Wall, stylish with great food. Very small so book early.


Day trips from Southampton

Visit historic Winchester, home to King Arthur’s Round Table, the Great Hall and Winchester Cathedral.

Get in touch & let us tailor-make your perfect cruise holiday

Call us on 020 7399 7670 or visit us at our comfortable offices just off London's Regent Street.

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Mundy Office Wells Steet, W1T 3PP