Take to the seas this spring with a 14-night cruise to the Canaries and Portugal for £799 per person with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines. This package, which saves £590, is based on two sharing an Inside Cabin on a full-board basis.
Departing from Dover on 22 April, Braemar calls at Madeira, La Palma, Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote -- praised by The Guardian for ''its golden beaches, dramatic volcanic landscapes and fantastic food'' -- before sailing back to Dover via Lisbon and Leixoes (for Oporto). This time of year sees temperatures average 23°C in the Canary Islands.
Braemar received a complete facelift in 2008, including the addition of the Observatory Lounge, the Grampian Restaurant for formal dining, a new swimming pool and the Morning Light, a Scottish-themed pub. The ship has a traditional feel with formal dinner at the two restaurants, the Thistle and the Grampian. Facilities include gaming tables, two Jacuzzis, a fitness centre, a beauty salon and a library.
TV gardening expert Charlie Dimmock will be also be onboard the ship giving lectures and advice.
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has also cut 50% off the all-inclusive package reducing it to £203 per person (£14.50 per night).