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Natural Wonders & Wildlife of the Azores & Madeira | T2408

19th Apr 2024 | 14 nights | Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines | Bolette

Includes The Enjoyment Promise
Free OBC or door-to-door transfers
Classic cruising on smaller ships
Good for traditional cruisers & solo travellers
Hand-crafted itineraries to lesser-known ports
Warm, attentive and personal service onboard
Praia di Vitoria
Ponta Delgada, Azores
Cruising by Santa Maria
Cruising by Cabo Girão
Funchal, Madeira
Lisbon
Porto (Oporto)
Includes The Enjoyment Promise
Free OBC or door-to-door transfers
Classic cruising on smaller ships
Good for traditional cruisers & solo travellers
Hand-crafted itineraries to lesser-known ports
Warm, attentive and personal service onboard
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Day
Date
 
Arrival
Departure
 
1
19th Apr 2024 Friday
Liverpool
18:00
2
20th Apr 2024 Saturday
At Sea
06:00
23:00
3
21st Apr 2024 Sunday
At Sea
06:00
23:00
4
22nd Apr 2024 Monday
At Sea
5
23rd Apr 2024 Tuesday
Praia di Vitoria
06:00
18:00
6
24th Apr 2024 Wednesday
Ponta Delgada, Azores
06:00
18:00
6
24th Apr 2024 Wednesday
Cruising by Santa Maria
23:00
23:00
7
25th Apr 2024 Thursday
At Sea
06:00
23:00
8
26th Apr 2024 Friday
Cruising by Cabo Girão
06:00
06:00
8
26th Apr 2024 Friday
Funchal, Madeira
06:00
18:00
9
27th Apr 2024 Saturday
Funchal, Madeira
06:00
18:00
10
28th Apr 2024 Sunday
At Sea
06:00
23:00
11
29th Apr 2024 Monday
Lisbon
06:00
18:00
12
30th Apr 2024 Tuesday
Porto (Oporto)
06:00
18:00
13
1st May 2024 Wednesday
At Sea
06:00
23:00
14
2nd May 2024 Thursday
At Sea
06:00
23:00
15
3rd May 2024 Friday
Liverpool
06:00

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has revamped its fleet with the addition of the 1,338-passenger flagship Bolette. One of two vessels -- Amsterdam and Rotterdam -- purchased from Holland America Line the ships will replace Boudicca and Black Watch which were retired from the line following the acquisition. Renamed Bolette and Borealis, after two previous Fred. ships, they joined the fleet in September 2020 to become the line's two largest vessels and Bolette, formerly Amsterdam, will set sail under its new flag in March 2021.

The family-run Norwegian-owned line caters mainly to mature British passengers with a classic style of cruising on its four-strong fleet of small and mid-size ships. The ship was built in 2000 at the Italian Fincantieri shipyard as the fourth and last ship in HAL's Rotterdam (R) class) and refurbished in 2015.

Bolette's 690 cabins are situated across five decks and divided into 12 categories. They range in size from interior cabins which measure 185 square feet to 575-square-feet Premier Suites. Bolette has more than 50 single cabins, with grades ranging from Inside to Balcony Suite, plus wheelchair accessible accommodation and staterooms with bathtubs. Standard amenities in all cabins include tea and coffee making facilities, fridge, TV entertainment system, hairdryer and safe.

Offering more public space than Boudicca and Black Watch, Bolette has six restaurants. The main dining room is a grand two-tiered venue with a variety of seating options. There is also a relaxed buffet restaurant, included in the fare, and smaller speciality restaurants which can be booked for a supplement. The 11 bars and lounges include a split level show lounge for after-dinner entertainment and smaller bars and lounges; some of them also featuring live music and comedy.

Other facilities on Bolette include two swimming pools -- one with a retractable roof and the other overlooking the aft of the ship -- two hot tubs and a spa with a thermal area, hydro pool, two saunas and nine treatment rooms. There are also tennis and basketball courts and a culinary theatre used for cookery classes and chef demonstrations. Wi-Fi is available throughout the ship for an extra fee and a variety of Internet packages are available. All passenger decks are served by lifts. The ship has a self-service laundry, with washing machines operated by pre-purchased tokens, plus ironing boards. A cabin laundry service is also available, at additional cost.

The dress code on Bolette is casual by day and smart casual in all restaurants at night, aside from the buffet which is casual. There are one or two formal black tie nights depending on the cruise duration. A themed British night is a popular addition to most sailings of more than five nights, where passengers have the option to dress in red, white and blue.

On a cruise holiday, Fred. Olsen know that your on board experience is just as important to you as the time you spend ashore. That's why they are dedicated to ensuring their entertainment programme is packed with activities and memorable performances that help to create inspirational days and unforgettable nights.

Bolette features eleven stylish, spacious and comfortable bars and lounges, providing plenty of choice and variety. When the lights go down and you settle into your evening, Bolette will treat you to a selection of live shows ranging from music and cabaret to quick-fire stand-up comedy, all enjoyed in the space and comfort of her stylish lounges and theatres. And, of course, throughout the ship you can sit, relax and enjoy a glass of your favourite tipple accompanied by the gentle sounds of live acoustic music.

The fine dining experience enjoyed in in the elegant restaurants and dining venues on board their ships is a high point of every Fred. Olsen cruise. There are deliciously-tempting, expertly prepared dishes, from perfectly cooked breakfasts to sumptuous five course á la carte dinners, on offer throughout the day, presented with the personal touch of Fred. Olsen's famously attentive service.

There's an undoubted sense of occasion to dining in Bolette's main restaurant, a grand two-tiered venue featuring classical, elegant décor and a variety of seating options and table sizes, perfect for both intimate and large group dining. Guests can choose to dine in one of the smaller supplementary dining venues too, or perhaps at the more relaxed buffet restaurant.  

The dress code in all restaurants is casual during the day, while the evenings are usually smart-casual, apart from on Bolette's fantastic Formal Nights. 

Best for...

Mature, budget-minded Brits who don't need brand-new ships to keep them happy.

Not the best for...

Party animals, anyone looking for cruising's latest and greatest high-energy activities.

Who goes on Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines cruise ships?

Fred. Olsen appeals mainly to Brits over 65, with entertainment and activities geared to this demographic. A smattering of North Americans can also be found onboard, and in summer, multigenerational families are encouraged to join cruises operating in the school holidays. Cruisers who choose Fred. Olsen want comfort rather than glitz and are not over fussed about fripperies like balcony cabins, butler service and multiple dining choices. The friendly atmosphere onboard also means a lot of solo travellers are attracted to the line.


Do I have to dress up on a Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines cruise?

Yes, there is a dress code. Most evenings are smart-casual, which means collared shirts and chinos or smart jeans for men and dresses or separates for ladies -- just no shorts, sleeveless T-shirts or tracksuits. Formal nights -- usually one per cruise -- require black tie or black suit and tie for men (and the tie rule is enforced in the dining room!) and cocktail or long dresses for ladies. There are also occasional theme nights, like a red, white and blue British night.


Is everything free on Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines cruises?

No. Drinks, crew tips, spa treatments, some exercise classes, specialty restaurants, the formal afternoon tea and excursions cost extra.


What are Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines's most popular activities?

Passengers on Fred. Olsen tend to be traditional, so classic cruise activities, including quizzes and lectures, bridge lessons and tournaments, and arts and crafts sessions, are, by far, the most popular. Dancing is also in demand, with gentlemen dance hosts onboard and regular ballroom and Latin American sessions.


  • Comfortable rooms and suites with tv, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities and individually controlled air conditioning
  • Tempting cuisine every day throughout your cruise - with five course à la carte dinners, casual breakfast and lunch buffets and late-night snacks
  • Self-service tea and coffee at selected venues, morning coffee with biscuits, and afternoon sandwiches and cakes
  • In-room sandwiches and snacks
  • All evening entertainment, including cabaret shows, live music and dancing
  • Captain's Drinks Party and Gala Buffet (Gala Buffet not available on cruises of four nights or less)
  • Use of leisure facilities, including complimentary fitness classes, swimming pools, Jacuzzis and use of our fitness centre
  • A wide choice of on board activities and lectures throughout the day
  • All UK port taxes (where collectable in advance)
  • Luggage porterage between your room and the drop-off/pick-up point
  • Flights, as confirmed as part of a fly-cruise holiday
  • And everything on board is priced in Sterling - so you don't have any worries about currency fluctuations

*Premium Traditional Afternoon Tea not included.

Fred. Olsen Fares Explained

What's the difference between Fred. Olsen's Freedom & Saver Fares?

Freedom Fares

Freedom Fares are designed so that you can benefit from the best choice of cabins and relax knowing your holiday is planned out. They offer the best choice, benefits and flexibility, including being able to choose your cabin number.

Included with Freedom Fares:

  • Your choice of restaurant is confirmed at time of booking (subject to availability)
  • Your choice of dining time is confirmed at time of booking (subject to availability)
  • Your table size at dinner can be requested (but not guaranteed)
  • Cabin grade can be chosen at time of booking
  • Cabin number can be chosen at time of booking
  • 15% deposit on bookings before 90 days of departure
  • Standard cancellation fee
  • Oceans Discount - as applicable, based on membership level (subject to Oceans Club terms and conditions)
  • Booking transferable to another cruise (once only per booking)
  • Priority booking for pre-booked Shore Tours (subject to availability)
  • Oceans benefits on board (subject to availability)
  • Priority for cabin upgrades (complimentary or charged, when available, subject to availability)
  • Free shuttle bus to local centre (where operating)
  • Priority debarkation at end of cruise (available on request, but not guaranteed)

Saver Fares

Saver Fares have been designed to offer promotional fares with a simplified pricing structure.

As Saver Fares offer guests specially reduced prices, the following terms and conditions are applicable:

  • Full payment is required at the time of booking
  • 100% cancellation charges apply
  • No refunds are permitted
  • Non-transferrable to any other cruise once booked
  • No cabin number and / or cabin grade is provided at the time of booking (cabin number will be advised on the cruise ticket)
  • Oceans Cruise Club discounts are not combinable with Saver Fares. Oceans points will be earned however.
  • Dining sitting will be allocated at Fred. Olsen's discretion and will be advised within the cruise ticket. Saver Fare guests can choose to book a specific dining sitting at the time of booking for a supplement of £2.00 per person per night.
  • Table sizes cannot be requested when booking on a Saver Fare.

Saver Fare Plus

All of the above Saver Fare terms and conditions apply however you will receive your grade of cabin at time of booking.
Cabin upgrades are subject to availability and may be complimentary or payable. Free shuttle bus is to the local centre and is not offered where the local centre is within walking distance.

Warm Weather Cruises with Fred. Olsen

Warm Weather Cruises

If you often find yourself dreaming of an escape to sun-kissed destinations to enjoy their balmy climate, explore beautiful landscapes, discover their highlights and perhaps relax on their gorgeous, inviting beaches, you're sure to be tempted by the selection of Fred. Olsen's Warmer Cruises.

These expertly crafted sailings have been designed to offer you sights and experiences that feel a world away from home, by taking in spectacular islands, such as those classic Caribbean destinations, the Canaries or islands in the Indian Ocean, which are renowned for their year-round warmth, natural wonders and cultural charms; iconic cities and coastal gems in regions including the Mediterranean, Arabia and Africa; and much more.

Whether you're a sun-worshipper seeking somewhere to feel some warmth on your skin, a nature lover who wishes to explore floral gardens and volcanic landscapes, or looking to delve deep into rich culture and history, you'll find there is so much choice.

Longer Cruises with Fred. Olsen

Longer & World Cruises with Fred. Olsen

Fred. Olsen's hand-crafted itineraries are designed to show you the very best that the world has to offer on their smaller ships, by not only visiting some of the greatest destinations, but by embracing the joy of the journey too.

No matter where in the world they visit, they'll take you on a journey that goes beyond the usual tourist perspective, to ensure you can really delve into the culture, beauty and history of your chosen regions of discovery. So, you'll find that there are opportunities to experience unforgettable scenic cruising of beautiful fjords, rivers and archipelagos, in addition to time spent ashore encountering countless sights and highlights in iconic cities as well as lesser-known places found off the beaten track.

14 nights or longer in length, these cruises – including their epic Grand Voyages and World Cruises – offer explorations of places far and wide, from the historic countries of Northern Europe to the spectacular, rugged landscapes of the Antarctic.

On a Fred. Olsen cruise, the world awaits...

Cruising the Azores & Portugal

Cruising around the Azores from £1,644pp

Embark on an amazing journey onboard Fred. Olsen's smaller ships to the Azores, making island exploration easier than ever. Set sail from Southampton, Dover, Liverpool, or even Rosyth, and immerse yourself in the captivating fusion of Portuguese and Azorean cultures while relishing the comforts of your cruise ship. You'll also have the chance to uncover the beauty of the Atlantic Ocean and beyond.

Discover the Charm of Historic Islands

The remote Azores archipelago boasts a diverse collection of emerald-green islands with breathtaking volcanic landscapes, pristine lakes, and majestic mountains. These islands, once a crucial stopover for transatlantic flying boats, are steeped in history. Notably, the Azores proudly house two of Portugal's 15 UNESCO World Heritage sites: the vineyards of Pico and the old town of Angra do Heroismo. Embracing their role as a shining example of sustainable tourism, the local government has established a network of natural parks and marine reserves to protect their unspoiled environment. Upon reaching the Azores cruise port, you can explore a wonderland of bubbling mud pots, intriguing geology, and historic towns. The region is a haven for activities like whale watching, sailing, diving, surfing, and hiking. You can discover its treasures on horseback, bicycles, or scenic hiking trails.

Get Acquainted with Island Life

Azores cruises introduce you to the unspoiled volcanic gems of Horta and Praia de Vitória. Ponta Delgada, nestled on São Miguel Island, offers a harmonious blend of old-world charm and modern-day conveniences, with its charming cobblestone streets, historic architecture, lively markets, marina, and waterfront cafes, all beneath the shadow of the dormant Sete Cidades Volcano.

What's included in your cruise?

  • Comfortable cabins and suites all equipped with climate control, interactive smart TV, hairdryer, desk, phone, fridge (which can be stocked as a mini-bar) and tea and coffee making facilities
  • Tempting cuisine every day throughout your cruise – with five course à la carte dinners, casual breakfasts and lunches, buffets, afternoon tea with sandwiches and cakes and late-night snacks
  • Self-service tea and coffee in selected venues
  • li>In-cabin dining and snacks
  • All evening entertainment, including cabaret shows, live music and dancing
  • Use of leisure facilities, including swimming pools, Jacuzzis and Fitness Centre
  • A wide choice of on board activities, talks and demonstrations throughout the day
  • All UK port taxes (where collectable in advance)
  • Luggage porterage between your cabin and the drop-off/ pick-up point

Free Onboard Spend or Door-to-Door Transfers

Free onboard spend on selected cruises departing in 2024

Book one of Fred. Olsen's handcrafted 2024 cruises and receive up to £405 per person to spend on board. Whether you choose to sail the size-restricted Norwegian Fjords, visit the volcanic landscapes of the Azores, or go in Search of the awe-inspiring Northern Lights, you could enhance your cruise by choosing one of the specially selected shore tours, by dining in one of the speciality restaurants, relaxing in the Atlantis Spa, or by simply enjoying your favourite tipple in one of the well-appointed bars and lounges - the choice is yours.

Plus, on selected sailings over 14 nights...

On selected cruises, you'll have the option to choose between free onboard spending or free door-to-door transfers—up to 200 UK mainland miles—meaning you can start your holiday from the minute you leave your home. Hurry—this offer ends 30 April 2024!

Prices based on:

Superior Interior Cabin
Superior Interior Cabin

  • Twin beds convertible into a queen-size bed
  • En-suite bathroom with shower
  • Climate control, interactive smart TV, desk, phone, mini-fridge, hairdryer and tea & coffee making facilities
  • Approximate size 183sq ft
  • Located on Highland Deck 6, Promenade Deck 3 and Coral Deck 2

Picture Window Ocean View Cabin
Picture Window Ocean View Cabin

  • Twin beds convertible into a queen-size bed
  • En-suite bathroom with bath and/or shower
  • Climate control, interactive smart TV, desk, phone, mini-fridge, hairdryer and tea & coffee making facilities
  • Approximate size 214sq ft
  • Located on Coral Deck 2 and Marina Deck 1 (E Grade)
  • Located on Coral Deck 2 and Marina Deck 1 (D Grade)

Superior Ocean View Cabin
Superior Ocean View Cabin

  • Twin beds convertible into a queen-size bed
  • Large picture window
  • En-suite bathroom with bath and/or shower
  • Climate control, interactive smart TV, desk, phone, mini-fridge, hairdryer and tea & coffee making facilities
  • Approximate size 214sq ft
  • Located on Highland Deck 6 and Promenade Deck 3 (B Grade)
  • Located on Coral Deck 2 (C Grade)

Terrace Cabin
Terrace Cabin

  • Twin beds convertible into a queen-size bed
  • Private bathroom with shower
  • Sitting area
  • Sliding glass doors with access to Promenade
  • Two designated sun loungers
  • Climate control, interactive smart TV, desk, phone, mini-fridge, hairdryer and tea & coffee making facilities
  • Approximate size 218 sq ft
  • Located on Promenade Deck 3

Balcony Junior Suite
Balcony Junior Suite

  • Twin beds convertible into a queen-size bed
  • Sitting area
  • Private balcony
  • Private bathroom with bath and/or shower
  • Climate control, interactive smart TV, desk, phone, mini-fridge, hairdryer and tea & coffee making facilities
  • Approximate size 244 sq ft
  • Located on Highland Deck 6

Balcony Suite
Balcony Suite

  • Twin beds convertible into a queen-size bed
  • Sitting area
  • Private balcony
  • Private bathroom with bath and/or shower
  • Climate control, interactive smart TV, desk, phone, mini-fridge, hairdryer and tea & coffee making facilities
  • Approximate size 283 sq ft
  • Located on Highland Deck 6

Premier Suite
Premier Suite

  • King-size bed
  • Sitting and dressing areas
  • Private balcony with large table, chairs and sun loungers
  • Private bathroom with bath and shower
  • Climate control, interactive smart TV, desk, phone, mini-fridge, hairdryer and tea & coffee making facilities
  • Approximate size 568-644 sq ft
  • Located on Bridge Deck 7

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