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Discovering the Canary Islands | T2128

20th Nov 2021 | 12 nights | Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines | Bolette

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No-risk deposits
Arrecife, Lanzarote
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
San Sebastián de La Gomera
Santa Cruz de la Palma
Santa Cruz, Tenerife
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Day
Date
 
Arrival
Departure
 
1
20th Nov 2021 Saturday
Southampton
2
21st Nov 2021 Sunday
At Sea
   
3
22nd Nov 2021 Monday
At Sea
   
5
24th Nov 2021 Wednesday
Arrecife, Lanzarote
6
25th Nov 2021 Thursday
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
7
26th Nov 2021 Friday
San Sebastián de La Gomera
8
27th Nov 2021 Saturday
Santa Cruz de la Palma
9
28th Nov 2021 Sunday
Santa Cruz, Tenerife
10
29th Nov 2021 Monday
At Sea
   
11
30th Nov 2021 Tuesday
At Sea
   
13
2nd Dec 2021 Thursday
Southampton

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.

Bolette's maiden voyage will be a seven-night Scotland and Ireland itinerary departing from Southampton on March 5, 2021, followed by a series of ex-U.K. sailings to destinations including the Mediterranean, Norwegian fjords and Baltic. In 2022 Bolette will sail in South America.

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 overfussed about fripperies like balcony cabins, butler service and multiple dining choices. The friendly atmosphere onboard also means a lot of solo travelers 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.

What are Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines Covid-19 policies and onboard protocols?

FRED. OLSEN'S CAPTAINS, OFFICERS AND CREW CAN’T WAIT TO WELCOME YOU BACK ONBOARD VERY SOON.

Fred. Olsen are following all the latest guidance for cruise ships set by the government. Although these guidelines are correct right now, they are likely to change as the Government updates their requirements for the cruise industry. 

VACCINATIONS: 

The first thing to say is that they have made it a requirement for all guests in 2021 to be fully vaccinated, which means you can feel safe in the knowledge that all of those you are travelling with are protected too. 

You will need to bring proof of your vaccinations which will be checked prior to embarkation. The easiest way to do this is to download and log into the NHS app. If you do not have access to a smartphone or tablet, please call 119 and you can request an official letter from the NHS. The letter can be requested no sooner than 4 weeks before you are due to travel and will take up to 7 working days to be processed, so please plan ahead.

For residents of Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland, please check with your regional health authority or government website for details on how to obtain your vaccination status.

FACE MASKS: 

Based on the current Government guidelines for the cruise industry, all guests will have to wear a face mask when moving around inside the ship and where social distancing is not possible (they do ask for a mask, rather than a shield or covering). You will not need to wear a mask when you are out on deck or sitting down, for example when you’re enjoying something to eat or a drink in one of their new bars or lounges.

SOCIAL BUBBLES:  

We know that for many, meeting new people and making new friends is an important part of their cruise. This is why they have introduced ‘social bubbles’ on board. You will have up to five companions with whom you can dine, drink and enjoy their entertainment with, should you wish to, during your cruise. You will not need to socially distance yourself from anyone in your bubble. If you are travelling in a group with separate bookings, please let Fred. Olsen know and they will do everything they can to ensure you are in the same ‘social bubble’.

Guests will need to remain socially distanced from everyone who is not inside their ‘Social Bubble’. Their furniture has been arranged to assist with this and you will also find helpful signage around the ship to remind you to keep a safe social distance. 

BUFFET RESTAURANTS:  

You will also find their buffet restaurants open for service. You will still be able to enjoy as many of the dishes available as you like (including second helpings!), which will now be served by their friendly crew rather than self-service.

TRACESAFE BANDS:  

When you check-in, you will be given one of their new TraceSafe bands to wear, which means that in the unlikely event that anyone should test positive for coronavirus during your cruise, their medical team will be able to identify anyone who may have been in contact with them.

SHORE TOURS: 

Currently, on sailings with port stops, guests must be part of one of our organised tours in order to go ashore. If the guidelines change nearer the time, they will of course let you know.

TESTING BEFORE YOUR CRUISE: 

As part of the Government guidelines for the cruise industry, they will be testing all guests before embarking the ship.

They also recommend that you take a ‘lateral flow’ test twice a week in the lead up to your cruise in line with what the Government has asked us to do as part of our daily lives. 

We aim to keep this page as up to date as possible. For the very latest information, and to find out more, speak to our team or click here


  • Comfortable, stylish cabins and suites equipped with a Smart TV, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities, a fridge and individually controlled air conditioning
  • A tempting choice of cuisine every day throughout your cruise – with five-course à la carte dinners, casual breakfast and lunch buffets, late-night snacks and much more
  • Unlimited, self-service tea and coffee available 24hrs at selected venues, complimentary afternoon tea* with sandwiches and cakes, and in-room sandwiches and snacks
  • A full programme of evening entertainment, including cabaret shows, comedy, dancing and live music
  • Full use of on board leisure facilities, including swimming pools, Jacuzzis and gym
  • A wide choice of engaging on board activities and lectures throughout the day
  • All UK port taxes (where collectable in advance)
  • Luggage porterage between your cabin and the drop-off/pick-up point
  • Formal welcome and/or Captain’s Drinks Party and Gala Buffet

Chargeable extras. Cruise descriptions include optional, chargeable experiences that may be enjoyed independently and/or with optional Fred. Olsen Shore Tours. *Premium Traditional Afternoon Tea not included. Upgrade to All Inclusive Drinks Package is available as a chargeable optional extra and can be added to your booking up to six days prior to your cruise departing. 

Fred. Olsen's Enjoyment Promise

Fred. Olsen's Enjoyment Promise

If you favour a welcoming, ‘home-from-home’ atmosphere, friendly, smiling staff and like-minded fellow guests with whom you can share a good story or two, you’ll likely find travelling with Fred. Olsen a rewarding experience. You don’t have to take their word for it though: they're so confident that you’ll like cruising that they offer an Enjoyment Promise as standard.

Simply book more than 12 weeks ahead on cruises of five nights or more and if you find that it’s not for you within 48 hours of sailing (24 hours on Brabant river cruises), just let them know and they promise to arrange and pay for your flight back to the UK from the next port and repay the cost of your cruise (you must read the full terms & conditions below before booking). So your relaxation starts the moment you choose Fred. Olsen.


Terms & conditions

The Enjoyment Promise excludes Party Nights and cruises for 4 or less nights.  The promise only applies to bookings made for departures more than 12 weeks ahead. The Enjoyment Promise only applies to Passengers who have contracted with FOCL and excludes cruises on vessels operated by FOCL but booked through third party operators. Should you wish to invoke the Enjoyment Promise, you will need to inform Guest Relations within 48 hours of the Vessel's departure from the original port of embarkation at the latest (24 hours for River Cruises).  FOCL will arrange and pay for a flight and/or transport back to the UK. FOCL will refund the cruise cost only but will not refund other costs. 

 

Plain Sailing Guarantee

Small ships, not small print

Fred. Olsen's new Plain Sailing Guarantee is designed to give you every reassurance about your booking with them during these unusual times. And it comes completely without clauses or caveats. This will cover guests sailing with Fred. Olsen in 2021, 2022 & 2023.

No risk deposits

Book any cruise currently on sale and you can change your mind and move your deposit to another cruise within 12 months of your original sailing with no transfer fees. Just let us know before your final balance is due. Applicable to all bookings for 2021, 2022 & 2023 cruises.

Transfer on your terms

If you cannot travel due to testing positive for COVID-19, we will transfer your cruise or give you a sailing credit. There will be no administration fees and you can choose any cruise within 12 months of your original sailing date.

No quibble refunds

We are very sorry if your cruise with Fred. Olsen is cancelled. Whilst we would love it if you transferred to another, you can of course have a full refund, with no quibbles, at any time. 

Fred. Olsen's unique Enjoyment Promise

Fred. Olsen want you to book your cruise with complete confidence.  

That’s why Fred. Olsen Jnr himself insists each and every booking is covered with his Enjoyment Promise. It means that if within 48 hours of sailing, you are not enjoying your ocean cruise, they will arrange to take you home at their expense and give you a full refund.  

As the world is changing constantly, it may also be necessary for the Plain Sailing Guarantee to change without notice. You will always be able to see the latest version on their website (fredolsencruises.com/travel-confidence). The benefits above replace the standard transfer policy detailed in their Booking Conditions.

Fred. Olsen have kept things beautifully simple and straightforward, just like the family-run business they are. Fred. Olsen look forward to welcoming you on board when the time is right for us all.

Terms & conditions

Terms may be subject to change or withdrawal without notice. Please allow at least one extra business day on top of these deadlines to allow Cruise Circle to process your payment and/or notify Fred.Olsen of your intentions.

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Join Fred. Olsen aboard their smaller ships for some sun this autumn and winter as they cruise to sunnier shores including the Mediterranean and the Adriatic. Their hand-crafted itineraries are specially designed to make the most of these sun-filled destinations and also take in the local history and culture. Book one of these fabulous Fred. Olsen voyages and save £££s over the brochure price, plus on some dates and fares, get up to £100pp onboard spend & free tips! 


Terms & conditions

Onboard spend amounts: 4-night cruises = £25 per person, 5 to 8-night cruises = £50 per person 9 to 12-night cruises = £75 per person, 13 to 16-night cruises = £100 per person. NB L2204 Iconic Italy with the Venice Carnival excluded from OBS offer. On-board spend/Tips covered offer: applicable to new bookings, made from 16/08/21 onwards, on sailings of up to 19 nights in duration, departing from the UK, between January 2022 and December 2023, excluding cruises L22SN, T2212, & M2223; cruises of 20 nights and more & Fly-cruises including M2233 are excluded. Charters, exclusive sailings and Tour Operator holidays are excluded. Freedom fare terms and conditions apply. Tips are paid directly to the relevant staff on board; are non-refundable, non-transferable and cannot be exchanged for cash. The recommended amount for Tips is £5 per person per night. Free On Board Spend amount is per person (pp), up to two guests per cabin, amount varies per cruise up to £100 pp – see website for details. On-Board Spend is non-transferable, no refunds will be given for the credit amount shown, and no cash alternative will be given for unused money. Exclusions: October sailings not combinable with tips/spend offer as they are based on Saver Fare. 

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