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Winter Warmth in the Canaries & Cape Verde


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Beach in Santa Palma with colourful houses Beach in Santa Palma with colourful houses
24 Nov 2024
18 nights

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Exchange the UK winter for the warmer climes of Cape Verde and the Canaries on this relaxing sailing. Cape Verde is a cultural melting pot of Portuguese and African traditions, so when in Mindelo and Praia, you have the chance to experience the archipelago's laid-back way of life and traditional art forms, such as morna and funaná music and dance styles. You’ll have chances to witness the natural volcanic landscapes of La Palma's Teneguía Volcano, Lanzarote's Timanfaya National Park and Mount Teide in Tenerife. Some of the world's most famous explorers departed from Lisbon during the Age of Discovery and the capital's fascinating past can be explored at sites such as the Maritime Museum and Jerónimos Monastery.

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Beach in Santa Cruz, Tenerife

Explore sun-kissed islands in winter

The islands of the Canaries and Cape Verde are the perfect destinations to visit during the winter months, as their subtropical climate allows for year-round warmth and sunshine. In Mindelo, Monte Verde offers panoramic views across the island, while La Palma is the ideal island for relaxing on its black sand beaches or exploring its trails through lush pine and laurel forests and over volcanic landscapes. In Tenerife, enjoy strolling along palm tree-lined promenades as the clear waters of the Atlantic Ocean lap against the shore, providing ultimate relaxation.

Pasties de Nata,  traditional spanish tarts

Discover Cape Verde and Canarian ways of life

The cultures of the Canaries and Cape Verde Islands are based on cultures rich in traditions, gastronomy, and volcanic origins. In Tenerife, a popular dish is papas arrugadas, their signature recipe of wrinkly potatoes served with spicy Mojo sauce, while in Lisbon, the heavenly custard tart surrounded by flaky pastry, Pastéis de Nata, is not to be missed. In the Cape Verde Islands, experience performances of funaná music, an accordion-based style derived from African slave music in rural villages whose lyrics tell of the tragedies and happiness of everyday life, or the Batuku dance, danced mainly by women to a beating a rhythm alongside a solo singer. 

Mount Tiede, Tenerife

Explore enticing Volcanic islands

Formed thousands of years ago, the volcanic islands of Cape Verde and the Canaries offer a diverse range of natural landscapes combined with geological characteristics. Santa Cruz is your gateway to the renowned volcano of Mount Teide in Tenerife, whose summit is reached by cable car, offering panoramic views across the surrounding scenery and neighbouring islands. Caldera de Taburiente in La Palma is an intriguing blend of rocky peaks, boulders, and pine trees, but venture further and you will discover lush green scenery and a variety of flora and fauna. In Mindelo, join us to experience sweeping vistas of volcanic landscapes and the surrounding bay from the peak of Monte Verde. 


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Life On Board

Introducing Bolette

With just 690 cabins Bolette fits perfectly in our fleet of smaller ships. With her warm, welcoming atmosphere, timeless style, and classic open deck spaces providing a place to fully immerse yourself in the magic of ocean cruising.

Bolette in Olden, Norway
Bolette at sunrise


Bolette is one of the largest ships, by overall size, in our fleet. With its warm, welcoming atmosphere and timeless style, and classic open deck spaces providing a place to fully immerse yourself in the magic of ocean cruising, Bolette is very much in keeping with what our guests have come to expect from a Fred. Olsen ship.

690 cabins
1,338 guests
657 crew
62,735 GT
24.5kts max speed
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Sample Shore Tours

At each port of call on your cruise, we carefully research and hand pick Shore Tour options for you, designed for you see as many of the world's best destinations as possible.

Below, you will find some sample Shore Tours which will give you an example of what to expect on your cruise. Your Shore Tours will be available to book approximately 8-13 weeks prior to departure via your My Cruises account.

The Fire Mountains

The Fire Mountains

Discover the fiery mountains of Timanfaya and witness the rustic nature of this otherworldly volcanic landscape caused by the eruptions that affected the southern part of the island. 



Mindelo Jeep Safari

Mindelo Jeep Tour

Explore the barren volcanic landscapes of Cape Verde on this 4x4 tour. Visit remote coastal areas and some of the most untouched sites of the island, including a volcanic crater, before visiting a rural community to gain an insight into what life here is like for the locals. 



Praia, Cape Verde

Funaná Dance

Discover the hustle and bustle of Praia as you meander through its busy streets. Take a seat and embrace the lively atmosphere with some local wines and Cape Verdean snacks as you enjoy an authentic dance performance.



Mount Teide Cable Car

Mount Teide Cable Car

Journey up Spain’s highest volcano, Mount Teide, via cable car to La Rambleta, 3,555 metres above sea level, affording fabulous views not only of the crater but of Tenerife and the other islands of the archipelago.


Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Your Guest Speakers

We’ve arranged for some wonderful guest speakers to join us for this cruise. They will be delivering a programme of insightful talks and activities to deepen your cultural, artistic and historical understanding of the destinations we will be exploring, well as helping you to enjoy the natural beauty of the places we visit.

Dr Stephen Musgrave

Dr. Stephen Musgrave

Maritime speaker and former Merchant Navy officer, Stephen Musgrave will be onboard to deliver engaging talks on the Age of Exploration, including the Portuguese Age of Discoveries.

Emma Neave Webb, Guests speaker
Ocean Wildlife

Emma Neave-Webb

Marine Biologist and Strandings Coordinator at the International Whaling Commission, Emma Neave Webb will be joining us to lead wildlife spotting sessions out on deck as well as speak on a range of ocean wildlife topics.

John Brinkley

John Brinkley

John is a Fellow of the Geological Society and has co-authored a number of geographical teaching resources. Throughout the cruise, John will be on hand exploring the geology of the destinations we will be visiting.

Paul Fellows

Paul Fellows

Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, Paul Fellows, will be on board delivering insightful talks and hosting stargazing sessions. As we explore the Canaries and Cape Verde together, join him out on deck as he brings the night sky to life.

Treats & Pastimes

In addition to our Signature Experiences, we have a selection of lovely Treats & Pastimes for you to enjoy when on board. Just check your Daily Times each day for full details.

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Cabins, Prices & Offers

Cabin Options On Your Cruise

* Prices correct as of 04:00 16/06/2024, based on the lowest available Cruise Only fare, and on two people sharing a twin cabin. Please call +441473746175 for live availability & prices.

* Prices correct as of 04:00 16/06/2024, based on the lowest available Cruise Only fare, and on sole occupancy. Please call +441473746175 for live availability & prices.

Cabin Grades

Standard Pricing Solo Pricing

Balcony Junior Suite (BJ)

Bolette's Balcony Junior Suites have a private balcony and sitting/bedroom area.

Freedom Fare From £4,499 pp
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Balcony Junior Suite Wheelchair Adapted (BJD)

Bolette's Balcony Junior Adapted Suites have a balcony and sitting/bedroom area.

Freedom Fare From £4,499 pp
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Balcony Suite (BS)

Located on deck 6, Bolette's Balcony Suites have a private balcony

Freedom Fare From £4,599 pp
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Premier Suite (PS)

Bolette’s Premier Suites are located on Deck 7, and have a private balcony.

Freedom Fare From £5,999 pp
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Premier Suite Wheelchair Adapted (PSD)

Bolette's Premier Adapted Suites are spacious and stylish, and located on deck 7.

Freedom Fare From £5,999 pp
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Olsen Suite (OW)

The Olsen Suite is the largest suite on Bolette, with a private balcony and sitting area.

Freedom Fare From £8,999 pp
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Cruise Offers

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What's Included


As well as our Signature Experiences, there are a host of other treats to enjoy on board our ships.

  • À la carte breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Daily buffet dining options
  • Late night Supper Club
  • Afternoon tea
  • Self-service tea & coffee
  • In-cabin dining & snacks
  • Evening shows
  • Live music & dancing
  • Dance classes
  • Lectures & talks
  • Cookery demonstrations
  • Traditional deck games
  • Daily games & quizzes
  • Swimming Pools
  • Jacuzzis
  • Fitness Centre
  • Fitness Classes

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