Atlantic Islands & Brazilian Icons

4th Jan 2022 25 nights Sails from Southampton Bolette T2202
Copacabana Beach with Mountains in Horizon, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Copacabana Beach with Mountains in Horizon, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Sailing to South America, you’ll embark on an epic journey in search of some of Brazil’s most iconic sights and attractions. The world-famous landmarks and cultural highlights of intoxicating cities, as well as lush rainforest and glorious beaches, await your discovery – and that’s all after visiting a trio of beautiful Atlantic islands.[ReadMoreMob]

An overnight stay in Rio de Janeiro is the crowning glory of this unforgettable itinerary. You’ll have time to revel in breathtaking views from the peak of Sugarloaf Mountain; shake your hips to samba beats reverberating through the city’s streets; and not only see the mighty Christ the Redeemer, but have a private mass with a local priest at this world-famous wonder. The chance to take time-out from the city bustle and watch the sunset from Copacabana Beach is also simply unmissable. There’s time in enchanting Salvador too, to explore the UNESCO-listed historic centre of the ‘Capital of Happiness’, a living museum of cobbled streets, squares and colonial architecture. Meanwhile, Ilhabela is your gateway to paradise, situated close to golden-sand beaches, spectacular waterfalls and the dense jungle of verdant Atlantic rainforest, which echoes to the sounds of over 300 bird species.[ReadMoreDesk]

En route to Brazil, your journey across the Atlantic combines time to relax and experience the magic of sailing the world’s oceans on a smaller ship with opportunities to discover the delights of the Canaries, Madeira and Cape Verde. You could explore the volcanic, mountainous landscapes of Tenerife, and capture the beauty of magnificent Mount Teide; breathe in the sweet scents of Funchal’s fragrant gardens; and sample the rich Cape Verdean culture of Mindelo. At the end of your voyage, South America’s southernmost capital is also yours to explore in Uruguay. Take a leisurely wander into Montevideo’s delightful Ciudad Vieja old town district to uncover historical highlights aplenty, including the 26-storey-high Palacio Salvo, the 19th century Teatro Solis and the impressive Metropolitan Cathedral. Alternatively, you could choose to taste traditional ranch life on an Estancia on tour.  

Your Itinerary

  • Seek out some of Brazil’s most iconic attractions
  • Revel in unrivalled views from Sugarloaf Mountain
  • Uncover gorgeous natural treasures at Ilhabela
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While Bolette is one of the largest ships, by overall size, in our fleet, she still has capacity for less than 1,400 guests. So on board you’ll find you have more space in which to relax, in public areas such as the all-season pool and the beautiful two-tiered entertainment theatre, and enjoy a premium level of comfort – as well as our renowned personal service – in the elegant lounges, bars and dining venues.
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.

In recent years, we have seen a new era emerging in cruising.

There is a trend for everything to get bigger and busier, and for a cruise to be seen as an alternative to a large luxury resort, with a limitless flurry of activity. But this is not for us. Find out more 


We are free to do things a different way because we are family-run. Of course some people enjoy the bigger, busier cruises, but it is not for everyone, and it is not for us. We prefer to do things, 'The Olsen Way'.


We have fewer guests, so the atmosphere on board our ships is always warm and civilised. Our smaller ships allow us to visit the more interesting places that the world has to offer.


We pride ourselves on putting our all into the Fred. Olsen cruise experience. Our itineraries are created from scratch every year, our service is genuinely personal and each and every area of our ships is designed by hand.