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Natural Wonders & Wildlife of the Azores & Madeira


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Lagoa das Sete Cidades, Sao Miguel Island, Azores, Portugal Lagoa das Sete Cidades, Sao Miguel Island, Azores, Portugal
27 Oct 2024
14 nights

Your cruise at a glance

Hand-crafted highlights

Our team has designed this cruise to take in the natural wonders of Portugal. Visiting the hidden gems of the Azores archipelago presents chances to explore the Sete Cidades crater lakes and Angra do Heroísmo – an important stopover for navigators crossing the Atlantic. The hot springs of Furnas Valley offer opportunities to relax amidst lush verdant surroundings, while in Lisbon sample delectable pastéis de nata, the flaky pastry custard tart which the city is famous for; or explore narrow streets framed by colourful buildings on the iconic tram system. Wildlife charity ORCA will have representatives on board to help you search for marine life from the decks of Bolette.  Elsewhere you will find maritime history in Lisbon and levada trails and gardens in Madeira. Bolette will also sail past Santa Maria – an island with links to Columbus.

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View into volcanic crater, Calderia do Faial, Faial

Verdant Volcanic Vistas

Our journey planners have created this cruise aboard Borealis to showcase the magnificent views of the Azores' volcanic landscapes. When in Ponta Delgada, you can experience  the Sete Cidades twin crater lakes, one in shades of blue and the other in jade green hues. Alternatively, unwind in the hot springs of Furnas Valley, and the Terra Nostra Park thermal pool. Come on a tour with us to experience the breathtaking stalactites and rock formations inside the deep volcanic cave at Algar do Carvao on the island of Terceira, where you can explore the cave's lava chambers. You will also have the opportunity to visit Caldera de Gulherme Moniz and marvel at the views from its crater, complete with rocky outcrops, lava domes, and springs full of pure water, as the morning mist clears, offering you breathtaking vistas.

Yellow tram on a colourful street in Lisbon

The Portuguese way of life

The perfect fusion of culinary delights and cultural traditions characterises life in the Azores and Madeira. In Madeira and Lisbon, sample the delicious flaky pastry custard tarts, pastéis de nata, which are seen as a symbol of warmth and hospitality. Also in Lisbon, enjoy a journey round the city's narrow streets  aboard one of the iconic trams, or listen to and experience the heartfelt melodies and poignant lyrics of Madeira's Fado music, which tells tales of Portuguese love lost and longing, contrasted with the exuberant Bailinho traditional dance, which embodies joy and communal spirit. Spend some time in Madeira discovering how the renowned wine is made and tasting it, or unwind in Furnas Valley's geothermal spas.

Sperm whale tail, Azores

Whales and Dolphins

Conservationists from the wildlife charity ORCA will be joining you on board Bolette for your cruise to the Azores. They will provide talks and workshops to help you make the most of your time at sea, as well as helping guests to spot marine and wildlife from the decks of your ship. The waters around the Azores are renowned as a region of diverse marine life, where you will have the opportunity to encounter sperm whales, pilot whales and various species of dolphin in their natural habitat.


Cruise Itinerary

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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.

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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.

Algar do Carvão

Explore Inside Algar Do Carvâo Volcano

Explore Algar do Carvã, an ancient volcano located in one of Terceira's geological nature reserves. Journey 330ft below the Earth’s surface where extraordinary caves, magma chambers and even an underground lake with crystal clear waters await you.


Praia da Vitória

Jeep Adventure

Sete Cidades Jeep Adventure

Enjoy an exhilarating Jeep adventure up into the mountains to soak up the magnificent surroundings. Visit Sete Cidades, the main crater of this extinct volcano and Santiago Lake.


Ponta Delgada

Furnas Valley

Furnas Valley

Explore some of the natural highlights of the island of São Miguel with this special tour of Furnas Valley. Visit Ribeira Grande, Vila Franca do Campo and a pineapple plantation.


Ponta Delgada

Wine in a glass, bottlesof wine, Barrels of wine in background

Made in Madeira

Journey to Quinta das Vinhas, an organic vineyard to learn about its heritage, grape cultivation, and traditional Madeiran wine-making process. Conclude with a wine and rum tasting with tapas.



Flowers of Funchal

Flowers of Funchal

Begin with a scenic drive to Palheiro Gardens to explore the beautiful garden before continuing to the family-owned Quinta Jardins do Lago, where Pedro, a local botanical enthusiast, will conduct an insightful orchid workshop.



 Pasteis de Nata Workshop

Pastéis de Nata Workshop

In this hands-on baking class, learn the secrets of how to bake the iconic pastéis de nata under the guidance of a local chef, before enjoying your creations with a coffee. 



Port Wine and Douro River Cruise

Port Wine & Douro River Cruise

Immerse yourself in the magnificence of Oporto’s 18th-century splendour before enjoying a river cruise to view the city and its six impressive bridges from the unique perspective of the water. 



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.

Isaac Kenyon
Verdant Volcanic Vistas

Isaac Kenyon

Geoscientist, Isaac Kenyon, is passionate about adventure travel and the great outdoors. As we explore the Azores, Isaac will be joining us to deliver a series of talks on the geology and wilderness of the Azores and Madeira.

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Michael Barratt - Go Stargazing

Go Stargazing is formed of a group of astronomers, all of whom are keen to encourage public interest in astronomy to as wide an audience as possible. On your cruise, expect to find Michael out on the top deck in the evenings conducting stargazing sessions.

Ocean Wildlife


Founded in 2001, ORCA is a group of Ocean Conservationists. Join them out on deck to search the seas for marine life.

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Sandy Leong

Sandy is a historian and storyteller with a particular expertises in exploration. She will be joining us on board to deliver talks on Marco Polo, Age of Discoveries and Christopher Colombus.

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 05:00 25/05/2024, 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 05:00 25/05/2024, based on the lowest available Cruise Only fare, and on sole occupancy. Please call +441473746175 for live availability & prices.

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Balcony Junior Suite (BJ)

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

Freedom Fare From £3,499 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 £3,499 pp
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Balcony Suite (BS)

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

Freedom Fare From £3,599 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 £4,799 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 £4,799 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 £7,199 pp
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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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