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Volcanic Vistas of the Azores & Madeira

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Sete Cidades crater lakes, Azores Sete Cidades crater lakes, Azores

25 Jul 2025

Liverpool

13 nights

Bolette

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Hand-crafted highlights

Embark on an exploration of Portugal aboard Bolette, revealing verdant volcanic vistas like the Algar do Carvão lava tube, Caldera Guilherme Moniz, Sete Cidades crater lakes and Cabo Girão sea cliff. We’ve timed your visit to the Azores so that you can experience the beauty of hydrangeas in bloom. There’s also the chance to enjoy whale and dolphin watching. Discover the Portuguese way of life with hot spring bathing in Furnas Valley, wine tasting in Madeira and the vibrant culture of Lisbon, with its pastéis de nata, fresh sardines, fado music and iconic trams. With its pineapple growing, tea plantations, botanical gardens and vineyards, you can learn more about the region’s agriculture and horticulture.

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Highlights

Algar Do Carvao Volcano

Verdant volcanic vistas


One of the main sights that you will have the opportunity to see on this cruise to the Azores is the incredible twin crater lakes of Sete Cidades, one green and one blue, and uncover the myths and legends associated with them, particularly the tragic tale of the Princess and shepherd boy. As Bolette continues her journey, visit the rocky outcrops of Caldera de Gulherme Moniz from Praia da Vitoria, and descend into the lava caves at Algar do Carvao. Scenic cruising of the mighty Cabo Girao sea cliff follows, before sailing along the Tagus river to Lisbon.

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Yellow tram on a colourful street in Lisbon

Portuguese way of life


Your cruise aboard Bolette has been perfectly planned for you to experience the beauty of hydrangeas in bloom throughout the Azores. You will also have plenty of opportunities to immerse yourself in the Portuguese way of life by indulging in the famous Madeiran wine in Funchal or discovering the delectable flaky pastry goodness of pastéis de nata in Lisbon. Explore the city by the iconic wooden trams as you wind your way through narrow streets lined with colourful houses; and take time to experience a Fado performance, hauntingly beautiful folk music of country villages, telling nostalgic stories of lost loves.

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Pineapple fruits in a traditional Azorean greenhouse plantation

Discovering Azorean Agriculture 


Alongside the sight and scents of hydrangeas in bloom, discover the rich agricultural history of the Azores due to the tropical subclimate of the islands. You will be perfectly placed in Ponta Delgada to visit a Pineapple Greenhouse to explore how the fruits are cultivated, and the Gorreana Tea Plantation, Europe's oldest tea garden. In Madeira, you'll have ample opportunity to wander around the Botanical Gardens and explore a local vineyard to witness the iconic Madeiran wine production. 

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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

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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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.

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Orca

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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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 15:00 19/04/2024, 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 15:00 19/04/2024, based on the lowest available Cruise Only fare, and on sole occupancy. Please call +441473746175 for live availability & prices.

Cabin Grades

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Balcony Junior Suite (BJ)

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

Freedom Fare From £4,399 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 £4,399 pp
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Balcony Suite (BS)

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

Freedom Fare From £4,499 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 £5,599 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 £5,599 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 £6,999 pp
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Cruise Offers

FREE On Board Spend   Freedom Fare

What's Included

SO MUCH ALREADY 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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