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Volcanic Vistas of the Azores & Madeira

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View from Cabo Girao cliff close to Camara de Lobos on Madeira island, Portugal view from Cabo Girao cliff close to Camara de Lobos on Madeira island, Portugal

14 Apr 2026

Liverpool

14 nights

Bolette

Your cruise at a glance

Hand-crafted highlights

Portugal’s islands boast landscapes bursting with flora and fauna, making this the ideal sailing for nature enthusiasts. You’ll have chances to go whale and dolphin watching and witness volcanic wonders such as the Sete Cidades crater lakes in the Azores and the mighty Cabo Girão sea cliff in Madeira. You can embrace the Portuguese way of life by bathing in the hot pools of Furnas Valley, exploring the capital via tram, and savouring culinary delights such as sardines, custard tarts and Madeira wine. Delve deeper into the islands’ rich agricultural and horticultural history by immersing yourself in the intricacies of local farming practices, pineapple cultivation, winemaking and flower growing.

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Highlights

Beautiful view of Santiago Lake "Lagoa de Santiago, Azores, Portugal

Rich volcanic landscapes

Your cruise aboard Bolette has been designed for you to witness the magnificent volcanic vistas of the Azores. During your time in Ponta Delgada, you can witness the twin crater lakes of Sete Cidades, one in shades of brilliant blue and the other jade green; or relax in the hot springs of Furnas Valley and the thermal pool at Terra Nostra Park. Join us on a tour to explore the deep volcanic cave at Algar do Carvao on Terceira, and wander through its magma chambers to discover awe-inspiring stalactites and rock formations. You'll also have the opportunity to experience outstanding panoramas from Caldera de Gulherme Moniz crater, with its rocky outcrops, lava domes, and springs of crystal clear water. 

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Yellow tram on a colourful street in Lisbon

Embrace the Portuguese way of life

The way of life in the Azores and Portugal is based upon traditional activities and a strong sense of community. In Lisbon, experience the haunting strains of Fado music, where musicians tell stories of heartbreak and longing; take a ride on the city's wooden trams through the historic centre and colourful neighbourhoods, and sample the mouth-watering pasteis de nata. Madeira's wine is renowned for its characteristic tones of caramel and toffee and can be enjoyed on tour from Bolette or at a tasting session on board with our Sommelier. 

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Pineapple fruits in a traditional Azorean greenhouse plantation

The perfect sub-tropical climate for agriculture

The islands of the Azores are perfectly placed in the mid-Atlantic Ocean, offering the perfect sub-tropical climate for the growth and cultivation of flora and fruits. When in Ponta Delgada, you're perfectly placed to explore the greenhouses of a pineapple plantation and see how these intensely flavoured fruits thrive in the rich, volcanic soil; and the oldest tea estate in Europe - the Gorreana Tea Plantation. The climate and lush pastures of Terceira are also ideal for the island's dairy farms, and its production of high-quality milk and cheese. You'll also have the opportunity to explore the botanical gardens of Madeira, walking amongst the colourful and sweet-smelling exotic plants and flowers.

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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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Astronomy

Go Stargazing

Acting as tour guides of the heavens, the Go Stargazing astronomers will share their knowledge with group sessions learning interesting and amazing facts about our Universe. The friendly and approachable team will be on hand to answer any questions you may have, and to help you spot planets and stars.

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ORCA
Ocean Wildlife

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 03:00 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 03:00 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 £4,498 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 £4,498 pp
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Balcony Suite (BS)

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

Freedom Fare From £4,698 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 £5,998 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 £5,998 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 £7,598 pp
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Cruise Offers

FREE On Board Spend OR Door-to-Door transfer up to 150 miles   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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