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Spain, Portugal & the Spectacular Bird Migration

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01 Sep 2024
Liverpool
11 nights
Bolette

Your cruise at a glance

Hand-crafted highlights

Our team has planned this cruise to coincide with the bird migration across the Strait of Gibraltar, an incredible natural phenomenon that sees large numbers of birds, including storks, buzzards, kites and eagles, making the journey south. Other fascinating wildlife you may encounter on your cruise includes Gibraltar’s resident Barbary apes, and marine life seen from the comfort of Bolette. Visits to Spain and Portugal present chances to immerse yourself in local traditions, from tasting authentic treats of the region in their place of origin, such as Pastéis de Nata in Lisbon and port wine in Oporto, to learning flamenco with a local bailaora (flamenco dancer) in Cádiz.

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Highlights

Ribeira waterfront district of Porto

Explore the old towns of Iberia

This cruise aboard Bolette will showcase the rich history and culture of the Iberian region. Gibraltar's Town Square is a bustling hub of restaurants and typically British pubs, surrounded by deeply historical buildings, while the colourful Alfama District in Lisbon offers charming narrow streets, brightly-hued buildings, with the strains of fado music hanging in the air. In Oporto, you'll have the opportunity to explore the Ribeira District, with its picturesque riverfront, medieval architecture, and quaint cafes. Casco Antiguo in Cadiz showcases ornate palaces, ancient churches, and winding alleyways, revealing a maritime heritage of exploration and trade, and you'll also have the chance to explore Seville with its Moorish influences.

Spanish dancers, Flamenco

Immerse yourself in Iberian culture

Immerse yourself in Iberian culture and discover a blend of traditions that are sure to ignite all of your senses. In Cadiz, join us to visit an authentic tablao-tavern and experience the passionate rhythms of Flamenco with its expressive dance moves that evoke love, sadness and joy; sample delicious small savoury tapas dishes accompanied by the warming flavours of Jerez sherry. In Lisbon, be sure to try pastéis de nata and join a hands-on workshop to learn the secrets of how to bake these delectable flaky pastry tarts, and enjoy exploring the city aboard the iconic trams, admiring the colourful buildings lining steep, narrow streets. You'll also have the chance to discover the legacy of Fado music and its haunting melodies. 

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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.

Bolette in Olden, Norway
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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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.

St. Micheals Cave

The Rock Tour

See Gibraltar’s apes that roam freely and step inside St. Michael’s Cave for a 3D light show, before visiting Trinity Lighthouse.

££££

Gibraltar

 Dolphin Watching

Dolphin Watching

Sail the waters surrounding Gibraltar in search of nearby striped, common, and bottlenose dolphins. As you head back towards The Rock, spot key landmarks and learning about the history of Gibraltar.

££££

Gibraltar

Santiago Church and pavement cafe in Cathedral Square, Cadiz, Cadiz

Cádiz Like a Local

££££

Cádiz

 Flamenco Experience

Flamenco Experience

Learn about the history of flamenco and visit an authentic tablao-tavern to learn how to master this passionate dance from a local expert. 

££££

Cádiz

Beautiful Seville in the sunshine

Splendours of Seville

Explore the wonders of Seville on this Andalusian capital tour through picturesque landscapes, passing sherry vineyards and agricultural fields. Enjoy a panoramic city tour and some free time for lunch or a drink.

££££

Cádiz

Lisbon, Portugal by tram

Lisbon by Tram & City Drive

Embark on a scenic tram ride through this seven-hilled metropolis, and admire historical landmarks and the River Tagus while enjoying port wine and a Pastel de Nata. 

££££

Lisbon

 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. 

££££

Lisbon

Age of Discovery

Age of Discovery

Learn about the Golden Age of Discovery with visits to the Belém Quarter, Navigator’s Memorial, Belém Tower, the Maritime Museum and the Royal Monastery of Jerónimos, which houses the tomb of the great navigator, Vasco da Gama.

££££

Lisbon

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. 

££££

Leixões

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.

Jonathan Clough
Astronomy

Jonathan Clough

As we explore the Spain and Portugal together, Astronomer Jonathan Clough will be joining us on board to talk about all things space and host fascinating stargazing sessions out on deck.

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Ocean Wildlife Encounters
Ocean Wildlife

OWE (Ocean Wildlife Encounters)

Ocean Wildlife Encounters (OWE) are a group of highly experienced wildlife speakers. Join them for an insightful talk or out on deck to search the seas for wildlife.

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Tony McMahon
Exploration and Age of Discoveries

Tony McMahon

TV historian, Tony McMahon’s ability to speaks Portuguese has enabled him to understand relevant documents and books over the years to provide you with an insight into the Age of Discoveries and exploration in a series of engaging talks onboard.

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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 13:00 22/07/2024, 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 13:00 22/07/2024, 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 £3,699 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 £3,699 pp
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Balcony Suite (BS)

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

Freedom Fare From £3,799 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 £4,299 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 £4,299 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 £6,099 pp
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Cruise Offers

Solo traveller offer available   Saver Fare
Freedom Fare

Enjoy £100pp 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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