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Canary Islands Christmas & Lisbon New Year


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Fireworks over Lisbon, Portugal Fireworks over Lisbon, Portugal
21 Dec 2024
14 nights

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Experience an altogether more laidback festive season, visiting sun-kissed islands and spending Christmas and New Year’s Eve in warmer climes. Bolette will be beautifully decorated, and you'll experience an abundance of festive activities, including an indulgent Christmas lunch and spectacular gingerbread houses created by our talented chefs. Enjoy a relaxing Christmas Day on board Bolette as you sail towards Madeira, home to fragrant gardens, unique levada walking trails, and fortified wine. Discover volcanic landscapes with visits to La Palma, known as the ‘Pretty Island’; Tenerife’s mighty Mount Teide; and Lanzarote, with its otherworldly scenery at the Timanfaya National Park. You'll also have the chance to delve into Lisbon’s maritime history before celebrating the arrival of 2025 with the New Year’s Eve fireworks display. Immerse yourself in the way of life in the Canaries and Portugal by savouring a Pastel de Nata when you are in Lisbon, a crumbly custard tart that will have you wishing for more, or when in Lanzarote, try a glass of Malvasía wine, made from the sweet-smelling grape that is only found on this island. 

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Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain-Las Teresitas beach

Explore sun-kissed islands

Renowned for their sun-kissed beaches, volcanic landscapes, and vibrant culture, the Canary Islands offer year-round sunshine and warmth, although it's not unusual to see the peak of Mount Teide, Spain's highest mountain, covered in a dusting of snow at this time of year. Explore the lush gardens of Madeira, where the scents of colourful blooms and tropical plants permeate the air, or wander along palm tree-lined promenades in La Palma, Arrecife, and Tenerife. Meanwhile, relax on golden sand beaches with crystal-clear seas lapping lazily against the shore, creating the perfect atmosphere for rejuvination. 

Pasties de Nata,  traditional spanish tarts

Indulging in the local way of life

Life in the Canaries and Portugal is influenced by a blend of Spanish and African traditions and often revolves around delicious food and drink. In Lisbon, the mouth-watering Pastéis de Nata custard tarts are not to be missed, as the flaky pastry and delicious filling melt in your mouth, while sipping Madeiran wine in Funchal offers an aromatic indulgence of rich caramel and toffee. In Tenerife, the famous spicy Mojo sauce adds a zesty kick to traditional dishes, such as paps arrugadas (wrinkled potatoes) while listening to Fado music in Lisbon tells tales of melancholy, love, and longing. Also in Lisbon, join us on a tram ride through narrow streets lined with colourful buildings, immersing yourself in the hustle and bustle of this iconic city.

Mount Tiede, Tenerife

Volcanic Vistas

The Canary Islands offer a plethora of breathtaking volcanic panoramas that will captivate your imagination. The rugged peaks of Cumbre Vieja provide sweeping views across ancient craters and lush valleys, while Mount Teide in Tenerife towers majestically above the clouds and serves as an example of the strength of volcanic forces in the Canaries, with its lunar-like landscape. La Palma's volcanic cones bear witness to the island's fiery past, while Timanfaya National Park in Lanzarote offers mesmerising vistas created by volcanic eruptions in the 18th century, showcasing an uneartly landscape of lava fields and craters.


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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 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.

View from Cabo Girao in Funchal, Madeira, Spain

Cabo Girão

Explore Funchal's scenic landscape from top viewpoints and visit the village that inspired Sir Winston Churchill's paintings. Begin at Pico dos Barcelos for stunning city views, then head to Europe's highest sea cliff, Cabo Girão. Visit Câmara de Lobos, where Churchill painted, and enjoy a taste of Madeira wine.



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.



 La Palma Wine

Local Wines of La Palma

Head to Fuencaliente, one of the best wine-growing regions on the island. Visit the San Antonio volcanic park before stepping inside one of the island’s famous wine cellars to learn about the winemaking process and sample some wines.


Santa Cruz de La Palma

Whale watching

Whale Watching from La Palma

Enjoy a tour sailing along the coastal waters of La Palma spotting for marine life.


Santa Cruz de La Palma

Mount Teide Cable Car

Mount Teide Cable Car

Journey up Spain’s highest volcano, Mount Teide, via cable car to La Rambleta, 3,555 metres above sea level, affording fabulous views not only of the crater but of Tenerife and the other islands of the archipelago.


Santa Cruz de Tenerife

The Fire Mountains

The Fire Mountains

Discover the fiery mountains of Timanfaya and witness the rustic nature of this otherworldly volcanic landscape caused by the eruptions that affected the southern part of the island. 



 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. 



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.

António Batarda

António Batarda

Throughout the cruise, Portuguese Archaeologist António Batarda will be discussing the History of Exploration and how the islands have perfect climate for produce.

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Volcanic Landscapes

Dorothy Satterfield

As a geologist with 27 years’ of experience teaching and leading Master's programmes, Dorothy will be joining us, alongside her husband Roger, to discuss the geology of the Canaries.

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Dr Chris Crowe

Dr. Chris Crowe

Chris is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and a professional astronomer. He will be on board leading stargazing sessions out on deck as well as speaking about a manner of astronomical matters.

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Volcanic Landscapes

Roger Suthren

Geologist, Roger has taken regular geological study trips to the Canary Islands, and will be joining us alongside with his wife, Dorothy, to talk about the geology of the Canaries.

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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 04:00 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 04:00 25/05/2024, 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 £5,499 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 £5,499 pp
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Balcony Suite (BS)

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

Freedom Fare From £5,699 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 £7,199 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 £7,199 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 £10,499 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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