Volcanic Islands of the Canaries, Azores & Madeira

14th Oct 2023 15 nights Sails from Southampton Bolette T2327
FREEDOM FARE FROM £2,099 per person
Sete Cidades, Azores Sete Cidades, Azores
FREEDOM FARE FROM £2,099 per person
£200pp Free On Board Spend or £400pp when booking a Suite

*Applicable to new bookings made from 16/03/2023 on 2022/23 cruises sailing from the UK, of 13 to 15 nights in duration, see terms & conditions.

As you journey between a collection of volcanic Atlantic islands, you'll revel in their dramatic nature and unique beauty from on board Bolette and during unforgettable explorations ashore. A wealth of wonders awaits amongst the emerald-green islands and azure waters of the remote, hard-to-reach Azores. At São Miguel Island, the scenes of the Sete Cidades Volcano, with its 13-kilometre-wide crater and colourful lakes, are a must-see, while the Furnas Valley hot springs and Terra Nosta Park’s haven of gardens, geo-thermal pools and forests are particular highlights too. Meanwhile, Terceira Island’s picturesque south coast is an undoubted attraction to seek-out during your visit to Praia da Vitoria; take a scenic journey to witness its rugged volcanic beauty, visit UNESCO-listed Angra do Heroísmo, and enjoy views from atop Monte Brasil volcano.[ReadMore]

In the Canaries, visits to three different islands on consecutive days will provide plenty of highlights; you can see the natural wonders of San Antonio Volcanic Park, such as the Teneguia Volcano, up-close on La Palma, scale Mount Teide for unforgettable views of Tenerife’s volcanic landscapes, and seek-out the volcanic sites of La Gomera too. For a laidback experience, perhaps opt to head to the island’s sun-kissed beaches, and even indulge yourself at La Gomera’s Olsen family-owned Tecina Hotel. Finally, Madeira awaits to provide one final island discovery. From Funchal you can take in forested landscapes via the levada walking trails; see and smell the vibrant colours and scents of botanical gardens, on a flower safari with a local enthusiast; and indulge with sweet Madeiran wines. You’ve also a chance to enjoy the Atlantic views from Cabo Girao, before seeing this impressive sea cliff from on Bolette as you depart Madeira and head for home.

In recent years, we have seen a new era emerging in cruising.

There is a trend for everything to get bigger and busier, and for a cruise to be seen as an alternative to a large luxury resort, with a limitless flurry of activity. But this is not for us. Find out more 

1. WE ARE PROUD TO SAIL OUR OWN COURSE

We are free to do things a different way because we are family-run. Of course some people enjoy the bigger, busier cruises, but it is not for everyone, and it is not for us. We prefer to do things, 'The Olsen Way'.

2. SMALLER IS BETTER

We have fewer guests, so the atmosphere on board our ships is always warm and civilised. Our smaller ships allow us to visit the more interesting places that the world has to offer.

3. HAND-CRAFTED, NOT MASS PRODUCED

We pride ourselves on putting our all into the Fred. Olsen cruise experience. Our itineraries are created from scratch every year, our service is genuinely personal and each and every area of our ships is designed by hand.

While Bolette is one of the largest ships, by overall size, in our fleet, she still has capacity for less than 1,400 guests. So on board you’ll find you have more space in which to relax, in public areas such as the all-season pool and the beautiful two-tiered entertainment theatre, and enjoy a premium level of comfort – as well as our renowned personal service – in the elegant lounges, bars and dining venues.
 
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.