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Scenic Vistas & Diverse Cultures of Africa to Liverpool

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Flock of flamingos in a lagoon surrounding by sand dunes on Pelican Point Walvis Bay Namibia
01 Apr 2025
Cape Town
23 nights
Bolette

Your cruise at a glance

Hand-crafted highlights

Your cruise from Cape Town will take you on a journey to discover the wine routes of South Africa, in particular the world-famous Stellenbosch town and wine estate, and the chance to encounter the Big Five and other African wildlife on a specially arranged game drive. You will be able to explore the fascinating town of Lüderitz, which looks to be lost in time as it sits between the Namib Desert and the South Atlantic coast, before experiencing the outstanding wildlife of Walvis Bay, renowned for its lagoon that attracts thousands of flamingoes and pelicans. The remote island of St. Helena has a uniquely diverse heritage and offers remarkable vistas from its mountainous peaks. Here, you'll be able to explore it's Georgian town, stop to chat with friendly islanders known as 'Saints', and sample St. Helenian cuisine, which reflects the island's diverse Portuguese, British, Chinese, and African influences, including St. Helena fishcakes, grilled wahoo steak, and meat or poultry curries accompanied by pilau rice, known as plo.

Your time spent on board Bolette is 23 nights, but please allow for your flight from the UK to Cape Town. 

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Highlights

Table Mountain, South Africa

Explore African Landscapes

The African environment is made up of a variety of habitats and terrains, ranging from Table Mountain and Signal Hill in Cape Town to the enormous deserts of the Kalahari and Namibia. From Lüderitz, you can explore the Ghost Town of Kolmanskop, which was originally established when a railway worker spotted a diamond in the early 1900s. It immediately became a thriving diamond mining town, but after World War I, diamond sales plummeted, and the town shut down. Today, it stands as a memorial to a bygone colonial regime. Home to Swakopmund Lagoon and tidal flood plains, the Walvis Bay Wetlands, which attract thousands of pelicans and flamingos to its coasts, are among the most important coastal wetlands in Southern Africa.

Senegalese culture, music

Discover Diverse African Cultures

On this journey onboard Bolette, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the diverse cultures of each exciting destination you visit. On St. Helena, the residents, known as Saints, are especially hospitable and will welcome you to spend time talking with them and learning about their daily life. While exploring, try St. Helena White Lion Rum or Cactus Pear Spirit Tungi, distilled on the island, or savour local foods like steamed pudding or Plo, a rice-based dish similar to paella but more aromatic and spicy. Meanwhile, in Dakar, you can immerse yourself in Senegalese culture by attending a lively folklore performance by the Lebou ethnic minority, whose civilisation is based on ancestral spirits.

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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.

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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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Our Signature Experiences

To make your experience even more special, our Journey Planners have designed a unique programme of Signature Experiences which will allow you to discover real insights about the culture and nature of the places we are visiting, so you can arrive in each destination fully prepared to get the most out of your visit.

Itinerary Insights

We have carefully curated a programme of events to give you a deeper understanding of each of the destinations you will be visiting

Scenic Discoveries

Our Scenic Discoveries are designed to allow you to enjoy seeing the world from the unique perspective of our ships

The Ship and the Sea

Maritime is in our DNA - our history in shipping goes back almost 200 years

The Sky at Sea

There’s very little in the natural world more beautiful than a clear night sky, sunrise or sunset seen at sea

Treats of the Region

We love to bring a taste of the region's food, drink, local tastes and culinary traditions to life on board

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 22/07/2024, based on the lowest available Fly Cruise fare, and on two people sharing a twin cabin. Please call +441473746175 for live availability & prices.

* Prices correct as of 15:00 22/07/2024, based on the lowest available Fly Cruise 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 £7,299 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 £7,299 pp
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Balcony Suite (BS)

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

Freedom Fare From £7,899 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 £8,799 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 £8,799 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 £11,199 pp
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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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