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Islands of the Azores, Crossing the Path of the Solar Eclipse

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Aerial view of Lagoon of the Seven Cities-  Lagoa das Sete Cidades, Azores Sete Cidades, Azores, Portugal

04 Apr 2024

Southampton

13 nights

Bolette

Your cruise at a glance

Hand-crafted highlights

Our team has designed this cruise to cross the path of the passing Solar Eclipse, offering the chance to catch a glimpse of the phenomenon before it finishes its course.
On São Miguel Island you can see the Sete Cidades crater lakes and the Furnas Valley hot springs. Tours also afford the opportunity to go in search of resident dolphins and sperm whales. Also on board will be conservationists from ORCA, who will assist you with spotting whales, dolphins and porpoises from the decks of Bolette. Your discovery of Portugal’s hard-to-reach archipelago continues as Bolette sails past Santa Maria, a remote island with historical links to Columbus. After cruising past Sanata Maria, Madeira’s levada walking trails and gardens await.

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Highlights

Algar Do Carvao Volcano

Mighty Volcanic Landscapes

This Bolette cruise has been carefully designed for you to see and experience the mighty volcanic landscapes of The Azores. During your time in Praia da Vitória, you will have the opportunity to explore inside Algar Do Carvao Volcano, descending down the lava-free volcanic chimney, accessing caves and magma chambers. When docked in Ponta Delgada, perhaps choose to embark on a thrilling Jeep adventure to visit the Sete Cidades Crater Lakes, the main crater of the extinct volcano. Guest speaker and geologist, Jill Eyers will be on board to deliver engaging talks about The Azores, how the islands formed and their volcanic landscapes.

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Wine tasting

Discover the Portuguese Way of Life

During your cruise, you will have plenty of opportunities to gain insight into the Portuguese way of life, and experience various aspects of life across the islands. Leixões is your gateway to uncovering the history of Oporto by embarking on a tram journey through the heart of the city and along the riverfront. You will be joined on board Bolette by guest speaker and Portuguese archaeologist, Antonio Bartarda, to learn about the Portuguese way of life and culture; or take part in our Port and Madeiran wine tasting on board to learn about the intricacies, history and the production of the locally made wine, with its distinct caramalised flavour.

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Monte Palace Tropical Gardens, Funchal, Madeira

Sub-tropical climate for Agriculture

The Azores’ location positioned in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean between Europe and the Americas, means it experiences a sub-tropical climate that provides the ideal growing conditions for both plants and fruits. When in Funchal, you will be perfectly placed to explore the beautiful Palheiro Gardens famous for its array of plants and views of the lush green hills, and wander around the Monte Palace Tropical Garden to see historical botanical treasures and the lush Japanese Gardens. Ponta Delgada is your gateway to visiting a Pineapple Greenhouse to explore the greenhouses, and the oldest tea garden in Europe, the Gorreana Tea Plantation.

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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

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.

Algar do Carvão

Explore Inside Algar Do Carvâo Volcano

Explore Algar do Carvã, an ancient volcano located in one of Terceira's geological nature reserves. Journey 330ft below the Earth’s surface where extraordinary caves, magma chambers and even an underground lake with crystal clear waters await you.

££££

Praia da Vitória

Sete Cidades

Scenic Drive to the Crater Lakes

Experience the natural phenomena of the Sete Cidades Crater Lakes. This awe-inspiring landscape is home to the iconic green and blue twin lakes separated by a seven-arched bridge, which symbolises the seven cities of the lost continent of Atlantis.

££££

Ponta Delgada

Jeep Adventure

Sete Cidades Jeep Adventure

Enjoy an exhilarating Jeep adventure up into the mountains to soak up the magnificent surroundings. Visit Sete Cidades and the main crater of this extinct volcano to admire the views of the two lakes below. Finish with a visit to Santiago Lake, situated at the bottom of an extinct crater.

££££

Ponta Delgada

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.

££££

Funchal

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
Archaeologist

António Batarda

Throughout your cruise, Portuguese archaeologist António Batarda will be discussing the history of exploration, including the Portuguese Age of Discoveries, and the stop over for Atlantic navigation routes, The Azores.

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Geology

Dr Jill Eyers

A Doctor of Geology, Jill Eyers has travelled across the world working on various projects. She will be on board for this cruise discussing the landscapes and geology of the Azores.

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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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Paul Fellows
Astronomy

Paul Fellows

Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, Paul Fellows, will be on board delivering insightful talks and hosting stargazing sessions. As we explore the Azores together, join him out on deck as he brings the night sky to 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 15:00 27/02/2024, 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 15:00 27/02/2024, based on the lowest available Cruise Only fare, and on sole occupancy. Please call +441473746175 for live availability & prices.

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Balcony Junior Suite (BJ)

Bolette's Balcony Junior Suites have a private balcony and sitting/bedroom area.

Freedom Fare From £5,099 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 £5,099 pp
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Balcony Suite (BS)

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

Freedom Fare From £5,299 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 £6,399 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 £6,399 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 £7,999 pp
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