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Exploring Cape Verde & the Canaries

14th Mar 2019 18 nights Sails from Southampton Black Watch W1904
FROM ONLY £1,799 per person
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FROM ONLY £1,799 per person
No Single Supplement & your Tips Covered *selected grades
OR FREE Door-to-Door Travel
OR Three cruises for the price of two (must inc. Oct-Dec'18 cruise)

Visits to five beautiful islands off Africa’s Atlantic coast are the highlights of this 18-night cruise; each of these wonderful destinations offer an array of diverse sights and unforgettable experiences. Gorgeous gardens, stunning beaches, volcanic landscapes and much more await your discovery while enjoying spring’s soothing warmth.

In Madeira Black Watch will dock in Funchal, from where you could tour to the remarkable Cabo Girão to experience the sheer scale of the world’s second highest sea cliff and enjoy unspoilt ocean views from the ‘Skywalk’. Perhaps you’ll opt to go in search of Madeira’s enchanting botanical gardens, such as Monte Palace Tropical Garden, instead; or even enjoy an opulent afternoon tea at the world-famous Reid’s Hotel. Two distinctive destinations in Cape Verde are sure to delight. On the volcanic island of São Vicente, you’ll visit Mindelo for an authentic Cape Verdean experience. Explore this charming city for colonial architecture such as the Portuguese-style Nossa Senhora de Luz, colourful markets, Morna music and Grouge – Cape Verde’s national drink. There’s a host of typically Cape Verdean highlights to unearth on Santiago Island too. Visiting Praia, you could delve into centuries of fascinating history at the Archaeology Museum, stop by the busy Municipal Market, and catch a performance of traditional Funana dance. UNESCO-listed Cidade Velha, the first city built by Europeans in West Africa, can be explored on tour, too. [ReadMore]

Your island discovery ends in the Canaries, visiting two of the archipelago’s most beautiful and popular destinations. The delights of Tenerife are yours to discover from Santa Cruz, the Canarian capital. Among Tenerife’s many attractions are the mysterious Pyramids of Güímar and the sun-soaked beaches of Playa de Las Americas, a haven for relaxation. Mount Teide is a ‘must-visit’; Spain’s highest peak can be seen in all its majestic glory during your day here. Then, from Arrecife, you can explore the awe-inspiring lunar-like landscapes of Lanzarote. Choose to venture into the breathtaking Timanfaya National Park to trek vast lava fields and see the famous Fire Mountains up-close. Alternatively, many sites developed by César Manrique, including the gorgeous saltwater lagoon of Jameos Del Agua Cave, are within reach. In addition to your island-based adventures, you’ll also enjoy calls at two rewarding mainland cities. In Spain, a stop at La Coruna offers you the chance to tour to the spectacular, UNESCO-listed Santiago de Compostela cathedral; while in Portugal, a day in Lisbon can be spent admiring the architectural treasures of the capital, such as Belém Tower and the Jerónimos Monastery.

Single supplement offers are available on selected grades on this sailing, please call for details.

Black Watch is the ultimate home-from-home at sea: spacious with a friendly, familiar feel and providing a traditional cruise experience. Refurbished at the end of 2016, the 804-guest Black Watch features stylish new décor, fittings and furniture, plus the new The Poolside restaurant. What's more, new TVs, mini-bars and safes enhance the accommodation on board, while the on board cinema has been upgraded too. Despite all these new features, Black Watch still retains her sleek, intimate style and has a welcoming ambience - just like the rest of the Fred. Olsen fleet. 

Rest assured, all of the following comes as standard on every Fred. Olsen cruise:

  • Comfortable rooms and suites with TV, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities and individually controlled air conditioning
  • Tempting cuisine every day throughout your cruise - with five-course à la carte dinners, casual breakfast and lunch buffets and late-night snacks
  • Unlimited, self-service tea and coffee at selected venues, afternoon tea* with sandwiches and cakes, and in-room sandwiches and snacks
  • All evening entertainment, including cabaret shows, dancing and live music
  • Captain's Drinks Party and Gala Buffet (on cruises of 5 nights or more)
  • On board leisure facilities, including swimming pools, Jacuzzis and gym
  • A wide choice of on board activities and lectures throughout the day
  • All UK port taxes (where collectable in advance)
  • Luggage porterage between your room and the drop-off/pick-up point
  • Flights, as confirmed as part of a fly-cruise holiday

​Cruise descriptions include optional, chargeable experiences that may be enjoyed independently and/or with optional Fred. Olsen Shore Tours. *Premium Traditional Afternoon Tea not included.

Real ships
We’re not interested in gimmicks like zip wires, climbing walls or celebrity chefs. We don’t have boastful megaships. We take immense pride in our fleet of smaller-scaled vessels that retain the style, ambience and understated quality of a country house hotel.  We ensure they remain contemporary too: from winter 2016 to spring 2018 the whole fleet underwent dry dock refits to further enhance the facilities for guests. With the fifth generation Fred. Olsen as Chairman and 170 years of seafaring heritage behind us, we believe we’ve found the perfect formula for you to get the best out of your holiday with us.

Smaller but spacious
A smaller ship doesn’t mean less space; far from it. Each room is comfortably sized, with all that you’ll need to enjoy your holiday. In fact, our rooms are comparable to those on some of the mammoth cruise ships. While our vessels are on a more accessible scale, you can have just as much private space.  With fewer people on board it’s easy to find a quiet spot to relax in peace with a drink or a good book. There’s room to stretch out by the pool and you can get ashore more quickly too. And when you’re ashore, you’re seeing the best of each port of call with hundreds – not thousands – of others, giving you a much more authentic experience.

Service with a smile
Each member of the Fred. Olsen team has been carefully selected for their warm and welcoming personalities. The quality of our people, supported by training and development, ensures they will give you a great holiday: in guest feedback our staff are always the most highly-rated aspect of the whole experience.