Exploring the Azores and Portugal

18th Oct 2021 15 nights Sails from Liverpool Black Watch W2125
Four Fred.s in Lisbon
FROM ONLY £1,999 per person
Sete Cidades Volcano in Ponta Delgada Sete Cidades Volcano in Ponta Delgada
FROM ONLY £1,999 per person
Tips Included

Tips are paid directly to the relevant staff on board; are non-refundable, non-transferable and cannot be exchanged for cash. Recommended amount for Tips is £5 per person per night on Ocean cruises. T&Cs apply.

PLUS, £150pp On Board Spend

Free On Board Spend amount is per person (pp), up to two guests per cabin, and amount varies per cruise, with a minimum £50 pp. On Board Spend is non-transferable, no refunds will be given for the credit amount shown, and no cash alternative will be given for unused money. T&Cs apply.

Volcanic wonderlands of bubbling hot springs, steaming fumaroles and sub-tropical forests; the wonders of the remote Azores await your exploration. What’s more, you’ll also get to be part of the ‘Four Ladies in Lisbon’ event, joining guests and crew from Fred. Olsen’s entire fleet of ocean-going ships for an unforgettable day of celebration.[ReadMoreMob]

For ‘Four Ladies in Lisbon’, Black Watch, Boudicca, Braemar and Balmoral will dock alongside each other in the Portuguese capital, to create a spectacular occasion similar to those enjoyed at our Bergen and Cádiz events in recent years. On this very special day, you’ll get to enjoy fantastic live entertainment from local performers and crews from all four ships; take part in exciting activities; tuck-in to delicious, specially prepared menus; visit the other ships in the fleet, to explore and meet up with guests and crew you may know from previous cruises; and much more. Meanwhile, your time in Lisbon is also a chance to delve into the city’s rich maritime history – a relaxed walking tour the charming streets, seeking out their iconic monuments and landmarks, is a great way to immerse yourself in the local heritage and culture.

In the Azores, every moment you spend exploring this gorgeous archipelago will be one to remember; visits to three enchanting islands on consecutive days pack in plenty of highlights. On Terceira Island, Praia da Vitoria is perfectly placed for tours to Angra do Herosimo. The UNESCO-listed jewel in Terceira’s crown, this historic city boasts interesting museums and impressive architecture such as the 16th century Sé Cathedral. The 205 metre-high Monte Brasil volcano, which overlooks Angra do Herosimo, offers wonderful sea views from its peak. Hard-to-reach Faial is a paradise of volcanic craters, tranquil lakes and emerald green valleys, and Horta is your starting point for taking it all in. The Capelinhos Volcano is this verdant island’s most famous landmark and on highly recommended scenic island drive and 4x4 adventure tours you can see this magnificent wonder in all its dramatic glory. There’s the volcanic treasures of São Miguel Island to uncover too; Ponta Delgada is your gateway to the extinct Sete Cidades Volcano – one of the seven wonders of Portugal – where a 13-kilometre-wide crater and colourful lakes create the Azores’ most astonishing scene. Elsewhere, Terra Nosta Park – a haven of gorgeous gardens, geo-thermal pools and dense woodlands that are home to stunning endemic flora – is within reach, as are the hot springs of Furnas Valley.

Bringing the world closer
Braemar in Bordeux, France

Our size advantage means we can take you to places that some of the larger cruise vessels simply can’t. We dock close to the heart of some of the world’s most beautiful cities and can take you on scenic cruising adventures showcasing inspirational landscapes. Our itineraries are expertly crafted to make the most of this advantage.

Smaller but spacious
Guest swimming in pool, Marquee deck, Boudicca

Aboard our smaller, friendlier ships you'll find there's plenty of room to stretch out by the pool, enjoy a drink and great conversation with like-minded guests, and make the most of your time away. Sailing with hundreds, not thousands, of others allows you to get ashore faster too, and make the most of each destination.

Service with a smile
Waitress with drinks and guest on deck, Boudicca

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 fact, 97% of guests rated Fred. Olsen’s friendly, attentive staff ‘Excellent’ or ‘Good’.

Black Watch is the ultimate home-from-home at sea: spacious with a friendly, familiar feel and providing a traditional cruise experience. This classically-designed, 804-guest ship features stylish décor, fittings and furniture throughout, and comfortable, spacious bars and lounges including the beautiful Black Watch Room. 

What's more, soft furnishings, smart TVs and mini-bars enhance the accommodation on board. And while Black Watch features all of the modern amenities and facilities you would expect, she still retains her sleek, intimate style and has a warm, welcoming ambience - just like the rest of the Fred. Olsen fleet.