Islands of the Canaries & Cape Verde

2nd Dec 2022 19 nights Sails from Tilbury (London) Bolette T2230A
Warmer Cruises
Sand dunes and palm trees of Maspalomas  beach, Gran Canaria Sand dunes and palm trees of Maspalomas  beach, Gran Canaria

With chances to immerse yourself in colourful history, authentic culture and spectacular beauty; feel the bliss of soothing winter warmth on your skin; and experience the magic of Atlantic Ocean cruising on a smaller ship, you’re in for an island-hopping adventure filled with engrossing experiences throughout.

Bursting with a cultural infusion of African and Portuguese influences and heritage, the two gorgeous Cape Verde islands on your itinerary are sure to captivate and inspire. For an authentic taste of Cape Verdean life, you can get amongst the bustle of African markets; catch performances of traditional Funana music; join locals for a glass of the national drink; and visit historic churches, monuments and landmarks in Mindelo, Porto Novo and Praia.[ReadMore] On Santiago Island, UNESCO-listed Cidade Velha, the first city built by Europeans in West Africa, can be explored on tour from Praia too; while São Vicente Island scenes of vast volcanic valleys and sky-scraping peaks – including mighty Monte Verde – showcase some of Cape Verde’s most breathtaking landscapes.

As you sail the vast, azure waters of the Atlantic, off the arid west coast of Africa, a trio of the Canaries’ unashamedly beautiful, sun-splashed islands will also await your discovery and exploration. Perhaps uncover the mysteries of the Pyramids of Güímar or see Mount Teide in all its soaring glory on a scenic cable car ride in Tenerife or head to the oasis-like sands of Maspalomas in Gran Canaria. At each, you’ll find gorgeous beaches that are havens for relaxation. And, during a visit to the Portuguese ‘garden island’ of Madeira, you’ve opportunities to indulge in the splendour of fragrant botanical gardens, lush landscapes and the flavour of sweet local wines. Perhaps ride Funchal’s cable car for great views of the capital, and watch as people ride wicker toboggans down the slopes below.

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.