Islands of Cape Verde

2nd Dec 2022 19 nights Sails from Tilbury Bolette T2230A
FREEDOM FARE FROM £2,299 per person
Traditional cable car transporting tourists above Funchal city, Madeira Traditional cable car transporting tourists above Funchal city, Madeira
FREEDOM FARE FROM £2,299 per person
Enjoy FREE Drinks AND tips covered on Freedom Fares

**FREE All Inclusive Drinks Package and Tips Covered, applicable to new bookings only, made between 01/12/21 and 01/03/22 inclusive, for five to 19 night cruises sailing from the UK, departing from Jan 2022 up to May 2023, inclusive. Offer excludes cruises T2212 & L2205, cruises less than five or more than 19 nights in duration, Saver fares, charters, exclusive sailings, & Tour Operator holidays. Freedom fare terms and conditions apply. Offer is capacity controlled.
FREE All Inclusive 
Drinks Package & Tips covered: offer applicable on selected sailings. Free drinks upgrade package comprises of selected house beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks – for terms & conditions, click here. 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 (where paid). Offer not combinable with any other offer, including, but not limited to Solo offers, or Saver fares - with the exception of Enjoyment Promise. E&OE.

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.

Your Itinerary

  • Experience the spectacular beauty of glorious islands
  • Enjoy an authentic taste of Cape Verde
  • Discover volcanic landscapes and natural wonders
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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.

In recent years, we have seen a new era emerging in cruising.

There is a trend for everything to get bigger and busier, and for a cruise to be seen as an alternative to a large luxury resort, with a limitless flurry of activity. But this is not for us. Find out more 

1. WE ARE PROUD TO SAIL OUR OWN COURSE

We are free to do things a different way because we are family-run. Of course some people enjoy the bigger, busier cruises, but it is not for everyone, and it is not for us. We prefer to do things, 'The Olsen Way'.

2. SMALLER IS BETTER

We have fewer guests, so the atmosphere on board our ships is always warm and civilised. Our smaller ships allow us to visit the more interesting places that the world has to offer.

3. HAND-CRAFTED, NOT MASS PRODUCED

We pride ourselves on putting our all into the Fred. Olsen cruise experience. Our itineraries are created from scratch every year, our service is genuinely personal and each and every area of our ships is designed by hand.