Patagonia, Central America & the Panama Canal

29th Jan 2022 54 nights Sails from Buenos Aires Bolette T220304
Lost city of Machu Picchu, Peru Lost city of Machu Picchu, Peru

A host of highlights are packed into this epic expedition. You’ll cruise through incredible waterways and visit a string of stunning cities in Central and South America; then top it all off with some soothing sunshine in the Caribbean. [ReadMoreMob]

Beginning this amazing adventure in Argentina, you’ll embark your smaller ship in Buenos Aires – the cosmopolitan capital and home of the sultry Tango – before sailing south in search of Patagonia’s contrasting treasures. Puerto Madryn provides a glimpse of Northeastern Patagonia’s arid frontiers, while at Ushuaia you’ll discover a tranquil wonderland of snow-capped peaks and atmospheric waterways that are home to mesmerising marine fauna such as penguins, sea lions and seals. Cruising by imposing Cape Horn and four days of Chilean Fjord exploration will be an undoubted highlight; you’ll capture awe-inspiring panoramas of ever-changing mountain scenery, and navigate waterways alive with drifting glaciers and amazing wildlife. Your time in Chile includes visits to charming Punta Arenas; Puerto Chacabuco, gateway to spellbinding Lower Patagonia and the Andes; vivacious Valparaiso; and Arica too. Meanwhile, during three days in Peru, you’ve a chance to visit ancient Machu Picchu – one of the New Seven Wonders of the World – on an overland tour from Paracas.[ReadMoreDesk]

Continuing onwards to Central America, you’ll get to witness one of the world’s greatest engineering feats in action as you cruise through the locks and lakes on the remarkable Panama Canal. In Costa Rica, enjoy a day to explore historic Puerto Limón, before it’s on to the culture-rich Colombian city of Cartagena de Indias. Away from the mainland, the Mexican island of Cozumel promises Mayan history, ancient ruins and marine life-rich lagoons, while a visit to Cuba is an undoubted highlight. Make the most of an overnight stay in Havana to learn the rumba, mambo and cha cha indulge with authentic Cuban rum and cigars, and see the city in an iconic classic American car. Your time in the Americas will then conclude in the Caribbean, stopping in the Bahamas and Bermuda to sample paradise amongst beautiful beaches, warm crystal-clear waters and laid-back cities alive with colourful culture. When you finally head for home, you’ll cross the Atlantic – one of the great ocean cruise experiences – and stop at São Miguel in the verdant Azores, and add the Spanish style and culture of La Coruña to the end of your journey too.

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.