South America with the Chilean Fjords

4th Jan 2022 49 nights Sails from Southampton Bolette T220203
Statue of Christ the Redeemer overlooking Sugar loaf mountain in Rio, Brazil Statue of Christ the Redeemer overlooking Sugar loaf mountain in Rio, Brazil

Bolette will guide you on an extensive, in-depth exploration of South America to bring you the very best of this intoxicating part of the world. Each incredible destination on your itinerary will be simply unforgettable, with countless highlights, such as iconic landmarks, ancient sites, beautiful beaches and astonishing natural wonders, to uncover. [ReadMoreMob]

A sense of excitement will build as you begin your once-in-a-lifetime adventure with a memorable journey across the Atlantic, taking in the volcanic Canaries, floral Madeira and verdant Cape Verde en route. The South American exploration will then kick-off in Brazil. An overnight stay in Rio de Janeiro will be the crowning glory of your time here; you can enjoy the views from Sugarloaf Mountain, shake your hips to samba beats, and not only see the mighty Christ the Redeemer, but have a private mass with a local priest at this world-famous wonder too. There’s also a visit to historic, UNESCO-listed Salvador and Ilhabela, gateway to a paradise of golden beaches, waterfalls and dense Atlantic rainforests. In Uruguay, South America’s southernmost capital awaits; you’ve a chance to seek-out Montevideo’s historical highlights, such as Palacio Salvo and the 19th century Teatro Solis, or even sample traditional ranch life on an Estancia on tour.[ReadMoreDesk]

Buenos Aires, the home of the sultry Tango, welcomes you to Argentina next, before you sail south in search of Patagonia’s contrasting treasures. Puerto Madryn provides a glimpse of Northeastern Patagonia’s arid frontiers, surrounded by wild, barren deserts and fronted by a beautiful golden-sand beach, 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 the legendary waters by imposing Cape Horn and four days of Chilean Fjord exploration are the pinnacle of this extraordinary voyage; 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.

Your Itinerary

  • Visit one of the world’s most intoxication regions
  • Discover iconic sights and sounds of Rio de Janeiro
  • Experience scenic cruising of astonishing Chilean Fjords
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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 


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'.


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.


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.