Spain & Portugal with the Fleet in Funchal


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Cable cars over Funchal, Madeira Cable cars over Funchal

29 Oct 2023


15 nights


Your cruise at a glance

The Olsen Way Highlights

A special reunion for Fred. Olsen’s entire fleet is set to take place on this cruise, giving you the chance to join fellow guests and crews for an unforgettable day of fun and festivity in Funchal. What’s more, the destinations on your itinerary have been chosen for their links to Roman history. Tarragona is home to the UNESCO-listed Archaeological Ensemble of Tárraco, a collection of Roman ruins scattered across the city. Cartagena’s amphitheatre is another fine example of Roman architecture. Joining a tour with one of the archaeologists involved in excavating the site will make for an insightful experience.

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The Fleet in Funchal Event

This sailing will be part of our very special 2023 fleet reunion in Funchal!

On Thursday 9th November 2023 all three Fred. Olsen ships; Bolette, Borealis and Balmoral will sail into Funchal and dock together ready for a day packed full of Fred. Olsen celebrations. Throughout the day, guests will have the opportunity to step on board each ship to explore, meet our crew and celebrate with fellow travellers. Both on board and ashore, there will be a vibrant carnival atmosphere with prizes, treasure hunts, live music, a tug of war, and the day will end perfectly with an unforgettable fleet sail away party - into the sunset! 
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Spanish dancers, Flamenco

Traditional Spanish Customs

This cruise aboard Bolette features a number of Spanish ports with vastly different traditions unique to the regions they are located in. In Andalusia, take the opportunity to learn how to flamenco dance in Cadiz, where world-renowned bailaors will teach you a few integral steps from this passionate dance form. In Valencia, home of paella, enjoy a demonstration of how to prepare an authentic paella and enjoy it for lunch. Tarragona is known for its fascinating cuisine, with its trademark dish being cassola de romesco – a casserole made with a rich sauce - regional to Catalonia, best enjoyed with a glass of the local cava.

Roman Amphitheater In Cartagena, Spain

Roman History

Many of the destinations on this cruise are dotted throughout with Roman History, and will give our guests the chance to delve into the history of the areas being visited. In Tarragona, the UNESCO listed historic quarter is full of Roman and medieval remains such as the Portal del Roser gate and the Roman Circus – an ancient hippodrome used for chariot racing. Cartagena’s heyday was during the Roman era, with several archaeological sites dotted throughout the city, which can be explored alongside a local archaeologist or specialist on a tour. You’ll be joined on this cruise by historian Kate Garnons Williams, who will provide an insight to Roman History at each of the destinations being visited.


Cruise Itinerary

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Life On Board

Introducing Bolette

With just 690 cabins Bolette fits perfectly in our fleet of smaller ships. With her warm, welcoming atmosphere, timeless style, and classic open deck spaces providing a place to fully immerse yourself in the magic of ocean cruising.

Bolette in Olden, Norway
Bolette at sunrise


Bolette is one of the largest ships, by overall size, in our fleet. 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.

690 cabins
1,338 guests
657 crew
62,735 GT
24.5kts max speed
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Our Signature Experiences

To make your experience even more special, our Journey Planners have designed a unique programme of Signature Experiences which will allow you to discover real insights about the culture and nature of the places we are visiting, so you can arrive in each destination fully prepared to get the most out of your visit.

Itinerary Insights

We have carefully curated a programme of events to give you a deeper understanding of each of the destinations you will be visiting

Scenic Discoveries

Our Scenic Discoveries are designed to allow you to enjoy seeing the world from the unique perspective of our ships

The Ship and the Sea

Maritime is in our DNA - our history in shipping goes back almost 200 years

The Sky at Sea

There’s very little in the natural world more beautiful than a clear night sky, sunrise or sunset seen at sea

Treats of the Region

We love to bring a taste of the region's food, drink, local tastes and culinary traditions to life on board

Treats & Pastimes

In addition to our Signature Experiences, we have a selection of lovely Treats & Pastimes for you to enjoy when on board. Just check your Daily Times each day for full details.

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Cabins, Prices & Offers

Cabin Options On Your Cruise

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What's Included


As well as our Signature Experiences, there is a host of other treats to enjoy on board our ships.

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