29 Oct 2023
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.Explore the Itinerary
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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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.
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.
Life On Board
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 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.
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.
We have carefully curated a programme of events to give you a deeper understanding of each of the destinations you will be visiting
Our Scenic Discoveries are designed to allow you to enjoy seeing the world from the unique perspective of our ships
Maritime is in our DNA - our history in shipping goes back almost 200 years
There’s very little in the natural world more beautiful than a clear night sky, sunrise or sunset seen at sea
We love to bring a taste of the region's food, drink, local tastes and culinary traditions to life on board
Cabins, Prices & Offers
Cabin Options On Your Cruise
Please call our Reservations Team for latest pricing and availability.
SO MUCH ALREADY INCLUDED
As well as our Signature Experiences, there is a host of other treats to enjoy on board our ships.
Dining & Lounges
- À la carte breakfast, lunch & dinner
- Daily buffet dining options
- Late night Supper Club
- Afternoon tea
- Self-service tea & coffee
- In-cabin dining & snacks
Treats & Pastimes
- Evening shows
- Live music & dancing
- Dance classes
- Lectures & talks
- Cookery demonstrations
- Traditional deck games
- Daily games & quizzes
Relaxation & Fitness
- Swimming Pools
- Fitness Centre
- Fitness Classes
Enhance your cruise
Each of our cruises has been carefully designed for you to get the very best out of your time on board; and now you can enhance your cruise to make it even more special.
Need Some Help?
Take a look at our FAQ's
What do I pack for a cruise?
The handy checklist below has been created to assist in making sure you remember all the important things to pack for your cruise.
Are there any visa requirements I need to be aware of?
Visa and health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you check with a professionally qualified source and comply with such requirements. UK passport holders will need visas for certain Fred. Olsen cruise holidays and will advised at the time of booking. Your cruise booking information will also detail any requirements applicable to your holiday.
What's the difference between Freedom and Saver fares?
On certain sailings we offer two types of cruise fares; Freedom and Saver Fares.
I'm travelling alone, how will I get to meet people?
Our single guests feel right at home on board our ships; Fred. Olsen have the reputation of sailing the friendliest fleet afloat.
How do I get off the ship if we're at anchor?
Disembarking when your ship's at anchor is a very different experience to when it's docked portside. Getting ashore in this instance often involves the use of the ship's tender, which is accessed via the steps of a secure gangway.