Spain & Portugal with the Fleet in Funchal

29th Oct 2023 15 nights Sails from Southampton Bolette T2328
FREEDOM FARE FROM £2,099 per person
View of Funchal, Madeira, Portugal Cable cars in Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
FREEDOM FARE FROM £2,099 per person
£200pp Free On Board Spend or £400pp when booking a Suite

*Applicable to new bookings made from 16/03/2023 on 2022/23 cruises sailing from the UK, of 13 to 15 nights in duration, see terms & conditions.

Visiting a string of captivating historic cities, you get to experience a delve into the history of ‘Hispania’ and the influences that battling rules and powers had on Spain’s past. What’s more, you’ll also get to be part of the ‘Fred. Olsen Fleet in Funchal’ event, joining guests and crew from all four Fred. Olsen ships for an unforgettable day of celebration, on which Borealis, Bolette, Braemar and Balmoral will dock alongside each other in Madeira’s capital. On this very special occasion, you’ll get to enjoy fantastic live entertainment and events; take part in exciting activities; tuck in to delicious, specially prepared menus; visit the other ships in the fleet, to explore and meet up with guests and crew you may know from previous cruises; and much more. Away from all the festivities, there are chances to discover Madeira’s many highlights, from its botanical gardens and picturesque walking trails to natural wonders such as Cabo Girao sea cliff, too.[ReadMore]

On your journey of historic Spanish discovery, the destinations on your itinerary have seen Punic Wars, a series of conflicts between the Romans and Carthaginians. Particular highlights are Tarragona – Roman Spain’s provincal capital – where the sites and ruins of the UNESCO-listed Archaeological Ensemble of Tárraco await you; and Cartagena, another fine city famed for its Roman treasures. Joining a tour with one of the archaeologists involved in excavating the site Cartagena’s famous amphitheatre will make for an insightful experience. There are impressive examples of Roman theatres to admire in Cádiz and Malaga too, while the Tower of Hercules lighthouse is a must-visit in La Coruna. During time in Cádiz, you can also visit Italica – birthplace of Trajan and Hadrian – and from Malaga, tour to Cordoba to see its magnificent Roman temple.

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.

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.