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Festive Spanish Break


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Colourful Christmas lights in Vigo, Spain Colourful Christmas lights in Vigo, Spain
12 Dec 2024
9 nights

Your cruise at a glance

Hand-crafted highlights

On your pre-Christmas getaway on board Bolette, you will have the chance to experience the beauty of España Verde (Green Spain) and its magnificent mountainous landscapes. Discover the unique ecosystem of Picos de Europa, packed with oak and beech groves, set against the awe-inspiring backdrop of the Cantabrian Mountains, and explore the picturesque coastal fishing villages of Northern Spain. Immerse yourself in the festive culture of Spain, where we have timed your visit to Vigo to see the magic of the iconic Christmas lights display, by sampling the Basque Country's Rioja and pintxos, enjoying sidra (cider) in Asturias, and savouring Galicia's fresh seafood. Admire the architectural wonders of the spiritual city of Santiago de Compostela from La Coruña, while Getxo is your gateway to Bilbao and the modern masterpiece of the Guggenheim Museum. 

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Picos de Europa national park, Spain

Explore the rugged beauty of España Verde

Translating as Green Spain, it's easy to see why España Verde is so revered as it stretches across the rugged coastlines of Northern Spain, distinguished by picturesque bays, traditional fishing villages, and steep cliffs. From La Coruña, you'll have the chance to explore the wild and untamed coastline of striking scenery and charming fishing villages along Costa da Morte, while Gijon is your gateway to the intriguing peaks and valleys of Picos de Europa National Park, where you can discover its diverse range of flora and fauna and learn how species like the Griffon vulture, Iberian wolves, and Cantabrian brown bear inhabit the area. Meanwhile, Getxo is your starting point for exploring the Cantabrian Mountains, known for their rocky terrain and spectacular scenery.

Austrian cider and apples

Experience the way of life in Northern Spain

Throughout your Borealis cruise, you will have many opportunities to discover more about Galician culture and the way of life in Northern Spain. The Basque Country is renowned for its delicious pintxos, tapas-inspired snacks showcasing local ingredients like seafood, cured meats, and cheeses, and Pulpo a la Gallega, a traditional dish of octopus cooked in olive oil and paprika. Gijón is home to Asturian sidra, a traditional cider with a crisp flavor and low alcohol content that is often poured theatrically from a great height, while Getxo is your starting point for the Basque Country's verdant vineyards, one of Spain's most recognised wine regions and home to some of the best Rioja wine. You will also have the chance to experience the unique languages and dialects spoken in this region, including Euskara in the Basque Country and Bable, spoken in Asturia, both of which are upheld as key elements of people's cultural identities. 

Christmas lights in Vigo, Spain

A festive Galician light show

We have timed your arrival into Vigo to coincide with its magical Christmas lights show, where over 11 million LED lights illuminate more than 300 streets, bringing the city alive during the festive season, the centrepiece of which is the giant Christmas tree, whose daily light show is perfectly curated to time with iconic Christmas songs. Other decorations include a snowman and giant ball, so that you can fully immerse yourself in the wonder and magic of Christmas in Vigo. Stroll amongst the streets with fellow guests and residents enjoying the festivities before browsing local shops for souvenirs, or enjoy a ride on the big wheel or Christmas train.


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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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Sample Shore Tours

At each port of call on your cruise, we carefully research and hand pick Shore Tour options for you, designed for you see as many of the world's best destinations as possible.

Below, you will find some sample Shore Tours which will give you an example of what to expect on your cruise. Your Shore Tours will be available to book approximately 8-13 weeks prior to departure via your My Cruises account.

A Taste of Vigo

A Taste of Vigo

Immerse yourself in Vigo’s historic streets and culinary delights on this leisurely walking tour. Pass iconic sites before reaching the Vigo Oyster Market, where oyster-shucking locals delight in the fruits of the sea.



Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela

Explore the city of Santiago de Compostela and visit the Conventual de San Francisco, the Faculty of Medicine, and the world-famous Plaza del Obradoiro.


La Coruña

Austrian Pouring Cider

Asturian Cider Pouring

Visit the Cider House to explore the family museum and uncover the history of the Cider Tunnel, peruse the apple trees plantations, and enjoy a tasting.



Panoramic Tour & The Guggenheim

Journey through Bilbao, passing the Ensanche Area and the bridges over the Nervión River and enjoy views of Bilbao from Artxanda Mountain before visiting the Guggenheim Museum.


Getxo (Bilbao)

Your Guest Speakers

We’ve arranged for some wonderful guest speakers to join us for this cruise. They will be delivering a programme of insightful talks and activities to deepen your cultural, artistic and historical understanding of the destinations we will be exploring, well as helping you to enjoy the natural beauty of the places we visit.

Dr Fred Stevenson, Guest speaker

Dr. Fred Stevenson - Go Stargazing

Go Stargazing is formed of a group of astronomers, all of whom are keen to encourage public interest in astronomy to as wide an audience as possible. On your cruise, expect to find Dr. Fred Stevenson out on the top deck in the evenings conducting stargazing sessions.

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Dr. Rosa Vásquez Espinoza
Spanish Culture

Rosa Vasquez Espinoza

Dr. Rosa Vasquez is a biologist, conservationist, National Geographic explorer and an award-winning artist. Together with her Spanish heritage, Rosa will be hosting a series of talks about Spain’s festive traditions and the influence South America.

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

* Prices correct as of 13:00 22/07/2024, based on the lowest available Cruise Only fare, and on two people sharing a twin cabin. Please call +441473746175 for live availability & prices.

* Prices correct as of 13:00 22/07/2024, based on the lowest available Cruise Only fare, and on sole occupancy. Please call +441473746175 for live availability & prices.

Cabin Grades

Standard Pricing Solo Pricing

Balcony Junior Suite (BJ)

Bolette's Balcony Junior Suites have a private balcony and sitting/bedroom area.

Freedom Fare From £1,899 pp
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Balcony Junior Suite Wheelchair Adapted (BJD)

Bolette's Balcony Junior Adapted Suites have a balcony and sitting/bedroom area.

Freedom Fare From £1,899 pp
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Balcony Suite (BS)

Located on deck 6, Bolette's Balcony Suites have a private balcony

Freedom Fare From £2,199 pp
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Premier Suite (PS)

Bolette’s Premier Suites are located on Deck 7, and have a private balcony.

Freedom Fare From £2,199 pp
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Premier Suite Wheelchair Adapted (PSD)

Bolette's Premier Adapted Suites are spacious and stylish, and located on deck 7.

Freedom Fare From £2,199 pp
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Olsen Suite (OW)

The Olsen Suite is the largest suite on Bolette, with a private balcony and sitting area.

Freedom Fare From £4,499 pp
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Cruise Offers

Solo traveller offer available   Saver Fare
Freedom Fare

Enjoy £100pp On Board Spend   Freedom Fare

What's Included


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

  • À la carte breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Daily buffet dining options
  • Late night Supper Club
  • Afternoon tea
  • Self-service tea & coffee
  • In-cabin dining & snacks
  • Evening shows
  • Live music & dancing
  • Dance classes
  • Lectures & talks
  • Cookery demonstrations
  • Traditional deck games
  • Daily games & quizzes
  • Swimming Pools
  • Jacuzzis
  • Fitness Centre
  • Fitness Classes

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