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Volcanic Islands & Hidden Gems of Portugal


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Aerial view of Lagoon of the Seven Cities-  Lagoa das Sete Cidades, Azores Sete Cidades, Azores, Portugal

06 Jul 2024


13 nights


Your cruise at a glance

Hand-crafted highlights

Our team has planned this cruise to showcase Portugal's diverse landscapes, marine life and maritime culture. Embark on a discovery of the Azores and Portugal when the sight and smell of hydrangeas in full bloom fills your senses, as you explore volcanic islands, where Praia da Vitoria is home to the Algar do Carvão lava tube and Ponta Delgada is your gateway to uncovering the twin lakes of Sete Cidades. Embrace the Portuguese way of life by bathing in the thermal baths of Furnas Valley on Sao Miguel Island, or sample Madeiran wine and Pasteis de Nata. You can search for whales from Bolette with the help of conservationists from wildlife charity ORCA, and there will be opportunities to delve into the Azores agriculture and cultivation of pineapples and tea.

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Algar Do Carvao Volcano

Verdant Volcanic Vistas


The relatively unknown archipelago of the Azores offers a range of diverse volcanic landscapes, lush vegetation and a unique ecosystem. The unusual twin lakes of Sete Cidades on Sao Miguel Island, one emerald green and the other sapphire blue, while the unique Lava Tube at Algar do Carvao offers the opportunity to explore inside the volcano by foot and see caves, magma chambers and an underground lake with crystal clear waters. You will be joined by Natural Historian Stephen Head, who will speak about the origins of the Macronesia islands, the geological history of the Azores, and how the Sete Cidades Crater Lake was formed.

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Yellow tram on a colourful street in Lisbon

Portuguese Way of Life


On this Bolette cruise, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the Portuguese way of life, and experience activities and cuisines combining traditions and modernity blending together perfectly. From Lisbon, make time to take a journey on the local trams through the city's narrow streets. Learn to make the flaky custard tarts known as Pasteis de Nata, sample local sardines servied simply with bread; and listen to the melodic strains of fado music, telling stories of heartbreak and longing. In Madeira, visit a local vineyard and sample some of its signature sweet-tasting wine. 

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Dolphins seen from deck

Dolphins & Whales


The waters surrounding the islands of the Azores are home to a variety of sperm whales and other migrating cetaceans, due to its abundant marine biodiversity. Experts from wildlife charity ORCA will be on board Bolette with you to assist you with spotting different species of ocean wildlife. There may also be opportunities to go whale and dolphin watching from the islands, so you can see these magnificent mammals in their natural habitats.

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Bird of paradise flower head, Funchal

Agriculture & Horticulture

The islands of the Azores are a hotbed for unique agricultural and horticutural practices, with varied climates and fertile soil, allowing for a range of diverse crops. Pineapple cultivation is a significant feature of Sao Miguel, and the pineapples grown here are renowned for their distinctive taste. The region is also well known for its dairy farming due to the lush green pastures and meadows, producing milk, other dairy products and a well-regarded cheese. From Ponta Delgada, you will have the opportunity to discover one of Europe's few tea plantations, and how the tea is processed. Madeira is home to the iconic Botanical Gardens, and on this cruise you'll be joined by natural historian and gardener, Stephen Head, who will be speaking about how the island's geography and climate. 

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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.

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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

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.

Algar do Carvão

Explore Inside Algar Do Carvâo Volcano

Explore Algar do Carvã, an ancient volcano located in one of Terceira's geological nature reserves. Journey 330ft below the Earth’s surface where extraordinary caves, magma chambers and even an underground lake with crystal clear waters await you.


Praia da Vitória

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.

Steve Head
Gardens and Natural History

Dr Steve Head

Steve Head studied Zoology and Geology at Cambridge University. A Natural Historian and gardening enthusiast, Steve will be joining us on board to speak about the beautiful landscapes and gardens you will find on this cruise.

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.

Ocean Wildlife


Founded in 2001, ORCA is a group of Ocean Conservationists. Join them out on deck to search the seas for marine life.

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Tony McMahon
Exploration and Age of Discoveries

Tony McMahon

TV historian, Tony McMahon’s ability to speaks Portuguese has enabled him to understand relevant documents and books over the years to provide you with an insight into the Age of Discoveries and exploration in a series of engaging talks onboard.

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 20:00 21/02/2024, 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 20:00 21/02/2024, based on the lowest available Cruise Only fare, and on sole occupancy. Please call +441473746175 for live availability & prices.

Cabin Grades

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Balcony Junior Suite (BJ)

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

Freedom Fare From £4,099 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 £4,099 pp
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Balcony Suite (BS)

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

Freedom Fare From £4,299 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 £5,499 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 £5,499 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 £7,599 pp
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Cruise Offers

FREE drinks or FREE on board spend   Freedom Fare

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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