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Natural Wonders & Wildlife of the Azores & Madeira


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Beautiful view of Seven Cities Lake, Lagoa das Sete Cidades, Azores Aerial view of the city of Angra do Heroismo , Azores Portugal

19 Apr 2024


14 nights


Your cruise at a glance

The Olsen Way Highlights

This cruise offers the chance to see the natural wonders of Portugal from both the sea and ashore. In the hard-to-reach Azores, you can discover the Sete Cidades crater lakes and the Furnas Valley hot springs, or go in search of resident dolphins and sperm whales. Scenic cruising follows, with Bolette sailing by Santa Maria – a remote island with links to Columbus, and the mighty Cape Girão sea cliff. With an overnight stay on Madeira, there’s ample time to wander the unique levada walking trails and perhaps explore the botanical gardens with a local orchid expert. On the mainland, your calls include Lisbon, with its rich maritime history, and Leixões, gateway to Oporto. Join our team from Go Stargazing out on Bolette's decks, as they assist you with spotting far-flung constellations and planets in the dark skies above. 

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Go Stargazing

Go Stargazing

Spend time with our team of professional and amateur astronomers from Go Stargazing, who are joining guests on this cruise to share their fantastic knowledge of the skies around us. You will hear stories of legends and mythology with starry skies as your backdrop, and will learn more about topics such as ship navigation using stars and nautical folklore, all of which will give you a unique perspective on the relationship between seafaring and the night sky. Our friendly and approachable experts will be on hand to answer any astronomical questions you may have, and to present constellations and planets via a laser-guided tour; so that you'll be able to go home with new-found knowledge and lasting memories. 


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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

Our Signature Tours

At each port of call, we have carefully researched and hand-selected some wonderful tour options for you, designed to help you see the real destination and not just the tourist hotspots.

Below, you will find some examples of the kind of tours which could be available on your itinerary. Your Shore Tours will be available to book around 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 Vitoria

Jeep Adventure

Sete Cidades Jeep Adventure

Enjoy an exhilarating Jeep adventure up into the mountains to soak up the magnificent surroundings. Visit Sete Cidades and the main crater of this extinct volcano to admire the views of the two lakes below. Finish with a visit to Santiago Lake, situated at the bottom of an extinct crater.


Ponta Delgada

Furnas Valley

Furnas Valley

Explore some of the natural highlights of the island of São Miguel with this special tour of Furnas Valley. Visit the historical town of Ribeira Grande, the smaller Vila Franca do Campo and a pineapple plantation to learn about the cultivation of pineapple and tea.


Ponta Delgada

Flowers of Funchal

Flowers of Funchal

Begin with a scenic drive to Palheiro Gardens to explore the beautiful garden before continuing to the family-owned Quinta Jardins do Lago, where Pedro, a local botanical enthusiast, will conduct an insightful orchid workshop.



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 Anjana Khatwa
Geology & Earth Science

Anjana Khatwa

Anjana has over 25 years' experience working within the natural conservation sector and holds an international reputation for excellence in geoscience and communciation. Throughout your cruise, she will be speaking about the volcanic landscapes and formation of The Azores Archipelago.

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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Steve Timms
Maritime History

Steve Timms

Captain Stephen Timms OBE served in the Royal Navy during the Cold War and will be delivering engaging talks on a range of naval and maritime history themes, covering the Portuguese Age of Discoveries, including Henry the Navigator.


Wil Cheung - 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 them out on the top deck in the evenings conducting stargazing sessions.

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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 23:00 08/12/2023, 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 23:00 08/12/2023, 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 £4,399 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 £4,399 pp
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Balcony Suite (BS)

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

Freedom Fare From £4,699 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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Premier Suite (PS)

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

Freedom Fare From £5,899 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 £5,899 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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