Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has unveiled three new shorter cruises on board Bolette as part of her maiden 106-night world voyage in January 2025.

Fred. Olsen Cruises' Bolette at Sunrise
Fred. Olsen Cruises’ Bolette at Sunrise

From Southampton on 6thJanuary, guests can embark on a 56-night ‘Exploring South America and the Pacific Islands’. They will be able to see some of the world’s most breath-taking panorama including the differing landscapes of Chile, culture and wildlife, witness the Moai statues on Easter Island and discover lesser-known gems like Robinson Crusoe Island.

On 3rd March, Bolette will depart on a 29-night ‘Australian and South African Discovery’ cruise from Sydney, where guests will enjoy chances to encounter fascinating nature and wildlife and explore iconic sites such as the Opera House, Uluru and the Great Barrier Reef in Australia before exploring the changing landscapes of Reunion Island and search for the Big Five in South Africa.

Alternatively, the 21-night ‘Scenic Vistas and Diverse Cultures of Africa’ cruise, leaving Cape Town on 1st April, will see guests explore the vast landscapes of the Namib Desert, witness Senegalese folklore and tribal cultures and experience the remoteness of the subtropical island of Jamestown, St Helena.

Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), South Africa
Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), South Africa

Martin Lister, Head of Itinerary Product Development at Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said:

“Our 2025 World Cruise has already proven popular, and there are some incredible opportunities to be had as Bolette sails to gems across the globe.

“These shorter sailings will enable even more of our guests to share these experiences, with every port offering an incredible insight into culture, history, art or the chance to seek out native wildlife such as the Magellanic Penguins in Chile, quokkas in Australia and the Big Five in South Africa.

“Guests will be able to make the most of their time with us, whether it’s to explore ports of call further with our immersive shore tours or to relax on board as our smaller-sized ship enjoys scenic sailings between destinations.”

The cruise to Sydney includes a post-cruise hotel stay before flying back to London Heathrow, while the cruise from Sydney to South Africa includes a pre-cruise hotel stay.

There are also options to sail from or back into Liverpool from an additional £200 per person.

The new sailings are:

Bolette’s 56-night T2503 ‘Exploring South America and the Pacific Islands’ cruise, departing from Southampton on 6thJanuary 2025. Prices start from £7,899 per person, including an overnight hotel in Sydney on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis on 3rd March 2025 and flight from Sydney to London Heathrow on 4thMarch 2025. Cruise-only prices start from £6,899 per person.

  • Explore the dramatic landscapes of Robinson Crusoe Island
  • Experience the rhythmic beats of the Samba in Rio de Janeiro
  • Discover the paradise islands of French Polynesia

Itinerary: Southampton, UK – Lisbon, Portugal – Cruise by Cristo Rei and Abril 25 Bridge, Portugal – Cruise Mouth of River Tagus, Belem Tower and Discovery Monument, Portugal – Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain – Praia, Cape Verde – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Ilhabela, Brazil – Montevideo, Uruguay – Buenos Aires, Argentina – Cruise Magellan Strait, Chile – Punta Arenas, Chile – Cruise by Cape Deseado, Chile – Cruising Chilean Fjords, Chile (overnight port) – Valparaiso, Chile – Robinson Crusoe Island, Chile – Cruise by Alejandro Selkirk Island, Chile – Hanga Roa, Chile – Cruising by Pitcairn Island, French Polynesia – Papeete, French Polynesia – Bora-Bora, French Polynesia – Rarotonga, Cook Islands – Crossing International Date Line – Nuku’ Alofa, Tonga – Sydney, Australia

Fred. Olsen Cruises' Bolette will visit Bora-Bora, French Polynesia
Fred. Olsen Cruises’ Bolette will visit Bora-Bora, French Polynesia

For more details: Visit Bolette’s T2503 ‘Exploring South America and the Pacific Islands’ cruise

Bolette’s 29-night T2504 ‘Australian and South African Discovery’ cruise, departing from Sydney on 3rd March 2025. Prices start from £5,199 per person, including a flight from London Heathrow to Sydney, a pre-cruise overnight hotel stay in Sydney on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis on 2nd March 2025 and flight from Cape Town to London Heathrow on 1st April 2025. Cruise-only prices start from £3,699 per person.

  • Discover the changing landscapes of the island of Reunion
  • Witness Australian wildlife in its natural habitat
  • Go in search of the Big Five from Gqeberha

Itinerary: Sydney, Australia – Melbourne, Australia – Hobart, Australia – Albany, Australia – Fremantle, Australia – Port Louis, Mauritius – Reunion, Reunion – Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), South Africa – Cape Town, South Africa

For more details: Visit Bolette’s T2504 ‘Australian and South African Discovery’ cruise

Bolette’s 21-night T2505 ‘Scenic Vistas and Diverse Cultures of Africa’ cruise, departing from Cape Town on 1st April 2025. Prices start from £3,399 per person, including flight from London Heathrow to Cape Town. Cruise-only prices start from £2,699 per person.

  • Visit the vast landscapes of Namib, the world’s oldest desert
  • Discover Senegalese folklore and tribal cultures
  • Explore the remote subtropical island of St Helena

Itinerary: Cape Town, South Africa (overnight port) – Luderitz, Namibia – Walvis Bay, Namibia – Jamestown, St Helena – Dakar, Senegal – Santa Cruz de la Palma, Spain – Funchal, Portugal – Southampton, UK
For more details: Visit Bolette’s T2505 ‘Scenic Vistas and Diverse Cultures of Africa’ cruise

Walvis Bay, Namibia
Walvis Bay, Namibia

For further information on Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ grand voyages, visit
Book online or call Reservations on 0800 0355 242 (Monday to Friday 8.30am to 6pm, Saturday 9am to 5pm, Sunday 10am to 4pm), or contact your ABTA travel agent.

Source: Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines Press Releases

Images: © Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines 2024.

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