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Ancient Walls of the Med with Malta

 17th November 2022 | 15 Nights | TilburyBoletteT2229

from: £1809pp

BMB Host and Team
All of our Bridge Cruises have a Bernard Magee Bridge host and a team of helpers.
Daily Bridge
There is a daily session of bridge available as well as seminars on days at sea. All the bridge sessions are optional.
Partners & Parties
We have many single players on board and guarantee everybody a partner. We also have drinks parties to help players meet and mingle and create a nice atmosphere on board.
About this Cruise

Bolette takes you on a memorable journey through the Med, for a chance to experience the region’s remarkable history, cultural diversity and beauty, as showcased by destinations famed for their ancient fortifications and landmarks. At the heart of your discovery is Malta; a visit to Valletta is a chance to see some of the Mediterranean’s best preserved historic sites, from St John’s Cathedral and the Presidential Palace, in the capital, or even tour to the medieval city of Mdina. The sail in and out of the UNESCO-listed Grand Harbour is sure to be one of the standout memories of your adventure too.

There are ancient treasures aplenty to take in on Spanish shores too. In Cartagena, take time to explore the city and you’ll witness its fascinating history in sites such as the medieval castle, Roman amphitheatre, Bateria de Castillitos, which guards the city from atop a picturesque coastal perch, and the Punic Wall, dating back to 3rd century BC. You also head for Spanish Morocco, where Melilla’s old town – situated on the beautiful Moroccan coastline – begs for you exploration; look out for the impressive 14th century fortress here. You also visit the Italian island of Sardinia; in Cagliari, wander the fortified Castello district perhaps, or tour to find rock formations such as the ‘Devil’s Saddle’, salt pools and inviting beaches. And, as you finally head for home, Bolette makes calls at Gibraltar, with its walls, batteries and bastions; Lisbon, the Portuguese capital rich in maritime heritage; and, in France, Montoir-de-Bretagne – starting point for tours to pretty Saint-Nazaire.

Your Host
Lyn Hilton

Lyn is a qualified bridge teacher, director and plays bridge for the Leicestershire team. She is a member of three clubs within the country and teaches within the county club.

Lyn loves teaching and thoroughly enjoys helping people to improve their game. For her, one of the best parts of the seminar events is the play of the set hands sessions and with BMB it is the Saturday morning novices.

Itinerary
Accommodation
What's Included

What's included?

  • Comfortable, stylish cabins and suites equipped with a Smart TV, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities, a fridge and individually controlled air conditioning
  • A tempting choice of cuisine every day throughout your cruise – with five-course à la carte dinners, casual breakfast and lunch buffets, late-night snacks and much more
  • Unlimited, self-service tea and coffee available 24hrs at selected venues, complimentary afternoon tea* with sandwiches and cakes, and in-room sandwiches and snacks
  • A full programme of evening entertainment, including cabaret shows, comedy, dancing and live music
  • Full use of on board leisure facilities, including swimming pools, Jacuzzis and gym
  • A wide choice of engaging on board activities and lectures throughout the day
  • All UK port taxes (where collectable in advance)
  • Luggage porterage between your cabin and the drop-off/pick-up point
  • Formal welcome and/or Captain’s Drinks Party and Gala Buffet

Chargeable extras
Cruise descriptions include optional, chargeable experiences that may be enjoyed independently and/or with optional Fred. Olsen Shore Tours. *Premium Traditional Afternoon Tea not included. Upgrade to All Inclusive Drinks Package is available as a chargeable optional extra and can be added to your booking up to six days prior to your cruise departing.

Great value offers
Great value offers on selected fares and cabin grades available on this cruise. Please contact our Reservations team for further details.

About Your Ship
Bolette
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.

Ancient Walls of the Med with Malta

 17th November 2022 | 15 Nights | TilburyBoletteT2229
Cabin Prices
Double Occupancy
Single Occupancy
Interior Cabin
160 square feet
Smart TV
Mini Fridge

£1809pp

Ocean View Cabin
165 square feet
Smart TV
Mini Fridge

£2089pp

Superior Ocean View
165 square feet
Smart TV
Mini Fridge

£2379pp

Terrace Cabin
180 square feet
Balcony
Smart TV & Fridge

£3419pp

Balcony Suite
Up to 430 square feet
Balcony
Smart TV & Fridge

£4519pp

Single Interior
160 square feet
Smart TV
Mini Fridge

£2949

Single Ocean View
165 square feet
Smart TV
Mini Fridge

£4159

Ancient Walls of the Med with Malta

17th November 2022 | 15 NightsTilbury | Bolette | T2229
Depart: Tilbury, United Kingdom.
Carved out of the Moroccan coastline, Melilla has both an old town - containing a 14th century fortress, which juts out into the sea, caves and numerous museums; and the 'new town', full of Modernist buildings - the second-largest collection outside of Barcelona. The centre is the long triangular Parque Hernández, well worth exploring, and the sandy beaches are ideal for relaxing on. Tax is lower here than on the mainland, and it is one of the last places in Spain to still provide free tapas with every drink in all its bars.
Venture away from the modern harbourside city to explore the picturesque upper town's old quarter - dominated by a medieval castle and cathedral and protected by walls nearly 1,000 years old, or simply relax on one of the lovely beaches located within easy reach of your cruise ship.
Malta’s 16th century walled capital of Valletta, with its Grand Harbour, is a treasure-chest bristling with Baroque architecture. This most scenic of ancient ports echoes the epic, heroic history of the tiny island it nestles on. Centuries of invasion and siege have brought the influence of Romans, Phoenicians, Greeks, Arabs, Normans, Crusaders and the British – all leaving an enduring mark on Valletta’s cultural heritage. Home to The Knights of Malta, an order created in the Middle Ages, the town is known for museums, palaces and grand churches.

Baroque landmarks include the ornate St. John’s Co-Cathedral; its opulent interior is crowned by Caravaggio’s masterpiece "The Beheading of Saint John". Other noteworthy attractions include the National Museum of Archaeology, the 16th century Casa Rocca Piccola Palace and the military artefacts in the National War Museum.

The cityscape is probably one of the most stunning in the Mediterranean – the city’s sun-drenched stone walls have an almost permanent warm, honey hue, while colourful, decorative balconies overlook the worn and tethered streets below. Fine restaurants and shops leap out from side streets or are tucked away in charming courtyards.

Valletta is also well-situated to discover the silent city of Mdina, a fortified city in the Northern Region of Malta and home to the Roman burial complex of St. Paul’s Catacombs.
One of Spain’s most important port cities for over 2000 years, Cartagena is bursting with history and culture. Originally built over five hills by the Romans, Cartagena is strategically placed on the Mediterranean coast and boasts some wonderful architecture and historic monuments. They include Casa de la Fortuna, a villa with murals and mosaics, and the medieval Castillo de la Conception, which served as a fortress for the Carthaginians, Romans, Visigoths, Arabs and Castilians, and overlooks the city's stunning natural harbour.

Many of the buildings from Roman Cartagena have disappeared, but some important sites remain, including the amphitheatre which dates from around 100BC. Cartagena is also home to a number of Modernist buildings that were designed and built by the pupils of Antoni Gaudi, the world famous architect renowned for designing the stunning La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. The city’s tapas bars and vibrant bars on the marina offer some fabulous local wining and dining.
British overseas territory, Gibraltar, on Spain's south coast is dominated by a 426m-high limestone ridge: The Rock. The Rock of Gibraltar is a sentinel that guards the Straits, and the overtly-British town nestled between the European and African continents. Its atmosphere is all the more familiar due to its helmeted policemen, red pillar boxes, fish and chip shops, traditional pubs and Marks & Spencer shops.

Layers of fortifications on The Rock include the remains of a 14th-century Moorish Castle and the 18th century Great Siege Tunnels. The Europa Point Lighthouse and St. Michael’s limestone cave light show are both well worth seeking out.

Resolutely British for nearly 300 years, Gibraltar’s unique history is of interest but it's the camera-loving Barbary Apes that tend to steal the show.
Stretched across its seven trademark hills overlooking the River Tagus estuary, Portugal’s hilly, coastal capital city of Lisbon, is a cinematic collection of cobbled alleyways, pastel-coloured buildings, ancient ruins and white-domed cathedrals. The city was decimated by an earthquake in 1755, and modern Lisbon has been shaped by that eventful day. The Pombaline architecture that now defines the city represents some of the first seismically-protected buildings in Europe.

The city’s bridges include the Ponte 25 de Abril – similar to the Golden Gate in San Francisco – and the Ponte Vasco da Gama, which includes over 11km of viaducts. Lisbon’s many fascinating museums, include the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, the National Museum of Contemporary Art, the National Coach Museum and the Carmo Archaeological Museum.

Lisbon is also a shopper’s paradise, with the Centro Commercial Colombo – the biggest shopping mall on the Iberian peninsula – and the elegant Avenidas Novas, full of upmarket shops. Alternatively, there bargains to be had in the local flea market, Campo de Santa Clara. Don't miss the chance to sample iconic egg tarts at Pasteis de Belém too.
With its sandy beaches and superb waterfront district, Saint-Nazaire is the perfect place to spend a relaxing day by the water. Take a walk or bike ride along the promenades of the town’s 20 beaches and soak up the sunshine, or head a little further into the delightful town centre to visit the fascinating Escal'Atlantic ocean-liner exhibition or sample delicious French treats in the charming cafes and restaurants.

Or you could always jump on a train and visit Nantes - which was recently ranked as one of the best places to live in France – and explore the city’s rich, interesting heritage on a tour of the historic centre and see many famous sights, including the Feydeau Islet, the 13th century St-Pierre and St-Paul Cathedral and the shopping arcades of Crébillon.
Arrive: Tilbury, United Kingdom.

Accommodation on Bolette

17th November 2022 | 15 NightsTilbury | Bolette | T2229
BS - Balcony Suite

The Balcony Suites on Bolette feature all the amenities and comforts guests need during their stay, and provide ample space in which to relax, both indoors and outside on a private balcony. 

  • Deck: Highland Deck 6
  • Size: 283 square feet (approx.)
  • Bedroom with two single beds (can be converted to one queen-sized bed)
  • Separate sitting area
  • Bathroom with bath and shower (unless indicated as shower only)
  • Private balcony
  • Large floor-to-ceiling windows
  • Access to mini bar and fridge
  • Guests benefit from complimentary Suite Dreams package
OW - Olsen Suite

As the largest of Bolette’s suites and cabins, the elegantly appointed Olsen Suite offers the most space and amenities of all the guest accommodation on board our flagship.

  • Deck: Bridge Deck 7
  • Size: 1,181 square feet (approx.)
  • Bedroom with king-size bed
  • Separate sitting, dining and dressing areas
  • Bathroom with oversize bath and separate shower
  • Private balcony with large table, chairs and sun loungers
  • Large floor-to-ceiling windows
  • Access to pantry, mini bar and fridge
  • Guests benefit from complimentary Suite Dreams package
PS - Premier Suite

At approximately 568 to 644 square feet in size, Bolette's Premier Suites are spacious and stylish, and feature all the amenities guests need for a comfortable, restful stay, as well as a few extra touches that help make for a even more special experience.

  • Deck: Bridge Deck 7
  • Size: 658-644 square feet (approx.)
  • Bedroom with king-size bed
  • Separate sitting and dressing areas
  • Bathroom with bath and shower
  • Private balcony with large table, chairs and sun loungers
  • Large floor-to-ceiling windows
  • Access to mini bar and fridge
  • Guests benefit from complimentary Suite Dreams package
BJ - Balcony Junior Suite

Bolette's Balcony Junior Suites are a welcoming, comfortable space. Guests will find ample room to relax, and all the amenities they need during their stay, plus a private balcony for soaking up sunshine and scenery outside.

  • Deck: Highland Deck 6
  • Size: 244 square feet (approx.)
  • Bedroom with two single beds (can be converted to one queen-sized bed)
  • Sitting area
  • Bathroom with bath and shower (unless indicated as shower only)
  • Private balcony
  • Floor-to-ceiling windows
  • Access to mini bar and fridge
  • Guests benefit from complimentary Suite Dreams package
JB - Single Balcony Suite

Bolette's Single Balcony Suites are a welcoming, comfortable space. Guests will find ample room to relax, and all the amenities they need during their stay, plus a private balcony for soaking up sunshine and scenery outside.

  • Deck: Highland Deck 6
  • Size: 244 square feet (approx.)
  • Bedroom with two single beds (can be converted to one queen-sized bed)
  • Sitting area
  • Bathroom with bath and shower (unless indicated as shower only)
  • Private balcony
  • Floor-to-ceiling windows
  • Access to mini bar and fridge
  • Guests benefit from complimentary Suite Dreams package
TC - Terrace Cabin

Bolette's Terrace Cabins offer guests the space, natural light and airiness of a Ocean View Cabin, but with the additional benefit of direct access to the Promenade Deck and designated sun loungers – perfect for enjoying the sunshine, scenery and sea breeze.

  • Deck: Promenade Deck 3
  • Size: 218.5 square feet (approx.)
  • Bedroom with two single beds (can be converted into a queen-size bed)
  • Sitting area
  • Bathroom with bath and shower
  • Sliding glass doors with access to Promenade
  • Two designated sun loungers
B - Superior Ocean View

B Grade Superior Ocean View cabins on Bolette are situated higher on the ship, on decks 6 and 3, and feature a large picture window that allows natural light to bathe the stylish interiors and guests to enjoy scenic views in comfort. 

  • Deck(s): Highland Deck 6 & Promenade Deck 3
  • Size: 214 square feet (approx.)
  • Bedroom with two single beds (can be converted into a queen-size bed)
  • Bathroom with bath and shower (unless indicated as shower only)
  • Large picture window
C - Superior Ocean View

In addition to all the amenities needed for a comfortable, relaxing stay, Bolette's C Grade Superior Ocean View cabins feature a picture window that provides guests with plenty of natural light and fantastic ocean views.

  • Deck: Coral Deck 2
  • Size: 214 square feet (approx.)
  • Bedroom with two single beds (can be converted into a queen-size bed)
  • Bathroom with bath and shower (unless indicated as shower only)
  • Large picture window
D - Ocean View

Situated midship on Coral Deck 2 and Marina Deck 1, Bolette's D Grade Ocean View cabins benefit from plenty of soothing natural light and boast fantastic ocean views, provided by a large picture window. 

  • Deck(s): Coral Deck 2 & Marina Deck 1
  • Size: 214 square feet (approx.)
  • Bedroom with two single beds (can be converted into a queen-size bed)
  • Bathroom with bath and shower (unless indicated as shower only)
  • Large picture window
E - Ocean View

Situated forward and aft on Coral Deck 2 and Marina Deck 1, Bolette's E Grade Ocean View cabins benefit from plenty of soothing natural light and boast fantastic ocean views, provided by a large picture window. 

  • Deck(s): Coral Deck 2 & Marina Deck 1
  • Size: 214 square feet (approx.)
  • Bedroom with two single beds (can be converted into a queen-size bed)
  • Bathroom with bath and shower (unless indicated as shower only)
  • Large picture window
K - Single Ocean View

Situated on deck 3, 2 and 1, Bolette's K Grade Single Ocean View cabins provide guests with the comfort of soothing natural light, as well as wonderful ocean views, thanks to their large picture windows. 

  • Deck(s): Promenade Deck 3, Coral Deck 2 & Marina Deck 1
  • Size: 214 square feet (approx.)
  • Bedroom with two single beds (can be converted into a queen-size bed)
  • Bathroom with bath and shower (unless indicated as shower only)
  • Large picture window
G - Superior Interior Cabin

Situated on decks 6, 3 and 2, G Grade Superior Interior cabins on Bolette have all the amenities and comforts guests need, and are positioned close to the ship's stairs and lifts, providing easy access to the upper decks and their public areas. 

  • Deck(s): Highland Deck 6, Promenade Deck 3 & Coral Deck 2
  • Size: 183 square feet (approx.)
  • Bedroom with two single beds (can be converted into a queen-size bed)
  • Bathroom with shower
M - Single Superior Interior Cabin

Situated on decks 7 and 2, M Grade Single Superior Interior cabins on Bolette have all the amenities and comforts guests need, and are positioned close to the ship's stairs and lifts, providing easy access to the other decks and their public areas. 

  • Deck(s): Bridge Deck 7 & Coral Deck 2
  • Size: 183 square feet (approx.)
  • Bedroom with two single beds (can be converted into a queen-size bed)
  • Bathroom with shower
N - Single Interior Cabin

Situated on deck 1 N Grade Single Interior cabins on Bolette have all the amenities and comforts guests need, and are positioned close to the ship's stairs and lifts, providing easy access to the other decks and their public areas. 

  • Deck: Marina Deck 1
  • Size: 183 square feet (approx.)
  • Bedroom with two single beds (can be converted into a queen-size bed)
  • Bathroom with shower 
H - Interior Room

Situated on decks 2 and 1 H Grade Interior cabins on Bolette have all the amenities and comforts guests need, and are positioned close to the ship's stairs and lifts, providing easy access to the other decks and their public areas. 

  • Deck(s): Coral Deck 2 & Marina Deck 1
  • Size: 183 square feet (approx.)
  • Bedroom with two single beds (can be converted into a queen-size bed)
  • Bathroom with shower 
  • 4 berth & 3 berth cabins available
I - Interior Room

Situated on decks 3, 2 and 1 I Grade Interior cabins on Bolette have all the amenities and comforts guests need, and are positioned close to the ship's stairs and lifts, providing easy access to the other decks and their public areas. 

  • Deck(s): Promenade Deck 3, Coral Deck 2 & Marina Deck 1
  • Size: 183 square feet (approx.)
  • Bedroom with two single beds (can be converted into a queen-size bed)
  • Bathroom with shower 
  • 4 berth & 3 berth cabins available
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