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Mediterranean Islands with Cyprus

 17th January 2023 | 19 Nights | TilburyBoletteT2302

from: £2279pp

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

On the journey across the Mediterranean, experience picturesque sightseeing by sea – on board smaller ship Bolette – and by land during visits to destinations, where you’ll also get to enjoy less-crowded discoveries of famous sites and cultural delights, as well as gentle winter warmth. A string of beautiful islands and their historic treasures await you; Rhodes, Cyprus and Malta are particular highlights. You have chances to trail UNESCO-listed Rhodes Town’s ancient wonders, or head south to discover the Acropolis of Lindos; seek out Cypriot gems such as UNESCO-listed Kourion, the Sanctuary of Apollo and Kolossi Castle; and during a visit to Valletta – Malta’s capital – you can see the iconic Grand Harbour and tour to ancient Mdina.

Before your Mediterranean island-hopping, you get to experience scenic cruising of Italy’s Messina Strait – with Mount Etna and gorgeous Sicilian landscapes in view – too, while there’s also a visit to the Greek mainland, where Katakolon is your gateway to the world-renowned sites of Olympia and the Mercouri vineyards. Bolette also takes you to two attraction-packed Spanish destinations; at the mainland city of Cartagena, you’ll find a collection of centuries-old sites, from a magnificent medieval castle and Roman amphitheatre to Bateria de Castillitos, and time in Palma could be spent seeing sights such as Santa Maria Cathedral or simply relaxing on Mallorcan beaches. You’ve also time in Lisbon to discover the many sights and highlights of Portuguese capital; around the city you’ll find many UNESCO-listed landmarks and monuments symbolising its maritime history, such Jerónimos Monastery and Tower de Belem. Sample authentic local flavours here too – visit Pasteis de Belém bakery to enjoy one of the famous pastel de nata tarts.

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    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.

    Mediterranean Islands with Cyprus

     17th January 2023 | 19 Nights | TilburyBoletteT2302
    Cabin Prices
    Double Occupancy
    Single Occupancy
    Interior Cabin
    160 square feet
    Smart TV
    Mini Fridge

    £2279pp

    Ocean View Cabin
    165 square feet
    Smart TV
    Mini Fridge

    £2659pp

    Superior Ocean View
    165 square feet
    Smart TV
    Mini Fridge

    £3039pp

    Terrace Cabin
    180 square feet
    Balcony
    Smart TV & Fridge

    £4369pp

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

    £5699pp

    Single Interior
    160 square feet
    Smart TV
    Mini Fridge

    £3799

    Single Ocean View
    165 square feet
    Smart TV
    Mini Fridge

    £4559

    Mediterranean Islands with Cyprus

    17th January 2023 | 19 NightsTilbury | Bolette | T2302
    Depart: Tilbury, United Kingdom.
    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.
    The Strait of Messina is steeped in legend and is famed for its rocks and whirlpools – many of which were personified as female monsters in Greek mythology.

    An extremely busy highway of seafaring traffic, this narrow waterway is seen as being key to the economic success of Messina. The currents, whirlpools, and winds of the strait, which still hamper navigation, gave rise in ancient times to many legends about its dangers to navigators.
    Katakolon is the small, sleepy port town located on the western coast of the Peloponnese peninsula, which has undergone an extensive and very pleasing makeover over the last decade.

    Situated on a headland overlooking the Ionian Sea, the Greek seaside town is the gateway to the UNESCO-listed World Heritage site of Ancient Olympia. Founded in the 8th century BC, Olympia hosted the original Olympic Games and its extensive, must-see ruins include athletic training areas, a stadium and temples dedicated to the gods Hera and Zeus.

    The town of Kataolon itself offers the fascinating lighthouse built in 1865, the intriguing Museum of Ancient Greek Technology, and the sunken, ancient city of Pheia, which is within walking distance of the port. The Worldwide Mythology Exhibition Park was established in 2017 in Katakolo Square, where mythical monsters Minotaurs and Centaurs can be found in a labyrinth.
    A holiday resort with an excellent family reputation, Limassol has some great beaches and lots of tavernas, cafés and restaurants. But there’s plenty else to see and do here. Limassol Castle was built in 1228 by Frederick II of Germany, but largely rebuilt by the Ottoman rulers during the 19th century. It now houses the Cyprus Medieval Museum. The Limassol Archaeological Museum has many fascinating objects from the island’s history, especially from the Ottoman period.

    Further afield, the Amathus site, about 11km east of the city, has the ruins of a Temple of Aphrodite and tombs from the early Iron Age era. In the other direction is the village of Kolossi; the splendid castle overlooks vineyards where the Cypriot Commandaria wine is produced.
    Rhodes, the largest of the Greek Dodecanese islands, is awash with fine beaches, wooded valleys, crystal-clear waters, ancient ruins and remnants of an occupation by the Knights of St. John during the Crusades.

    The Old Town of Rhodes is a maze of cobbled streets that echo back to the days of the Byzantine Empire, and has recently been accorded UNESCO World Heritage status. Its sandstone architecture rarely fails to impress. The town is home to the medieval Street of the Knights and the castle-esque Palace of the Grand Masters, which is now a history museum.

    Further south, along the island's beautiful, resort-laden east coast, the iconic town of Lindos is an unmissable gem to explore, with its narrow alleys and streets, quintessentially Greek white-washed houses and wonderfully-preserved ancient Acropolis, which sits proudly atop an 116-metre-high rock overlooking the town.

    With frescoed churches, and eight months of Mediterranean sunshine every year, Rhodes can’t help but be a winner for its visitors.
    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.
    With its array of bars & restaurants, stylish shops, palm-lined beaches and charming Old Town, Palma – Mallorca’s cosmopolitan capital, is one of the Balearic’s finest destinations. Surrounded by vast mountains and crystal clear waters, it is also one of the most beautiful.

    An historic city, Palma’s most popular attractions include the impressive Santa María Cathedral, a Gothic landmark begun in the 13th century that overlooks the Bay of Palma. The adjacent Almudaina is a Moorish-style Arab fortress converted to a royal residence, and on a hilltop west of the city, the magnificent 14th century Bellver Castle boasts stunning circular architecture and exhibits that uncover Palma’s vast history.

    With charming narrow streets, large squares and 18th century stone walls, the Old Town district is a joy to explore. Half of the island's population dwells in Palma, and its lively, all-year-round atmosphere centres on luxury hotels, trendy restaurants, cafes, shops and nightlife, alongside a thriving art scene.
    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.
    Arrive: Tilbury, United Kingdom.

    Accommodation on Bolette

    17th January 2023 | 19 NightsTilbury | Bolette | T2302
    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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