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Winter Warmth in the Canaries

 3rd January 2023 | 14 Nights | TilburyBoletteT2301

from: £1709pp

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

After a hectic festive period, this winter escape to the Canaries makes for the perfect start to the New Year, an opportunity to relax and refresh yourself at a string of beautiful, sun-kissed destinations. At every island on your itinerary, inviting, warm-sand beaches, natural wonders and local cultural delights await discovery. You could indulge in hours of relaxation on the beaches near Santa Cruz in Tenerife and Gran Canaria’s rolling Maspalomas dunes, and leave your footprints in the black sands along Lanzarote’s dramatic coast. Feel the heat of Lanzarote’s volcanic peaks too, on an exploration of the island’s lunar-like landscapes.

Perhaps witness the wonder of Mount Teide – Spain’s highest peak – during your visit to Tenerife also; and, on Gran Canaria, enjoy a laid-back wander through enchanting towns such as Puerto de Mogán and Santa Brígida as you make the most of the Canarian sunshine. Elsewhere, you have a chance to delight in a day of indulgence at the Olsen family-owned Hotel Jardin Tecina on La Gomera; and revel in the peace and beauty of La Palma. Away from the Canaries, there’s also a visit to the Portuguese island of Madeira; here you can ride the cable car in Funchal and take in views of the surrounding verdant landscapes, watch as people glide down the capital’s steep hills on wicker toboggans, and sample delicious, locally-produced sweet wines. Bolette takes you to the Spanish mainland and to La Coruna, where your visit is time to coincide with the city’s Three Kings street parade and Epiphany celebrations.

Your Host
John and Rebecca Ronan

John and Becky live in the lovely Vale of Belvoir, have one daughter and two grown up grandchildren. They are both qualified EBU Directors with John also now directing on BBO. They have been playing bridge for over thirty years and enjoy both competitive and social bridge. Becky also plays for the county. John runs occasional teaching workshops for beginners and improvers for their local club.

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.

Winter Warmth in the Canaries

 3rd January 2023 | 14 Nights | TilburyBoletteT2301
Cabin Prices
Double Occupancy
Single Occupancy
Interior Cabin
160 square feet
Smart TV
Mini Fridge

£1709pp

Ocean View Cabin
165 square feet
Smart TV
Mini Fridge

£1999pp

Superior Ocean View
165 square feet
Smart TV
Mini Fridge

£2189pp

Terrace Cabin
180 square feet
Balcony
Smart TV & Fridge

£3329pp

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

£4279pp

Single Interior
160 square feet
Smart TV
Mini Fridge

£2379

Single Ocean View
165 square feet
Smart TV
Mini Fridge

£2629

Winter Warmth in the Canaries

3rd January 2023 | 14 NightsTilbury | Bolette | T2301
Depart: Tilbury, United Kingdom.
The city of La Coruña is the capital of the province and a busy seaport situated in the Galicia region of northwest Spain. Most famous for its Roman lighthouse, the diverse architectural styles of La Coruña make the city an absolute delight for sightseeing.

La Coruña boasts an impressive seafront promenade, beautiful beaches and a host of attractions such as the Domus Museum, the Casa del Hombre and Torre De Hercules – said to be the only Roman lighthouse in existence – which offers sweeping coastal views from the top of its 60 metre high tower. The Paseo Marítimo, a lovely 13km walkway and bike path, runs from the port, around the peninsula, and along the ocean beaches.

The compact Ciudad Vieja – La Coruña’s old quarter – is a must-visit area. Often referred to as “the city” by the locals, the medieval centre contains remains of the centuries-old Roman wall that once protected it. The arcaded Plaza de María Pita, surrounded by narrow pedestrianized lanes, is a popular spot, and features the Estatua de María Pita, a statue of a 16th century woman who warned the town of an invasion by Sir Francis Drake. The medieval Church of Santiago, the Museum of Sacred Art and the Military Museum are all fine places of interest.

Beyond the historic city is a proud, modern metropolis, which boasts a superb food scene and a buzzing nightlife. The world’s best picnic food, empanadas, and the locally produced beer, Estrella, both demand trying.
The bustling port of Arrecife on Lanzarote’s east coast is home to the biggest fishing fleet in the Canaries. Back in the 16th and 17th centuries the city was regularly attacked by pirates. To defend against these raiders, the court of Spain ordered two castles to be built. The first built in 1590, Castillo San Gabriel, now houses the island’s Ethnographic Museum, which tells the fascinating story of the islands' original inhabitants: the Guanche.

Castillo San Jose followed later, providing employment and alleviating poverty on the island following volcanic eruptions in the 1730s - it became known as the Fortress of Hunger. Today, it is home to the Museum of International and Contemporary Art, with a small but impressive collection of modern paintings and sculpture. The excellent restaurant in its basement offers diners panoramic views over the harbour. Today, Arrecife is a quirky hotchpotch of sun-bleached buildings and has a pleasant Mediterranean-style promenade.
With its feel of mainland-Spain, spiced up with an eclectic mix of Asian and African cultures, Las Palmas is one of the Canary Island's most popular destinations, attracting sun-seekers who come to relax on its golden-sand beaches and soak up the gorgeous, year-round climate of Gran Canaria.

Founded over 500 years ago, Las Palmas is the largest city in the Canary Islands, and has three gorgeous beaches, including Playa de las Canteras, regarded as one of the world's best beaches, to enjoy.

Vegueta, the oldest quarter, is both atmospheric and fashionable, with extensive historical architecture plus a fine selection of boutiques and smart bars. At its centre stand the twin towers of Santa Ana Cathedral; started in 1500 but still unfinished, the cathedral has a unique mix of Renaissance, Gothic and Neoclassical styles in its construction. In Plaza Santa Ana, bronze statues of dogs – the Romans named the islands after legendary canines – stand guard over the 17th-century Palacio Regental, the Town Hall and the Bishop's Palace.

The sweet arc of Playa de las Canteras at the town’s other end offers the tantalising possibility of taking a dip between sightseeing and shopping. The bewildering maze of streets behind the beach hides many fine restaurants serving an array of wonderful Canarian cuisine.
The bustling port of Arrecife on Lanzarote’s east coast is home to the biggest fishing fleet in the Canaries. Back in the 16th and 17th centuries the city was regularly attacked by pirates. To defend against these raiders, the court of Spain ordered two castles to be built. The first built in 1590, Castillo San Gabriel, now houses the island’s Ethnographic Museum, which tells the fascinating story of the islands' original inhabitants: the Guanche.

Castillo San Jose followed later, providing employment and alleviating poverty on the island following volcanic eruptions in the 1730s - it became known as the Fortress of Hunger. Today, it is home to the Museum of International and Contemporary Art, with a small but impressive collection of modern paintings and sculpture. The excellent restaurant in its basement offers diners panoramic views over the harbour. Today, Arrecife is a quirky hotchpotch of sun-bleached buildings and has a pleasant Mediterranean-style promenade.
San Sebastian is the beautiful capital of La Gomera, one of the smaller, lesser-known islands in the Canaries. A lively, vibrant city, San Sebastian offers much to enjoy including pristine beaches, perfectly-preserved historic buildings and natural parks of jaw-dropping beauty.

Also known as 'Isla Colombina' because of its historic links to Christopher Columbus – the great explorer called at La Gomera on his way to America. Many of San Sebastian’s buildings and monuments are linked to him, including the Casa de la Agunada and the Casa de Colon where, according to legend, Columbus stayed during his time on the island.

The 15th century Torre del Conde military tower and Ermita de San Sebastian Church, which dates back to the 16th century, are easily accessible highlights. The Church of the Assumption has a mural depicting an 18th-century battle, while La Gomera Archaeological Museum traces the local culture through artefacts and scale models.

The city’s beaches are typically Canarian and benefit from a fantastic warm climate almost all-year round, soft sands and crystal clear waters. Playa de La Cueva – often referred to as La Gomera’s best beach, is a great place to relax.

Northwest of the city lies the Parque Natural de Majona, a beautiful natural park smothered with rolling valleys, stunning flora and dry Fayal-Heath, creates an incredible landscape that's a joy to explore.
La Palma’s small, yet pretty capital city - is one of the Canary Island’s true gems. Boasting colonial-style architecture, a swathe of charming beaches, restaurants and bars, Santa Cruz is typically Canarian and has something for everyone.

Conquered by the King of Castile in the 15th century, Santa Cruz de La Palma was a key trading post between Spain and the Americas, and the city’s fascinating history can be explored in the historic quarter – one of Spain’s Historic-Artistic sites. The Naval Museum is a replica of Christopher Columbus's 15th-century Santa Maria sailing ship.

Stunning palaces and sumptuous merchants’ houses butt up against the grand town hall, built during the reign of Phillip II. Religious buildings include the Renaissance-style Church of El Salvador, with a tower of volcanic stone, and the Church of Santo Domingo, which houses a superb collection of Flemish paintings.

The compact city centre is incredibly picturesque, and the newly redeveloped beach and promenade have boosted the city's resort credentials. Calle Real, the city’s main street, is famous for being both a Property of Cultural Interest and a Historic-Artistic Site. Santa Cruz’s finest restaurants, shops and prettiest squares are found here, and sampling the delicious local cuisine and local culture is highly recommended.
Funchal, the capital of Portugal's Madeiran archipelago, has a timeless old-world charm. Enhanced by a subtropical climate that fills this 'floating garden' with the year-round colours and perfumes of flowers and fruit, Funchal was a favourite of Sir Winston Churchill. His praise of the city has ensured British visitors always receive a warm welcome from locals.

Backed by rolling hills, the town is famous for its harbour, the 17th century São Tiago Fortress (now the Contemporary Art Museum) and world renowned Madeiran wine cellars. Funchal’s parks and gardens are a delight, and a hike through the Laurel Forest nearby is highly recommended. The ancient Funchal Cathedral mixes Gothic and Romanesque architecture, and is noted for its impressive carved wooden ceiling.
Arrive: Tilbury, United Kingdom.

Accommodation on Bolette

3rd January 2023 | 14 NightsTilbury | Bolette | T2301
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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