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Fred Olsen 2025 World Cruise aboard Bolette to call in Cape Town

Fred Olsen Cruise Line is coming to South Africa in 2025, with its newish cruise ship Bolette set to visit Cape Town on her 106-night World Cruise from Southampton.

The 2025 World Cruise is inspired by the first world circumnavigation by explorers Magellan and Elcano in the 16th century and visits some 40 destinations around the world.

The cruise departs Southampton on January 6th, 2025, with prices starting at £11,499 per person, passengers can also sail roundtrip from Liverpool, with transfers, departing January 4th, 2025.

Fred Olsen’s cruise ship Bolette

“We have a real passion for curating creative and innovative itineraries, and this Grand Voyages really tells a story – retelling the tales of some of history’s greatest adventurers,” said Martin Lister, head of itinerary planning and destination experience at Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines.

“There are some incredible highlights, from seeing the mysterious Moai statues on Easter Island or exploring the tropical islands of the South Pacific with their volcanic landscapes, turquoise lagoons, coral reefs and pearl trade,” said Lister.

“There’s chances to delve into the origins of music and dance in the birthplace of some of the greatest art forms in the world, or visit St Helena, the isolated British island that was once a crucial shipping port and the place where Napoleon was exiled…” he added.

Bolette will cruise from Southampton to Brazil, Argentina, French Polynesia, Mauritius and South Africa, and traverse the south coast of Australia as British navigator Matthew Flinders did in 1801.

The ship will call in places visited by the likes of the 18th century British explorer, navigator, cartographer captain James Cook and Alexander Selkirk – the Scottish sailor who is thought to have been the inspiration for the classic Daniel Defoe novel Robinson Crusoe.

Saint Helena

During the first half of the World Cruise, there will be opportunities for passengers to experience the traditional and cultural artforms of South America, with chances to learn more about the Samba beats in Rio de Janeiro or techniques of the Tango in Argentina.

From there, passengers will embark on a scenic sailing, encountering the snow-capped peaks and rugged landscapes of the Chilean fjords, and take a tour to see the Iguazu Falls.

Cultural insight into many societies and civilisations can be gained during the voyage, according to Fred Olsen. In addition, there will be a variety of native wildlife to see, including Magellanic Penguins in South America, Koalas and Kangaroos in Australia or the ‘Big Five’ in South Africa.

Cape Town, South Africa


The itinerary features Southampton, Funchal, Madeira, Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde, Rio de Janeiro, Montevideo, and Buenos Aires. As well as Chile, where the vessel will cruise by Cape Deseado and Alejandro Selkirk Island and the Chilean Fjords, and call in Castro, Valparaiso, Robinson Crusoe Island, and Hanga Roa (Easter Island).

After cruising by Pitcairn Island, Bolette will head for French Polynesia calling Papeete in Tahiti and Bora Bora in the Society Islands, before visiting Rarotonga in the Cook Islands followed by a crossing of the International Date Line.

In Australia Bolette will call in Nuku’alofa in Tonga, Hobart in Tasmania, as well as Melbourne, Albany and Fremantle (Perth).

Bolette will then sail to Port Louis in Mauritius and Port Réunion on Réunion Island before calling in Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth) and Cape Town in South Africa, followed by Walvis Bay in Namibia, and Jamestown in St Helena.

The ship will then call in Dakar, Senegal before cruising north for Arrecife, Lanzarote, Lisbon, Portugal and Southampton.

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