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Fred. Olsen reveals 93-night Africa and Indian Ocean voyage for 2023

Passengers will have a chance to see the ‘Big Five’ in Kenya and South Africa or spot the giant tortoise in Seychelles
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ Bollette will sail from Southampton to Africa and destinations in the Indian Ocean in November 2023.

Passengers will have the chance to encounter lemurs in Madagascar, spend time with a Dabbawala in Mumbai or stroll among dunes in the Namib Desert.

Included are overnight stays in Victoria, Seychelles and Mombasa, Kenya, a two-night stay in Port Louis, Mauritius, plus a three-night extended stay in Cape Town, South Africa, where historical sites such as Signal Hill and Robben Island await.

‘A real adventure’

‘This sailing is a real adventure, and working closely with Mr Olsen Jnr himself, we have curated this itinerary to allow guests to have real, immersive experiences ashore,’ said Martin Lister, head of itinerary planning and destination experience, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines.

‘Whether that’s visiting the spice plantations or helping Dabawallas deliver tiffin boxes to locals in Mumbai, walking the colossal dunes of the world’s oldest desert in Namib, or taking in the cultures and traditions of destinations away from the beaten tourist track, including in Mozambique, Ghana, Mayotte and Senegal.’

Added Lister, ‘There will also be so many opportunities to encounter wildlife in its natural habitat, from seeking out the ‘Big Five’ in Kenya and South Africa or spotting endemic species such as the giant tortoise in Seychelles and lemurs and chameleons in Madagascar. 

 ‘It is a cruise that offers countless highlights, and we can’t wait to share these experiences with our guests.’


‘The Intrepid Beauty of Africa and the Indian Ocean’ voyage sails round-trip from Southampton on November 19, 2023 calling: Tangier, Morocco; Valletta, Malta; Alexandria, Egypt; Port Said, Egypt; Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt; Safaga, Egypt; Jeddah, Saudi Arabia;  Salalah, Oman; Mumbai, India; Mormugao, India; Mangalore, India; Kochi, Kerala, India; Uligamu, Maldives; Hithadhoo, Maldives; Victoria, Mahé, Seychelles (overnight stay); Praslin Island, Seychelles; La Digue, Seychelles; Mombasa, Kenya (overnight stay); Zanzibar, Tanzania; Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Mamoudzou, Mayotte; Andoany, Nosy Be, Madagascar; Antsiranana, Madagascar; Port Réunion, Réunion Island; Port Louis, Mauritius (two-night stay); Toamasina (Tamatave), Madagascar; Port d-Ehoala, Fort-Dauphin, Madagascar; Maputo, Mozambique; Richards Bay, South Africa; Durban, South Africa; East London, South Africa; Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), South Africa; Mossel Bay, South Africa; Cape Town, South Africa (three-night stay); Walvis Bay, Namibia; São Tomé, São Tomé & Príncipe; Cotonou, Benin; Lomé, Togo; Takoradi, Ghana; Dakar, Senegal; Santa Cruz, Tenerife; Funchal, Madeira.

Onboard spend and free transfers 

Prices start from £9,999 per person. Passengers will receive up to £500 per person to spend on board Bolette, while those booking before June 30, 2022 will also receive free door-to-door transfers covering up to 200 mainland miles to the port.