Fred Olsen announces 106-night world explorer cruise inspired by the tales of historic and fictional sailors

Easter Island will be on the itinerary (Picture: Fred Olsen Cruise Lines)

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines has announced a new 106-night ‘Voyage of Exploration Around the World’ inspired by journeys of historic and fictional sailors.

Leaving Southampton on January 6, 2025, flagship Bolette will follow a similar route to the first world circumnavigation by explorers Magellan and Elcano in 1519.

The cruise, which will visit destinations including Brazil, Argentina, French Polynesia, Mauritius and South Africa, will also follow the south coast of Australia as British navigator Matthew Flinders did in 1801, and call into places visited by the likes of Captain James Cook and Alexander Selkirk – the Scottish sailor who was the inspiration for the Robinson Crusoe novel.

During the first half of this epic voyage, there will be chances to enjoy the traditional and cultural artforms of South America, such as samba in Rio de Janeiro or tango in Argentina. From here, guests can enjoy scenic cruising to admire the snow-capped peaks and rugged landscapes of the Chilean fjords, and take a tour to the Iguazu Falls.

Travelling the world: Bolette (Picture: Fred Olsen Cruise Lines)

Throughout the cruise there will be chances to gain cultural insight into many societies and civilisations and encounter wildlife including Magellanic penguins in South America, koalas and kangaroos in Australia or the ‘Big Five’ in South Africa.

This cruise will be unveiled to members of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ Oceans club today and will go on general sale on Friday. Prices start at £11,499 per person.

Passengers can also choose to leave and return from Liverpool, sailing on January 4, 2025.

The route (Picture: Fred Olsen Cruise Lines)

Itinerary: Southampton, England – Funchal, Madeira – Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Montevideo, Uruguay – Buenos Aires, Argentina – Cruising Magellan Strait – Punta Arenas, Chile – Cruising by Cape Deseado – Cruising Chilean Fjords – Castro, Chile – Valparaiso, Chile – Robinson Crusoe Island, Chile – Cruising by Alejandro Selkirk Island – Hanga Roa (Easter Island), Chile – Cruising by Pitcairn Island – Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia – Bora Bora, Society Islands, French Polynesia – Rarotonga, Cook Islands – Crossing the International Date Line – Nuku’alofa, Tonga – Sydney, Australia  – Hobart, Tasmania, Australia – Melbourne, Australia – Albany, Australia – Fremantle (Perth), Australia – Port Louis, Mauritius – Port Réunion, Réunion Island – Gqeberha, South Africa – Cape Town, South Africa – Walvis Bay, Namibia – Jamestown, St Helena – Cruising by Ascension Island – Dakar, Senegal – Arrecife, Lanzarote – Lisbon, Portugal – Southampton, England.

For more details visit Bolette‘s T2505 ‘A Voyage of Exploration Around the World’ cruise

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