Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is preparing to celebrate an historic coming together of its fleet of ships.

The cruise line’s three smaller ships, Bolette, Borealis and Balmoral, will all be sailing into Funchal, Madeira, for the Fleet in Funchal celebration on 9th November.

The trio will dock alongside each other, and a series of hand-crafted events will take place to enable the ships’ guests to get the most out of their visit to the beautiful garden island.

Peter Deer, Managing Director of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said:

“This will be only the third time that our fleet has converged in one place, with the last event, Captains in Cadiz, taking place five years ago.

“This year marks the 175th anniversary of Fred. Olsen’s start as a shipping company and we are delighted to be celebrating with this wonderful event in Funchal.

“Every single thing we have learnt over the past 175 years, goes into every single day of sailing with us, and this event will showcase everything that makes sailing with Fred. Olsen special and unique.”

The day promises to be packed full of Fred. Olsen celebrations with entertainment on the quayside creating a vibrant carnival atmosphere both on board and ashore.

Activities include an exclusive treasure hunt around the city for guests, live music, competitions, battle of the bartenders and an inter-ship tug of war.

Guests will also have the opportunity to step aboard and explore all three ships, meet the crew and celebrate with fellow travellers.

The day will end as Bolette, Borealis and Balmoral all sail out of Funchal together for an unforgettable sailaway party into the sunset.

Running until Tuesday, 26th September, guests booking to the Fleet in Funchal cruises can enjoy a free all-inclusive drinks package.

Bolette’s 15-night T2328 ‘Spain and Portugal with the Fleet in Funchal’ cruise, departing from Southampton on 29th October 2023. Prices start from £1,299 per person.

  • Be part of the Fred. Olsen Fleet in Funchal event
  • Delve into the history of Hispania in cities linked to the Romans
  • See ancient amphitheatres and fortifications

Itinerary: Southampton, UK – La Coruna, Spain – Cruise by Tower of Hercules Lighthouse, Spain – Cadiz, Spain – Tarragona, Spain – Valencia, Spain – Cartagena, Spain – Malaga, Spain – Funchal, Portugal – Southampton, UK

For more details: Visit Bolette’s T2328 ‘Spain and Portugal with the Fleet in Funchal’

Balmoral’s 15-night L2324 ‘The Canary Islands with the Fleet in Funchal’ cruise, departing from Southampton on 30thOctober 2023. Prices start from £1,299 per person.

  • Be part of the Fred. Olsen Fleet in Funchal celebrations
  • Discover the beaches and landscapes of the Canaries
  • Enjoy time in Madeira, Lisbon and Cadiz

Itinerary: Southampton, UK – Cadiz, Spain – Las Palmas, Spain – Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain – San Sebastian de la Gomera, Spain- Santa Cruz de la Palma, Spain – Funchal, Portugal – Lisbon, Portugal – Southampton, UK

For more details: Visit Balmoral’s L2324 ‘The Canary Islands with the Fleet in Funchal’

Borealis’ 14-night S2323 ‘The Azores with the Fleet in Funchal’ cruise, departing from Liverpool on 1st November 2023. Prices start from £1,499 per person.

  • Be part of a celebration at the Fred. Olsen Fleet in Funchal event
  • Experience the remarkable beauty of the Azores
  • Enjoy spotting marine life on board Borealis with ORCA

Itinerary: Liverpool, UK – Ponta Delgada, Portugal (overnight port) – Praia da Vitoria, Portugal – Funchal, Portugal – Lisbon, Portugal – Lexioes, Portugal – Liverpool, UK
For more details: Visit Borealis’ S2323 ‘The Azores with the Fleet in Funchal’