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Bridge Cruise to Morocco and Cape Verde

20th November – 6th December 2021

17 days from £2,195pp

Visiting the beautiful Cape Verde islands and Morocco on this cruise makes for an adventurous, enriching and immersive experience, perfectly complimented by a full programme of Bridge.
  • Bridge directed by John Barker and hosted by Sarah Marriott
  • 16-night cruise on board Fred Olsen’s Bolette
  • Included all-inclusive drinks package and pre-paid gratuities
  • No-fly cruise departing from Southampton
  • Explore captivating Cape Verde as we visit Praia, Mindelo and Porto Novo
  • Discover Morocco’s modern delights and ancient treasures in visits to Agadir, Casablanca and Tangier
  • Two included excursions – Highlights of Casablanca and An Introduction to Mindelo, Cape Verde
  • Good single cabin availability with complimentary upgrade to Ocean view

Club Standard Bridge

This holiday is a club standard bridge holiday licensed by the EBU (English Bridge Union) with Masterpoints awarded and duplimated boards used. We have recently introduced electronic scoring to our holidays and hand records are also provided. Our qualified & experienced directors construct a programme of interesting seminars and varied bridge sessions to offer variety during each holiday.

Morocco with Cape Verde Bridge Cruise

Join us for this brand new 16-night Bridge cruise in partnership with Fred Olsen. Each destination on this captivating itinerary offers a blend of engrossing authentic cultures, traditional charms and fascinating history to uncover as you embrace and engage with the local way of life.

You’re sure to be captivated by the African and Portuguese influenced architecture, music and dance, and the hustle and bustle of daily life, that is showcased in the trio of Cape Verdean destinations we’ll be visiting. During your visit to Praia, you could get a feel for Santiago’s history on a tour to UNESCO-listed Cidade Velha, a former slave trading post, while Mindelo is your gateway to some of Cape Verde’s most spectacular landscapes and volcanic wonders, such as Monte Verde. On Santo Antão island, vibrant Porto Novo is a haven for relaxation, boasting welcoming bars and beautiful harbour, and is overlooked by towering Topo de Coroa, which offers fabulous views from its peak.

After Cape Verde, visits to Agadir, Casablanca and Tangier throw a mix of Morocco’s modern delights and ancient treasures into the melting pot. The buzz of day-to-day life in these cities is something to behold as you explore bustling souks, charming streets and pretty squares, and in each, an abundance of attractions await your discovery. Undoubted highlights to seek-out include the ancient Kasbah of Agadir, and Casablanca’s magnificent Hassan II Mosque, famed for its 210-metre-high minaret. In Tangier, a morning call allows ample time soak up the city’s sights; or perhaps uncover UNESCO-listed Tétouan and its famous ancient medina on tour. Beyond the sites and highlights, you’ve even a chance to learn to cook like the Berbers in Casablanca; and indulge in some rest and relaxation on Agadir’s warm golden sands.

Every evening after dining, we enjoy duplicate bridge sessions with our EBU qualified director and host. As always, we will offer a varied and interesting bridge programme and Masterpoints will be awarded. Our director will also present relaxed Bridge sessions and seminars for you to join on days when the ship is at sea.

Included to enhance your holiday:

Highlights of Casablanca excursion: Visit the Hassan II Mosque, the largest mosque in Africa.  Discover Arab-Islamic architecture as you capture the exterior and interior.  Admire the hand-carved stone and wood and intricate marble flooring as you explore.  Continue on the coastal road passing the golden beaches of Ain Diab resort, located along the Corniche Boulevard and enjoy a refreshment stop and sample the Moroccan tea.  Moving on you will drive through the elegant residential district of Anfa, the original site of Casablance.  Continue with a short visit to Notre Dame de Lourdes Church and admire the great architecture of Sacare Coeur Cathedral on the way to Place Mohammed V, the man square.

An Introduction to Mindelo Cape Verde excursion: Begin with a drive along the waterfront en route to Monte Verde – Boco da Vento.  Continue to the city, capturing views of Porto Grande Bay.  There will be a short stop in the main street before travelling the Amilcar Cabral Plaza where you will have the opportunity for time at leisure.  Before returning to the ship your drive continues passing Laginha Beach.

Your Accommodation

Bolette

Overview

Proudly bearing the name of Fred. Olsen Jr.’s great-great-grandmother, as many other Olsen vessels have over the years, Bolette exudes classic, elegant style in her exterior and interior design, features spacious and comfortable public areas, and has all the facilities and special touches you need for a relaxing and enjoyable holiday.

While she’s one of the largest ships, by overall size, in the Fred Olsen fleet, Bolette has capacity for less than 1,400 guests. So you’ll find that you’re not overcrowded on board, and have plenty of space in which to indulge yourself in the stylish dining venues, enjoy a glass of your favourite tipple and fantastic entertainment at the bars, lounges and theatres, and while away the hours by the all-season pool.

Ship Facilities & Amenities
  • 11 Bars & lounges
  • 6 Restaurants
  • Swimming pools
  • Entertainment programme
  • Spa
  • Gym
  • Jacuzzis
  • Sports Courts
  • Culinary Theatre hosting cookery classes and demonstrations
Cabin Facilities & Amenities
All cabins are equipped with the following:
  • Climate control
  • Interactive smart TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Desk
  • Phone
  • Fridge (which can be stocked as a mini-bar)
  • Tea and coffee making facilities

Please click here to see the deck plan.