Bearing a name that previously bestowed an Olsen-owned vessel in the 1940s, and inspires thoughts of the Aurora Borealis, elegant Borealis proudly connects with, and represents, our founding family’s history and Norwegian heritage. Stylish, spacious and comfortable, with capacity for fewer than 1,400 guests, she’s in keeping with our commitment to offering a more traditional style of cruising.
But while Borealis’ capacity is smaller than many cruise vessels, she’s still one of the largest ships, by size, in our fleet. On board Borealis you’ll find you’re never overcrowded. There is always ample room 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. And of course, with our friendly staff providing our typical level of personal, attentive service, there’s an intimate feel to the on board experience too.
Prepare for the busy festive period on a pre-Christmas getaway packed with the sun, sand and sights of a string of gorgeous islands. There are chances to explore volcanic landscapes and idyllic gardens, unwind on gorgeous beaches and even witness the spectacular Geminid meteors, leaving you feeling a world away from the December gloom being endured back home.
Time at sea to relax and settle into life on board Borealis, will leave you feeling refreshed and ready to experience the Canaries over seven memorable days. Visiting Gran Canaria makes for a perfect start; perhaps indulge in the island’s renowned warmth at the rolling sand dunes of Maspalomas, or seek-out the picturesque scenery of the Agaete Valley or Los Tilos forest. The lunar-like landscapes of Lanzarote are then yours to explore; Arrecife is your gateway to Timanfaya National Park and mighty Fire Mountains, as well as the Jameos del Agua caves’ remarkable exhibit of geology and architectural design. Meanwhile, Fuerteventura will offer a taste of authentic Canarian life; pretty Puerto del Rosario boasts tapas bars and cafés, beautiful surrounding landscapes and inviting golden beaches.Show less
The time in Tenerife that follows is sure to be a highlight; your extended visit is timed to coincide with the magical Geminid Meteor Shower, affording you the best chance to watch the darting lights of spellbinding ‘shooting stars’ as they streak across the sky. You can take the day to see majestic Mount Teide, or uncover the mysterious of the Güímar pyramids and poison gardens too. At gorgeous La Gomera, you’ve an opportunity to go in search of volcanic wonders and verdant forests once again, or even visit Fred. Olsen’s Hotel Jardin Tecina. Finally, for a memorable conclusion to the Canarian adventures, the ‘Pretty Island’ of La Palma provide the perfect parting shot. Santa Cruz serving as your starting point for exploring an astonishing UNESCO-listed wonderland of varied landscapes, from San Antonio Volcanic Park – where natural gems such as the Teneguia Volcano await – to enchanted laurel forests waiting to share their secrets.
Day 1 - Liverpool
Day 2 to 4 - At Sea
Day 5 - Las Palmas, Gran Canaria
Day 6 - Arrecife, Lanzarote
Day 7 - Puerto Del Rosario, Fuerteventura
Day 8 - Santa Cruz, Tenerife
Day 9 - San Sebastian, Spain
Day 10 - Santa Cruz De La Palma, Spain
Day 11 to 14 - At Sea
Day 15 - Liverpool