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Volcanic Islands of the Azores & Madeira

Fred. Olsen Cruises Borealis
Date 28th Aug 24
Nights 14 Nights
1
Southampton, UK
Arrive and board Borealis for your 14-night cruise
2-4
At Sea
5
Praia da Vitória, Azores
Translating to the 'Beach of Victory', Praia da Vitória on the island of Terceira is one of the most modern towns in the Azores. Stroll through the town's main square, pedestrianised shopping street, and contemporary harbour. Witness the 15th-century Igreja Matriz de Santa Cruz church with its large bell towers, Império Do Divino Espírito Santo da Caridade's ornate interior, the Paços do Concelho town hall, and the 17th-century birthplace of novelist and poet Vitorino Nemésio. Make the most of the constant sea breeze and enjoy an afternoon's windsurfing. Venture inland to Furnas de Enxofre volcanic area to follow the walking routes past fumaroles and hot springs. Travel to the island's Bizcoitos winery and museum to taste its excellent Verdelho wines and fortified liqueurs.
6
Ponta Delgada, Azores
Ponta Delgada is the capital of São Miguel Island on the Azores archipelago. Stroll along the waterfront promenade and enjoy lunch at one of the many seafood restaurants. Witness the Gothic-style Church of St Sebastian near the harbour. Seek out the Convent and Chapel of Our Lady of Hope; which is home to a revered image of Christ. Delve into Azorean culture on a visit to the Carlos Machado Museum. Explore the renaissance bastions and battlements at São Brás Fortress and enjoy a unique photo opportunity in front of the city's Portas de Cidade gateway. Venture out of the city to admire the clear-blue waters at Lagoa de Fogo crater lake and bathe in natural springs at Ponta de Ferraria.
7
At Sea
8-9
Funchal, Madeira
It is very easy to see why Madeira has gained the name of 'The Garden Island'. Lush greenery with an array of tropical fruits, this island is a favourite on many cruise itineraries. Take gondola ride to the mountain village of Monte to experience some of the most breathtaking views of the island, then take the thrilling way down on a local toboggan, winding and bending over the cobbles; this is something you won’t want to miss. For wine lovers, venture out into the vineyards and experience some of the famous wine of the region.
10
At Sea
11
Lisbon, Portugal
Spread across seven hills on the shores of River Tagus is Portugal's capital city, Lisbon. Pavement cafes, bustling squares and serene gardens sit alongside palaces, bridges and castles in this waterside city. Immerse yourself in culture at Calouste Gulbenkian Museum and National Museum of Contemporary Art, or enjoy the colourful marine life at Oceanarium. Take a vintage tram ride through the city's cobbled streets, admiring Jerónimos Monastery and Belém Tower on the way. Haggle for bargains at the lively Thieves Market, or explore designer shops on Rua do Carmo, Rua Garrett and Avenida da Liberdade. Venture further afield and discover the fairytale places and ornate villas in Sintra or go dolphin-watching in Setúbal.
12
Leixões, Portugal
Port of Leixões is the main harbour serving the city of Porto in northern Portugal. Famous for being associated with the shipping of port wine, it's also a great starting point for on-shore excursions. The small city of Leixões is home to a sandy beach, old fortifications, and several bars and restaurants scattered around its port area. The historic centre of nearby Porto is an UNESCO World Heritage site and home to an 18th-century cathedral and a 19th-century palace. Enjoy tours and tastings at local vineyards or stroll around Porto's Ribiera Square, found along the Douro River, to find charming cafes and restaurants.
13-14
At Sea
15
Southampton, UK
Why Book
Why Book
  • Translating to the 'Beach of Victory', Praia da Vitória on the island of Terceira is one of the most modern towns in the Azores. Stroll through the town's main square, pedestrianised shopping street, and contemporary harbour
  • Ponta Delgada is the capital of São Miguel Island on the Azores archipelago. Stroll along the waterfront promenade and enjoy lunch at one of the many seafood restaurants. A must try!
  • You wont short on what to do in Lisbon - capital of Portugal - so much to see and do!

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Background
Borealis
Overview
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, the founding family’s history and Norwegian heritage. Stylish, spacious and comfortable, with capacity for fewer than 1,400 guests, she’s in keeping with Fred. Olsen’s 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 the 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.
Borealis
Borealis
Food & Drink
Dining experiences aboard Borealis offer something for everyone; from fresh-cooked breakfasts to sumptuous five-course a la carte dinners. Borealis's main restaurant is a grand two-tier affair with a classical, elegant décor and a variety of table sizes and seating options; making it the perfect for both intimate dinners-for-two and group dining. You can also opt to dine in any of other supplementary venues or perhaps at the more relaxed buffet restaurant. The dress code is casual by day and the evenings are smart-casual except for the Formal Nights. Discover 11 stylish and comfortable bars and lounges on Borealis to match your every mood. Each bar and lounge offers a relaxed ambience and a varied menu of hot and cold drinks and classic cocktails. The two-tier main evening show lounge allows you unspoilt views of the vibrant after-dinner shows on stage.
Entertainment
There's plenty to entertain you both day and night on Borealis. Top up your tan by the duo of swimming pools or chill out in the bubbling Jacuzzis. Pamper mind and body in the spa's Thermal Spa, Aroma Room, Hydro Pool, two saunas, and nine treatment rooms. Join in a friendly game on the basketball court or play a few sets on the tennis court. Improve your cooking skills with a cookery class or demonstration at The Culinary Theatre. After dinner; take a seat in the stylish lounges and theatre to enjoy live shows, ranging from music and cabaret to quick-fire stand-up comedy. Alternatively, listen to soothing live acoustic music as you sip your favourite tropical cocktail.
Borealis
Borealis
Health & Fitness

You'll find that there's plenty to keep you entertained during the day on board Borealis, whether you prefer to while away the hours relaxing or engaging your body and mind. The ship's facilities include two swimming pools, two jacuzzis and an impressive spa with a Thermal Spa, Aroma Room, Hydro Pool, two saunas and nine treatment rooms, while there are tennis and basketball courts and a Culinary Theatre – which hosts fantastic cookery classes and demonstrations – too.

Kids & Teens

Children of 6 months and over are very welcome on our ships. On peak-time holiday cruises, our Little Skippers Club keeps kids between 5 and 11 years old entertained with a variety of fun activities. They will enjoy arts and crafts, discos, treasure hunts and loads more, all run by our friendly team of hosts and hostesses*.

A list of the day's events are included in the Little Skippers Club's mini-version of the Daily Times, which also shows the separate pool times for kids. Activities also stretch across the evenings, to suit the individual needs of families on board. Please note: our Little Skippers Club also welcomes children under 5, however parents must provide supervision at all times. The club operates subject to minimum numbers being achieved. 

**Please note we will not be operating any Little Skippers clubs aboard our Welcome Back sailings this summer. This is because cruising restart guidelines require all guests, including children, to remain in their household or dining bubbles on board.

Borealis - Little Skippers Club
Volcanic Islands of the Azores & Madeira
Borealis
28th Aug 24
14 Nights
£1,499
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