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Floral Amsterdam, Normandy & the Isles of Scilly


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Different color tulips in Keukenhof park in Amsterdam , Netherlands. Different color tulips in Keukenhof park in Amsterdam area, Netherlands.
17 Apr 2025
8 nights

Your cruise at a glance

Hand-crafted highlights

Our team has designed this Borealis cruise to showcase horticultural highlights in three destinations, with your visit to the Netherlands timed to coincide with the colourful tulip season. As you step ashore in the Netherlands, you will have the chance to browse Amsterdam's flower markets, meet a local tulip grower, or visit the vibrant Keukenhof Gardens, while Tresco offers opportunities to wander through its fragrant Abbey Gardens with its remarkable array of exotic plants from across the globe, thriving in the subtropical climate of the Isles of Scilly. Immerse yourself in tantalising Dutch and French cuisines, like creamy Camembert cheese and Calvados brandy in Honfleur or the irresistible sweetness of Stroopwafels in Amsterdam. There will also be opportunities to join insightful shore tours from Borealis to explore Monet’s House and Gardens the D-Day beaches from Honfleur, and Amsterdam's Anne Frank House.

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Tresco Abbey Gardens

Uncover Horticultural Highlights  

The Isle of Scilly boasts ideal conditions for its diverse range of exotic flowers and plants to flourish, thanks to its sub-tropical microclimate that lasts throughout the year. Tresco Abbey Gardens are a treasure trove of winding paths lined with the rare King Protea plant, the glamorous Lobster Claw with its heady scent, and other captivating tropical shrubs. The Netherlands burst into a kaleidoscope of colour in spring with its iconic and strikingly beautiful tulip fields, where the stunning Keukenhof Gardens are not to be missed. Meanwhile, Monet's house and gardens in Giverny, reached from Honfleur, serve as a living canvas to the artist and his passion for nature.

Moules et Frites, Mussels and Fries

Savour the flavours of French and Dutch cuisines

French and Dutch cuisines offer a diverse and tantalising array of flavours that reflect the rich cultural tapestries of the region. In France, sample a world-class wine grown in local vineyards with creamy Brie or Camembert or alongside Moules et Frites, while in Amsterdam, be sure to try a Stroopwaffel, a deliciously thin wafer biscuit sandwiched together with syrup, or Bitterballen, deep-fried breaded meatballs, both the perfect accompaniment to a Dutch beer or two. Produced exclusively in Normandy, Calvados is an apple brandy that marries well with fresh bread and cheese, and from Borealis, you may wish to join a tour to a local distillery to see how it's processed, from orchard to oak casks to bottle.


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Life On Board

Introducing Borealis

Sister ship to Bolette, Borealis is perfectly suited for enjoying scenic cruising of the world's lesser-known waterways. From cruising past remarkable landscapes and historical sites to capturing the beauty of the natural world. 

Borealis at sea at sunset
Borealis at sea at sunset


Sister-ship to Bolette, Borealis is perfectly suited for taking guests on a journey around the globe, enabling more exploration in more exciting ports. Her smaller size, spacious public areas, open deck spaces and impressive array of restaurants make her perfect for longer voyages, and shorter journeys alike.

702 cabins
1,360 guests
662 crew
61,849 GT
25kts max speed
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Our Signature Experiences

To make your experience even more special, our Journey Planners have designed a unique programme of Signature Experiences which will allow you to discover real insights about the culture and nature of the places we are visiting, so you can arrive in each destination fully prepared to get the most out of your visit.

Itinerary Insights

We have carefully curated a programme of events to give you a deeper understanding of each of the destinations you will be visiting

Scenic Discoveries

Our Scenic Discoveries are designed to allow you to enjoy seeing the world from the unique perspective of our ships

The Ship and the Sea

Maritime is in our DNA - our history in shipping goes back almost 200 years

The Sky at Sea

There’s very little in the natural world more beautiful than a clear night sky, sunrise or sunset seen at sea

Treats of the Region

We love to bring a taste of the region's food, drink, local tastes and culinary traditions to life on board

Sample Shore Tours

At each port of call on your cruise, we carefully research and hand pick Shore Tour options for you, designed for you see as many of the world's best destinations as possible.

Below, you will find some sample Shore Tours which will give you an example of what to expect on your cruise. Your Shore Tours will be available to book approximately 8-13 weeks prior to departure via your My Cruises account.

Tulip Farm & Keukenhof

Tulip Farm & Keukenhof Gardens

Immerse yourself in a kaleidoscope of colour at the famous Dutch Tulip Farm, De Tulperig, before heading to Keukenhof, the largest flower garden in the world.



Amsterdam Canal Cruise

Amsterdam Canal Cruise

View the sights of Amsterdam from the unique perspective of the water with a cruise along the famous crescent-shaped Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht canals.



Tresco Abbey Gardens

Tresco Abbey Gardens

Explore the sub-tropical botanical paradise of Tresco Abbey Garden home to an impressive collection of 20,000 plant species, some heralding from as far as New Zealand. As you explore this ‘Perennial Kew’, keep your eyes peeled for red squirrels darting about in amongst the trees.


St. Mary's

Treats & Pastimes

In addition to our Signature Experiences, we have a selection of lovely Treats & Pastimes for you to enjoy when on board. Just check your Daily Times each day for full details.

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Cabins, Prices & Offers

Cabin Options On Your Cruise

* Prices correct as of 15:00 22/07/2024, based on the lowest available Cruise Only fare, and on two people sharing a twin cabin. Please call +441473746175 for live availability & prices.

* Prices correct as of 15:00 22/07/2024, based on the lowest available Cruise Only fare, and on sole occupancy. Please call +441473746175 for live availability & prices.

Cabin Grades

Standard Pricing Solo Pricing

Balcony Junior Suite (BJ)

Borealis' Balcony Junior Suites have a private balcony and sitting/bedroom area.

Freedom Fare From £2,499 pp
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Balcony Junior Suite Wheelchair Adapted (BJD)

Borealis' Balcony Junior Adapted Suites have a balcony and sitting/bedroom area.

Freedom Fare From £2,499 pp
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Balcony Suite (BS)

Located on decks 6 & 7, Borealis' Balcony Suites have a private balcony.

Freedom Fare From £2,599 pp
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Premier Suite (PS)

Borealis' Premier Suites are located on Deck 7, and have a private balcony.

Freedom Fare From £3,299 pp
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Premier Suite Wheelchair Adapted (PSD)

Borealis' Premier Adapted Suites are spacious and stylish, and located on deck 7.

Freedom Fare From £3,299 pp
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Olsen Suite (OW)

The Olsen Suite is the largest suite on Borealis, with a private balcony and sitting area.

Freedom Fare From £4,499 pp
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What's Included


As well as our Signature Experiences, there are a host of other treats to enjoy on board our ships.

  • À la carte breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Daily buffet dining options
  • Late night Supper Club
  • Afternoon tea
  • Self-service tea & coffee
  • In-cabin dining & snacks
  • Evening shows
  • Live music & dancing
  • Dance classes
  • Lectures & talks
  • Cookery demonstrations
  • Traditional deck games
  • Daily games & quizzes
  • Swimming Pools
  • Jacuzzis
  • Fitness Centre
  • Fitness Classes

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