Australia, the Far East & the Med

24th Feb 2022 52 nights Sails from Sydney Borealis S220506
View of Sydney Harbour with Opera house and bridge, Australia View of Sydney Harbor with Opera House and Bridge, Australia

Embark on an incredible cruise holiday featuring some of the most diverse, breathtaking and exciting destinations on Earth. Sailing halfway around the world via spectacular islands and cities, you’re in for an invigorating adventure, discovering natural wonders and awe-inspiring landscapes; immersing yourself in enriching culture and remarkable history; and much more, all before returning to the UK. [ReadMoreMob]

Kicking-off your voyage in the ‘Land Down Under’, you’ll have time in Sydney to take in the city’s world-famous attractions: you could climb Harbour Bridge, marvel at the iconic Opera House and even visit beautiful Bondi Beach. Elsewhere in Australia, there’s a visit to New South Wales and the historic city of Newcastle, as well as Cairns – gateway to fauna rich rainforests and the awe-inspiring Great Barrier Reef. The incredible diversity of Asia will then await your discovery. Be spellbound by the striking contrasts of stunning destinations, from the tribal community culture of Papua New Guinea and the unspoilt beauty of Bali, Phuket and Komodo Island, to the bright lights, soaring skyscrapers and busy commercial districts of Singapore. You’ll also indulge in an unforgettable Indian exploration; from Kochi you could take an overland tour to the Taj Mahal, in Goa, explore the historic centres of Old Goa and the Latin Quarter, while a day in Mumbai affords time to immerse yourself in city’s renowned the hustle and bustle. [ReadMoreDesk]

In the Middle East, there are contrasting sights to discover too, from the awe-inspiring towers of Dubai and Abu Dhabi to the traditional mosques and souks of Fujairah and Muscat, Oman. Meanwhile, Aqaba is the starting point for discovering the ‘Lost City’ of Petra, one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. Then, after an unforgettable navigation of Egypt’s Suez Canal, hallowed sites await you in Israel too: Haifa is your gateway to Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Tour to Jerusalem to follow in the footsteps of Jewish, Muslim and Christian pilgrims among magnificent religious monuments such as Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Western Wall and Al Haram Ash Sharif; or to Bethlehem – birthplace of Jesus – to visit Manger Square and the Church of the Nativity. En route back to the UK, a collection of sun-splashed Mediterranean destinations will bring your holiday to the perfect conclusion. Enjoy a day in Cyprus before sailing to Rhodes for Greek charms and fascinating ancient history, and Malta for a chance marvel at Valletta’s UNESCO-listed Grand Harbour, St John’s Cathedral and impressive Presidential Palace. Finally, there’s a visit to the Spanish city of Cádiz, where ancient fortifications await your discovery, and traditional tapas bars provide an authentic taste of local flavours.

Borealis, like her sister ship Bolette, has capacity for less than 1,400 guests but is larger in overall size than the other vessels in the Fred. Olsen fleet. This means when you come on board for a memorable cruise holiday, to relax and enjoy a premium level of comfort – as well as our renowned personal service – in the elegant public areas, lounges, bars and dining venues, you have even more space in which to do so.

With its warm, welcoming atmosphere and timeless style, and classic open deck spaces providing a place to fully immerse yourself in the magic of ocean cruising, Borealis is very much in keeping with what our guests have come to expect from a Fred. Olsen ship.

In recent years, we have seen a new era emerging in cruising.

There is a trend for everything to get bigger and busier, and for a cruise to be seen as an alternative to a large luxury resort, with a limitless flurry of activity. But this is not for us. Find out more 

1. WE ARE PROUD TO SAIL OUR OWN COURSE

We are free to do things a different way because we are family-run. Of course some people enjoy the bigger, busier cruises, but it is not for everyone, and it is not for us. We prefer to do things, 'The Olsen Way'.

2. SMALLER IS BETTER

We have fewer guests, so the atmosphere on board our ships is always warm and civilised. Our smaller ships allow us to visit the more interesting places that the world has to offer.

3. HAND-CRAFTED, NOT MASS PRODUCED

We pride ourselves on putting our all into the Fred. Olsen cruise experience. Our itineraries are created from scratch every year, our service is genuinely personal and each and every area of our ships is designed by hand.