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Volcanic Islands of the Azores & Madeira

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Wild hydrangeas flowers over Lake of Seven Cities, Azores Island, Portugal Wild hydrangeas flowers over Lake of Seven Cities, Azores Island, Portugal
31 Jul 2024
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14 nights
Borealis

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Hand-crafted highlights

Visiting mainland Portugal and its remote Atlantic islands of Madeira and the Azores, this cruise will present you with fascinating wildlife, nature and dramatic scenery in equal measure. The Azores boasts diverse landscapes, from the Sete Cidades crater lakes to scenes of blue hydrangeas – we've even timed your visit for when the national flower is in bloom. In addition, the archipelago's waters are home to marine life such as sperm whales, which you can spot from Borealis assisted by conservationists from wildlife charity, ORCA. While in Madeira you can explore the botanical gardens with a local orchid expert, or visit the 580-metre high skywalk at Cabo Girao for a unique perspective over the cities of Câmara de Lobos and Funchal. For a taste of local life, be sure to sample Madeiran wine in Funchal and a Pastéis de Nata in Lisbon.

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Highlights

Blue hydrangea with landscape of Sao Miguel, Azores in the background

Discover Verdant Volcanic Vistas

This cruise has been carefully crafted to not only allow you to see the mighty volcanic vistas of the Azores, but to also witness beautiful blue hydrangeas in full bloom. Our call into Praia da Vitória offers the opportunity to explore the Algar Do Carvâo Volcano, where you can descend into the lava-free volcanic chimney and wander through the vast magma chambers. Meanwhile, in Ponta Delgada, you can embark on a thrilling Jeep adventure to the Sete Cidades Crater Lakes, which are located in the main crater of an extinct volcano or enjoy a visit to the Furnas Valley, where you can witness hot Sulphur springs and steaming fumaroles, before swimming in the thermal pools of Terra Nostra Park.

Portuguese yellow tram seen by visitors during a cruise to Lisbon, Portugal

Experience the Portuguese Way of Life

During this cruise, you will have plenty of opportunities to experience the Portuguese way of life. In Lisbon, you can join a local chef to learn how to make the delectable pastéis de nata while Funchal offers the opportunity to indulge in Madeiran Wine Tasting. Explore the cities of Lisbon and Oporto like a local on the iconic Portuguese trams, winding your way through historic neighbourhoods, narrow streets and steep hills. You will also be perfectly placed to take in a Fado performance, a traditional genre of Portuguese music featuring a singer, known as a Fastida, accompanied by acoustic guitar as they deliver heartfelt renditions of traditional songs.

Humpback whale fluking tail

Witness Whales & Dolphins in their Natural Habitat

The waters surrounding Faial are considered to be one of the best places in Europe for whale and dolphin watching. Sperm whales, humpback whales and dolphins spend the summer months here thanks to the nutrient-rich, warm and sheltered waters which support a diverse marine ecosystem and provide the perfect conditions for breeding. Ocean Conservationists ORCA will be joining us on board, leading wildlife watching sessions out on deck and delivering talks on the diverse marine life you might see during your Azores cruise.

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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

Borealis

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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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.

Algar do Carvão

Explore Inside Algar Do Carvâo Volcano

Explore Algar do Carvã on a journey 330ft below the Earth’s surface where caves, magma chambers and an underground lake await you.

££££

Praia da Vitória

Sete Cidades

Scenic Drive to the Crater Lakes

Experience the natural phenomena of the Sete Cidades Crater Lakes. This awe-inspiring landscape is home to the iconic green and blue twin lakes separated by a seven-arched bridge, which symbolises the seven cities of the lost continent of Atlantis.

££££

Ponta Delgada

Furnas Valley

Furnas Valley

Explore some of the natural highlights of the island of São Miguel with this special tour of Furnas Valley. Visit Ribeira Grande, Vila Franca do Campo and a pineapple plantation.

££££

Ponta Delgada

Whale

Whale Watching

Embark on a catamaran cruise for a wildlife encounter traversing crystalline waters in search of dolphins and whales in their natural habitat. Spot humpback, minke, blue, sei, and northern bottlenose whales, and more.

££££

Ponta Delgada

Funchal

Viewpoints of Funchal

Explore Funchal’s most beautiful landscapes on this scenic tour, stopping at viewpoints for sweeping vistas. Conclude at Cabo Girão where you can walk on a glass ‘Sky Walk’ for viewa of the cliff face beneath.

££££

Funchal

Flowers of Funchal

Flowers of Funchal

Enjoy a scenic drive to Palheiro Gardens to explore the beautiful garden before continuing to the family-owned Quinta Jardins do Lago, where Pedro, a local botanical enthusiast, will conduct an insightful orchid workshop.

££££

Funchal

 Pasteis de Nata Workshop

Pastéis de Nata Workshop

In this hands-on baking class, learn the secrets of how to bake the iconic pastéis de nata under the guidance of a local chef, before enjoying your creations with a coffee. 

££££

Lisbon

Your Guest Speakers

We’ve arranged for some wonderful guest speakers to join us for this cruise. They will be delivering a programme of insightful talks and activities to deepen your cultural, artistic and historical understanding of the destinations we will be exploring, well as helping you to enjoy the natural beauty of the places we visit.

Gary Fildes
Astronomy

Gary Fildes

Gary is the lead astronomer at Grassholme Observatory and will be joining us on this cruise to run stargazing sessions out on deck, bringing the night sky to life.

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Volcanic Landscapes & Geology

Julian Dowdeswell

As a retired Professor of Physical Geography from the University of Cambridge, Julian has expertise in the processes shaping our planet, and during his time on board he will deliver insightful talks about the volcanic landscapes and geology of The Azores and Madeira.

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ORCA
Ocean Wildlife

Orca

Founded in 2001, ORCA is a group of Ocean Conservationists. Join them out on deck to search the seas for marine life.

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Tracy Foster
Horticulture

Tracy Foster

Horticulturalist and botanical guide, Tracy Foster will be onboard to speak about the gardens you will see along your cruise, including the history of the Madeiran Gardens and why the island is known for them.

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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

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Saver Balcony Junior Suite (LBJ)

This suite has a bedroom with a sitting area and a balcony.

Little man Solo traveller offer available

Saver Fare From £3,499 pp
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Saver Balcony Suite (LBS)

These suites have a sitting area, picture windows, balcony & bathroom with shower.

Little man Solo traveller offer available

Saver Fare From £3,599 pp
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Balcony Junior Suite (BJ)

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

Freedom Fare From £4,099 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 £4,099 pp
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Balcony Suite (BS)

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

Freedom Fare From £4,199 pp
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Premier Suite (PS)

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

Freedom Fare From £5,599 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 £5,599 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 £7,999 pp
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Cruise Offers

Solo traveller offer available   Saver Fare
Freedom Fare

What's Included

SO MUCH ALREADY 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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