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Volcanic Islands of the Azores & Madeira


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Aerial view of Lagoon of the Seven Cities-  Lagoa das Sete Cidades, Azores Lagoon of the Seven Cities, Sao Miguel island, Azores, Portugal.

28 Aug 2024


14 nights


Your cruise at a glance

Hand-crafted highlights

Join us for an unforgettable journey as we explore the lush volcanic landscapes of the Portuguese islands of the Azores and Madeira. From descending into the Algar do Carvão volcano to visiting the awe-inspiring Sete Cidades crater lakes and towering Cabo Girão sea cliff, chances to uncover natural wonders will appear at every turn. Many cultural delights await your enjoyment, too, such as relaxing in the soothing Furnas Valley hot springs and whale and dolphin watching. Elsewhere, you can enjoy Oporto's authentic Port wine, and Lisbon's pastéis de nata, soulful Fado music, and iconic tram rides. Discover Portugal's agricultural and horticultural heritage through vineyards, botanical gardens, pineapple cultivation, and tea plantations.

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Lagoon of the Seven Cities, Sao Miguel island, Azores, Portugal.

Explore Verdant Volcanic Vistas

This itinerary has been hand-crafted to allow you to discover the volcanic vistas of the Azores. From Ponta Delgada, you are perfectly placed to explore the mysterious Sete Cidades crater lakes, or perhaps embark on a special tour of the Furnas Valley, taking in sights of hot sulphur springs and steaming furmaroles before enjoying a swim in the thermal pools of Terra Nostra Park. Meanwhile, during our time in Praia da Vitória, you can explore the magma chambers and extraordinary caves of the Algar Do Carvâo Volcano.

Yellow tram on a colourful street in Lisbon

Experience the Portuguese Way of Life 

Throughout this cruise, you will have plenty of opportunities to immerse yourself in the local way of life. Known for its vibrant blend of cultural traditions and unique experiences, the Portuguese culture is influenced by its seafaring past, diverse customs and vibrant arts. In Lisbon, you can explore the city like a local as you ride the famous trams through the narrow streets, sample local delicacies such as pastéis de nata, and listen out for the soulful melodies of Fado music, which tell poignant tales of love and loss. In Madeira, you will have the opportunity to sample the famous Madeiran wine, known for its unique characteristics and high quality. 

Sperm whale tail, Azores

Seek Out Whales & Dolphins

We are thrilled to have Ocean Conservationists ORCA on board with us for this cruise, who will be leading wildlife spotting sessions out on deck, helping you to identify the various cetacean species that can be found here. The Azores are well-known for being a leading whale-watching part of the world, as they are home to Atlantic-spotted dolphins and sperm whales, which can be seen at any time of the year. Larger migratory species such as the blue whale and fin whales may pass through in the Spring. Any species you spot will feed into ORCA’s Cruise Conservation Programme and their vital data collection.


Cruise Itinerary

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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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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, an ancient volcano located in one of Terceira's geological nature reserves. Journey 330ft below the Earth’s surface where extraordinary caves, magma chambers and even an underground lake with crystal clear waters await you.


Praia da Vitória

Lagoa das Sete Cidades

Crater Lakes scenic drive and Bike Ride

Relax and soak up the spectacular scenery as a leisurely drive takes you to the beautiful Sete Cidades Crater Lakes where you will embark on a scenic bike ride while your guide tells tales of local legends and folklore.


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 the historical town of Ribeira Grande, the smaller Vila Franca do Campo and a pineapple plantation to learn about the cultivation of pineapple and tea.


Ponta Delgada

Flowers of Funchal

Flowers of Funchal

Begin with 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.



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.


Alan Oliver

Alan was university lecturer and havs given talks on cruise ships for over 15 years. Join him for a series of talks on the geology of the Azores and Madeira, including his own personal experiences having visiting them many times.

Laura MacFarlane

Laura MacFarlane

Laura is a passionate traveller and former teacher. Throughout this cruise, she will be joining us on board to talk about the Azores - covering topics such as the islands’ volcanic landscapes, local life, and their neutrality during WWII.

Ocean Wildlife


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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Professor Paul Roche - Go Stargazing

Go Stargazing is formed of a group of astronomers, all of whom are keen to encourage public interest in astronomy to as wide an audience as possible. On your cruise, expect to find them out on the top deck in the evenings conducting stargazing sessions.

Richard Lovelock
Wildlife & Photography

Richard Lovelock

As we explore the Azores and Madeira together, wildlife photographer, Richard Lovelock, will be joining us on board hosting a series of insightful talks and to help you practice your photography skills out on deck.

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 06:00 13/04/2024, 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 06:00 13/04/2024, 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 £4,499 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 £4,499 pp
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Balcony Suite (BS)

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

Freedom Fare From £4,499 pp
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Premier Suite (PS)

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

Freedom Fare From £5,999 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 £5,999 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 £7,799 pp
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Cruise Offers

FREE On Board Spend OR Door-to-Door transfer up to 150 miles   Freedom Fare

What's Included


As well as our Signature Experiences, there is 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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