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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 Aerial view of the city of Angra do Heroismo, Azores, Portugal

28 Aug 2024


14 nights


The cruise at a glance

The Olsen Way Highlights

With visits to the historic capital, a remote archipelago and the ‘garden island’, this cruise presents the fascinating culture and nature of Portugal. You can delve into the Age of Discovery in the UNESCO-listed city of Angra do Heroísmo – reached from Praia da Vitória – and also in Lisbon. The Sete Cidades crater lakes is a great example of the Azores’ volcanic landscapes, while Madeira’s unique levada walking trails and botanical gardens make for rewarding exploration. As well as viewing sights such as the historic Belém Tower from the comfort of Borealis, you can search for resident sperm whales and other migrating cetaceans with the help of marine wildlife charity ORCA.

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Angro do Heroismo, Azores

An important navigational stopover

Portuguese navigators first discovered the Azores archipelago in the 1400’s, where Angro do Heroísmo on the island of Terceira was an obligatory port of call for fleets sailing to Africa and the Indies, and is now classed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The streets are in a grid formation, which reflects the influence of the Age of Discoveries as the orientation of these are facing towards the port and the direction of prevailing winds. The city has a number of period buildings, which exhibit the island’s role in trade in conquest throughout the centuries.

Sperm whale tail, Azores


You’ll be joined on this cruise by representatives from ORCA, who will be on Borealis’ decks to assist you with spotting various cetacean species. 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.

Beautiful view of Santiago Lake "Lagoa de Santiago, Azores, Portugal

The mysterious Crater Lakes

Located on the island of São Miguel, the enigmatic Sete Cidades Crater Lakes are known as one of the ‘Seven Wonders of Portugal’. Eight miles in circumference, the twin lakes are positioned within the crater; one a deep blue, and the other a bright green – while they are hydrologically connected, their ecology is completely different, and these are reflected in the colours of the lakes in sunlight. There is also a legend that the lakes are these colours due to tears from a princess and shepherd boy who were banned from being together by the princess’ father, the King.


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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

Cabins, Prices & Offers

Cabin Options On Your Cruise

* Prices correct as of 02:00 05/10/2023, 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 02:00 05/10/2023, based on the lowest available Cruise Only fare, and on sole occupancy. Please call +441473746175 for live availability & prices.

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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.

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Balcony Suite (BS)

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

Freedom Fare From £4,699 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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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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Cruise Offers

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What's Included


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

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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