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Volcanic Islands of the Azores & Madeira


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View of the Sete Cidades lakes, Azores Sete Cidades, Azores

20 Sep 2024


13 nights


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Hand-crafted highlights

This sailing showcases the natural beauty of Portugal’s islands, home to geological wonders such as volcanoes, calderas, crater lakes, and sea cliffs, all set amongst lush landscapes. In the Azores, you can connect with nature by bathing in thermal pools and hiking amidst lush landscapes. There will also be chances to spot dolphins and whales, both from the comfort of Borealis – assisted by wildlife charity ORCA – and on tour. Meanwhile, Funchal is ideal for exploring botanical gardens and sipping Madeiran wine, while Leixões is your gateway to the Port wine city of Oporto. You can gain an insight into the islands’ diverse agriculture and horticulture, including winemaking, pineapple cultivation, flower growing and dairy farming.

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

Discover verdant volcanic vistas

The volcanic peaks, craters, and lakes that make up the Azores archipelago offer a diverse range of outstanding vistas for those who visit. Sete Cidades is home to unique twin lakes, one a vivid green and the other a bright blue, which are the subject of many mythological tales, the most famous being the story of the young princess and the shepherd boy whose love was quashed by her father, the King. Algar do Carvão lava tube offers visitors the chance to explore caverns and magma chambers created by the cooling and solidification of lava flows. Furnas Valley on São Miguel Island is renowned for its verdant surroundings and geothermal features, such as boiling mud pots and hot springs; on the other hand, the Caldera de Guilherme Moniz crater, including rocky outcrops, caverns, and lava fields, begs to be explored.

The Portuguese way of life

You'll have many of chances on this Borealis cruise to fully immerse yourself in Azorean culture by trying regional food, and discovering local cultures. In Madeira, savour the deliciously flaky pastry pastéis de nata, discover the origins of its famous wine, or unwind in Furnas Valley's geothermal spas. The island is also home to the vibrant, traditional music of Bailinho, which has a rich history dating back to the 1800s and is still fundamental to Madeiran identity and culture. The vibrant lyrics, catchy melodies, and upbeat rhythms of Bailinho da Madeira are well-known for reflecting the customs, folklore, and way of life here.

Sperm whale tail, Azores

Whales & Dolphins of the Azores

Join the team from ORCA out on deck as they assist you with spotting marine life – particularly whales and dolphins – around the islands of the Azores, well known for being home to sperm whales and other visiting cetaceans, due to the crystal-clear waters and abundance of food. The team will observe the whale behaviours allowing them to identify and protect critical whale and dolphin habitats, ultimately to promote the health of our seas.


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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

Jeep Adventure

Sete Cidades Jeep Adventure

Enjoy an exhilarating Jeep adventure up into the mountains to soak up the magnificent surroundings. Visit Sete Cidades and the main crater of this extinct volcano to admire the views of the two lakes below. Finish with a visit to Santiago Lake, situated at the bottom of an extinct crater.


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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

Tail of a humpback whale in the water, Iceland

Whale Watching

Embark on a captivating catamaran cruise for a wildlife encounter. Departing from the pier, traverse crystalline waters in search of dolphins and whales in their natural habitat. Spot humpback, minke, blue, sei, and northern bottlenose whales, along with turtles, sunfish, and schools of tuna, while your knowledgeable crew guides the adventure.


Ponta Delgada

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Made in Madeira

Embark on a journey to Quinta das Vinhas, an organic vineyard overlooking the Atlantic, steeped in history and antiques. Explore its restored charm and learn about its heritage, grape cultivation, and traditional Madeiran wine-making process. Enjoy a wine tasting with tapas and visit the Hinton family’s rum distillery to sample unique Madeiran rum.



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.



View from Cabo Girao in Funchal, Madeira, Spain

Viewpoints of Funchal

Explore Funchal’s most beautiful landscapes on this scenic tour, stopping at the Ponta do Garajau and Pico dos Barcelos viewpoints for sweeping vistas. Conclude at Cabo Girão, standing at 580m, it is the highest sea cliff in Europe and the second highest in the world. For the brave, there is a glass ‘Sky Walk’ offering a view of the cliff face directly beneath your feet.



Port Wine and Douro River Cruise

Port Wine & Douro River Cruise

Immerse yourself in the magnificence of Oporto’s 18th-century splendour before enjoying a river cruise to view the city and its six impressive bridges from the unique perspective of the water. 



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.


David Winpenny

Garden and landscape ethusiast David has extensive experience in leading garden tours and will be joining us to talk about the gardens of the Azores and Madeira.

Tony Waltham

Dr. Tony Waltham

Experienced geologist, Dr. Tony Waltham will be delivering a series of engaging talks during your cruise about the volcanoes and volcanic landscapes of the Azores and Madeira.

Mark Westmoquette

Mark Westmoquette - 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.

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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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 19/04/2024, 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 15:00 19/04/2024, 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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Balcony Junior Suite (BJ)

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

Freedom Fare From £3,999 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 £3,999 pp
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Balcony Suite (BS)

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

Freedom Fare From £3,999 pp
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Premier Suite (PS)

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

Freedom Fare From £5,399 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 £5,399 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 £6,999 pp
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Cruise Offers

Solo traveller offer available   Saver Fare
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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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