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The Americas with the Panama Canal


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White-headed Capuchin, Costa Rica White-headed Capuchin, Costa Rica

07 Jan 2024


18 nights


Your cruise at a glance

The Olsen Way Highlights

Spend time on the east coast of America, and discover the Southern charm of Charleston, before heading to Port Canaveral, home to the Kennedy Space Station and Ulumay Wildlife Sanctuary on nearby Merrit Island, home to many different species of birds. Cruising through the Panama Canal gives you the chance to see engineering at its very best, and to understand why it's considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. Arriving in Costa Rica, you'll experience a land of rainforests and valleys, teeming with the region's native wildlife.

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Panama canal

Cruise along the Panama Canal

We’ve planned this itinerary to ensure you are perfectly placed to discover some of the world’s most famed sights, including one of the ‘Seven Wonders of the Modern World,’ the Panama Canal. This immense complex of channels, dams, locks and artificial lakes stretches around 44 nautical miles from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean and was built to shorten voyages by around 8,000 nautical miles. Join guest speaker and retired Chartered Engineer, Andrew Roberts, for an informative commentary as we cruise along this engineering marvel, touching on his many transits.

Bottlenose Dolphins seen from a boat tour

Witness Native Marine Wildlife

For this cruise, we have planned calls into destinations where you can witness the native marine wildlife, including cetaceans, alligators and seabirds. Visit the Everglades National Park when in Fort Lauderdale and embark on
a thrilling airboat ride to see alligators. Meanwhile, in Charleston, you are perfectly placed to have the opportunity to see Atlantic bottlenose dolphins on a dolphin-watching cruise. On arrival in Key West, join the mangrove kayaking eco-tour to see the wildlife that lives between the seagrass beds – turtles, rays, iguanas and birds have all been spotted here. You can also join ocean conservationists, ORCA, out on deck for a spot of wildlife watching as we sail between our ports of call.

Kennedy space center, Cape Canaveral, Florida

Discover New Technology

We’ve planned visits to destinations which will allow you to discover new technologies including the Panama Canal and the NASA Kennedy Space Centre, a premier multiuser spaceport. During our call into Port Canaveral, you will have the opportunity to embark on a self-guided tour around the space centre to discover the US Space Programme. During your cruise, guest speaker and American rocket scientist, James Teslow, will deliver engaging talks about NASA and their relation to Port Canaveral.


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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

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.

Howie Poole

Howard Poole

A Jazz enthusiast, Howard will be joining us on board delivering a series of music-infused talks.

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History & Archaeology

Leanne O'Boyle

As we explore the world together, Historian and Archaeologist Leanne O’Boyle, will be joining us on board to deliver a series of insightful talks covering the ancient history of the destinations you will visit.

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Andrew Roberts
Panama Canal

Andrew Roberts

Former Chartered Engineer Andrew Roberts has made the transit through the Panama Canal many times. As we sail along this engineering marvel, he will be speaking about the construction and history behind this iconic waterway.

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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 22:00 01/12/2023, based on the lowest available Fly Cruise fare, and on two people sharing a twin cabin. Please call +441473746175 for live availability & prices.

* Prices correct as of 22:00 01/12/2023, based on the lowest available Fly Cruise 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.

Saver Fare From £5,399 pp
Freedom Fare From £5,799 pp
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Balcony Junior Suite Wheelchair Adapted (BJD)

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

Saver Fare From £5,399 pp
Freedom Fare From £5,799 pp
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Balcony Suite (BS)

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

Saver Fare From £6,099 pp
Freedom Fare From £6,499 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 £9,099 pp
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Premier Suite (PS)

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

Freedom Fare From £7,999 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 £7,999 pp
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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.

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