Bermuda, Florida & Panama Canal

7th Jan 2024 18 nights Sails from Southampton Borealis S2403
Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Beautiful view of city canals. Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Beautiful view of city canals.

Escape the January cold and gloom in style, and enjoy an unforgettable start to 2024, on a voyage affording opportunities to experience the magic of ocean cruising, indulge in moments of tranquility on beautiful, beach-laden islands and coastal locations, delve into diverse cultures and traditions, encounter natural wonders and more.

After setting sail from Southampton, six uninterrupted days of Atlantic Ocean cruising allows for ample time to settle in to life on board Borealis, and revel in an unrivalled sense of escapism, as you feel the sea breeze and sunshine on your skin and enjoy all your ship’s facilities.[ReadMore] When you finally make landfall, there’s a chance to discover the best of Bermuda, with its fascinating historic monuments and fortifications, pretty beaches and pastel-hued towns, before continuing on to the USA. There are five days on the southeast coast to look forward to; in South Carolina, learn about the origins of Charleston dance in the city it was named after and discover Charleston’s many cultural and historical highlights too, then sail to Florida. Sun-kissed beaches, streets, boulevards and promenades famed for their arts, cultural highlights and culinary delights, and even the Kennedy Space Station are among many attractions you could discover during time in your Floridian destinations.

Heading to South and Central America, you get to experience a memorable navigation of the Panama Canal, watching the impressive locks and dams of one of the world’s greatest engineering feats in action. Finally, it is on to Costa Rica, where Golfito and Puerto Caldera – the last stop on this incredible journey – will serve as your gateway to lush nature reserves and rainforests teeming with fauna and flora. The Carara National Park, a haven of dry and wet forests, thick with various species of trees providing a beautiful natural habitat for over 400 types of birds, will be within your reach, as well the wetlands flanking the Tárcoles River, which are known for their population of crocodiles.

In recent years, we have seen a new era emerging in cruising.

There is a trend for everything to get bigger and busier, and for a cruise to be seen as an alternative to a large luxury resort, with a limitless flurry of activity. But this is not for us. Find out more 

1. WE ARE PROUD TO SAIL OUR OWN COURSE

We are free to do things a different way because we are family-run. Of course some people enjoy the bigger, busier cruises, but it is not for everyone, and it is not for us. We prefer to do things, 'The Olsen Way'.

2. SMALLER IS BETTER

We have fewer guests, so the atmosphere on board our ships is always warm and civilised. Our smaller ships allow us to visit the more interesting places that the world has to offer.

3. HAND-CRAFTED, NOT MASS PRODUCED

We pride ourselves on putting our all into the Fred. Olsen cruise experience. Our itineraries are created from scratch every year, our service is genuinely personal and each and every area of our ships is designed by hand.

Borealis, like her sister ship Bolette, has capacity for less than 1,400 guests but is larger in overall size than the other vessels in the Fred. Olsen fleet. This means when you come on board for a memorable cruise holiday, to relax and enjoy a premium level of comfort – as well as our renowned personal service – in the elegant public areas, lounges, bars and dining venues, you have even more space in which to do so.

With its warm, welcoming atmosphere and timeless style, and classic open deck spaces providing a place to fully immerse yourself in the magic of ocean cruising, Borealis is very much in keeping with what our guests have come to expect from a Fred. Olsen ship.