Canaries Christmas & New Year

21st Dec 2021 14 nights Sails from Liverpool Borealis S2129
Festive cruise
Famous firework in Funchal, Madeira Famous Fireworks in Funchal Madeira

Escape to sunnier climes for a magical and memorable festive season on this very special cruise. Enjoy a relaxed, stress-free build up to the ‘big day’ before celebrating Christmas in the sunshine; see out 2021 hopping between gorgeous Canary Islands; and see in the New Year in style in Madeira, all on one unforgettable holiday.

The festivities on board Borealis will be in full swing from the moment you embark, and three days at sea will allow time settle in, indulge and soak up all the excitement as you head south for the Canaries.[ReadMoreMob] On Christmas Day, you’ll wake with Tenerife on the horizon, knowing you’re in for an experience to remember. Friendly, attentive staff will take care of everything as you enjoy festivity, fun and food on your ship throughout the day, while a fantastic concert, provided by the Santa Cruz de Tenerife’s port orchestra, will provide unmissable entertainment in the evening. Boxing Day will be as laid back as it always should be, as you’ve ample time to explore Santa Cruz, see Tenerife’s volcanic sites, or simply recover from your Christmas indulgences at the beach too.[ReadMoreDesk]

After a magical Christmas, the Canarian highlights keep coming as the year draws to a close. Borealis takes you to four of the archipelago’s most beautiful, culture-rich islands over four consecutive days. The lunar-like landscapes of Lanzarote are then yours to explore, with Arrecife serving as your gateway to Timanfaya National Park and mighty Fire Mountains, and spectacular beaches await at Gran Canaria, home of the oasis-like sands of Maspalomas. At gorgeous La Gomera and the ‘Pretty Island’ of La Palma, you’ve opportunities to explore verdant forests and seek out volcanic wonders aplenty; La Palma’s San Antonio Volcanic Park is a must-visit. After the Canaries, it’s on to Madeira for a fabulous New Year’s Eve. Take the day to explore the unique levada walking trails or resplendent botanical gardens; or perhaps visit the Cabo Girão sea cliff for stunning Atlantic Ocean views. By evening, it’s back on board Borealis for another unforgettable celebration, culminating with a chance to witness one of the world’s largest New Year’s firework displays.

Your Itinerary

  • Escape to the sun for a magical festive season
  • Enjoy a feast of fun on board Borealis
  • Visit Lanzarote, Gran Canaria, La Palma and La Gomera
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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.

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 


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'.


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.


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.