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Winter Warmth in the Canaries

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Santa Cruz beach, Tenerife, Spain Palm trees on Playa de las Teresitas Beach, Tenerife
23 Nov 2024
Portsmouth
14 nights
Borealis

Your cruise at a glance

Hand-crafted highlights

During your call into Madeira on this island-hopping cruise in the balmy climes of the Canaries, home to world-renowned fragrant floral gardens and sweet wines, you could opt to wander the breath-taking levada walking trails through the UNESCO-listed Laurisilva Forest, a vast ecosystem that shelters a diverse range of fauna and flora, explore the sights and scents of the botanical gardens, or discover the mighty Cabo Girão, Europe's highest sea cliff. Immerse yourself in the Canarian way of life by sampling the famous Mojo sauce or sipping Malvasía wine, made from the sweet-smelling grape only found on the island of Lanzarote, while in Madeira and Lisbon, taste the traditional Portuguese custard tart, Pastéis de Nata. Elsewhere, you’ll have chances to witness the natural and cultural wonders of the Canaries, including Tenerife’s Mount Teide National Park, the city of San Cristóbal de La Laguna, La Gomera’s Garajonay National Park, and the Biosphere Reserve of La Palma. 

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Highlights

Beautiful beach with volcanic sand, colourful houses, La Palma

Discover the sun-kissed Canaries

The Canary Islands' magnificent landscapes provide the ideal winter destination, with mild year-round sunshine. In La Palma, often described as 'La Isla Bonita' (The Beautiful Island) discover picturesque beaches of black sand, created by volcanic forces thousands of years ago, lush forests and colourful houses in the capital of Santa Cruz de la Palma. Meanwhile, La Gomera is a haven for nature lovers wanting to explore the diverse landscapes of steep cliffs and valleys, and Arrecife's lunar-like landscape enables exploration of Timanfaya National Park. The 'Fire Mountains' were created by volcanic eruptions in the 18th century and feature a striking panorama of lava fields, craters, and volcanic cones.

Pouring white wine, grapes in background

Immerse yourself in the Canarian way of life

Life in the Canaries is characterised by its unhurried and relaxed pace, blended beautifully with its subtropical climate. Throughout your cruise, you can indulge in local cuisines like papas arrugadas with mojo sauce in Tenerife and try aromatic Malvasía wine at a volcanic vineyard in Lanzarote; while in San Sebastian, you can immerse yourself in the islands' distinctive customs, including demonstrations of the ancient Silbo whistling language, which is exclusive to La Gomera. Experience the vivid rhythms of traditional Canarian music and dance, including Isa and Folías, and in Lisbon, visit a local bakery for a deliciously rich custard tart known as Pastéis de Nata.

Mount Tiede, Tenerife

Explore volcanic Canary Islands 

Your cruise aboard Borealis has been planned for you to experience some of the vast, volcanic landscapes of the Canaries. As you arrive in Santa Cruz, the skyline is dominated by the iconic sight of Mount Teide, whose peak can be reached by cable car for stunning views across the surrounding landscape and neighbouring islands. From Arrecife, you are perfectly placed to explore Timanfaya National Park, with its spouting geysers and spectacular volcanic terrain, while La Gomera is home to a green paradise of laurisilva trees, crowning the centre of this beautiful island.

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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

Borealis

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.

View from Cabo Girao in Funchal, Madeira, Spain

Cabo Girão

Explore Funchal's scenic landscape from top viewpoints and visit the village that inspired Sir Winston Churchill's paintings. Begin at Pico dos Barcelos for stunning city views, then head to Europe's highest sea cliff, Cabo Girão. Visit Câmara de Lobos, where Churchill painted, and enjoy a taste of Madeira wine.

££££

Funchal

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.

££££

Funchal

 La Palma Wine

Local Wines of La Palma

Head to Fuencaliente, one of the best wine-growing regions on the island. Visit the San Antonio volcanic park before stepping inside one of the island’s famous wine cellars to learn about the winemaking process and sample some wines.

££££

Santa Cruz de La Palma

Whale watching

Whale Watching from La Palma

Enjoy a tour sailing along the coastal waters of La Palma spotting for marine life.

££££

Santa Cruz de La Palma

 La Gomera

Eco Tour of Hotel Jardín Tecina

Visit Hotel Jardín Tecina and see a variety of tropical flowers and plants from all over the world before continuing to Eco Finca of the Hotel. Explore the organic garden and finish with some traditional tapas on the beach.

££££

San Sebastian de la Gomera

Mount Teide Cable Car

Mount Teide Cable Car

Journey up Spain’s highest volcano, Mount Teide, via cable car to La Rambleta, 3,555 metres above sea level, affording fabulous views not only of the crater but of Tenerife and the other islands of the archipelago.

££££

Santa Cruz de Tenerife

The Fire Mountains

The Fire Mountains

Discover the fiery mountains of Timanfaya and witness the rustic nature of this otherworldly volcanic landscape caused by the eruptions that affected the southern part of the island. 

££££

Arrecife

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.

Geology

Alan Oliver

Alan was university lecturer and havs given talks on cruise ships for over 15 years. Join him for a series of talks on the geology of the Canaries, including his own personal experiences having visiting them many times.

Steve Head
Horticulture

Dr Steve Head

Steve Head studied Zoology and Geology at Cambridge University. A Natural Historian and gardening enthusiast, Steve will be joining us on board to speak about the beautiful landscapes and gardens you will find on this cruise.

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Martin Whipp

Martin Whipp - 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.

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Spanish Culture

Mike Eyley

Mike was raised bilingual in Spain and has built a diverse career, excelling in the leisure industry, education, and acquiring extensive knowledge in Spanish history, culture, food, and wine. He will be joining us on board to deliver a series of engaging talks about Spanish culture.

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 17:00 13/06/2024, 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 17:00 13/06/2024, 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 £3,199 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 £3,199 pp
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Balcony Suite (BS)

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

Freedom Fare From £3,199 pp
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Premier Suite (PS)

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

Freedom Fare From £4,299 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 £4,299 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 £5,599 pp
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Cruise Offers

Solo traveller offer available   Saver Fare
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What's Included

SO MUCH ALREADY 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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