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Santa Cruz beach, Tenerife, Spain Playa de las Teresitas near Santa Cruz de Tenerife
27 Feb 2025
Portsmouth
14 nights
Borealis

Your cruise at a glance

Hand-crafted highlights

Our Journey Planners have crafted this cruise to coincide with two of Spain’s most popular annual events – the Cádiz Carnival, a joyous festival of humour and singing, and the Tenerife Carnival, second in size only to Rio de Janeiro. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to soak up some winter warmth on the many beaches of the Canaries, including the golden dunes of Gran Canaria’s Maspalomas, while Tenerife and Madeira offer volcanic landscapes and fragrant gardens respectively. Immerse yourself in the Canarian way of life by sampling the famous Mojo sauce with wrinkly potatoes (papas arrugadas) while in Cádiz, taste traditional tapas like Patatas Bravas, or enjoy a tour of Seville to see a passionate flamenco performance. Your Canary Islands cruise has also been designed to show you some of the region’s many natural and cultural sites recognised by UNESCO, including the city of San Cristóbal de La Laguna on Tenerife and the Biosphere Reserve of La Palma. 

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Highlights

Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain-Las Teresitas beach

Explore sun-kissed islands

The Canary Islands offer year-round warmth and sun and are the perfect destination to visit early in the year. The beaches of Tenerife, Las Palmas, and La Palma tempt you to wander barefoot through the golden sands as the clear blue seas lap against the shore. Wander along palm-tree lined promenades as dusk falls in Tenerife, with the shadow of mighty Mount Teide standing tall and watchful, its peak offering captivating views across the surrounding countryside; while in Madeira, explore the lush botanical gardens where the scents of exotic plants and flowers hang in the air; or hike along the unique levada trails offering magnificent vistas of picturesque villages, rugged peaks, and verdant valleys.

Samba dancers at the Rio Carnival, Brazil

Indulge in the Spanish way of life

Your Canaries cruise has been specially timed for you to experience the carnivals of Cádiz and Tenerife. The long-awaited Fiestas de Carnaval de Cádiz is a ten-day extravaganza of colour, singing, and music, with its roots tracing back to the 16th century and the city's maritime connections. The Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is seen as the most important carnival in Europe, second only to Rio de Janeiro, and celebrates with street parties and processions in elaborate and colourful costumes. Throughout your cruise to the Canary Islands, you can indulge in traditional Canarian cuisine, where papas arragudas (wrinkly potatoes) with spicy Mojo sauce are a favourite; La Coruna to sample Pulpo a la Gallega (octopus stew) or empanadas (savoury pies) which are hugely popular Galician dishes; and in Madeira, the deliciously rich custard tart known as Pastéis de Nata. 

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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.

Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela

Explore the city of Santiago de Compostela and visit the Conventual de San Francisco, the Faculty of Medicine, and the world-famous Plaza del Obradoiro.

££££

La Coruña

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

Mojo Sauce Workshop

Mojo Sauce Workshop

Enjoy a visit to a private farm owned by the Lugo Jorge family before a hands-on workshop where you will learn how to make your own Mojo sauce and the unique Mojo Picón that gives a delicious flavour to the island’s traditional potato dishes.

££££

Las Palmas

Maspalomas sand dunes, Gran Canaria

Maspalomas & Mogán Harbour

Journey to Maspalomas to explore its expansive sandy beaches, warm waters, and nature reserve. Marvel at the dunes before heading to Faro Maspalomas Boulevard and ending in Puerto Mogán. Enjoy its quaint streets, beach relaxation, or local seafood as yachts sail by.

££££

Las Palmas

 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

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

Monte Palace Tropical Gardens

Monte Palace Tropical Gardens

Enjoy a cable car ride to Monte Village, followed by a guided tour of Monte Palace Tropical Gardens, before exploring the garden and museum, or enjoying some free time in Monte Village.

££££

Funchal

Wine in a glass, bottlesof wine, Barrels of wine in background

Made in Madeira

Journey to Quinta das Vinhas, an organic vineyard to learn about its heritage, grape cultivation, and traditional Madeiran wine-making process. Conclude with a wine and rum tasting with tapas.

££££

Funchal

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.

Jonathan Turner
Volcanic Vistas

Dr Jonathan Turner

As we explore the Canaries together, Geologist and Earth Scientist, Dr. Jonathan Turner, will be joining us on board to delivery a serries of talks about the region’s geology.

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Astronomy

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. Join Dr Jenifer Millard on your cruise for stargazing sessions conducted on the top deck in the evenings.

Spanish & Canarian Culture

Melanie Smith

Melanie is passionate about languages, culture and travelling, and speaks French, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian. She will be joining us throughout your cruise to deliver a series of engaging talks about Spanish & Canarian culture and their way of life.

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 26/05/2024, 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 26/05/2024, 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 £4,199 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 £4,199 pp
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Balcony Suite (BS)

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

Freedom Fare From £4,299 pp
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Premier Suite (PS)

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

Freedom Fare From £5,499 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 £5,499 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 £6,999 pp
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Cruise Offers

FREE On Board Spend OR Door-to-Door transfer up to 150 miles   Freedom Fare

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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