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Canary Islands Christmas with New Year in Lisbon

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Fireworks over Lisbon, Portugal Fireworks over Lisbon, Portugal

22 Dec 2025

Portsmouth

13 nights

Borealis

Your cruise at a glance

Hand-crafted highlights

Set sail on a Christmas and New Year exploration of the Canary Islands to discover their natural beauty, from Tenerife’s mighty Mount Teide to the volcanic landscapes of Lanzarote’s Timanfaya National Park. There’s also a chance to see one of Europe’s highest sea cliffs, Cabo Girão, in Madeira. Embrace the local way of life by experiencing Canarian music and dance, tasting Malvasía white wine and soaking up the beach culture. We’ve also timed your visit to Lisbon so that you can see in the New Year with the city’s spectacular fireworks display. Uncover the Olsen’s historic links to the islands, from their involvement in facilitating the banana trade to operating fast ferries known as the Fred. Olsen Express.

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Highlights

Mount Tiede, Tenerife

Explore the Canaries natural landscapes

With their molten rock landscapes, Mount Teide in Tenerife and Timanfaya National Park in Lanzarote serve as illustrations of the power of powerful volcanic forces in the Canaries. Spain's highest volcano, Mount Teide, can be reached via cable car where the panoramic views from the peak at La Rambletta offer rugged terrain, a variety of colours and unique silhouettes of the other islands of the archipelago. The UNESCO Biosphere Island of La Gomera is a hotspot of fascinatingly rugged terrain where flora and fauna thrive in the magnificent landscapes and is home to the five rock formations of Mirador Los Roques that watch over the entrance to Garajonay National Park. Today they stand tall from the island’s green forest canopy and offer stunning views of the surrounding landscape.

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Wine and grapes in a vineyard

The Canarian way of life

The ideal blend of customs and culture forms the foundation of Canary Island life. As you visit Tenerife, enjoy the spicy mojo sauce created from peppers and chillies with the deliciously crispy potatoes known as papas arrugadas. In Arrecife, take a tour to a volcanic vineyard to taste the locally produced Malvasía wine, which is made from a sweet-smelling grape that is unique to Lanzarote; while in La Gomera, experience the traditional local dances of Isa and Folías, and witness the culturally unique whistling language of El Silbo, which is kept alive by all the inhabitants on the island. Your cruise has been perfectly timed for you to spend New Year's Eve in Lisbon, where, at the stroke of midnight, the exciting spectacle of fireworks over the river begins, heralded by the sound of the twelve badaladas (chimes). 

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Bottlenose Dolphins seen from a boat tour

Seek out dolphins and whales

The waters surrounding the Canary Islands are popular all year round for many species of dolphins and whales. La Gomera has a rich variety of ecosystems, a beautiful coastline and a diverse and abundant seabed. Valle Gran Rey and Playa Santiago in La Gomera often welcome dolphins, pilot whales and even orcas on occasion, while the Los Gigantes cliffs in Tenerife are particularly popular with bottlenose dolphins, pilot whales and sperm whales. Other species that may be seen in these waters include the endangered loggerhead turtle and a variety of rays.

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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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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.

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Astronomy

Go Stargazing

Acting as tour guides of the heavens, the Go Stargazing astronomers will share their knowledge with group sessions learning interesting and amazing facts about our Universe. The friendly and approachable team will be on hand to answer any questions you may have, and to help you spot planets and stars.

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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 16:00 19/04/2024, 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 16:00 19/04/2024, 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 £5,699 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 £5,699 pp
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Balcony Suite (BS)

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

Freedom Fare From £5,899 pp
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Premier Suite (PS)

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

Freedom Fare From £7,499 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 £7,499 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 £9,499 pp
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Cruise Offers

FREE On Board Spend   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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