Christmas Celebrations in the Canaries

22nd Dec 2022 14 nights Sails from Liverpool Borealis S2233
Festive cruise
FREEDOM FARE FROM £2,599 per person
Fireworks over funchal, Madeira Fireworks over funchal, Madeira
FREEDOM FARE FROM £2,599 per person
£200pp Free On Board Spend or £400pp when booking a Suite

*Applicable to new bookings made from 16/03/2023 on 2022/23 cruises sailing from the UK, of 13 to 15 nights in duration, see terms & conditions.

An escape to sunnier climes will make for a memorable and more relaxing festive season, enjoyed without all the usual stresses and strains, on this unforgettable cruise.[ReadMoreMob] Experience the special Fred. Olsen festivities from the moment you embark Borealis, with three days at sea to settle in, indulge and revel in all the excitement as you head for the Canaries. On Christmas Day, wake up knowing you won’t have to worry about a thing; your ship’s attentive staff will take care of everything as you enjoy the day’s fun, food and festivity. Boxing Day will be one to remember too; your visit to Lanzarote could be spent relaxing at the beach, or perhaps exploring the volcanic lands of Timanfaya National Park and the Fire Mountains.

After a magical Christmas, the Canarian highlights keep coming as the year draws to a close, with visits to four beautiful islands over four consecutive days. You call at Gran Canaria, for a chance to discover its resort towns and famous sands, including the rolling dunes of oasis-like sands Maspalomas; and head to Tenerife, where you’ve ample time to take in Mount Teide or the Pyramids of Guimar, or simply head for the beach. At La Gomera and the ‘Pretty Island’ of La Palma, you’ve an opportunity to spend a day relaxing and indulging at the Olsen family-owned Tecina Hotel. After the Canaries, it’s on to Madeira for a fabulous New Year’s Eve. Take the day to enjoy the best that Funchal has to offer; perhaps ride the cable car, enjoy Madeira wine at a trendy bar, and watch as people glide down the city's hills in wicker toboggans. By evening, it’s back on board Borealis for another unique celebration, culminating with a chance to witness one of the world’s largest New Year’s firework displays at midnight.

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.

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.