Christmas Celebrations in the Canaries

22nd Dec 2023 14 nights Sails from Liverpool Borealis S2326
Festive cruise
FREEDOM FARE FROM £2,699 per person
Bolette in Funchal, New years eve Bolette in Funchal, New years eve
FREEDOM FARE FROM £2,699 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.

Make the festive season one to remember, one enjoyed without all the usual stress and strain, on an escape to the warmer, sunnier climes of the Canaries. Experience the special Fred. Olsen festivities from the moment you embark Borealis, with four days at sea to settle in, indulge and revel in all the excitement as you sail south. 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 festivities. Boxing Day will be spent as sea too, perfect for a day of recovering from your Christmas indulgences; perhaps relax out on deck with the sea breeze on your skin, or in one of your ship’s comfortable lounges with your favourite drink in hand.[ReadMore]  

After a magical Christmas, you’re in for four consecutive days of Canarian highlights as the year draws to a close. The lunar-like landscapes and volcanoes of Lanzarote are 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 Tenerife, the Canaries’ most famous volcanic site awaits too; you’ve ample time to take in Mount Teide on tour from Santa Cruz. You’ve opportunities to explore verdant forests and seek out volcanic wonders aplenty on La Gomera too. 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; opt to visit the Cabo Girão sea cliff for unspoilt Atlantic Ocean views; or join a local orchid specialist to find out more about the Garden Island’s famous floral blooms. 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.