Home Page Ocean Cruises Destinations Cruise Brochures Terms & Conditions About Us

Christmas Celebrations in the Canaries

S2326

Book Now
Fireworks in Funchal seen from on board Christmas tree in Funchal City, Madeira island, Portugal.

22 Dec 2023

Liverpool

14 nights

Borealis

Your cruise at a glance

The Olsen Way Highlights

You can enjoy a memorable Christmas Day on board Borealis, with everything taken care of, as you head for warmer climes of the Canaries. Hopping between islands presents chances to explore the volcanic landscapes of Lanzarote, ascend Tenerife’s Mount Teide via cable car, learn how to make traditional Mojo sauce with a local family, and relax on the golden dunes of Maspalomas Beach in Gran Canaria. Your journey includes a call to Madeira on New Year’s Eve, which our team has timed to coincide with the annual Funchal firework display. Joining a tour with a local orchid specialist is a great way to find out more about the ‘Garden Island’s’ famous floral blooms.

Explore the Itinerary

Highlights

Volcanic crater in Mountains of fire, Timanfaya National Park in Lanzarote Island

Volcanic Landscapes

Renowned for their volcanic landscapes, the Canary Islands and Madeira were shaped by geological activity millions of years ago. On this Borealis cruise, you’ll have the opportunity to discover more about the ongoing process of natural change that these volcanic terrains offer. You could join us for a tour to the Fire Mountains of Timanfaya in Arrecife, and experience an otherworldly landscape, devoid of wildlife, where the land is still bubbling beneath the surface; or enjoy a cable car journey to the summit of Mount Teide in Tenerife, some 3,555 metres above sea level. You’ll be joined by astronomer Paul Fellows on this cruise, who will speak about the volcanic lands of the Canaries, and how volcanoes ended up creating the Canaries and Madeira.

Mojo Picon sauce, typical canarian dish

Canarian Way of Life

The Canary Islands boast a rich and diverse mix of cultures which reflects their history and influences from Africa, Europe and Latin America. On this cruise, you’ll have the chance to experience various features of life across the islands – in Gran Canaria, you could join a tour to discover the history of the Aborigens at the archaeological site of El Cenobio de Valeron, or journey to a local family’s farm and learn how to make the traditional Canarian Mojo Picón sauce. In La Gomera, the ancient whistling language of Silbo is a delight to experience and upholds the islands inheritance from its ancestors – and is now taught in its schools to ensure the language isn’t lost. Musician Nick Montague will join you on board Borealis to provide talks on the culture of the Canaries through music.

Wineyards of Madeira at sunset, above the municipality of Seixal

History of Trade and Produce

The Canaries have a long history of trade and agricultural production, which have contributed to their economy. Due to their location, they were a key trading hub in the past, and were a crucial stopover for ships sailing to the New World. In Madeira, you will be perfectly placed to join a tour to a local family-owned vineyard to learn of the history of the Quinta and its wine making process, and enjoy a wine and rum tasting session with local tapas. In Tenerife, enjoy a visit to the island’s oldest banana plantation, which dates back to the late 18th century, but has since transformed to be the first local plantation to produce bananas entirely ecologically.

Itinerary

Cruise Itinerary

Explore the Itinerary
Map Image

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
Explore Borealis

Our Signature Experiences

To make your experience even more special, our Journey Planners have designed a unique programme of Signature Experiences which will allow you to discover real insights about the culture and nature of the places we are visiting, so you can arrive in each destination fully prepared to get the most out of your visit.

Itinerary Insights

We have carefully curated a programme of events to give you a deeper understanding of each of the destinations you will be visiting

Scenic Discoveries

Our Scenic Discoveries are designed to allow you to enjoy seeing the world from the unique perspective of our ships

The Ship and the Sea

Maritime is in our DNA - our history in shipping goes back almost 200 years

The Sky at Sea

There’s very little in the natural world more beautiful than a clear night sky, sunrise or sunset seen at sea

Treats of the Region

We love to bring a taste of the region's food, drink, local tastes and culinary traditions to life on board

Our Signature Tours

At each port of call, we have carefully researched and hand-selected some wonderful tour options for you, designed to help you see the real destination and not just the tourist hotspots.

Below, you will find some examples of the kind of tours which could be available on your itinerary. Your Shore Tours will be available to book around 8-13 weeks prior to departure via your My Cruises account.

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

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

 Los Roques de Agando

An Introduction to La Gomera

Embark on a scenic driving tour with photo stops at ‘Los Roques de Agando’ and Igualero viewpoint. Pass El Cercado, famous for its pottery, before continuing to La Lahuna Grande where you’ll enjoy a demonstration of the whistling language “El Silbo”.

££££

San Sebastian de la Gomera

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.

Nick Montague, Guest speaker
Music/Culture

Nick Montague

Nick Montague has spent over 40 years around music and will be delivering an insightful talk about music in Madeira.

Show More

Paul Fellows
Astronomy

Paul Fellows

Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, Paul Fellows, will be on board delivering insightful talks and hosting stargazing sessions. As we explore the Canaries together, join him out on deck as he brings the night sky to life.

Show More

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.

Discover our Treats & Pastimes

Cabins, Prices & Offers

Cabin Options On Your Cruise

* Prices correct as of 13:00 08/12/2023, 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 13:00 08/12/2023, based on the lowest available Cruise Only fare, and on sole occupancy. Please call +441473746175 for live availability & prices.

Cabin Grades

Standard Pricing Solo Pricing
Suite

Balcony Junior Suite (BJ)

Borealis' Balcony Junior Suites have a private balcony and sitting/bedroom area.

Saver Fare From £5,199 pp
Freedom Fare From £5,499 pp
Book Online
3D spin icon 360°
Suite

Balcony Junior Suite Wheelchair Adapted (BJD)

Borealis' Balcony Junior Adapted Suites have a balcony and sitting/bedroom area.

Saver Fare From £5,199 pp
Freedom Fare From £5,499 pp
Book Online
3D spin icon 360°
Suite

Balcony Suite (BS)

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

Freedom Fare From £5,599 pp
Book Online
3D spin icon 360°
Suite

Olsen Suite (OW)

The Olsen Suite is the largest suite on Borealis, with a private balcony and sitting area.

Freedom Fare From £10,499 pp
Book Online
3D spin icon 360°
Suite

Premier Suite (PS)

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

Freedom Fare From £7,999 pp
Book Online
3D spin icon 360°
Suite

Premier Suite Wheelchair Adapted (PSD)

Borealis' Premier Adapted Suites are spacious and stylish, and located on deck 7.

Freedom Fare From £7,999 pp
Book Online
3D spin icon 360°

Cruise Offers

Quote ONLINE23 to SAVE AN EXTRA £200PP   Saver Fare
Freedom Fare

What's Included

SO MUCH ALREADY INCLUDED

As well as our Signature Experiences, there is a host of other treats to enjoy on board our ships.

Enhance your cruise

Each of our cruises has been carefully designed for you to get the very best out of your time on board; and now you can enhance your cruise to make it even more special.

Explore all extras

Need Some Help?

Take a look at our FAQ's

View All FAQ's