Classic Christmas Markets

14th Dec 2023 8 nights Sails from Liverpool Borealis S2325
Festive cruise
FREEDOM FARE FROM £1,099 per person
Christmas markets in Hamburg Christmas markets in Hamburg
FREEDOM FARE FROM £1,099 per person
Solo traveller offer available

Fantastic reduced single supplement deals available on selected grades on this sailing. T&Cs apply*

£100pp FREE On Board Spend or £200pp when booking a Suite

*Applicable to new bookings made from 16/03/2022 on 2022/23 cruises sailing from the UK, of 7 to 9 nights in duration, see terms & conditions.

With the festive season in full swing, this is the perfect getaway before the ‘big day’ arrives, offering chances to explore cities and markets that really come to life at the ‘most wonderful time of the year’. German cities are renowned for their festivities and you’ll get to experience why in Hamburg. Traditional Christmas markets and charming wooden huts adorned with twinkling lights and selling food, confectionery and handicrafts create a warmth amidst the winter chill; explore and enjoy a mug of steaming Glühwein as you browse for unique gifts. Make the most of your time to see sights such as St Nikolai Church and the Chilehaus, and enjoy a winter stroll along the banks of the River Elbe too, perhaps.[ReadMore]

The Christmas-time charms of captivating cities in the Netherlands and Belgium await you too. Borealis will call at Zeebrugge, your gateway to UNESCO-listed Bruges; here you can explore decorated streets and canals in search of architectural gems such as Church of our Lady and the 13th century Belfry, indulge at authentic Belgian chocolate shops, and soak-up the cosy atmosphere of the city’s Christmas market. You’ll also get to see the twinkling lights and iconic sights of Amsterdam, get a feel for the Dutch capital’s festivities and take a boat tour of the famous canals – particularly magical at this time of year.

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.