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Discovering the Castles & Cultures of the Baltic

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Schwerin castle, Germany Schwerin Castle, Schwerin, Germany
27 Jun 2024
Dover
14 nights
Borealis

Your cruise at a glance

Hand-crafted highlights

Our team has hand-crafted this itinerary to allow you the opportunity to explore fairytale-like castles and palaces and medieval old towns which are located in the Baltic. Step back in time during visits to the well-preserved medieval cities of UNESCO-listed Visby and fairytale-esque Tallinn, while Warnemünde is your gateway to the famous Schwerin Castle.  You can also experience local Baltic traditions, including sampling locally-caught seafood and indulging in the Finnish Sauna culture. Meanwhile, our call into Kiel has been perfectly timed to coincide with the final day of the annual Kiel Week sailing regatta while Helsinki offers the opportunity to witness the spectacular Tall Ships Race.

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Highlights

Malbork castle

Explore Fairytale-like Castles & Quaint Medieval Towns

We have planned this exciting itinerary to allow you the opportunity to explore the fairytale-esque castles, palaces and quaint medieval towns that can be found in the region. Warnemünde is your gateway to the impressive Scherwin Castle, famous for its picturesque setting and stunning architecture, while our call into Tallinn offers the opportunity to explore the winding cobblestone streets of the UNSECO-listed Old Town. From Gdańsk, you can explore the Gothic architecture, imposing walls and towering spires of Malbork Castle, while the UNESCO-listed medieval town of Visby awaits exploration on the Swedish island of Gotland.

Sauna in Finland

Experience Baltic Culture & Traditions

This itinerary has been designed to allow you to discover the local culture and maritime heritage of the Baltics. In Warnemünde and Gdańsk, you can uncover the cultural and economic fabric of the fishing industry, which has been vital to the region for centuries, while calls into Turku and Helsinki offer the opportunity to sample Lohikeitto, a traditional Finnish salmon soup known for its simplicity, hearty flavour and reliance on fresh, locally sourced ingredients. You can also experience the Finnish Sauna culture. Considered sacred spaces for physical and mental wellbeing, saunas are deeply-rooted in local Finnish customs and serve as a place for relaxation, contemplation and socialisation.

Yachts, boats, sailboats, barges and ships on a sailing parade in the city of Kiel, Germany

Join in the Festivites of Kiel Week 

We have also timed this Baltic cruise to call into Kiel, coinciding with the final day of the annual Kiel Week sailing regatta, which holds special significance,  as Fred. Olsen’s grandfather won the regatta when the Kiel Canal first opened, while in Helsinki you can witness the spectacular Tall Ships Race, hosted here for the first time since 2013; join us and experience an extraordinary international atmosphere.

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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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Sample Shore Tours

At each port of call on your cruise, we carefully research and hand pick Shore Tour options for you, designed for you see as many of the world's best destinations as possible.

Below, you will find some sample Shore Tours which will give you an example of what to expect on your cruise. Your Shore Tours will be available to book approximately 8-13 weeks prior to departure via your My Cruises account.

the famous Kiel locks

Kiel Week - Tall Ship Swaensborgh Cruise

Embark on a journey from the quayside to the Swaensborgh, a historic three-masted topsail schooner launched in 1907. Meet your crew and set sail on a leisurely three-hour cruise along the Kiel Fjord during the final day of the celebrated Kiel Week Sailing Regatta, soaking in the festive atmosphere.

££££

Kiel

Malbork Castle

UNESCO Malbork Castle - Headquarters of the Teutonic Order

Explore the UNESCO-listed site, Malbork Castle, which now serves as a museum consisting of grand exhibition halls displaying collections of armoury, ceramics and sculptures.

££££

Gdańsk

Traditional Estonian Market & Home Visit

Experience life as a local as you explore Nõmme Market, visit a local’s home for coffee, and pass Glehn’s Park to see the 19th-century castle.

££££

Tallinn

Tallinn Old Town

Folk Dance Evening in a Medieval Guild House

Experience an enchanting evening with an Estonian amateur folk-dance troupe, showcasing the vibrant heritage of Estonian folk culture. Adorned in traditional attire, they will delight you with lively performances in a 13th centurty hall near the Town Hall. Following the show, join a guided stroll through Medieval Tallinn, exploring its historic streets.

££££

Tallinn

New & Old Tallinn by Bike

Embark on a cycling adventure to iconic landmarks including the Palace of Peter and Catherine, the Presidential Palace, and Pirita's Song Festival Grounds. Pedal along the scenic seaside avenue, marveling at Tallinn's skyline, and pass through the Rotermann Quarter. Conclude your journey in the historic Old Hanseatic Town, with time to explore notable sites like the Tower of Fat Margaret and the Church of St. Olav.

££££

Tallinn

Finnish Sauna Experience

Finnish Sauna Experience

Relax, unwind and indulge in the hot steam at Löyly Sauna, a traditional, wood-burning sauna, before enjoying a revitalising swim in the cold waters and a cool refreshment as you admire the sea views.

££££

Helsinki

Nuuksio Forest

Nature Walk with Finnish Campfire Pancakes

Head for Nuuksio Forest in Espoo, known for its forests, gorges and nature trails. Wander along forest trails alongside your guide, learning about the surrounding environment and Nuuksio’s history, and stopping at various viewing platforms for sweeping vistas. Conclude at the campfire where you will have the opportunity to taste some delicious traditional Finnish pancakes, cooked the traditional way.

££££

Helsinki

Helsinki Archipelago

Archipelago Cruise - Talls Ship Event

Experience the Tall Ship Race where dozens of impressive sailing vessels will compete against each other. Sail with one of ships participating in the race on a scenic cruise in Helsinki’s Archipelago. Your crew will welcome you on board and take you to the beautiful archipelago. You will have the opportunity to help with the sails and navigate. Return to the pier where you will have some free time to enjoy the Tall Ships Event from the shore.

££££

Helsinki

Maritime Turku & Shipyard

Gain an insight into the history of ship building with a visit to Forum Marinum Centre before proceeding to Turku Shipyard, the birthplace of some of the world’s largest and most luxurious cruise ships.

££££

Turku

Local Home Visit

Finnish Home Visit

On this tour, visit a modern Finnish home situated by the sea to learn about the local lifestyle and culture. Explore the interior of the traditional house and take a leisurely stroll through the nearby forest. Afterwards, tuck into a home-made berry pie whilst taking in the sweeping vistas, before embarking on your return journey through Turku city to your awaiting ship.

££££

Turku

Schwerin Castle, Schwerin, Germany

Fairytale Castle Schwerin

Enjoy exclusive access to the magnificent Schwerin Castle on a guided tour through the picturesque castle grounds and garden, learning about the Dukes of Mecklenburg and their fascinating lives. You will then enjoy a guided walking tour around the city, with stops at highlights such as the Mecklenburg State Theatre, Schwerin Cathedral, and Market Square before enjoying some time at leisure to explore independently.

££££

Warnemünde

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.

Sailor

Dougal Henshall

Dougal is an experienced sailor who has competed in Kiel Week on numerous occasions and will be joining us to deliver a series of talks about sailing.

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Julie Ackroyd
History

Dr. Julie Ackroyd FHEA

As we explore Scandinavia together, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Dr. Julie Ackroyd FHEA will be hosting a series of talks on maritime history and the Hanseatic League.

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John Swallow
Finland Local

John Swallow

After relocating to Finland 15 years ago, British ex-pat John Swallow initially lived in Helsinki before moving out to Rauma, near Turku. As we explore the Scandinavia together, John will be on hand to speak about the way of life in Finland and his experiences of living here compared to the UK.

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Astronomy

Wil Cheung - Go Stargazing

Go Stargazing is formed of a group of astronomers, all of whom are keen to encourage public interest in astronomy to as wide an audience as possible. On your cruise, expect to find them out on the top deck in the evenings conducting stargazing sessions.

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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 17:00 13/06/2024, 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 17:00 13/06/2024, 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
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Balcony Junior Suite (BJ)

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

Little man Solo traveller offer available

Saver Fare From £3,399 pp
Freedom Fare From £3,699 pp
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Balcony Junior Suite Wheelchair Adapted (BJD)

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

Little man Solo traveller offer available

Saver Fare From £3,399 pp
Freedom Fare From £3,699 pp
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Balcony Suite (BS)

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

Little man Solo traveller offer available

Saver Fare From £3,699 pp
Freedom Fare From £3,999 pp
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Premier Suite (PS)

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

Freedom Fare From £6,299 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 £6,299 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 £7,799 pp
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Cruise Offers

Solo traveller offer available   Saver Fare
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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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