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Discovering the Castles & Cultures of the Baltics

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Schwerin castle, Germany Schwerin Castle, Schwerin, Germany

27 Jun 2024

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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.

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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 socialization.

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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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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

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.

Kiel's Maritime History

Kiel's Maritime History

Gain an insight into Kiel’s history as a port city and significant naval and shipyard hub in Germany with a visit to the Maritime Museum. 

££££

Kiel

Kiel's Maritime History

Kiel's Maritime History

Gain an insight into Kiel’s history as a port city and significant naval and shipyard hub in Germany with a visit to the Maritime Museum. 

££££

Kiel

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

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

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

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 occassions and will be joining us to deliver a series of talks about sailing.

Julie Ackroyd
History

Dr. Julie Ackroyd

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.

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.

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 01:00 27/02/2024, 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 01:00 27/02/2024, based on the lowest available Cruise Only fare, and on sole occupancy. Please call +441473746175 for live availability & prices.

Cabin Grades

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Balcony Junior Suite (BJ)

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

Freedom Fare From £4,699 pp
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Balcony Junior Suite Wheelchair Adapted (BJD)

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

Freedom Fare From £4,699 pp
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Balcony Suite (BS)

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

Freedom Fare From £4,899 pp
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Premier Suite (PS)

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

Freedom Fare From £6,999 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 £6,999 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 £7,999 pp
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Cruise Offers

FREE drinks or FREE on board spend   Freedom Fare

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