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Maritime Cities & Sailing Events of the Baltic


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Parade of tall ships, Kiel week, Germany Parade of tall ships, Kiel week, Germany

27 Jun 2024


14 nights


The cruise at a glance

The Olsen Way Highlights

Our team has crafted your itinerary with a focus on maritime history, with calls into Helsinki and Kiel timed to coincide with two renowned sailing events – the Tall Ships Races and Kiel Week. The latter holds special significance for us as it was here, many years ago, that Fred. Olsen's grandfather won this special regatta at the opening of the Kiel Canal, flying the same flag that can be seen on our ships today. You can uncover World War II history in Gdańsk, one of Poland’s most important and dynamic cities, boasting over a thousand years of seafaring traditions and heritage. 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 iconic monuments of Berlin, such as the Brandenburg Gate.

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

Maritime is in our DNA

This cruise is timed to coincide with the final day of the annual Kiel Week sailing regatta. The event has special significance to the Olsen family as Fred. Olsen’s grandfather won the regatta when the Kiel Canal opened, flying the same flag that’s on our ships today. Also on this cruise, experience the tall ship races in Helsinki where a selection of fine-looking tall ships from across the world will race in Baltic waters.

Visby city walls, Sweden

Hanseatic League and Maritime history

Borealis will take guests to the well-preserved medieval old town of Tallinn, well-known for its position as one of the Hanseatic League’s trading cities. The city’s wealth is evident in the opulent buildings, particularly the churches and the merchant houses architecture. A further important trading hub in the Baltic was Visby, a UNESCO-listed city surrounded by defensive walls to deter pirate attacks and threats.

Westerplatte - Monument commemorating first battle of Second WW and Polish Defense in 1939

World War history

On September 1st 1939, the German battleship Schleswig-Holstein fired at a Polish ammunition depot based on the island of Westerplatte, located across the river from the city of Gdańsk – known as Danzig at the time. It is believed that Hitler’s decision to target Danzig was more a symbolic target than a strategic one, feeding into the Nazi ideology calling for the unification of all German people, thus giving Hitler a target. The battle ended with many losses for Hitler’s troops, but Danzig was soon overrun and under the control of the Third Reich, therefore cementing the beginning of WWII.


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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


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

Cabins, Prices & Offers

Cabin Options On Your Cruise

* Prices correct as of 03:00 05/10/2023, 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 03:00 05/10/2023, 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.

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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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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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Premier Suite (PS)

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

Freedom Fare From £6,499 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 £6,499 pp
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Cruise Offers

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What's Included


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

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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