Discover Portugal with Madeira

24th Nov 2022 11 nights Sails from Liverpool Borealis S2230
FROM ONLY £1,599 per person
Botanical gardens in Funchal, Madeira Botanical gardens in Funchal, Madeira
FROM ONLY £1,599 per person
FREE On Board Spend up to £100pp plus tips covered

On-board spend/Tips covered offer: applicable to new bookings, made from 16/08/21 onwards, on sailings of up to 19 nights in duration, departing from the UK, between January 2022 and May 2023, excluding cruises L22SN, T2212, & M2223; cruises over 20 nights & Fly-cruises including M2233 are excluded. Free On Board Spend amount is per person (pp), up to two guests per cabin, amount varies per cruise up to £100 pp. E&OE.

With Borealis taking you to a trio of attraction-packed destinations, including the ‘garden island’ of Madeira, you’ll get to experience the culture, flavours and beauty of Portugal.[ReadMoreMob] The overnight stay in Funchal is the undoubted highlight of this itinerary; you’ve ample time to see and smell the variety of Madeira’s colourful,  fragrant flora amongst the island’s botanical gardens and lush levada walking trails, all while enjoying the soothing warm weather. You could take the weight off and sip sweet Madeiran wines in Funchal’s friendly bars too.

You’ve also time in Lisbon to discover the many sights and highlights of Portuguese capital; around the city you’ll find many UNESCO-listed landmarks and monuments symbolising its maritime history, such Jerónimos Monastery and Tower de Belem. Sample authentic local flavours here too – visit Pasteis de Belém bakery to enjoy one of the famous pastel de nata tarts. Finally, a visit to Leixoes presents an opportunity to tour to nearby Oporto; take the short trip to the UNESCO-listed second city and you’ll be rewarded by discoveries of delights such as the historic Ribeira District, views of the picturesque Douro River and famous cellars storing port wines produced in the heart of the city.

Your Itinerary

  • Explore the colourful gardens in Madeira
  • Visit Porto to experience traditional Port wine
  • In Lisbon discover a host of historical monuments
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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.

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 

1. WE ARE PROUD TO SAIL OUR OWN COURSE

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'.

2. SMALLER IS BETTER

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.

3. HAND-CRAFTED, NOT MASS PRODUCED

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.