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Dutch Waterways & Works of Art


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Views of Canals in Amsterdam, Netherlands Views of Canals in Amsterdam, Netherlands
02 May 2025
5 nights

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Hand-crafted highlights

On this five-night cruise, you can explore the delights of the Netherlands, where the Dutch capital is also famous for its network of canals, which can be explored by boat, or discover the city and its surrounding countryside by bike. Rotterdam is ideally placed for visiting nearby Kinderdijk, with its iconic windmills built to protect the land from flooding. You'll also have plnety of opportunities to sample local cuisine, like Stroopwaffels, Bitterballen, and its renowned cheeses of Gouda and Edam. In each destination, you can gain an insight into the local art scene, from uncovering the works of Rembrandt and Van Gogh to visiting the Royal Delft pottery factory to watch artists demonstrate their hand-painting techniques.

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Immerse yourself in the Dutch way of life

The way of life in the Netherlands is characterised by its unique blend of tradition and culture. Cycling is more than just a form of transportation here; it's an integral part of life and can be experienced on a tour from Borealis. Choose to explore bike-friendly Amsterdam and Rotterdam, with inviting countryside paths and meandering streets, or discover spectacular nearby tulip fields with a knowledgeable local guide. Indulge in the Dutch speciality of Stroopwaffels, deliciously thin waffle cookies filled with a delicately spiced caramel syrup; or Bitterballen, bite-size crispy meatballs that are perfect to snack on with a Dutch beer, whose diverse range of brews reflect the country's proud brewing heritage. While in the Netherlands, be sure to sample creamy Gouda and nutty Edam cheeses and discover how they are produced.


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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

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.

Tulip Farm & Keukenhof

Tulip Farm & Keukenhof Gardens

Immerse yourself in a kaleidoscope of colour at the famous Dutch Tulip Farm, De Tulperig, before heading to Keukenhof, the largest flower garden in the world.



Amsterdam Canal Cruise

Amsterdam Canal Cruise

View the sights of Amsterdam from the unique perspective of the water with a cruise along the famous crescent-shaped Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht canals.




Windmills of Kinderdijk

Visit Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage Site home to The Netherlands’ most famous windmills. Explore the Windmill Museum and enjoy a guided tour of a working mill with a local miller before exploring on your own.



Delft Ceramics

Delft & Ceramic Workshop

Visit the world-famous De Poreleyne Fles (Royal Delft Factory). Enjoy an interactive tour and have a go at making a piece of Delft pottery yourself before proceeding to the heart of Delft for a guided stroll through the narrow streets to the main square.



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 05:00 16/06/2024, 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 05:00 16/06/2024, 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

Balcony Junior Suite (BJ)

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

Freedom Fare From £1,699 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 £1,699 pp
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Balcony Suite (BS)

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

Freedom Fare From £1,799 pp
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Premier Suite (PS)

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

Freedom Fare From £2,199 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 £2,199 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 £2,799 pp
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What's 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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