Emirates to the Med via Suez Canal

26th Mar 2024 22 nights Sails from Dubai Borealis S2406
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Spanning a string of incredible destinations across Arabia, the Middle East and the Mediterranean, this voyage of exploration will leave you captivated throughout with a seemingly endless list of iconic sights and inspirational experiences to discover.

You embark Borealis for your unforgettable voyage in the United Arab Emirates, where – after meeting the ship in the spectacular city of Dubai – you’ll have a day to see a mix of Emirati marvels, from the modern magnificent of the Burj Khalifa to historic, cultural and religious monuments aplenty. Perhaps indulge in some retail therapy at the high-end shopping malls too. From Dubai it’s on to Oman to uncover the many marvels of its capital, Muscat. The glorious Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque – one of the world’s finest examples of modern Arabic architecture – and striking Qasr Al Alam Palace – await discovery at your leisure. You visit Khasab too; this small city is your gateway to the remarkable Musandam Fjords, which are best explored via a traditional Dhow boat.[ReadMore]

Continuing onward to Jordan, Aqaba is the starting point for discovering the ‘Lost City’ of Petra, one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. Don’t miss the chance to uncover the huge tombs and temples of Petra, that were carved into sandstone over 2,000 years ago. After a navigation of Egypt’s Suez Canal, hallowed sites await you in Israel too. Haifa is the starting point for tours to Jerusalem, to follow in the footsteps of Jewish, Muslim and Christian pilgrims among magnificent religious monuments such as Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Western Wall and Al Haram Ash Sharif; and to Bethlehem – birthplace of Jesus – to visit Manger Square and the Church of the Nativity. En route back to the UK, sun-splashed Mediterranean destinations will bring your holiday to the perfect conclusion. You’ll enjoy a day each in Cyprus and Rhodes before sailing to Malta for a chance marvel at Valletta’s UNESCO-listed Grand Harbour, St John’s Cathedral and impressive Presidential Palace, and to the Spanish city of Cartagena, where ancient fortifications offer a glimpse into rich Roman history.

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.

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.