Emirates to the Med via the Suez Canal

25th Mar 2022 23 nights Sails from Dubai Borealis S2206
Outside view of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, UAE Outside view of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, UAE

Spanning 23 nights and a string of incredible destinations across Arabia, the Middle East and the Mediterranean, this enriching voyage of exploration will leave you captivated throughout with a seemingly endless list of iconic sights and inspirational experiences to discover. [ReadMoreMob]

You embark Borealis for your unforgettable voyage in the United Arab Emirates, where – after meeting the ship in the spectacular city of Dubai, home of the magnificent Burj Khalifa – you’ve a day to explore Abu Dhabi. Capture the Emirati capital’s mix of magnificent modern skyscrapers and historic forts; visit the striking Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque; or perhaps simply indulge in some retail therapy at the high-end shopping malls. In contrast, Fujairah – situated amongst impressive mountain scenery – feels classically Arabian, its forts and mosques sit amongst traditional souks and markets. From here it’s on to Oman to uncover the many marvels of its capital; the including 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. [ReadMoreDesk]

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 an unforgettable 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 Cádiz, where ancient fortifications await your discovery, and traditional tapas bars provide an authentic taste of local flavours.

Your Itinerary

  • Superb destinations will captivate you on this adventure
  • See the Burj Khalifa in Dubai 
  • Visit the breath-taking ‘Lost City’ of Petra
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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 


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'.


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.


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