Exploring Australia & the Far East

24th Feb 2022 29 nights Sails from Sydney Borealis S2205
Evening view of the Opera house and harbor bridge, Sydney, Australia Evening view of the Opera house and harbor bridge, Sydney, Australia

Diverse Australian cities combine with picturesque Indonesian islands and a marvellous modern metropolis to create a tempting menu of destinations serving up an eclectic mix of highlights, from iconic landmarks and cultural delights to beautifully unspoilt landscapes and breathtaking beaches, which are sure to invigorate and inspire you throughout your holiday. [ReadMoreMob]

In the ‘Land Down Under’, your voyage kicks-off in the legendary city of Sydney. Simply settle in to life on board Borealis, or perhaps use your time to take in Sydney’s world-famous attractions. You could climb the Harbour Bridge and marvel at the instantly recognisable Opera House; or even visit Bondi Beach to revel in one of Australia’s most photographed scenes. After setting sail, it’s on to New South Wales and the historic city of Newcastle, before there’s a visit to Queensland, where Cairns will serve as gateways to the wonders of the state and beyond. You can tour to the awe-inspiring Great Barrier Reef from Cairns, which is also a starting point for exploring fauna-rich tropical rainforests and wetlands. Within the city, there are plenty of highlights – from museums and galleries, to cultural parks and botanical gardens – to take in too.

Continuing on to Asia, you’re set to be immersed in the fascinating contrasts of the continent. Connect with the tribal cultures of Alotau in Papua New Guinea, surrounded by spectacular volcanic landscapes; experience paradise amongst the beauty of Bali and Phuket; and even explore the natural habitat of the world’s largest lizards at Komodo Island. In between your Asian island adventures, there’s also an overnight stay in Singapore, a striking modern metropolis of soaring skyscrapers, bright lights, busy commercial districts and striking temples. Finally, you’re in for an incredible Indian exploration; at Kochi, you can see the famous Chinese cantilever fishing nets and the British Commonwealth’s oldest synagogue, or even opt for an overland tour to the iconic Taj Mahal, while Goa is a treat to savour. Explore Old Goa and the Latin Quarter or relax at postcard-perfect beaches, before continuing on to magnificent Mumbai for an enthralling mix of old and modern India. Take chances visit the UNESCO-listed Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Railway Station, Dhobi Ghat – the world’s largest open-air laundry district – and more. You’re sure to spot busy Dabbawallas delivering lunches across the city as you explore.

Your Itinerary

  • Discover Australian cities and Asian destinations
  • Go in search of natural wonders such as the Great Barrier Reef
  • Visit Papua New Guinea; explore Bali, Phuket and Komodo Island
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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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