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City Sights & Overnights in Gibraltar, Spain & Portugal


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Rock of Gibraltar at sunset Evening view of the Rock of Gibraltar

12 Nov 2025


14 nights


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Embark on an unforgettable journey through the Iberian Peninsula, with extended time for exploring the vibrant cities of Gibraltar, Cartagena, Cádiz and Lisbon. Cádiz is ideal for sampling authentic Andalusian culture. You can taste traditional tapas, including fiery Patatas Bravas; or head to Seville on a tour to watch a passionate flamenco performance; and sip on Jerez sherry. Lisbon’s trams are ideal for travelling around the city, as you seek out the famous pastéis de nata and Fado music. Along your journey you’ll encounter iconic sites, such as the Rock of Gibraltar, where tales of strategic significance unfold, along with Roman Cartagena, Moorish architecture in Seville and Lisbon’s Age of Discoveries Monument.

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Roman Amphitheater In Cartagena, Spain

Iberian Nights

This cruise showcases overnight calls in four charming destinations in Spain and Portugal, allowing you plenty of time to explore them in detail. Gibraltar offers a subtropical climate, which makes it ideal for those wishing to explore the vistas, unique wildlife and sense of Britain abroad, and is home to the mischievous Barbary Apes. The Roman city of Cartegena is immersed in ancient history and the Roman Theatre here offers a fascinating insight into life centuries ago. Europe's oldest city, Cadiz, offers wide open squares and avenues with steeply turreted homes and winding lanes. Take some time to explore the town, dine al fresco, and soak up the sun on its beach. The Old Town of Lisbon, known as the Alfama district is one of the city's quaintest areas home to a maze of steep staircases and tight lanes that lead to breath-taking city views.

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Spanish dancers, Flamenco

Experience the Iberian Way of Life

Throughout this Borealis cruise, you will have plenty of opportunities to immerse yourself in the local way of life and discover the rich culture of Iberia. Join us on a tour to feel the emotion of the passionate Flamenco dance as the Bailaora performers sing and dance in vibrant costumes, accompanied by traditional Spanish guitar music. In Andalusia, enjoy delicious tapas such as Patatas Bravas (fried potatoes with a spicy sauce) Gambas al Ajillo (garlic-infused prawns) and Tortillitas de Camarones (crispy fried shrimp fritters) along with the warming taste of Jerez sherry. In Lisbon, do make time to explore the city on one of the iconic trams as they wind through the city's narrow streets, and sample the buttery and flaky pastéis de nata or fresh sardines.

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The Belem tower, Lisbon, Portugal

Maritime Legacy

Your cruise aboard Borealis will show how the Mediterranean has been a theatre of conquests and conflicts over the centuries, shaped by strategic locations and diverse cultures. Gibraltar Rock guards the shipping strait between Europe and Africa, and has witnessed numerous battles for dominance over trade routes and naval power, while in Cartagena, the Romans clashed with the Carthaginians in the Punic Wars. During the Middle Ages, Andalusia became a melting pot of conflict as Catholic kingdoms and the Moorish fought for supremacy in the Iberian Peninsula, culminating in the fall of Granada and marking the end of Islamic rule in Spain. Meanwhile, Lisbon emerged as a hub of the Age of Discoveries, as Portuguese explorers set sail to chart new trade routes and establish colonial empires, evidence of which can be seen in many of the city's landmarks, such as the Belém Tower and the Jeronimos Monastery, built to commemorate Vasco de Gama's voyage to India.

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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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Your Guest Speakers

We’ve arranged for some wonderful guest speakers to join us for this cruise. They will be delivering a programme of insightful talks and activities to deepen your cultural, artistic and historical understanding of the destinations we will be exploring, well as helping you to enjoy the natural beauty of the places we visit.

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Go Stargazing

Acting as tour guides of the heavens, the Go Stargazing astronomers will share their knowledge with group sessions learning interesting and amazing facts about our Universe. The friendly and approachable team will be on hand to answer any questions you may have, and to help you spot planets and stars.

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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 14:00 19/04/2024, 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 14:00 19/04/2024, based on the lowest available Cruise Only fare, and on sole occupancy. Please call +441473746175 for live availability & prices.

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Balcony Junior Suite (BJ)

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

Freedom Fare From £3,998 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 £3,998 pp
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Balcony Suite (BS)

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

Freedom Fare From £4,098 pp
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Premier Suite (PS)

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

Freedom Fare From £5,298 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 £5,298 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 £6,598 pp
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Cruise Offers

FREE On Board Spend OR Door-to-Door transfer up to 150 miles   Freedom Fare

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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