22 May 2023
The cruise at a glance
The Olsen Way Highlights
This cruise has been designed to take you on a journey through centuries of fascinating history and culture along some of Italy and the Adriatic’s most scenic coastline. You can delve into the importance of the Renaissance period at its birthplace, Florence, and discover how the city’s art and architecture were influenced by iconic figures such as da Vinci and Michelangelo. In addition to exploring the historic landmarks of Rome and Venice, visits to Dubrovnik, Split and Zadar afford chances to see the architectural stamps left by the Venetians in Croatia. Meanwhile, you can savour the beauty and charms of the Amalfi Coast during scenic cruising and time ashore in Amalfi Town and Sorrento.Explore the Itinerary
Legacies of historical superpowers
The superpowers of the Roman Empire are at the fore of this cruise, with visits to Rome, the Vatican City and Cartagena. Rome was ruled by a government of senators and knights, and became the dominant maritime power in the Mediterranean – and beyond, once Julius Caesar came to power. These influences can be seen in Cartagena where it became a major Roman outpost, and which can be found in archaeological sites throughout the city. The Vatican City - centre of the Roman Catholic Church, remains independent from the rest of Italy, with the signing of the Lateran Treaty in 1929; and has its own banking system, post office, pharmacy and media outlets.
The Amalfi and Dalmatian Coasts have long drawn in visitors by their outstanding beauty. Montenegro’s Bay of Kotor is a fjord-like body of water surrounded by the Orjen Mountains on the west side, and the Lovćen to the east. Encapsulated within the bay are a throng of fortified cities, built by the Venetians – the best known being UNESCO-listed Kotor itself. The Amalfi Coast is synonymous with picturesque seaside towns, colourful cliffside villages and turquoise seas; overlooked by still active Mount Vesuvius.
The architecture on this particular cruise is outstanding – from the romance of ‘The Floating City’ of Venice and its winding alleyways, famous bridges and gondola rides; to the magnificent Leaning Tower of Pisa, visited from Livorno. Built on soft soil, the bell tower was constructed between 1173 and 1399 to celebrate medieval Christian and Catholic traditions, and currently leans at an angle of 3.99 degrees. Further examples of Renaissance architecture are evident in the Vatican City – at the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.
Life On Board
Sister-ship to Bolette, Borealis’ high speeds are perfectly suited for taking guests on a journey around the globe, enabling exploration in more ports in a shorter duration.
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.
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.
We have carefully curated a programme of events to give you a deeper understanding of each of the destinations you will be visiting
Our Scenic Discoveries are designed to allow you to enjoy seeing the world from the unique perspective of our ships
Maritime is in our DNA - our history in shipping goes back almost 200 years
There’s very little in the natural world more beautiful than a clear night sky, sunrise or sunset seen at sea
We love to bring a taste of the region's food, drink, local tastes and culinary traditions to life on board
Cabins, Prices & Offers
Cabin Options On Your Cruise
Please call our Reservations Team for latest pricing and availability.
SO MUCH ALREADY INCLUDED
As well as our Signature Experiences, there is a host of other treats to enjoy on board our ships.
Dining & Lounges
- À la carte breakfast, lunch & dinner
- Daily buffet dining options
- Late night Supper Club
- Afternoon tea
- Self-service tea & coffee
- In-cabin dining & snacks
Treats & Pastimes
- Evening shows
- Live music & dancing
- Dance classes
- Lectures & talks
- Cookery demonstrations
- Traditional deck games
- Daily games & quizzes
Relaxation & Fitness
- Swimming Pools
- Fitness Centre
- Fitness Classes
Enhance your cruise
Enhance Cruise with some of our optional extras
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What do I pack for a cruise?
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Are there any visa requirements I need to be aware of?
Visa and health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you check with a professionally qualified source and comply with such requirements. UK passport holders will need visas for certain Fred. Olsen cruise holidays and will advised at the time of booking. Your cruise booking information will also detail any requirements applicable to your holiday.
What's the difference between Freedom and Saver fares?
On certain sailings we offer two types of cruise fares; Freedom and Saver Fares.
I'm travelling alone, how will I get to meet people?
Our single guests feel right at home on board our ships; Fred. Olsen have the reputation of sailing the friendliest fleet afloat.
How do I get off the ship if we're at anchor?
Disembarking when your ship's at anchor is a very different experience to when it's docked portside. Getting ashore in this instance often involves the use of the ship's tender, which is accessed via the steps of a secure gangway.