Renaissance Italy, the Adriatic & Amalfi Coast


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Beautiful views of the Amalfi coast, Italy Beautiful view of the Amalfi coast, Italy

22 May 2023


25 nights


Your 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.

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Vatican dome of Saint Peter Basilica, Rome

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.

Bay of Kotor, Montenegro

Scenic Coastlines

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.

Leaning tower of Pisa,  Italy

Grand Architecture

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.


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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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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.

Itinerary Insights

We have carefully curated a programme of events to give you a deeper understanding of each of the destinations you will be visiting

Scenic Discoveries

Our Scenic Discoveries are designed to allow you to enjoy seeing the world from the unique perspective of our ships

The Ship and the Sea

Maritime is in our DNA - our history in shipping goes back almost 200 years

The Sky at Sea

There’s very little in the natural world more beautiful than a clear night sky, sunrise or sunset seen at sea

Treats of the Region

We love to bring a taste of the region's food, drink, local tastes and culinary traditions to life on board

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

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What's Included


As well as our Signature Experiences, there is a host of other treats to enjoy on board our ships.

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Each of our cruises has been carefully designed for you to get the very best out of your time on board; and now you can enhance your cruise to make it even more special.

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