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Cultures & Cuisines of the Mediterranean

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Visit Virgin square in Valencia, Spain on a Mediterranean cruise
29 Oct 2024
Southampton
14 nights
Borealis

Your cruise at a glance

Hand-crafted highlights

Cruise from Southampton aboard Borealis to Spain and Portugal, where a diverse range of architectural marvels await your discovery. The beautiful city of Tarrgona is steeped in culture, from the Roman Amphitheatre sitting at the waters edge to the labyrinthine streets, charming squares, and terraces of the Old Town. From Tarragona, explore the highlights of Barcelona, including the iconic and unfinished Sagrada Familia Cathedral and colourful Park Güell, and from Cádiz, enjoy a tour to Seville to visit the magnificent Plaza de España and Seville Alcazar. Immerse yourself in the vibrant Spanish lifestyle, by experiencing the passion of flamenco in Cádiz with a local bailaora, feasting on tapas and Jerez sherry, or sampling a traditional paella in Valencia, its place of origin. You can also explore historic Roman landmarks such as the Archaeological Ensemble of Tárraco in Tarragona and Cartagena’s Amphitheatre.

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Highlights

La Lonja de la Seda, Valencia

Spain's charming cities and old towns

Our journey planners have designed your cruise aboard Borealis to highlight the region's rich cultural traditions. From Tarragona, join us on a tour to Barcelona to explore the Gothic Quarter with its winding medieval streets, majestic cathedrals, and hidden squares; while in Tarragona itself, explore Part Alta's Roman ruins, the remarkable architecture of its Romanesque Cathedral, and other striking medieval buildings. Valencia blends the beautiful architecture of ancient buildings such as La Lonja de la Seda with innovative and futuristic buildings such as the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias. There will also be opportunities to explore the riverside charm of Leixoes and the Andalusian gem of Casco Antiguo in Cadiz. Each Spanish district is a treasure trove of architectural wonders and cultural delights, inviting deeper exploration.

Closeup of a traditional tasty Spanish dish paella

La Buena Vida

Translating as "The Good Life", you will have an abundance of opportunities to fully immerse yourself in 'La Buena Vida' on this cruise aboard Borealis. In Andalusia, experience the passionate flamenco, whose rhythm, melodies and dance will permeate your soul, sample delicious tapas and enjoy lively conversation with your fellow cruisers over a glass of Rioja. Meanwhile, Valencia is home to paella, bringing together flavours of saffron, seafood and rice in a celebration of communal dining. In Tarragona, stroll through its medieval streets and squares and stop at a local restaurant for fresh seafood, in the shadow of the striking Romanesque Catedral de Tarragona.

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Cruise Itinerary

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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

Borealis

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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Sample Shore Tours

At each port of call on your cruise, we carefully research and hand pick Shore Tour options for you, designed for you see as many of the world's best destinations as possible.

Below, you will find some sample Shore Tours which will give you an example of what to expect on your cruise. Your Shore Tours will be available to book approximately 8-13 weeks prior to departure via your My Cruises account.

 Flamenco Experience

Flamenco Experience

Learn about the history of flamenco and visit an authentic tablao-tavern to learn how to master this passionate dance from a local expert. 

££££

Cádiz

Beautiful Seville in the sunshine

Splendours of Seville

££££

Cádiz

History of Licor 43

History of Licor 43

££££

Cartagena

Roman Cartagena with a Local Expert.

Roman Cartagena with a Local Expert

££££

Cartagena

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.

Carla Ionescu
Ancient History

Carla Ionescu

Historian Carla Ionescu will be on hand throughout your cruise to deliver a series of engaging talks on the Roman dominance within the ports of call we will be visiting.

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Peter Allan
Astronomy

Dr Peter Allan

With a PhD in Astrophysics, Dr. Peter Allan is an expert Astronomer and has used many of the world’s major telescopes on Earth and in space. As we explore the Mediterranean together, Peter will be joining us on board delivering insightful talks on astronomy and space science.

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Spanish Culture

Melanie Smith

Melanie is passionate about languages, culture and travelling, and speaks French, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian. She will be joining us throughout your cruise to deliver a series of engaging talks about Spanish culture and their way of life.

Cuisine

Sue Baic

Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist, Sue has 30 years of experience working in healthcare, and will be joining us to deliver a series of talks about the cuisine of the Mediterranean.

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 22/07/2024, 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 22/07/2024, based on the lowest available Cruise Only fare, and on sole occupancy. Please call +441473746175 for live availability & prices.

Cabin Grades

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Balcony Junior Suite (BJ)

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

Freedom Fare From £3,699 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 £3,699 pp
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Balcony Suite (BS)

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

Freedom Fare From £3,799 pp
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Premier Suite (PS)

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

Freedom Fare From £5,499 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 £5,499 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 £7,099 pp
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Cruise Offers

Solo traveller offer available   Saver Fare
Freedom Fare

Enjoy £100pp On Board Spend   Freedom Fare

What's Included

SO MUCH ALREADY 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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