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Discovering Normandy & the Channel Islands


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Isle of Scilly, UK St Mary's, Scilly Isles
23 Aug 2024
5 nights

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Hand-crafted highlights

Sample a taste of the Fred. Olsen cruise experience on this five-night sailing over the summer Bank Holiday weekend, visiting destinations chosen for their scenic landscapes, island life and local produce. The benefits of the Isles of Scillys' sub-tropical microclimate can be enjoyed as you wander at Tresco Abbey Gardens, while a visit to Honfleur is perfect for sampling local camembert and calvados. The Channel Islands were the only part of the British Isles under German control during World War II, so having a stop in picturesque St. Peter Port will offer guests the chance to uncover Guernsey's fascinating history. Afterwards, Borealis will take you on a Scenic Discovery among the Channel Islands, rounding off your break in style.

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Castle Cornet, St Peter Port, Guernsey

Scenic Southern UK Islands

The southern isles of the UK offer a diverse range of natural beauty and intriguing history. Lying just off the coast of Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly are an archipelago of small islands with their own subtropical microclimate, where the surrounding waters are a haven for a rich diversity of wildlife. Join us on a tour to discover Castle Cornet in Guernsey, which overlooks the island and stands as a symbol of resilience and heritage; or explore Fort Brecqhou, whose imposing structure is set against a backdrop of rugged cliffs. The dramatic cliffs and azure blue seas around Sark offer tranquil vistas, while Alderney has untouched landscapes and a quaint charm, with hidden coves and winding pathways. 

Tresco Abbey Gardens

Discover the island way of life

On this Borealis cruise, you'll have the chance to immerse yourself in the way of life on the islands south of the UK. Characterised by close-knit communities, residents have a great affection for the nature here, including the serene beaches and lush gardens such as Tresco Abbey Gardens, where a wide variety of exotic blooms in vibrant colours are cultivated. The cuisine in these islands is mainly based around freshly caught shellfish, island reared beef and duck, and local ice cream in Guernsey, made from the world-famous cow's milk produced here.

Old cannon overlooking St Marys

Defending Britain's Shores

Nowadays, the Isles of Scilly are a subtropical paradise, with many of the islands covered in beautiful flowers, and a haven of natural beauty. However, during World War II, the islands were used as an outpost for defending Britain’s shores, with St. Mary’s located the farthest southwest. Large numbers of servicemen were stationed here as the Garrison was used as an important signal station, and its walls stood as bulwarks against maritime threats. During World War II's Norman invasion, the perpetual struggle for dominance over the English Channel shaped Britain's defensive strategies, reflecting the nation's commitment to protecting its shores. You will be joined on this cruise by historian Julie Ackroyd, who will speak about the histories of the defence of the British Isles.


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


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.

Tresco Abbey Gardens

Tresco Abbey Gardens

Explore the sub-tropical botanical paradise of Tresco Abbey Garden home to an impressive collection of 20,000 plant species, some heralding from as far as New Zealand. As you explore this ‘Perennial Kew’, keep your eyes peeled for red squirrels darting about in amongst the trees.


St. Mary's

Grey seal on the rocks, St Mary's , UK

Wildlife Sea Safari Trip

Embark on a wildlife cruise around the Scilly Isles, exploring the rugged edges of the Eastern Isles, home to Atlantic grey seals and seabirds like gannets and puffins. Cruise past Annet and the Western Rocks, spotting shipwrecks and seals, and sail past Norrard Rocks and Men-A-Vaur, abundant with seabirds and seals.


St. Mary's

Bishops rock lighthouse, St Mary's, UK

Delightful St. Mary's Garrison Walk

Embark on a walk around the Garrison, admiring Elizabethan defences and the Star Castle Hotel. Enjoy stunning views of the outer islands and Bishop Rock Lighthouse. Explore Hugh Town, learning about its rich history and impressive coastal defence system, as well as gaining insight into local wildlife and island life.


St. Mary's

Harbour Seal

Coastal Kayak

Explore coastal inlets and caves, and marvel at the local wildlife. Travel past cliffs and well-known landmarks, keeping an eye out for seals, dolphins, and a wide variety of seabirds.


St. Peter Port

Saint Peter port, Guernsey

Scenic Island Drive

Journey to the south coast of the island, passing the cliffs at Pleinmont Point and Rocquaine Bay, home to the Martello Tower of Fort Grey, Vazon Bay, and Cobo Bay, whilst listening to stories about the island's history.


St. Peter Port

Guernsey Coast Cycle Tour

Cycle from Perelle through the Catioroc folklore area, passing Trepied Dolmen. Continue through Shingle Banks, Lihou Island, and Colin Best Nature Reserve to L’Eree Bay's beaches. Enjoy views of Hanois Lighthouse and Fort Grey before returning via 'Ruette tranquilles'.


St. Peter Port

Remains of the Mulberry harbour in Normandy, France

British D-Day History

Explore the historical significance of D-Day on this tour, starting with the D-Day Museum in Arromanches. Discover the Allied forces' monumental efforts and sacrifices during World War II and photograph the remains of the floating harbor. Visit the replica of Pegasus Bridge at Benouville and conclude at the British Cemetery of Ranville, honoring over 2,500 graves, including 2,152 British soldiers.



Calvados Distillery

Visit a Calvados Distillery & Cheese Tasting

Visit a Calvados distillery to explore its orchards, distillation room and cellar before enjoying a Calvados tasting accompanied by a selection of cheeses and locally made bread.



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.

Julie Ackroyd

Dr. Julie Ackroyd FHEA

As we explore France and the Channel Islands together, Historian Dr. Julie Ackroyd will be joining us on board to discuss the Scilly Isles’ history of being the country's southern defence and the Norman conquest in Honfleur.

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Isle of Scilly

Peter Gray

Peter has been a regular visitor to the Isles of Scilly, and will be delivering an insightful talk drawing on personal experiences, covering many aspects of the islands, both as a visitor and from the perspective of an islander.

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 05:00 14/07/2024, 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 05:00 14/07/2024, 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 £2,099 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 £2,099 pp
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Balcony Suite (BS)

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

Freedom Fare From £2,199 pp
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Premier Suite (PS)

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

Freedom Fare From £2,599 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 £2,599 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 £3,199 pp
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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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