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Fairytale Castles & Old Towns of the Baltic

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Schwerin castle, Warnemunde, Germany Winter view of Tallinn, Estonia in the evening

08 Dec 2025

Portsmouth

14 nights

Borealis

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Hand-crafted highlights

Our team has designed this journey aboard Borealis to feature the Baltic’s fairytale-like landmarks, including the magnificent castles of Schwerin, Frederiksborg and Rosenborg, and the charming old towns of Vanalinn and Vecrīga. Immerse yourself in the Nordic-Baltic way of life by relaxing in a Finnish sauna, enjoying local rye bread and black balsam in Riga, or experiencing the cosiness of hygge in Copenhagen. What’s more, your visit has been specially timed so you can visit the enchanting Christmas Markets of Copenhagen, Tallinn and Riga and sample delicious festive food and drink. There will be ample opportunities to delve into powerful Hanseatic history in Tallinn, Helsinki, Riga and Copenhagen, too.

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Highlights

Frederiksborg castle, Denmark

Fairytale Castles & Old Towns

Your cruise aboard Borealis has been designed to showcase fairytale-like landmarks of the Baltic, including the magnificent castles of Schwerin, Frederiksborg and Rosenborg. Dating back to the 10th century, Schwerin Castle offers a glimpse into the region's history and culture and the grandeur of Baltic aristocratic residences; while Copenhagen's Rosenborg Castle offers a fascinating insight into Danish monarchs and the rich history of Denmark. The charming old towns of Vanalinn and Vecrīga are renowned for their well-preserved medieval buildings and cobbled streets, and at this time of year are beautifully lit with Christmas lights.

Sauna in Finland

Experience the Nordic-Baltic way of life

In Helsinki, immerse yourself in the Nordic-Baltic way of life by unwinding in a sauna or connecting with nature on a hike, or trying your hand at winter sports; while in Riga sip the distinctively flavoured local liqueur known as Vana and enjoy a local folk dancing show. Enjoy the cosy Danish concept of hygge in Copenhagen by embracing shared time with friends, or the coffee break culture of Kahvitauko in Finland; and sample the traditional dish of Kalakukko, fish wrapped in bacon and baked in a loaf of bread. Copenhagen is also home to the delicious Smørrebrød, an open-faced sandwich made from dark rye bread with toppings of cold cuts, herring, seafood, pate, cheese, and various spreads.

Christmas decorations on the market

Baltic Christmas Markets

Each destination on this cruise has been specially selected for its festive markets. In Copenhagen, join us on a visit to Tivoli Gardens, which transforms into a magical winter wonderland during Christmastime, featuring festive decorations, twinkling lights and stalls offering seasonal treats; or visit the picturesque Nyhavn waterfront district where the colourful buildings lining the harbour are adorned with decorations and stalls selling local delicacies and crafts. Helsinki holds a Christmas market in the heart of the city selling traditional Finnish handicrafts and unique gifts; while Riga's festive market hosts a range of live music and dance performances as well as selling locally produced items. There will be chances to visit festive markets in Rostock and Lubeck too.

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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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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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Astronomy

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 03:00 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 03:00 19/04/2024, based on the lowest available Cruise Only fare, and on sole occupancy. Please call +441473746175 for live availability & prices.

Cabin Grades

Standard Pricing Solo Pricing
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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 £5,198 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 £5,198 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

Solo traveller offer available   Saver Fare
Freedom Fare

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