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Southampton to Dubrovnik

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Valetta with sailing boats in sea, Malta Panoramic view of Valetta with sailing boats in turquoise sea. Malta

30 May 2024

Southampton

9 nights

Borealis

Your cruise at a glance

Hand-crafted highlights

Our journey planners have designed this cruise to offer you an insight into some of the cultures that have existed throughout the region, as well as visits to places noted for their spectacular fortifications and defensive harbours, such as Valletta and Gibraltar. For those guests who are hoping to get closer to nature, in Gibraltar you'll have the chance to enjoy watching birds migrate south or visit the famous Barbary macaques, the only wild monkey population in Europe. Many of them have made their home near the peak of the Rock, where you'll also have panoramic views across the Straits of Gibraltar and across to the town of La Linea de la Concepcion in Spain. Your journey will conclude in Dubrovnik and it's remarkable ancient walled city.

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Highlights

Rock of Gibraltar

Explore Dramatic Coastal Scenery 

This cruise aboard Borealis has been designed for you to explore the rugged beauty of Gibraltar and the landscape of Valletta behind the iconic Grand Harbour walls. The Rock of Gibraltar is instantly recognisable and is a significant part of the territory's culture and history, containing valuable natural resources and also serving as a natural defence against invaders. From its peak, you will be able to see panoramic views of the African coastline, where the seas of the Atlantic and Mediterranean meet, and the quays, marinas, and bays of the city below. Contrastingly, the ancient fortifications of Malta's Grand Harbour protect a number of treasures, including the Upper Barrakka Gardens, whose garden terrace offers panoramic views of the harbour, with the cities of Birgu, Senglea, and Cospicua as a backdrop, while the garden itself houses a collection of busts, monuments, and plaques.

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Friends playing Bocci ball, Malta

Experience the Adriatic way of life

On this Adriatic cruise, you'll discover that Gibraltar's cuisines lean heavily on Spanish, British, Genoese, and Maltese influences, resulting in a perfect blend of Mediterranean and British foods. Although the territory is proudly British, there is a unique local culture and Mediterranean way of life, which you can discover on tour with a guide who will explain some of the similarities and differences between life in the UK and Gibraltar, along with local customs and traditions. With so many rich and colourful traditions that have endured the test of time, the Maltese's pride in their culture is celebrated with fireworks displays, village festas, and delicious food. Other Maltese traditions include the old street game of boċċi, played with wooden balls in various sizes as a neighbourly pursuit and carnivals of brightly coloured costumes and music.

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Discovering Naval History

Both Gibraltar and Malta are renowned for their rich naval histories dating back over many centuries. During World War II, Gibraltar's strategic importance increased, and stocks of food and equipment had to be built up while troops needed siege accommodation, so a tunnel system was built within the mountain to provide complete protection from air, sea and land bombardment. The tunnel network grew to approximately 34 miles and eventually housed 16,000 troops and civilians, complete with a hospital and telephone exchange, which can be explored on a tour from Borealis. Malta's extensive and fascinating history dates back over 7,000 years, but at the National War Museum, you will be able to see it's commemoration to the country and its people's contributions to World War II, as well as Malta's significant military role after life under British rule.

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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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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

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.

Monkey sitting on rock in Gibraltar

The Rock Tour

See Gibraltar’s apes that roam freely and step inside St. Michael’s Cave for a 3D light show, before visiting Trinity Lighthouse.

££££

Gibraltar

Operation Torch

During this tour, journey around Gibraltar to see the border between Spain, American War Memorial, Trafalgar Cemetery, and Europa Point for beautiful vistas, before concluding at Admiralty Tunnel.

££££

Gibraltar

City of the Knights

Embark on a walking tour of Valletta to see the city's main highlights before visiting the Manoel Theatre and Casa Rocca Piccola where you will visit the internal yard for tea, coffee and a local specialty.

££££

Valletta

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.

Bruno Soltic
Archaeologist & Croatian National

Bruno Soltic

A professor and archaeologist, Croatian national Bruno Soltic will be on hand speaking about the history that can be found in the ports of call throughout this cruise as well as the Croatian culture and way of life.

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Tony Waltham
Geology

Dr. Tony Waltham

Geologist, Dr. Tony Waltham will be joining us to deliver a series of engaging talks on the coastal geology of the Adriatic.

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Astronomy

Mark Hardaker - Go Stargazing

Go Stargazing is formed of a group of astronomers, all of whom are keen to encourage public interest in astronomy to as wide an audience as possible. On your cruise, Mark Hardaker will be out on the top deck in the evenings conducting stargazing sessions.

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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 16:00 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 16:00 19/04/2024, based on the lowest available Cruise Only fare, and on sole occupancy. Please call +441473746175 for live availability & prices.

Cabin Grades

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Balcony Junior Suite (BJ)

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

Freedom Fare From £2,899 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 £2,899 pp
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Balcony Suite (BS)

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

Freedom Fare From £2,999 pp
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Premier Suite (PS)

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

Freedom Fare From £3,999 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 £3,999 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 £5,199 pp
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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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