Touring Southern Spain, Portugal & Gibraltar


Commerce square in Lisbon, Portugal Monument to the Discoveries, Lisbon, Portugal

Departed 22 Oct 2023


10 nights


Your cruise at a glance

Hand-crafted highlights

Our journey planners have designed this cruise to visit destinations boasting historical connections to navigation and exploration. Your first stop will be Lisbon, where you can take in sites such as the Monument to the Discoveries, the Jerónimos Monastery and its maritime museum, and Belém Tower. Cádiz is well-placed for uncovering the fascinating history of Christopher Columbus, as the famous explorer departed on two voyages from the city. Elsewhere, you can unearth different ruling influences in Gibraltar, Andalusia, and La Coruña – home to the Tower of Hercules, believed to be the world’s oldest lighthouse.

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The Belem tower, Lisbon, Portugal

Famous Landmarks

This particular cruise will offer guests the chance to see a number of famous landmarks, both ashore and via our Scenic Discoveries Signature Experience. From La Coruna, take the chance to experience the Santiago de Compostela – the final destination on the famous Camino de Santiago pilgrimage walk, where St. James is said to be buried. Monuments in Lisbon have many tales to tell of navigators, writers and explorers. The striking Monument to the Discoveries commemorates the 500th anniversary of the death of Henry the Navigator; while the Belem Tower is a powerful reminder of Portugal’s seafaring history as it was used the embarkation point for navigators such as Vasco de Gama, who established a maritime trade route to India.

Spanish dancers, Flamenco

Local Culture

The pastimes and cultures of Portugal and Spain are provided in abundance, with opportunities to delve deeper into the origins of Flamenco in Andalusia, and learn steps from this sultry and fiery dance. In Malaga, visit a local olive farm to learn how its oil is produced; and in Lisbon, learn how to make the popular Pasteis de Nata – and taste them too. Fado music is the folk music of Lisbon’s rustic area, affectionately known as the ‘Lisbon Blues’, hauntingly mournful ballads tell stories of lost sailors and broken hearts, and how Portugal dealt with their adventurers heading to sea in search of treasures and new lands.

Torro de Hercules light house, La Coruna, Spain

Maritime History

Maritime history links most of the destinations on this cruise, albeit for different reasons. In La Coruna, witness the remarkable Tower of Hercules, both from on board Borealis - accompanied by commentary from our on board team, and from a shore tour. The world’s oldest working and best preserved lighthouse, dating back to Roman times, it stands proudly at the entrance to the city’s harbour. Roy Paul – our maritime guest speaker will be on board to give you an insight into the Portuguese Age of Discoveries, so that visits to the Belem Quarter and navigators memorials will give you a deeper understanding of the Golden Age; and David Durie – former Governor of Gibraltar will give talks on the history of the country and its geographical location.


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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

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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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