Departed 07 Jan 2024
Your cruise at a glance
Spend three days on Florida’s coast, where sun-kissed beaches and the Kennedy Space Station are among the many attractions. Encounter wildlife in the rainforests of Costa Rica; revel in local cultures and volcanic vistas in Hawaii; and find bliss among the paradise islands of French Polynesia. Diverse landscapes, famous vineyards and scenic waterways are yours to experience in New Zealand, while iconic landmarks and natural wonders such as the Great Barrier Reef await in Australia. Highlights on the Asian leg of your voyage include rarely-visited Alotau in Papua New Guinea, laid-back Bali; and Komodo Island – the natural habitat of the world’s largest lizard.Explore the Itinerary
Marine Life and Wildlife
On this epic cruise circumnavigating the world, you’ll have a multitude of opportunities to see varying species of marine and wildlife. The waters around Hawaii are said to be some of the best for whale watching, and we’ve timed this cruise perfectly for you to be here when humpback whales make their annual migratory trip from the summer feeding grounds of Alaska. As Borealis continues on to French Polynesia, you’ll also see the humpbacks – particularly mothers and their babies as this is a prime area for them to come and give birth, feed and protect them. Puerto Caldera is home to Carara National Park, a popular place in which to birdwatch due to its openness, making it easier to spot wildlife than in the rainforests. Here you’re likely to see over 110 bird species, including anhinga, surgeon ducks, pied-billed grebes, great blue and tri-colour herons as well as endangered species such as scarlet macaws, yellow-billed cotingas and laughing falcons.
Borealis will cruise to many of the world’s most iconic landmarks, including Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, which make for an arresting sight as you arrive. From Sydney, you’ll have the opportunity to take a once-in-a-lifetime overnight trip to Uluru, where you’ll discover local stories, flora and fauna and the geology of the famous red rock. Witnessing the sun rising over Uluru is incredibly special and will create lasting memories. Arrival into Singapore offers a skyline like no other, with the Marina Bay Sands Hotel standing front and centre, nestled alongside tropical rainforests and the fascinatingly hi-tech Gardens by the Bay. The Taj Mahal is one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and can be reached on an overland adventure. The monument is an architectural masterpiece and is dedicated to one of the greatest love stories ever told, and is ideally best seen at sunset.
Cultures and Traditions
When visiting the southern city of Charleston, take the chance to discover more about the distinctive dance style of the same name, which originated here. Said to have first been sighted in the early 1900’s, its main popularity was in the 1920’s around the time of the Jazz Age, featuring on both the stage and at parties. As Borealis continues on her cruise, you’ll have the opportunity to discover more about village life in Papua New Guinea on a shore tour to see local women demonstrating the age-old technique of clay pot making, handmade from local sands. In Mumbai, immerse yourself in local life and spend time with a Dabbawala assisting with them with their daily deliveries of tiffin lunch boxes, discover how the service originated and learn about the esoteric code, ensuring its seamless service and making it one of the most efficient services in the world.
Together with our trusted partners, we have planned some incredible once-in-a-lifetime experiences, you will have the opportunity to really immerse yourself in the destination or area that you are visiting, such as seeing Uluru at sunrise, or embark upon the golden Triangle tour in India. You will stay off the ship and all of your travel arrangements, accommodation and meals will be organised for you to ensure that your journey is seamless.
Life On Board
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.
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.
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.
We have carefully curated a programme of events to give you a deeper understanding of each of the destinations you will be visiting
Our Scenic Discoveries are designed to allow you to enjoy seeing the world from the unique perspective of our ships
Maritime is in our DNA - our history in shipping goes back almost 200 years
There’s very little in the natural world more beautiful than a clear night sky, sunrise or sunset seen at sea
We love to bring a taste of the region's food, drink, local tastes and culinary traditions to life on board
Cabins, Prices & Offers
Cabin Options On Your Cruise
This cruise has now set sail
SO MUCH ALREADY INCLUDED
As well as our Signature Experiences, there is a host of other treats to enjoy on board our ships.
Dining & Lounges
- À la carte breakfast, lunch & dinner
- Daily buffet dining options
- Late night Supper Club
- Afternoon tea
- Self-service tea & coffee
- In-cabin dining & snacks
Treats & Pastimes
- Evening shows
- Live music & dancing
- Dance classes
- Lectures & talks
- Cookery demonstrations
- Traditional deck games
- Daily games & quizzes
Relaxation & Fitness
- Swimming Pools
- Fitness Centre
- Fitness Classes
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What do I pack for a cruise?
The handy checklist below has been created to assist in making sure you remember all the important things to pack for your cruise.
Are there any visa requirements I need to be aware of?
Visa and health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you check with a professionally qualified source and comply with such requirements. UK passport holders will need visas for certain Fred. Olsen cruise holidays and will advised at the time of booking. Your cruise booking information will also detail any requirements applicable to your holiday.
What's the difference between Freedom and Saver fares?
On certain sailings we offer two types of cruise fares; Freedom and Saver Fares.
I'm travelling alone, how will I get to meet people?
Our single guests feel right at home on board our ships; Fred. Olsen have the reputation of sailing the friendliest fleet afloat.
How do I get off the ship if we're at anchor?
Disembarking when your ship's at anchor is a very different experience to when it's docked portside. Getting ashore in this instance often involves the use of the ship's tender, which is accessed via the steps of a secure gangway.