Borealis

Borealis at sea
Borealis at sea

Bearing a name that previously bestowed an Olsen-owned vessel in the 1940s, and inspires thoughts of the Aurora Borealis, elegant Borealis proudly connects with, and represents, our founding family’s history and Norwegian heritage. Stylish, spacious and comfortable, with capacity for fewer than 1,400 guests, she’s in keeping with our commitment to offering a more traditional style of cruising. [ReadMoreMob]

But while Borealis’ capacity is smaller than many cruise vessels, she’s still one of the largest ships, [ReadMoreDesk]by size, in our fleet. On board Borealis you’ll find you’re never overcrowded. There is always ample room in which to indulge yourself in the stylish dining venues, enjoy a glass of your favourite tipple and fantastic entertainment at the bars, lounges and theatres, and while away the hours by the all-season pool. And of course, with our friendly staff providing our typical level of personal, attentive service, there’s an intimate feel to the on board experience too.

Tonnage (GT) 61,849
Cabins 702
Passengers 1,360 (standard occupancy)
Crew 662
Bars & Lounges 11
Restaurants 6
Facilities Swimming pools | Spa | Gym | Jacuzzis | Auditorium
 

Take a tour of Borealis

Dining in our elegant restaurants and dining venues is a high point of every Fred. Olsen cruise. There are deliciously-tempting dishes – expertly crafted by our chefs – on offer throughout the day, presented with the personal touch of Fred. Olsen's famous on board service. 

 

Aurora & Borealis Restaurants

Our elegant two-tiered main restaurants are at the heart of a Fred. Olsen dining experience.

Every evening, you can enjoy a delicious five-course, a la carte menu, created, freshly prepared and cooked by our team of chefs and you will be taken care of by our wonderful waiters at your own table. The menu is changed daily and the elegant dishes include steaks, seafood, freshly made soups, pasta and salads plus a selection of beautiful homemade breads, made overnight in our on board bakery.

When you cruise on board our new ship Borealis, you can choose flexible dining which allows you to dine at any time in the evening or, your table will be allocated to you at the same time each evening for the duration of your cruise.

 

An alternative option for guests who prefer a more intimate experience, the Indian Ocean Room offers the same five-course á la carte dining as the main, two-tiered restaurants, but in a smaller, Indian Ocean-themed venue.

Cosy, yet spacious and comfortable, and benefiting from large picture windows, this is the perfect venue for indulging a sumptuous dinner, as well as delicious breakfasts and lunches, whilst enjoying the company of your loved ones, friends and just a few of your fellow guests.

Colours and Tastes restaurant offers modern Asian Fusion dishes which are a real talking point and food that tastes best when shared. The décor is colourful, the mood cheerful and the food offers a stimulating set of new taste experiences.

Our specialist chefs will create a selection of dishes to share at your table including spiced grilled meats, seafood, gyozas, dim sum and sushi, as well as the classic Chinese and Thai favourites.

You can reserve an individual table or, to get a real flavour of Asia, why not join others at our long communal table where you can enjoy your meal with the best of company or “I det beste selskap” as we like to say in our native Norwegian.

Colours & Tastes is available for dinner in the evenings, and can be booked in advance by using our Pre-book button, with our Maître D, or Guest Services once you are on board. There is a £5pp additional supplement for this dining option which will be added to your cabin account.

Vasco (named after the famous explorer Vasco Da Gama who was the first European to reach India by sea) offers a fresh and modern take on Indian food.

The menu has been inspired by our chefs from Goa and focuses on the unique culinary traditions of that area - a place where the tastes of Europe first met the tropical warmth and spices of western India.

Here you can enjoy delicious sea-food, spiced curries and grilled meats, all cooked fresh and to authentic recipes by our Goan chefs.

The bright colours and feel of the restaurant have also been inspired by the warmth and richness of the Goan tradition.

Our Vasco restaurant is located near The View on deck 8, midship, and is available for dinner in the evenings. This dining option is bookable in advance using our Pre-book button or with our Maître D or Guest Services once on board. 

The Poolside Café, situated close to the swimming pool and Jacuzzis on Lido Deck 8, provides you with a relaxed, al fresco dining experience to enjoy during your days on board.
 
You’ll find there are plenty of delicious, tempting dishes on offer; perhaps tuck into a perfectly cooked burger or fish and chips, or something a light such as a Caesar salad or a ploughman’s plate.

The View restaurant is a wonderful treat created to be just right for the relaxing feel you often want from days away and at sea. It is designed to be easy-going: light, open, with beautiful views of the ocean; no formal dress-codes; no set tables; no standing on ceremony.

Instead, delicious breakfasts, lunches, afternoon teas and dinners are laid out as the most generous buffet and served to you by our crew. You can come and go as you please and eat whatever takes your fancy. And, when you are feeling peckish in the late evenings, you’ll find The View is open for a delicious late night buffet and bedtime snacks.

With fewer people on board our smaller, more intimate fleet, it's easy to find live entertainment to enjoy, a bar stool to perch on as you chat with new-found friends or a quiet spot to relax in peace with a drink and a good book. 

 

The Oriental Tea Room

(Lounge Deck 5, midship). Elegant and opulent, with its exotic décor and stylish furnishings, and offering a menu of finest quality teas and herbal infusions, The Oriental Tea Room provides guests with an authentic Far Eastern experience.

Enjoy a selection of oolong, black, green and white teas from China, Japan and Taiwan, as well as a few favourite blends from back home, such as Earl Grey and English Chamomile. Or for something cold and refreshing, the choice of tea cocktails and delicious bottled beer, including Tiger and Tsingtao, are sure to tempt too.

(Lounge Deck 5, midship). Relax and enjoy your choice of speciality tea or coffee in The Bookmark Café. You can also treat yourself to a wonderful selection of handmade chocolates and some freshly baked cakes and treats.

(Lounge Deck 5, forward). The inviting, spacious and sociable Ocean Bar is situated close to the Neptune Balcony on Lounge Deck 5, and so is the perfect place in which to enjoy a drink or two before taking in the evening show.

It is a great post-show venue too; the Ocean Bar really comes to life in late evening when the resident band or DJ provides the music, and invites you to the floor to dance into night.

(Lounge Deck 5, midship). During a cruise, and especially during time at sea, there are not many better ways to relax and enjoy your time on board than to simply sit back and listen to the restful sounds of music played by a talented pianist.

At the Piano Bar, you can do exactly that. Perhaps take a seat before dinner and settle into your evening with a cocktail, or visit this stylish, spacious venue after the evening show to wind down.

(Sports Deck 9, forward). The tranquil atmosphere and elegance of The Observatory makes it the perfect venue for pre-dinner cocktails and evening drinks, accompanied by our resident Pianist. With panoramic windows, this is also the perfect spot for scenic cruising when the weather is not being kind.

(Lounge Deck 5, midship). Named after a four masted ship which the Olsen family bought back in 1892, this space has been designed to make you feel comfortable and relaxed while you enjoy your cruise. You will find live music and an extensive range of drinks and cocktails.

You’ll find a range of cabins and suites on board Borealis, so you can choose the cabin type, layout and price to suit you and find your perfect home-from-home. We've thought of everything to ensure your time on board with us is as enjoyable, relaxing and carefree as possible. 

 

Suites

Olsen Suite (OW)

Situated on Deck 7, this suite is approximately 1,273 square feet in size and is located near the lift and stairs. Features include floor to ceiling windows leading out to a private balcony. The suite has one king-size bed and a sofa bed with the bathroom boasting an oversize bath and separate shower. A living room, dining room, dressing room, private balcony, pantry, mini-bar, fridge and guest toilet can also be found in the Olsen Suite.

Premier Suite (PS)

Our Premier Suites are located on Deck 7 and are approximately 568-644 square feet in size. The bedroom has one king-size bed with a bathroom featuring a bath and shower. A large sitting area with floor to ceiling windows leads onto a private balcony. Each suite also includes a dressing room, sofa, mini-bar and fridge.

Balcony Suite (BS)

Our Balcony Suites are located on Deck 7 and 6 and are approximately 292-337 square feet in size. The bedroom feature two single beds that can be converted into one queen-size bed, while the bathroom features a bath & shower (unless indicated as shower only). There is a sitting area with floor to ceiling windows that lead to a private balcony. A mini-bar and refrigerator are also included in our Balcony Suites.

Balcony Junior Suite (BJ)

Our Balcony Junior Suites are located on Deck 7 and 6 and are approximately 244 to 283 square feet in size. The bedroom feature two single beds that can be converted into one queen-size bed, while the bathroom features a bath & shower (unless indicated as shower only). There is a sitting area with floor to ceiling windows that lead to a private balcony. A mini-bar and refrigerator are also included in our Balcony Junior Suites.

Single Balcony Suite (JB)

These Suites can be found on Deck 6 and range from 244 to 283 square feet with floor to ceiling windows leading onto a private balcony. Featuring two single beds that can be converted into a queen-size bed. The bathroom has a bath and shower (unless indicated as shower only). Additional features include a sitting area, mini-bar, and refrigerator.

Terrace Cabin (TC)

Our Terrace Cabins can be found on Deck 3, midship and are approximately 218 square feet. The bedroom features two single beds which can be converted into a queen-size bed. The bathroom has both a bath and shower. Sliding glass doors lead onto the walk-around Lower Promenade Deck.

Superior Ocean View (B)

Our Superior Ocean View cabins are found on Deck 6 and 3, all featuring a large ocean view window. These cabins are approximately 214 square feet in size. The bedroom consists of two single beds which can be converted into one queen-size bed, while the bathroom has both a bath and shower (unless indicated as shower only).

Superior Ocean View (C)

Our Superior Ocean View cabins can be found on Deck 2, midship, and are approximately 214 square feet in size. Each cabin features a large ocean view with a window, while the bedrooms consist of two single beds that can be converted into a queen-size bed. The bathroom features both a bath and shower.

Superior Ocean View Fully Restricted (CO)

These cabins can be found on Deck 3 and feature a picture window, but with a fully obstructed view. They are approximately 214 square feet in size. The cabins feature two single beds which can be converted into a queen-size bed and a bathroom with shower (Unless indicated as shower only).

Ocean View (D)

These Ocean View cabins can be found on Decks 1 and 2 and are approximately 214 square feet in size. These cabins feature large picture windows. The bedrooms consist of two single beds which can be converted into a queen-size bed while the bathrooms feature both a bath and shower (unless indicated as shower only).

Ocean View (E)

These Ocean View cabins can be found on Decks 1 and 2 and are approximately 214 square feet in size. These cabins feature large picture windows. The bedrooms consist of two single beds which can be converted into a queen-size bed while the bathrooms feature both a bath and shower (unless indicated as shower only).

Single Ocean View (K)

Our Single Ocean View cabins can be found on decks 1, 2, & 3 and are approximately 214 square feet in size. Each cabin features a picture window with two single beds that can be converted into a queen-size bed. Most bathrooms have a bath and shower (unless indicated as shower only).

Ocean View (F)

These Ocean View cabins can be found on Decks 1 and 2 and are approximately 140-214 square feet and feature a porthole window. The room consists of two single beds which can be converted into a queen-size bed. The bathroom in most of these cabins feature bathtub with a shower over the bath.

Superior Interior (G)

The Superior Interior cabins can be found on Decks 3 and 6, and are approximately 183 -293 square feet in size. The room consists of two single beds which can be converted into a queen-size bed. The bathroom features a shower only.

Single Superior Interior (M)

Our Single Superior Interior cabins can be found on Decks 3 and 7 and are approximately 183 square feet in size. Each room features two single beds which can be converted into a queen-size bed and shower.

Single Interior (N)

Our Single Interior cabins can be found on Deck 1 and 2, and are approximately 183 square feet in size. Each room features two single beds which can be converted into a queen-size bed and shower.

Interior Room (H)

The Interior cabins can be found on Decks 1 and 2, and are approximately 183 - 293 square feet in size. The room consists of two single beds which can be converted into a queen-size bed. The bathroom features a shower only.

Interior Room (I)

The Interior cabins can be found on decks 1, 2 and 3, and are approximately 183 - 293 square feet in size. The room consists of two single beds which can be converted into a queen-size bed. The bathroom features a shower only.

Superior Ocean View (BD)

These Superior Ocean View adapted cabins can be found on Deck 3 and 6 and are approximately 214 square feet in size. The accessible cabin consists of two single beds that can be converted into a queen-size bed, with the bathroom featuring a roll-in shower only.

Ocean View (FD)

These Ocean View cabins can be found on Deck 1 and are approximately 140 to 214 square feet and feature a porthole window. The accessible cabin consists of two single beds which can be converted into a queen-size bed, with single side approach to the bed. The bathroom features a roll-in shower only.

Suite (PSD)

The Premier Adapted Suites are located on Deck 7 and are approximately 568-644 square feet in size. Floor to ceiling windows leads onto a private balcony. Each accessible suite features a king-size bed, with single side approach to the bed, bathtub & roll-in shower. Each suite also features a large sitting area, dressing room, sofa, mini-bar and fridge.

Suite (BJD)

The Balcony Junior Suite Adapted Suites can be found on Deck 7 & 6 and are approximately 244-283 square feet in size. Floor to ceiling windows leads onto a private balcony area. Each accessible Suite consists of two single beds which can be converted into a queen-size bed. The bathroom features a roll-in shower. Suites also include a sitting area, mini-bar and refrigerator.

Terrace Cabin (TCD)

Our Terrace Adapted Cabins can be found on Deck 3, midship and are approximately 218 square feet. Each accessible cabin consists of two single beds which can be converted into a queen-size bed. with single side approach to the bed. The bathroom has a roll-in shower only. Sliding glass doors lead onto the walk-around Lower Promenade Deck.

 

Suite Dreams...

Offered with our compliments on all our Suites, our Suite Dreams package includes benefits, extras and little luxuries that make your time on board even more special.
 

On a cruise holiday, we know that your on board experience is just as important to you as the time you spend ashore. That's why we are dedicated to ensuring our entertainment programme is packed with activities and memorable performances that help to create inspirational days and unforgettable nights.

You'll find that there's plenty to keep you entertained during the day on board Borealis, whether you prefer to while away the hours relaxing or engaging your body and mind. The ship's facilities include The Oasis swimming pool, two jacuzzis and an impressive spa with a Thermal Spa, Aroma Room, Hydro Pool, two saunas and nine treatment rooms, while there are sports courts and an Auditorium – which hosts fantastic cookery classes and demonstrations – too. 

When the lights go down and you settle into your evening, we'll treat you to a selection of live shows ranging from music and cabaret to quick-fire stand-up comedy, all enjoyed in the space and comfort of our stylish lounges and theatres. And, of course, throughout the ship you can sit, relax and enjoy a glass of your favourite tipple accompanied by the gentle sounds of live acoustic music.

Borealis Pool

Atlantis Spa

Relax and indulge yourself in the Atlantis Spa on board Borealis, and let our expert team pamper you. With a wide range of luxurious treatments on offer, including massages, manicures, pedicures, relaxation treatments and hair dressing; you'll leave feeling energised and revitalised. 

Please see below for our full list of treatments and for advance booking.

Book yourself into The Retreat and let time melt away.

Our Thermal Suite is a relaxation centre with the ambience of a Turkish bath. Our steam rooms are filled with aromatherapy vapours which are the perfect way to unwind and de-stress, while our heated ceramic relaxation beds are designed to match the curvature of your spine and melt away muscle tension.

Our mineral bath, heated to body temperature, gently embraces you with warmth to alleviate sore joints and soothe away your aches, providing wonderful relief for tired muscles. This is the perfect experience for poor circulation and just right after a long day exploring ashore.

To book please visit The Atlantis Spa once on board or use our pre book button below.

If you enjoy working out, our fully equipped Fitness Centres have a wide selection of running machines, cross trainers, bikes and weights available.

Across our fleet of ships, we also run a variety of yoga, aerobics and Pilates classes here (chargeable to your on board account) which are suitable for everyone from beginners to regular gym-goers. 

Treat yourslf to Personal Training sessions with our fully qualified, friendly trainers, where you can receive a one-to-one programme tailored just to you; or discover your body composition with our analysis programme, or Food Detective™ test, which can give you the blueprint for improving your health (also chargeable to your on board account).