As the colours of the gorgeous Canadian landscape turn to famous fall hues of brown, yellow and red, Borealis takes you on an incredible journey timed to offer you a chance to immerse yourself fully in the autumnal splendour of one of the world’s most beautiful countries.
- No flights required!
- 8 nights onboard Fred Olsen’s new ship 4* Borealis, based on 2 adults sharing
- A tempting choice of cuisine every day throughout your cruise – with five-course à la carte dinners, casual breakfast and lunch buffets, late-night snacks and much more
- A full programme of evening entertainment, including cabaret shows, comedy, dancing and live music
- Full use of on board leisure facilities, including swimming pools, Jacuzzis and gym
- A wide choice of engaging on board activities and lectures throughout the day
- Unlimited, self-service tea and coffee available 24hrs at selected venues, complimentary afternoon tea with sandwiches and cakes, and in-room sandwiches and snacks
- Formal welcome and/or Captain’s Drinks Party and Gala Buffet
- Taxes and unlimited baggage
In less than three weeks, you’ll sail between a collection of destinations picked for their natural beauty, with forest, trails and natural parks within reach for opportunities to go ‘leaf peeping’ and experience Canada at its breathtaking best. The centrepiece of this one-of-a-kind itinerary is three memorable days of discovery in Quebec province. The city of Gaspé is your gateway to the forested valleys and cliffs of Forillon National Park, while the rugged scenery of Manicouagan Uapishka Biosphere Reserve surrounds Baie-Comeau, and begs for exploration. There’s also a day in classical Quebec City, where the icons of the UNESCO-listed Old City, such as the grand Château Frontenac and Cathedral-Basilica of Notre-Dame de Québec await. For another display of spectacular fall foliage, take a tour to the Laurentian Mountains – one of the best places to observe Canada’s natural beauty.
Elsewhere in Canada, there are two visits to the state of Newfoundland, brimming with old world charm and the beauty of picturesque countryside and coastlines. At St John’s, the views on offer from Signal Hill are not to be missed, especially at this time of the year, and Cape Spear – Canada’s easternmost point – is a short journey away. Meanwhile, a visit to Corner Brook is a chance to follow in Captain Cook’s footsteps and explore the city’s stunning shores; or opt to tour to the vibrant, UNESCO-listed Gros Morne National Park. In Nova Scotia, Sydney is perfectly placed for explorations of the Cape Breton Highlands and, if all that’s not enough, you’ll take a journey along the Saguenay River and appreciate fjord-like landscapes from your ship, plus visit Port Saguenay for tours to the beautiful Saguenay Fjord National Park. Your cruise comes to an end in Belfast, Northern Ireland’s capital.
Ocean View cabins qualify for £150 per person onboard spend.
Superior Ocean View and Terrace cabins qualify for £200 per person onboard spend.
Suites qualify for £250 per person onboard spend.
Fred. Olsen Borealis
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.
But while Borealis’ capacity is smaller than many cruise vessels, she’s still one of the largest ships, Show lessby 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
Passengers: 1,360 (standard occupancy)
Bars & Lounges: 11
Facilities: Swimming pools | Spa | Gym | Jacuzzis | Sports Courts | Culinary Theatre
Bars & Lounges:
Borealis features eleven stylish, spacious and comfortable bars and lounges, providing plenty of choice and variety.
While each Fred. Olsen ship has its own distinctive personality, across the fleet you’ll find a consistent approach to bar and lounge themes which help to create the familiar, home-from-home feel that our guests know and love to enjoy time and time again. Every public area has plenty of space in which to relax and make the most of your time on board – this is the case for both Borealis and her sister ship, Bolette.
Shown here is the ship’s main evening show lounge, an impressive two-tiered venue designed to provide each guest the utmost comfort and unspoilt views of the stage during the live after-dinner shows each evening.
The fine dining experience enjoyed in in the elegant restaurants and dining venues on board our ships is a high point of every Fred. Olsen cruise. There are deliciously-tempting, expertly prepared dishes, from perfectly cooked breakfasts to sumptuous five course á la carte dinners, on offer throughout the day, presented with the personal touch of Fred. Olsen’s famously attentive service.
There’s an undoubted sense of occasion to dining in Borealis’ main restaurant, a grand two-tiered venue featuring classical, elegant décor and a variety of seating options and table sizes, perfect for both intimate and large group dining. Guests can choose to dine in one of the smaller supplementary dining venues too, or perhaps at the more relaxed buffet restaurant.
The dress code in all restaurants is casual during the day, while the evenings are usually smart-casual, apart from on our fantastic Formal Nights.
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 two swimming pools, two jacuzzis and an impressive spa with a Thermal Spa, Aroma Room, Hydro Pool, two saunas and nine treatment rooms, while there are tennis and basketball courts and a Demonstration Theatre – 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.
Booking RemarksNon refundable or transferable booking deposit 15%. Full payment due at 16 weeks
Optional Insurance €31 (conditions apply)
Prices based on two sharing
These prices are guidelines only and are subject to change and availability. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking.
Cobh (Cork), Ireland
Board the ship in pretty Cobh harbour. Once you’re settled in to your cabin the ship will set sail into the Atlantic to Canada.
Enjoy the facilities onboard Borealis as you cruise across the Atlantic.
St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada
The capital city of Newfoundland and Labrador has a rich, colourful history. St. John’s has oodles of old world charm, interesting architecture, historic landmarks, beautiful countryside and a cultural scene as fresh as the Atlantic.
St. John’s first permanent settlers were the British in the mid-18th century, and North America’s oldest city has long been an exploration gateway to the Avalon Peninsula, Cape Spear and the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve. To this day, St. John’s is much-loved by visitors who arrive for the chance to see indigenous wildlife such as puffins, whales and other natural wonders.
St. John’s jelly-bean-coloured houses line hilly streets, and the city is home to artists, musicians, and wonderful, cutting-edge eateries. The Downtown district typically offers the best food, pubs, entertainment and shopping, while Signal Hill, one of Canada’s National Historic Sites, provides incredible views of the spectacular harbour and surrounding areas.
Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
The second-biggest city in Nova Scotia and the only real city on Cape Breton Island, Sydney is the embattled core of the island’s collapsed industrial belt. The now-closed steel mill and coal mines were the region’s largest employers and now the city feels a bit empty, but there are some lovely older houses, especially in the North End residential areas where most of the B&Bs are found. Overall, the city is well serviced and you get more bang for your buck staying here as a base to explore Louisbourg and the Cabot Trail than you would in more scenic areas.
Gaspé, Quebec, Canada
The most scenic aspect of the peninsula’s nominal capital is its view of Forillon, across the sweep of the Baie de Gaspé. This was where Jacques Cartier first landed in July 1534. After meeting the Mi’kmaq of the region, he ignored their settlements, planted a wooden cross and claimed the land for the king of France.
There’s nowhere quite like La Gaspésie, a peninsula of pine forests and looming cliffs that pokes into the chilly Gulf of St Lawrence. Somewhere on the road east of Matane, the landscape becomes wilder, the cottages more colorful and precariously positioned along rockier promontories, the winds sharper and more scented with salt, and you realize you have entered, effectively, a Francophone version of the maritime provinces.
Baie-Comeau, Quebec, Canada
Located on the banks of the beautiful Saint-Lawrence River, Baie-Comeau is one of Canada’s hidden gems built on history and heritage. The region’s landscape has been shaped by glacial retreats and extraordinary natural phenomena – the immense Manicouagan crater is an extraordinary sight.
Smothered with forests, this busy industrial city supplies Quebec with large quantities of hydroelectricity from the impressive Manicouagan Reservoir dam.
Journeying further into the city centre, away from the busy port-side industries, a calm, peaceful city where quaint cafes and pretty theatres await. The delightful old-town district, known as Vieux-Poste, was established in 1889. Formerly the village of Saint-Eugène-de-Manicouagan, it boasts the oak-framed, stained-glass wonder of the Anglican church of St Andrew, and the pink-granited Sainte-Amélie Church.
Quebec City, Canada
Perched atop a cliff that swoops down to the St. Lawrence River, Québec is the only walled city on the American continent north of Mexico. The Canadian city is so akin to old European towns that it’s hard to believe this mainly French speaking city is actually in North America.
Québec’s style and incredible architecture is unique to this part of the world, which makes this intriguing city ripe for exploration. A stroll along the streets of the Latin Quarter and past the historic fortifications and stone houses of Old Québec, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, provides a real flavour of the city. This area is home to the world’s most photographed hotel, the Château Frontenac.
The picturesque Place Royal plaza is considered the birthplace of French civilization in North America and the first permanent settlement in New France. Québec’s famous entertainment comes to life in the summer, when musicians, acrobats and actors in period costume take to the streets, and festivals fill the air with fireworks. The city’s Winter Carnival is arguably the biggest and most colourful festival around.
A visit to the Parc de la Chute-Montmorency, where views of the impressive 83-metre high Montmorency Falls are found, is a must – the falls are actually higher and narrower than Niagara.
Saguenay, Quebec, Canada
The port city of Saguenay in Quebec, Canada, opens up the Saguenay Fjord Route – a spectacular two-mile waterway of mountains and rising cliffs protected by three National Parks. There is a decidedly French atmosphere and a touch of the old world in the area’s quaint villages.
Saguenay is popular with Quebecois who enjoy hiking and kayaking the glacier-carved Saguenay Fjord National Park, a spot of ice fishing or a visit to the Fjord Museum. The mouth of the fjord is home to billions of krill, which attracts various whale species like the Beluga Whale.
Saguenay is the union of a number of cities and townships and known mostly for its electricity generation and timber and bauxite exportation. Local attractions include the fascinating glass-blowing workshop and the Angora goat farm where artisans create mohair garments in the traditional manner.
Cruising the St. Lawrence River.
Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Canada
The city of Corner Brook is an historic Canadian city located on the west coast of Newfoundland. Corner Brook is lauded for its fishing, railway and paper industries. It is also steeped in history, and boasts the Captain James Cook Monument, one of Canada’s National Historic Sites.
The downtown area is a maze of interlocking brick sidewalks, open green spaces and lots of shops, galleries and restaurants. Although the town is pretty and sleepy, for more adventurous types, there are plenty of outdoor pursuits to try. Marble Mountain Ski Resort is on the doorstep, as is some wonderfully rugged terrain to explore.
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Your cruise comes to an end as you sail into Belfast harbour.