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Fred. Olsen – Vistas & Volcanoes of Azores & Madeira – 2022

  • Azores, Portugal © Photo by Norberto Diver - Azores Turismo

    Azores, Portugal
  • Monte Palace Gardens, Madeira ©Turismo da Madeira

  • Boudicca at sea © Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

  • Secret Garden Cafe, Boudicca ©Fred. Olsen Cruise Line 

  • Madeira, Boudicca ©Fred.Olsen Cruise Lines

  • Funchal Baía, Madeira Photo by João Paulo

Borealis - S2217 - 27th June 2022 - 14 nights
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Sails from Liverpool

A wealth of natural wonders await your discovery amongst the emerald-green islands and azure Atlantic waters of the remote, hard-to-reach Azores archipelago. At São Miguel Island, a volcanic wonderland is ripe for your exploration; the scenes of the Sete Cidades Volcano, with its 13-kilometre-wide crater and colourful lakes, are must-see, while the Furnas Valley hot springs and Terra Nosta Park’s haven of gardens, geo-thermal pools and forests are particular highlights too. On Faial Island, explore verdant volcanic valleys alive with native flora and see the Capelinhos Volcano in all its glory, perhaps on a 4×4 adventure. Alternatively, you could join a whale watching tour to go in search of sperm whales in the waters surrounded Faial – an unforgettable experience.

During a stop at Praia da Vitoria, you could opt to take a scenic journey to historic Angra do Heroísmo on Terceira Island’s picturesque south coast. Indulge in a leisurely exploration of this UNESCO-listed city, to find its interesting museums and architectural gems such as the 16th century Sé Cathedral. Don’t miss the unspoilt Atlantic Ocean views on offer from the Monte Brasil volcano, towering over Angra, too. As you head from home, Madeira awaits to provide one final island discovery. From Funchal you can revel in views of forested landscapes via the levada walking trails, and see and smell the vibrant colours and scents of botanical gardens with a local enthusiast;  After all of your island-based explorations, Borealis diverts to Portugal’s mainland and Lisbon, a chance for you to take in the maritime heritage, architecture and cultural delights of the Portuguese capital.

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Sunday 27th June 2022

Cruise Itinerary

Sunday 27th June 2022

Departure from Liverpool, United Kingdom

Board the ship mid-afternoon before you set sail later that evening.

Monday 28th June 2022

Ringaskiddy (Cork), Ireland

The delights of County Cork range from the bustling friendly streets of Cork City, to the rugged beauty of West Cork.

29 - 30 June 2022

At Sea

Enjoy 2 days of cruising.

01 - 02 July 2022

Ponta Delgada, São Miguel, Azores, Portugal

Ponta Delgada, the main town on the island of São Miguel, is the capital of the Azores archipelago of Portugal. The town’s cosmopolitan atmosphere belies its 500 year history, and the surrounding island boasts beautiful lakes, mountains, sandy beaches and the stunning crater lakes of the extinct Sete Cidades volcano.

Ponta Delgada’s fine collection of buildings, narrow cobbled streets and squares, are a firm reminder that this was once a key staging post between Europe and the Americas. Intermingled are cool parks, enchanting squares, a modern marina, restaurants and waterside cafés. Its lakeside, whitewashed houses with terracotta roofs look out to enchanting mountain plains.

The striking, three-arched city gates, Portas da Cidade – which once stood in the harbour and now reside in Gonçalo Velho Cabral Square, were dedicated to the Portuguese navigator who discovered the Azores. The Gothic Church of St. Sebastian and The Convent and Chapel of Our Lady of Hope, which is home to a revered image of Christ, are both worth uncovering. The Carlos Machado Museum offers diverse artefacts of Azorean culture, while Igreja Matriz Church, with its splendid clock tower, is one of many beautifully ornate towers to be found.

Sunday 03 July 2022

Horta, Faial, Azores, Portugal

The tranquil little port of Horta on the Azores island of Faial, has played host to transatlantic yachtsmen since it was discovered by the Portuguese in the 15th century.

Regarded as one of the most colourful marinas in the world, Horta is the location of several international regattas each year, and its harbour is known for its vast open-air exhibition of paintings installed on the jetty by visiting sailors.

This emerald-green, volcanic island is an unspoilt environment of craters, lakes, sheer cliffs and lush valleys, to which only picturesque whitewashed houses and stately little baroque churches have been added.

Monday 04 July 2022

Praia de Vitoria, Terceira, Azores, Portugal

Pretty Praia da Vitoria, the former capital of the Azores, is a town steeped in history. Originally heavily fortified, Praia has a fascinating historic quarter, and a stunning natural harbour that’s overlooked by the impressive 16th century Fort of Santa Catarina.

Translated as the Beach of the Victory, Praia da Vitoria is a popular destination thanks to a bustling, modern harbour, vibrant town centre and gorgeous sandy beaches. The pick of which is the uncrowded Praia Grande, which is a safe, dark sand beach with barely any waves.

Praia’s centre has a pleasant pedestrian zone with many attractive shops and some notable historic buildings that deserve a glance. The most notable monuments include the imposing bell towers of 15th century Igreja Matriz de Santa Cruz and the stunning Town Hall in the main square.

Tuesday 05 July 2022

At Sea

Enjoy a full day of cruising.

Wednesday 06 July 2022

Funchal, Madeira, Portugal

Funchal, the capital of Portugal’s Madeiran archipelago, has a timeless old-world charm. Enhanced by a subtropical climate that fills this ‘floating garden’ with the year-round colours and perfumes of flowers and fruit, Funchal was a favourite of Sir Winston Churchill. His praise of the city has ensured British visitors always receive a warm welcome from locals.

Backed by rolling hills, the town is famous for its harbour, the 17th century São Tiago Fortress (now the Contemporary Art Museum) and world renowned Madeiran wine cellars. Funchal’s parks and gardens are a delight, and a hike through the Laurel Forest nearby is highly recommended. The ancient Funchal Cathedral mixes Gothic and Romanesque architecture, and is noted for its impressive carved wooden ceiling.

Thursday 07 July 2022

At Sea

Enjoy a full day of cruising.

Friday 08 July 2022

Lisbon, Portugal

Stretched across its seven trademark hills overlooking the River Tagus estuary, Portugal’s hilly, coastal capital city of Lisbon, is a cinematic collection of cobbled alleyways, pastel-coloured buildings, ancient ruins and white-domed cathedrals. The city was decimated by an earthquake in 1755, and modern Lisbon has been shaped by that eventful day. The Pombaline architecture that now defines the city represents some of the first seismically-protected buildings in Europe.

09 - 10 July 2022

At Sea

Enjoy 2 days of cruising.

Monday 11 July 2022

Arrival at Liverpool, United Kingdom

After an early breakfast, disembark the ship for your journey home

Borealis Ship Information

Borealis, like her sister ship Bolette, has capacity for less than 1,400 guests but is larger in overall size than the other vessels in the Fred. Olsen fleet. This means when you come on board for a memorable cruise holiday, to relax and enjoy a premium level of comfort – as well as our renowned personal service – in the elegant public areas, lounges, bars and dining venues, you have even more space in which to do so.

With its warm, welcoming atmosphere and timeless style, and classic open deck spaces providing a place to fully immerse yourself in the magic of ocean cruising, Borealis is very much in keeping with what our guests have come to expect from a Fred. Olsen ship.

Date  Arrival Departure  Port of Call
Mon 27 June 2022 Late PM Liverpool, United Kingdom
Tue 28 June 2022 Late AM Late PM Cork, Ireland
Wed 29 June 2022 Cruising
Thu 30 June 2022 Cruising
Fri 01 July 2022 Early PM Ponta Delgada, Portugal
Sat 02 July 2022 Late PM Ponta Delgada, Portugal
Sun 03 July 2022 Early AM Late PM Horta, Portugal
Mon 04 July 2022 Early AM Late PM Praia da Vitoria, Portugal
Tue 05 July 2022 Cruising
Wed 06 July 2022 Early AM Late Night Funchal, Portugal
Thu 07 July 2022 Cruising
Fri 08 July 2022 Early AM Late PM Lisbon, Portugal
Sat 09 July 2022 Cruising
Sun 10 July 2022 Cruising
Mon 11 July 2022 Early AM Liverpool, United Kingdom


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