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Fred. Olsen – Festive Spanish City Break- 2022

  • Hermitage of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, Basque Country © With the permission of Bilbao Tourismo

    Hermitage of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, Basque Country (C) With the permission of Bilbao Tourismo
  • Vigo, Spain ©Fred.Olsen Cruise Lines

    Vigo, Spain, Cruise ©Fred.Olsen Cruise Lines
  • Boudicca at sea © Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

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

  • Madeira, Boudicca ©Fred.Olsen Cruise Lines

Borealis - S2232 - Wednesday 14 December 2022 - 8 nights
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Sails from Liverpool

An escape to warmer climes for chances to soak up the festive delights of Spanish cities makes for a wonderfully rewarding pre-Christmas break. At each city, you’ll get to explore streets and squares adorned with lights and decorations, explore festive markets, and feel the buzz of excitement as the locals get ready for the big day. Vigo will be a particular highlight; around ten million twinkling LEDs make up one of the world’s largest Christmas light displays here, and you’ll get to see the city in its illuminated splendour.

There’s time to seek-out historical, architectural and cultural highlights too. At the Galician gems of Vigo and La Coruña, Borealis docks within a mile of the city centres, making for easier discoveries of their centuries-old churches, cathedrals and monuments such as La Coruña’s UNESCO-listed Torre de Hercules. Getxo is an excellent starting point from which you can take in the highlights of nearby Bilbao, including the Guggenheim Bilbao, a modern architectural masterpiece. Gijon meanwhile is your gateway to medieval Oviedo, where you can sample authentic Asturian ciders and cheese.

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Wednesday 14 December 2022

Cruise Itinerary

Wednesday 14 December 2022

Departure from Liverpool, United Kingdom

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

Thursday 15 December 2022

At Sea

Enjoy a full day of cruising.

Friday 16 December 2022

Gijon, Spain

Located on Spain’s Atlantic Coastline, lively Gijon is one of Spain’s most important port cities. With a seafaring history and maritime heritage that dates back to Roman times, Gijon has – as you might expect – a large number of historic buildings, monuments and museums to enjoy as well as gorgeous beaches and beautiful landscapes.

Places of interest include the 19th century City Hall in Plaza Mayor, the Collegiate Church of San Juan Bautista, the Barloja Museum and the roman baths of the 16th century Valdes Palace. Those who prefer to relax and soak up the sunshine are spoilt for choice in Gijon, as the city is blessed with stunning stretches of soft sands such as San Lorenzo beach at Gijon Bay.

Saturday 17 December 2022

Getxo (Bilbao), Spain

The underrated Getxo in Northern Spain, is an attractive seaside location, and the access port for Bilbao. Getxo’s wonderful beaches, beautiful architecture and truly impressive monuments include the UNESCO-listed Vizcaya Bridge – the world’s oldest transport bridge.

The town’s Old Port area, Algorta, is situated at one end of the Ereaga Beach and is a popular spot to soak up the sun, enjoy the vibrant nightlife and take advantage of the exciting water sports. At Ereaga’s other end, delightful palaces and gardens can be found and explored.

Getxo is also perfectly placed for tours to nearby Bilbao, the largest city in the Basque country, and home to the world famous Guggenheim Museum, Museum of Fine Art and its stunning 14th century Gothic-style cathedral.

Sunday 18 December 2022

At Sea

Enjoy a full day of cruising.

Monday 19 December 2022

Vigo, Spain

Situated on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, and with one of the world’s finest natural ports, the Galician gem of Vigo has been an important part of Spain’s maritime industry for centuries. Boasting a wonderful historic quarter, modern marina and pretty centre, this city is alive with attractions.

The historic old quarter – like many of Vigo’s other attractions – is a great example of the influence the sea has had on the city. Located around the port, the Cidade Vella has narrow streets lined with old fishing houses and large markets selling locally caught seafood. The Collegiate Church of Santa Maria is a neoclassical cathedral built on the site of a grand gothic church that was burnt down by Francis Drake.

Tuesday 20 December 2022

La Coruña, Spain

The city of La Coruña is the capital of the province and a busy seaport situated in the Galicia region of northwest Spain. Most famous for its Roman lighthouse, the diverse architectural styles of La Coruña make the city an absolute delight for sightseeing.

La Coruña boasts an impressive seafront promenade, beautiful beaches and a host of attractions such as the Domus Museum, the Casa del Hombre and Torre De Hercules – said to be the only Roman lighthouse in existence – which offers sweeping coastal views from the top of its 60 metre high tower. The Paseo Marítimo, a lovely 13km walkway and bike path, runs from the port, around the peninsula, and along the ocean beaches.

Wednesday 21 December 2022

At Sea

Enjoy a full day of cruising.

Thursday 22 December 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
Wed 14 Dec 2022 Late PM Liverpool, United Kingdom
Thu 15 Dec 2022 Cruising
Fri 16 Dec 2022 Early AM Late Night Gijon, Spain
Sat 17 Dec 2022 Early AM Late Night Getxo, Spain
Sun 18 Dec 2022  Cruising
Mon 19 Dec 2022 Early AM Late PM Vigo, Spain
Tue 20 Dec 2022 Early AM Late PM La Coruna, Spain
Wed 21 Dec 2022 Cruising
Thu 22 Dec 2022 Early AM Liverpool, United Kingdom


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