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In Search Of The Aurora Borealis Cruise

  • Departure DateTue 16th Nov 2021
  • Fred Olsen Cruise Lines Borealis
  • 16 Night Cruise From Liverpool
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Itinerary

  • Liverpool
  • Belfast
  • Alesund
  • Tromso, Norway
  • Alta
  • Hammerfest
  • Narvik
  • Trondheim
  • Liverpool

Highlights

    • Alesund: Head to Fjellstua Viewpoint for sensational views over Alesund, admire the pretty houses and fjords in the distance. 
    • Tromso: Marvel at the stunning Nidarosdomen cathedral, this spectacular piece of architecture is Scandinavia's largest gothic cathedral and a big part of Norwegian history. 

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Excellent!

Faizal Khan has been wonderful to deal with. He is very knowledgeable and has excellent customer services skills. He made the booking process very smooth and managed to get us a competitive deal.

M Lewis / June 2021

excellent !

I received excellent customer service from both Ryan Duggan and Beth Higson , they went the extra mile to ensure our trip was exactly as we had wished it. Many thanks

Mr Steve McQuade / June 2021

Fantastic service

My consultant was Amy Darbyshire and I feel like I won the jackpot. Nothing was too much trouble. Lots of ideas, options, price cues etc The service was incredible. If Amy promised to call or email information it happened. I am incredibly grateful to all the help she gave me and I’ve now booked my dream holiday thanks to her.

Toni / June 2021

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Day 1 - Liverpool

Arrive: Tue 16 November 2021 / Depart: Tue 16 November 2021

Simply unforgettable experiences and some of the world’s most sought-after destinations are within your reach on Fred. Olsen cruises from Liverpool. Situated on the coast of Northwest England, this port is the ideal starting point for voyages to Scotland, Northern Europe and Scandinavia, bringing you closer to the beautifully unspoilt waterways and landscapes of the Norwegian fjords and the Scottish lochs; the astonishing natural wonders of Iceland and Greenland; and remote locations within the Arctic Circle.Show less Fred. Olsen’s tempting range of Liverpool cruise departures also includes cruises to gorgeous Atlantic Ocean islands such as the sun-kissed Canaries, the verdant Azores and fragrant Madeira; explorations of the culture-rich Baltic and stunning Adriatic; journeys to scenic regions of France or Spain; and an intriguing ‘You Choose your Cruise’ voyage. In a first for Fred. Olsen, there’s even a chance to embark on an epic ‘Around the World’ cruise from Liverpool to inspirational, far-flung destinations in 2022 too. With such an extensive and diverse selection of sailings to choose from, you are sure to find the perfect Fred. Olsen cruise from Liverpool for you.

Day 2 - Belfast

Arrive: Wed 17 November 2021 / Depart: Wed 17 November 2021

From beautiful coastlines to a fascinating industrial heritage, Belfast is a modern, vibrant and stylish city. Famous for being the birthplace of the RMS Titanic, Northern Ireland's capital offers visitors the chance to visit the Harland and Wolff shipyard and the fascinating Titanic Experience. Only in Belfast can the Titanic story be traced to its source, and the excitement of an era when the city was at the height of its powers relived. Close to Queen’s University lie the fascinating Botanical Gardens, established for over 180 years. The unique Palm House was one of the world’s first cast-iron glass-houses and displays a wide range of tropical plants, ranging from bananas to rubber. Alongside, the Renaissance-styled Ulster Museum tells Ireland’s 9,000-year history through art, ceramics, costume, and prehistoric archaeology. To the city’s northern edge is the impressive Belfast Castle, offering wonderful views of the city as it stands 120m above the Irish Sea.Show less Belfast is also perfectly placed to discover the stunning Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland's only UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site and an incredible natural wonder steeped in myths and legends.

Day 3 - At Sea

Day 4 - Alesund

Arrive: Fri 19 November 2021 / Depart: Fri 19 November 2021

Ålesund is Norway’s popular, art-nouveau epic of towers and turrets, ornaments and balconies, steeples and spires. The city’s delightful pedestrianised streets, offer a diverse mix of art galleries, shops and lively cafés, and lead to the 418 steps that climb Mount Aksla. The Fjellstua restaurant and café at the summit is the perfect place to sit and soak up panoramic views of this attractive city, the archipelago, and the Sunnmore Alps. Virtually destroyed by fire in 1904, Ålesund was rebuilt within three years and is regarded widely as one of Europe’s true visual experiences.[ReadMoreMob] The port is home to the Jugendstilsenteret – The National Art Nouveau Centre –, which has a well-preserved art nouveau interior and regularly features exhibitions and displays.

Day 5 - Cross Arctic Circle

Day 6 - Tromso, Norway

Arrive: Sun 21 November 2021

The island city of Tromsø is one of northern Norway’s true delights. Rich with neo-classical architecture, the city known as the ‘Gateway to the Arctic’ contains the largest number of wooden houses in Northern Norway, and its old world charm makes it a joy to explore. A major cultural hub above the Arctic Circle, Tromsø is famed as a viewing point for the colourful Northern Lights that often light up the night sky. The city’s most recognisable landmark is the must-visit Arctic Cathedral. Built in 1965, the cathedral’s distinctive iceberg-shaped design was inspired by the landscapes of Northern Norway and features a beautiful glass mosaic. The many museums and galleries in the city include the Perspektivet Museum – set in a neo-classical building built in 1838 that has exhibits from Tromsø’s past, plus the Art Museum of Northern Norway and the Mack Brewery. Tromsø is also home to Polaria, an Arctic aquarium that is popular with locals and tourists alike. The aquarium’s tanks are full of Arctic fish species, and the friendly bearded seals always delight the visiting crowds. Tromsø, and the stunning landscapes that surround it, are best viewed from the top of the Storsteinen Mountain, which stands 420 metres above sea level. Accessible via cable car, the peak is easy to reach and one of the most popular spots on the edge of the city.

Day 7 - Tromso, Norway

Depart: Mon 22 November 2021

The island city of Tromsø is one of northern Norway’s true delights. Rich with neo-classical architecture, the city known as the ‘Gateway to the Arctic’ contains the largest number of wooden houses in Northern Norway, and its old world charm makes it a joy to explore. A major cultural hub above the Arctic Circle, Tromsø is famed as a viewing point for the colourful Northern Lights that often light up the night sky. The city’s most recognisable landmark is the must-visit Arctic Cathedral. Built in 1965, the cathedral’s distinctive iceberg-shaped design was inspired by the landscapes of Northern Norway and features a beautiful glass mosaic. The many museums and galleries in the city include the Perspektivet Museum – set in a neo-classical building built in 1838 that has exhibits from Tromsø’s past, plus the Art Museum of Northern Norway and the Mack Brewery. Tromsø is also home to Polaria, an Arctic aquarium that is popular with locals and tourists alike. The aquarium’s tanks are full of Arctic fish species, and the friendly bearded seals always delight the visiting crowds. Tromsø, and the stunning landscapes that surround it, are best viewed from the top of the Storsteinen Mountain, which stands 420 metres above sea level. Accessible via cable car, the peak is easy to reach and one of the most popular spots on the edge of the city.

Day 8 - Alta

Arrive: Tue 23 November 2021 / Depart: Tue 23 November 2021

As one of the best places on earth to witness the Northern Lights in winter, and experience the sensation of the Midnight Sun in summer, Alta is a truly magical destination. Originally inhabited by the indigenous Sami people, the area has a fascinating cultural history. Rock carvings in nearby Hjemmeluft are believed to date from around 4,200 to 500 BC. Now a UNESCO World Heritage site, the carvings on display in the Alta Museum are evidence of the existence of human activity in the far north during prehistoric times. Alta needed rebuilding after World War II, so the buildings of this northern Norwegian port are relatively new; notable architecture includes the Northern Lights Cathedral. A particular highlight in the winter months is the Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel. Everything inside and outside the hotel is made of ice, and is open to visitors from January until it melts away in spring. The head of the Altafjord, where the Altaelva runs through the town, is said to have the best salmon fishing in the world. It’s still possible to see the fish leaping up the river, despite the construction of the 100m Altadammen in the 1970s.

Day 9 - At Sea

Day 10 - Alta

Arrive: Thu 25 November 2021 / Depart: Thu 25 November 2021

As one of the best places on earth to witness the Northern Lights in winter, and experience the sensation of the Midnight Sun in summer, Alta is a truly magical destination. Originally inhabited by the indigenous Sami people, the area has a fascinating cultural history. Rock carvings in nearby Hjemmeluft are believed to date from around 4,200 to 500 BC. Now a UNESCO World Heritage site, the carvings on display in the Alta Museum are evidence of the existence of human activity in the far north during prehistoric times. Alta needed rebuilding after World War II, so the buildings of this northern Norwegian port are relatively new; notable architecture includes the Northern Lights Cathedral. A particular highlight in the winter months is the Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel. Everything inside and outside the hotel is made of ice, and is open to visitors from January until it melts away in spring. The head of the Altafjord, where the Altaelva runs through the town, is said to have the best salmon fishing in the world. It’s still possible to see the fish leaping up the river, despite the construction of the 100m Altadammen in the 1970s.

Day 10 - Hammerfest

Arrive: Thu 25 November 2021

Laying claim to being the world’s most northerly ‘town’, Hammerfest in Norway is also one of the country’s oldest, but has undergone extensive modernisation, resulting in a colourful town on the island of Kvaløya. Thanks to its location within the Arctic Circle, Hammerfest experiences the ‘midnight sun’ phenomenon between May and July, during which the sun never sinks below the horizon. These long days throughout summer provide the perfect opportunity to explore the region’s rugged landscape, with hiking and fishing popular activities to enjoy. The town itself has some interesting sights, including The Museum of Reconstruction for Finnmark and Northern Troms, which details the town’s colourful history, and The Polar Bear Society, which, in addition to housing stuffed polar bears, provides information on the town’s early life. Hammerfest is also home to one of 10 monuments that form the Struve Geodetic Arc, a chain of markers that stretch from Norway down to the Black Sea. These UNESCO-recognised monuments helped astronomers Friedrich Georg Wilhelm Struve to work out the size and shape of the planet.

Day 11 - Hammerfest

Depart: Fri 26 November 2021

Laying claim to being the world’s most northerly ‘town’, Hammerfest in Norway is also one of the country’s oldest, but has undergone extensive modernisation, resulting in a colourful town on the island of Kvaløya. Thanks to its location within the Arctic Circle, Hammerfest experiences the ‘midnight sun’ phenomenon between May and July, during which the sun never sinks below the horizon. These long days throughout summer provide the perfect opportunity to explore the region’s rugged landscape, with hiking and fishing popular activities to enjoy. The town itself has some interesting sights, including The Museum of Reconstruction for Finnmark and Northern Troms, which details the town’s colourful history, and The Polar Bear Society, which, in addition to housing stuffed polar bears, provides information on the town’s early life. Hammerfest is also home to one of 10 monuments that form the Struve Geodetic Arc, a chain of markers that stretch from Norway down to the Black Sea. These UNESCO-recognised monuments helped astronomers Friedrich Georg Wilhelm Struve to work out the size and shape of the planet.

Day 12 - Narvik

Arrive: Sat 27 November 2021 / Depart: Sat 27 November 2021

Narvik is an incredible Arctic experience where you can enjoy the incredibly wild and dramatic flora and fauna. In the winter you might have the oppurtunity to experience the northern lights, and in the summer enjoy the wildlife as the snow melts away.

Day 13 - At Sea

Day 14 - Trondheim

Arrive: Mon 29 November 2021 / Depart: Mon 29 November 2021

Norway's monarchs are still crowned in the 12th century Nidaros Cathedral, Scandinavia's largest medieval building. Trondheim retains a wealth of historic landmarks and buildings, mostly on an island between river and fjord, and has a fascinating open-air folk-culture museum.

Day 15 - At Sea

Day 16 - At Sea

Day 17 - Liverpool

Arrive: Thu 02 December 2021 / Depart: Thu 02 December 2021

Simply unforgettable experiences and some of the world’s most sought-after destinations are within your reach on Fred. Olsen cruises from Liverpool. Situated on the coast of Northwest England, this port is the ideal starting point for voyages to Scotland, Northern Europe and Scandinavia, bringing you closer to the beautifully unspoilt waterways and landscapes of the Norwegian fjords and the Scottish lochs; the astonishing natural wonders of Iceland and Greenland; and remote locations within the Arctic Circle.Show less Fred. Olsen’s tempting range of Liverpool cruise departures also includes cruises to gorgeous Atlantic Ocean islands such as the sun-kissed Canaries, the verdant Azores and fragrant Madeira; explorations of the culture-rich Baltic and stunning Adriatic; journeys to scenic regions of France or Spain; and an intriguing ‘You Choose your Cruise’ voyage. In a first for Fred. Olsen, there’s even a chance to embark on an epic ‘Around the World’ cruise from Liverpool to inspirational, far-flung destinations in 2022 too. With such an extensive and diverse selection of sailings to choose from, you are sure to find the perfect Fred. Olsen cruise from Liverpool for you.

Borealis From Fred Olsen Cruise Lines

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.

Ship Cabins

Interior Cabin

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 Cabin

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.

Single Interior

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.

Single Superior Ocean View

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.

Superior Interior Cabin

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.

Ocean View Cabin

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 Cabin

Ocean View Cabin

Ocean View Cabin with Porthole

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.

Single Ocean View

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.

Superior Ocean View

Superior Ocean View

Superior Ocean View Cabin

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

Superior Ocean View Cabin

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 Wheelchair Adapted

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.

Terrace Cabin

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.

Balcony Junior Suite

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.

Balcony Junior Suite Wheelchair Adapted

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.

Balcony Suite

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.

Olsen Suite

Situated on Deck 7, this suite is approximately 1,181 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 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

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.

Premier Suite Wheelchair Adapted

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.

Single Balcony Suite

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.

Platinum Trusted Service Award 2021

Average Customer Rating: 4.9/5Independent Service Rating based on verified reviews.Read all reviews
Feefo Platinum Trusted Service Award

Excellent!

Faizal Khan has been wonderful to deal with. He is very knowledgeable and has excellent customer services skills. He made the booking process very smooth and managed to get us a competitive deal.

M Lewis / June 2021

excellent !

I received excellent customer service from both Ryan Duggan and Beth Higson , they went the extra mile to ensure our trip was exactly as we had wished it. Many thanks

Mr Steve McQuade / June 2021

Fantastic service

My consultant was Amy Darbyshire and I feel like I won the jackpot. Nothing was too much trouble. Lots of ideas, options, price cues etc The service was incredible. If Amy promised to call or email information it happened. I am incredibly grateful to all the help she gave me and I’ve now booked my dream holiday thanks to her.

Toni / June 2021

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