Founded by Eleanor of Aquataine in the 14th century, and once a bastion of French Protestantism, this handsome old Atlantic seaport has had a turbulent history. Today it's a lively, remarkably well-preserved city with a bustling fishing and yachting harbour, excellent shops and restaurants, and ancient streets lined by traditional 16th and 17th century vaulted arcades. On a shore tour you can also explore by boat the rural waterways of the ‘Green Venice' national park - or relax on one of the lovely beaches of the nearby Ile de Re.
Bordeaux is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it offers everything from breathtaking views and picturesque locations, to incredible museums and churches. Its current shape and form with the classical and neoclassical buildings was heavily influenced by the Age of Enlightenment during the 18th century.
With its must-see architecture and mouth-watering eateries, cultural Bilbao is a far cry from its industrial roots.
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.
Originally a fortified island, the walled city of St Malo at the mouth of the River Rance on France’s Brittany coast, is now connected to the mainland by a 'Sillon' causeway. Visiting this atmospheric port, once a stronghold for privateers (pirates approved by the king), is like stepping back in time. The walls of St Malo, largely destroyed in World War II, have been painstakingly reconstructed. A magnificent grey granite citadel protects the old city, the cobbled streets of which are packed with interesting shops, restaurants, bars and cafés. The main gate is Porte St-Vincent, home to the castle and town museum, and an eclectic mix of exhibits including maps and local artefacts. Saint-Malo Cathedral, built in Romanesque and Gothic styles, makes an impressive centrepiece. From the beach outside the citadel it’s possible to walk at low tide to the small island of Grand-Bé, to see the tomb of the 19th century politician and writer, Chateaubriand. To the south is where the original inhabitants lived. They were converted to Christianity by St Malou, after whom they named the impregnable island when they moved there in the 12th century.
It's a place of great historic charm, notably around the Vieux Basin, where lofty slate-and-timber fronted houses overlook the colourful yacht and fishing harbour, and sloping cobbled streets recall 16th century Honfleur. Not to be missed are the 15th century wooden church and the Impressionist paintings of the Museé Eugene Boudin.
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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.
|G||Deck 3||£1,759pp||Enquire now|
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.
|I||Deck 1||£1,599pp||Enquire now|
|H||Deck 1||£1,739pp||Enquire now|
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.
|C||Deck 2||£2,199pp||Enquire now|
|B||Deck 3||£2,299pp||Enquire now|
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).
|E||Deck 1||£1,899pp||Enquire now|
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.
|TC||Deck 3||£2,899pp||Enquire now|
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.
|F||Deck 1||£1,799pp||Enquire now|
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).
|CO||Deck 3||£2,099pp||Enquire now|
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.
|BJ||Deck 6||£3,399pp||Enquire now|
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.
|BS||Deck 6||£3,699pp||Enquire now|
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.
|PS||Deck 7||£4,999pp||Enquire now|
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 separate living room, dining room, dressing room, private balcony, pantry, mini-bar, fridge and guest toilet can also be found in the Owner's Suite.
|OW||Owner's Suite||£5,999pp||Enquire now|
Joining the Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines fleet in 2021, Borealis will be taking on itineraries from retired ship, Black Watch. She will slot into the fleet perfectly thanks to her size and traditional feel - a feel that Fred. Olsen guests know and love.
Yes, Fred. Olsen does have a Flexible Cancellation Policy and is known as The Plain Sailing Guarantee.
The Plain Sailing Guarantee is for any cruise in 2021, 2022 and 2023 and offers the below:
No-Risk Deposits: If guests change their mind to sail prior to departure, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines will either move the deposit to an alternative sailing with no admin fees or refund it in full.
Transfer on your terms: The Plain Sailing Guarantee ensures any guests who test positive for COVID-19 and therefore cannot travel can move their cruise to another with no administration fees. Fred. Olsen will hold the money for the cancellation for up to 12 months to give their guests plenty of time to choose an alternative sailing of at least the same value. All guests need to do is call prior to departure to notify their inability to travel.
Transfer your deposit: Guests can transfer their deposit on any cruise to another of their choice, guests must do this prior to their final payment or interim payment is due (only applicable to longer cruises).
Yes, you will need to have had both of your COVID-19 vaccinations with the last date of your second dose administered at least ten days prior to sailing.
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines offer incredible value via inclusive fares. The following will be included in the price of your cruise: comfortable cabins with tv, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities and individually controlled air conditioning, tempting cuisine, self-service tea and coffee at selected venues, in-room sandwiches and snacks, evening entertainment, Captain’s Drinks Party and Gala Buffet, use of leisure facilities including pools and gym, a vast range of on board activities, all UK port taxes, luggage porterage at embarkation and disembarkation and flights (as part of fly-cruises).
There isn’t much Fred. Olsen doesn’t include in the price of their cruises! But do bear in mind the following (unless stated otherwise): travel to/from your port or airports, car parking, all drinks on board, Shore Tours and RIB Tours, hairdressing, health & beauty treatments and selected fitness classes, personal laundry and dry cleaning, WiFi, passport and visa costs, holiday insurance, discretionary gratuities, evening dining in premium restaurants, premium Traditional Afternoon Tea and games of Blackjack and Roulette.
Yes, there is a dress code on board. Most evenings, your chosen ship will have a smart casual dress code. For men, trousers, chinos or smart dark jeans with a shirt or polo shirt are required. For ladies, outfits range from tailored trouser suits/casual separates to stylish dresses. Depending on the length of your chosen cruise, there may be one or more formal evenings. On these occasions, men wear either a dinner jacket or dark suit and tie while ladies may wear cocktail-style dresses or full-length ball gowns.
Upon arrival, you’ll find a Restaurant Seating Card in your cabin which will detail your evening dining time and allocated table number for the duration of your cruise. Dining times consist of two sittings; First Sitting (18:15) and Second Sitting (20:30). For guests on Freedom Fare, you will be offered the choice of your preferred slot at the time of booking, subject to availability. While guests on Saver Fares can select their dining time for a nominal supplement in advance of sailing. Informal open seating is offered to evening diners in Palms Café on Balmoral and Braemar. On selected evenings, The Grill restaurant offers premium speciality dining (for a small supplement) in exclusive indoor or al fresco locations. Here, expect to dine on succulent steaks and seafood as well as world cuisine inspired by the waters you sail in.
Yes, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines offer an All Inclusive Drinks Upgrade package. From only £19 per person, per night (£35 per person, per night on cruises of five nights or less and Speciality Sailings), you can enjoy selected white, red and rosé wine by the glass and selected house beers, house spirits and soft drinks all day, every day throughout your cruise. This package also extends to the restaurants on board where you can choose from a selection of soft drinks, a choice of wines by the glass and selected branded beers in cans.
Each evening you can enjoy a live show after dinner courtesy of resident and guest entertainers. From music to magic, cabaret to comedy, there’s so much to keep you entertained during your time on board - all you need to do is sit back and enjoy it all with your tipple of choice.
Gratuities (applicable to youths aged 12 to 17 and all adults) will be applied to your on board account. The amount (around £5 per person, per night) is not compulsory and can easily be altered by visiting Guest Services on board. You are welcome to tip personally if you prefer. You can also pre-pay gratuities before travelling (please ask at the time of booking).
Booking conditions of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines and Reader Offers Limited Agency terms of business apply. Prices are per person based on two adults sharing, except single rooms, and may increase or be withdrawn at any time. Offers apply to new bookings only. Ports may require a tender. On board spend is tiered per room and will vary depending on voyage booked. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed. Free gratuities are subject to the cruise line’s T&Cs. *Please note Borealis & Bolette are new to the Fred. Olsen fleet, not new ships. Cruise Miles T&Cs apply. E&OE.
Our ABTA membership and ATOL license protects your holidays booked through ROL Cruise, so you can book with confidence knowing you are fully protected. *Please note ATOL protection is only applicable to Fly Cruises*
Plain Sailing Guarantee & No Risk Deposits are available on 2021 Fred. Olsen sailings only. The Plain Sailing Guarantee allows guests who test positive for COVID-19 to transfer to another sailing with no administration fees. Fred Olsen will hold the money for the cancellation for up to 12 months to give their guests plenty of time to choose an alternative sailing of at least the same value. Further Cruise Line terms & conditions apply.
We advise customers to keep up to date with the cruise lines COVID policies for insurance, life on board, shore excursions, vaccinations and testing prior to boarding.
Cruise Line Future Cruise Credit Terms & Conditions will apply.
M&S Gift Card is based on one per booking, for UK mainland addresses only, in an Ocean View cabin or above when booked by 8pm 31st July 2021. Amount is tiered on cabin grade booked.View cruise line T&C's