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Fred. Olsen’s Bolette and Borealis operating 2026 world cruise

Borealis will call in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in time for passengers to experience Rio Carnival
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines launched two brand-new world voyages for 2026 operated by Bolette and Borealis.

Bolette’s 99-night ‘Discovering the World’s Idyllic Islands and Iconic Cities’ cruise, starting at £11,399 per person, sails from Liverpool on January 5, 2026. For a 95-night journey, leaving from Southampton on January 7, the voyage starts at £10,999 per person. 

Borealis’ 76-night ‘Exploration of South America and the Antarctic’ voyage departs from Southampton on January 28, 2026, with prices starting from £8,999 per person.

Fred. Olsen’s full 2025/26 programme launches next month. 


‘These grand voyages have been specially crafted for our smaller ships to take our guests to some of the most exciting and intriguing destinations around the world,’ said the line’s head of itinerary planning and destination experience, Martin Lister.

‘Borealis will travel on an Exploration of South America and Antarctica, journeying to the iconic cities of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil and Peru’s Callao, the Falkland Islands and the rugged, icy landscapes of the Antarctic Peninsula. Other highlights include the breathtaking Chilean Fjords, the world-renowned Panama Canal and the chance to encounter diverse aquatic wildlife,’ he explained. ‘What’s more, our Journey Planners have curated this itinerary to coincide with the spectacle of the Rio Carnival.’

Bolette meanwhile will take passengers sailing from both Liverpool and Southampton to ‘the paradise islands of French Polynesia and Bora Bora, an abundance of awe-inspiring Indonesian and Far Eastern isles, and the bustling metropolises of Sydney, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur,’ said Lister.

Passengers can choose £600 on board spend or free door-to-door transfers – for those travelling up to 250 mi to the port from mainland UK. 

Details of the two cruises, which are available to book for Oceans Members from February 7 and on general sale from February 9, are as follows:


Bolette’s 99-night voyage starts in the UK, with Liverpool followed by Southampton. After calling at Ponta Delgada in Portugal, the ship sets sail for the Caribbean: St John’s, Antigua; Basseterre, St Kitts and Nevis; Oranjestad, Aruba. 

North and Central America follow, with stops in Colon in Panama, (cruising the Panama Canal,) plus Huatulco, Manzanillo and Puerto Vallarta in Mexico – including an overnight in port at the latter. 

Nuku Hiva, Fakarava and Bora Bora, French Polynesia, precede Aitutaki in the Cook Islands. 

Crossing the International Date Line, the ship will sail to Auckland and Tauranga in New Zealand, followed by calls in Australia: an overnight stay in port will take place in Sydney, prior to calls in Brisbane and Cairns. 

On reaching Asia, Bolette will call at Komodo, Benoa and Lembar in Indonesia, followed by an overnight stay in port in Singapore. Next is Port Klang and Georgetown, Penang in Malaysia,  Phuket in Thailand and Sabang in Indonesia. 

After a stop at Male in the Maldives, the ship will venture to the Middle East for Salalah in Oman and Safaga in Egypt, traversing the Suez Canal overnight. 

Next are: Valletta, Malta; Gibraltar; La Coruna, Spain; Southampton and Liverpool. 


Borealis sails from Southampton to La Coruna and Las Palmas in Spain, followed by Praia in Cape Verde, at the start of its 76-night voyage. Ports of call then include: Salvador, Rio de Janeiro (overnight in port) and Ilhabela in Brazil. Staying with the Americas, the vessel sets sail for Buenos Aires in Argentina and Montevideo in Uruguay, before heading to Port Stanley in the Falkland Islands and cruising by the Antarctic Peninsula (overnight.) 

Several port calls in Chile then unfold, starting with Punta Arenas, followed by sailing the Chilean Fjords overnight. Valparaiso, Coquimbo, Iquique and Arica come next, prior to the ship calling at Paracas and Callao (overnight in port) in Peru. 

Before the ship sails the Panama Canal it stops at Guayaquil in Ecuador. Calls at Puerto Limon in Costa Rica, Colon in Panama, and Cartagena de Indias in Colombia then take place – the latter involving an overnight in port. 

In the Caribbean, Borealis will visit: Willemstad, Curacao; Bequia, St Vincent and Grenadines; St John’s, Antigua; Philipsburg, Netherlands Antilles. 

The ship makes its way to Ponta Delgada in Portugal before returning to Southampton where the voyage concludes.