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Borealis Review

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Review for Borealis to Europe
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2-5 Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Dec 2021

We wanted to get away from home before we went "stir crazy" it has been a difficult 18 months! We fancied some winter sun but didn't want to sit in a 'plane for 4 hours, so went on a Fred Olsen 14 day cruise around the Canary Islands on the Borealis. This is not a new ship but Fred Olsen has done an excellent job of refurbishment; we were impressed with the overall standard of decoration and cleanliness. We stayed in a junior suite on deck 6 (6215). It was roomy, had plenty of storage space and nice touches such as a regularly filled up fruit bowl and canapes served just before dinner in the evenings. All the staff on the ship were professional, competent and extremely friendly. The food was excellent in all of the dining areas and catered for those with food allergies. We recommend a visit to the Vasco restaurant where you can eat delicious food from Goa. COVID rules were very good in principle but difficult to enforce as trying to keep passengers in their dining "bubbles" and enforcing the correct way of wearing a mask was extremely difficult; having said that the crew unfailingly followed them. However, we we were tested before we went on, once again mid cruise and had the mandatory test two days before we arrived home. To our knowledge no one tested positive during the cruise. This was our first Fred Olsen cruise but it will not be our last.

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