The year 2023 marks the 150th Anniversary of the publication of Jules Verne’s classic adventure novel “Around the World in Eighty Days.”
Fred Olsen Cruise Lines launches a selection of Around the World in 80 days - 2023 Grand Voyages - once-in-a-lifetime adventures with destinations in the Americas, Asia, Australasia, and Europe, along with personal service and a memorable time onboard Borealis (fka MS Rotterdam).
The 1997-built (as "MS Rotterdam") cruise ship MS Borealis is the latest addition to Fred Olsen's fleet - together with MS Bolette (fka MS Amsterdam). MS Rotterdam was the 1st R-class ship of Holland America Line, with sisterships MS Amsterdam (now Bolette), and also ms Zaandam and ms Volendam.
The stylish Borealis has a capacity of just 1,360 passengers and offers a traditional style of cruising. The 79-night/80-day "World Voyage 2023" celebrates the novel's 150th anniversary and will visit many of the ports visited by the protagonist Phileas Fogg.
Among the planned seaports are Mumbai India, China's Hong Kong and Shanghai, San Francisco CA USA. The visit to Safaga (port to Luxor) will coincide with the 100-year anniversary of the Tutankhamen Tomb's discovery. Japanese ports will be visited during Japan's cherry blossom season. The voyage also features Panama Canal and Suez Canal transits.
The itinerary was officially announced on March 5, 2021, with two roundtrip UK options available from England - out of Liverpool (81-day/from GBP 13840 pp) and Southampton (79-day/from GBP 13540 pp), with prices based on double occupancy.
- 79-night Around the World in 80 Days from Southampton UK (February 23, 2023). Fares start from GBP 11.500 per person, double occupancy.
- 81-night Around the World in 80 Days from Liverpool UK (February 21, 2023). Fares start from GBP 11.800 per person, double occupancy.
- 101-night World Cruise from Southampton UK (January 7, 2024). Fares start from GBP 14.300 per person, double occupancy.
- 105-night World Cruise roundtrip from Liverpool UK (January 5, 2024). Fares start from GBP 13.400 per person, double occupancy.
- 103-night World Cruise from Southampton to Liverpool UK (January 5, 2024). Fares start from GBP 13.200 per person, double occupancy.