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Bridge Cruise to the Canary Islands

7th – 21st December 2021

15 days from £1,849pp

Prepare for the busy festive period on a pre-Christmas getaway packed with the sun, sand and sights of a string of gorgeous islands alongside a varied Bridge programme.
  • Bridge directed by Nigel Durie and hosted by Pauline Durie
  • 16-night cruise on board Fred Olsen’s Borealis
  • All-inclusive drinks package and pre-paid gratuities
  • Good allocation of sole occupancy cabins
  • No-fly cruise departing from Liverpool
  • Explore six very different islands all on one holiday
  • Two included excursions – The landscapes of Tenerife and Lanzarote sightseeing tour including a stop at ‘Fire Mountain’
  • Good single cabin availability with complimentary upgrade to Ocean view

Club Standard Bridge

This holiday is a club standard bridge holiday licensed by the EBU (English Bridge Union) with Masterpoints awarded and duplimated boards used. We have recently introduced electronic scoring to our holidays and hand records are also provided. Our qualified & experienced directors construct a programme of interesting seminars and varied bridge sessions to offer variety during each holiday.

Canary Islands Bridge Cruise

There are chances to explore volcanic landscapes and idyllic gardens, unwind on gorgeous beaches and even witness the spectacular Geminid meteors, leaving you feeling a world away from the December gloom being endured back home.

Time at sea to relax and settle into life on board Borealis, will leave you feeling refreshed and ready to experience the Canaries over seven memorable days. Visiting Gran Canaria makes for a perfect start; perhaps indulge in the island’s renowned warmth at the rolling sand dunes of Maspalomas or seek-out the picturesque scenery of the Agaete Valley or Los Tilos forest. The lunar-like landscapes of Lanzarote are then yours to explore; Arrecife is your gateway to Timanfaya National Park and mighty Fire Mountains, as well as the Jameos del Agua caves’ remarkable exhibit of geology and architectural design. Meanwhile, Fuerteventura will offer a taste of authentic Canarian life; pretty Puerto del Rosario boasts tapas bars and cafés, beautiful surrounding landscapes and inviting golden beaches.

Every evening after dining, we enjoy duplicate bridge sessions with our EBU qualified director and host. As always, we will offer a varied and interesting bridge programme and Masterpoints will be awarded. Our director will also present relaxed Bridge sessions and seminars for you to join on days when the ship is at sea.

Included to enhance your holiday:

The Landscapes of Tenerife excursion: Drive through the Esperanda forest and peeping through the Canarian pine trees catch a glimpse of the mighty Mount Teide. Take in your surroundings on a short stop in El Portillo, before arriving in Las Cañadas, which was declared a national park in 1954, covering an area of over 13 hectares. From the nearby Ucanca valley appreciate the stark wilderness of the lava fields before admiring the Roques Garcia, a rock formation that is symbolic of the island of Tenerife.

Lanzarote Sightseeing tour excursion: Take a relaxing panoramic drive through the unique landscapes of Lanzarote, stopping at Timanfaya National Park, which covers a quarter of the island. Known as the Fire Mountains, this dramatic landscape was created by over six years of continuous volcanic eruptions. Travel along the coast to the Hervideros where the waves crash and swirl into the carved-out caves. Move onto La Geria, with its small crescent-shaped stone walls, where low lying vines grow. Finally call at the ‘Monument of the Peasant’, built by Cesar Manrique.

Your Accommodation

Borealis

Overview
Borealis is a new ship in the Fred Olsen fleet. Along with the great service and more intimate atmosphere that Fred Olsen is known for, Borealis also offers a whole new level of comfort. There is more space throughout the ship, which is decorated with premium décor and original artwork. There is a wider choice of lounges and bars for you to enjoy as well as a wider choice of restaurants offering culinary demonstrations, showcasing food from the destinations we cruise to, and wine tasting venues. You will also find a two-tier theatre, a thermal spa, and an all-season swimming pool with a retractable roof.
Ship Facilities & Amenities
  • 11 bars & lounges
  • 6 restaurants
  • Entertainment programme
  • 2 swimming pools
  • 2 Jacuzzis
  • Spa with Thermal Spa, Aroma Room, Hydro Pool, 2 saunas and 9 treatment rooms
  • Tennis and basketball courts
  • Culinary Theatre hosting cookery classes and demonstrations
Cabin Facilities & Amenities
All cabins come equipped with:
  • Climate control
  • Interactive smart TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Desk
  • Phone
  • Fridge (which can be stocked as a mini-bar)
  • Tea and coffee making facilities

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