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MS Borealis

Capacity
1404
Crew
620
Tonnage
61,849
Length
780 ft (238 m)
First voyage
1997
Decks
10

Borealis was built as MS Rotterdam for the Holland America Line, for which she sailed for 22 years. In 2020, the ship was sold to Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, who renamed her Borealis.

Construction and career

As Rotterdam

Commissioned in 1997 by the Holland America Line, the vessel was christened as Rotterdam... Read more

MS Borealis

Cruiseline: 
Capacity (DO): 
1404
Crew: 
620
Tonnage: 
61,849
Length: 
780 ft (238 m)
Beam: 
105.8 ft (32 m)
First voyage: 
1997
Decks: 
10

Borealis was built as MS Rotterdam for the Holland America Line, for which she sailed for 22 years. In 2020, the ship was sold to Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, who renamed her Borealis.

Construction and career

As Rotterdam

Commissioned in 1997 by the Holland America Line, the vessel was christened as Rotterdam by Princess Margriet of the Netherlands on December 9, 1997, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and made its first call at the Port of Rotterdam on June 10, 1998. Rotterdam was the sixth Holland America vessel to bear the name. She was named for SS Rotterdam of 1959, and also named after the city of Rotterdam, Netherlands. MS Rotterdam and her sister ship MS Amsterdam were co-flagships of Holland America Line (HAL).

Rotterdam carried an art collection on board worth over US$2 million and featured fine art and antiques.

During the summer of 2011, Rotterdam conducted Holland America Line's first standalone transatlantic crossing since 1971, making a single trip both eastbound and westbound.

Rotterdam sailed around Europe during the summer and South America in the winter. Commencing in 2012, the cruise ship was based year-round in Rotterdam.

In July 2020 it was announced that Holland America Line had sold the ship to Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines for delivery in September 2020 and that it would be renamed MS Borealis. The ship visited its home port of Rotterdam, as well as its predecessor in the Holland America Line fleet, for the last time on 10 and 11 August 2020 after which she was handed over to Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines.

As Borealis

The name Borealis refers to a ship of the same name that was part of the Fred. Olsen line in 1948, before it became a cruise line. The transformation of Rotterdam to Borealis started in August 2020 at Damen Shipyards in Schiedam, near Rotterdam.

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Attractions on MS Borealis


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Lido Market

Average: 8 (1 vote)
Lido Market provides a fresh, new approach to casual dining for breakfast, lunch or dinner, with a panoramic view of the sea. A modern market with different themed stations, the Lido offers a curat...

Photo Gallery

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What about careless enjoying some lovely pics? Maybe you'll find your own one among them!

Purser

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Merabella Luxury Shop

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Find one-of-a-kind treasures at Merabella, a luxury jewelry boutique featuring high-end watches and pieces from noted designers. Enjoy a wide variety of duty-free shopping in the Signature Shops.
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Dive-In

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Dive in to a grilled burger on brioche or a Nathan’s Famous gourmet hot dog. For alfresco dining by the pool, Dive-In has it all, including lighter fare like our grilled chicken breast sandwich and...

The Oasis

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Teens ages 13 to 17 Activities: mocktail mixology classes, late night sporting competitions, teen yoga and hip hop classes, guys-versus-girls scavenger hunts, cooking demos, tech classes and teeno...

Photo Shop

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You can buy here everything your favorite camera needs. Or maybe, you'll buy the new camera?
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Explorations Cafe

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Relax in a comfortable, coffee house environment where you can browse through one of the most extensive libraries at sea, view a wide array of audio and video programming, or simply read the mornin...

Whirlpools

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There's no place better to relax and to forget about all problems of the big world!

Front Office

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Do you want to send fax or letter? Are you looking for a place to get cash advances? Have you got any problems with your onboard identification card? Welcome to Front Office - our staff will gladl...