‘A big part of 2022 will be making the most of our beautiful British Isles,’ said Martin Lister, head of itinerary planning and destination experience, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines. 'For those looking to set sail on a shorter cruise, there are plenty on offer, each with the opportunity to experience time ashore, entertainment-packed sea days and scenic cruising aplenty.'
British Isles and five-night breaks will leave from London Tilbury, Belfast Portsmouth, Southampton, Dover, Liverpool, Newcastle and Edinburgh, Rosyth.
Departing Liverpool June 9 and Belfast June 10, 2022 Borealis will for eight nights traverse Liverpool, England, Belfast, Northern Ireland, Rothesay, Isle of Bute, Mull of Kintyre, Duart Castle, Sound of Mull, Fingals Cave, Dutchman’s Cap, The Small Isles, Portree, Isle of Skye, Invergordon, Scotland, Kirkwall, Orkney Islands, Liverpool, England (for Liverpool debarkation), Belfast, Northern Ireland (for Belfast debarkation)
Balmoral will sail a five-night Norwegian fjords cruise, departing Newcastle on August 27, 2022 calling Newcastle, England, Lysefjord, Norway, Bergen, Norway, Eidfjord, Norway, Hardangerfjord, Norway, Maurangerfjord, Furebergfoss, Norway and Newcastle, England.
‘Our ships really come into their own in the Norwegian fjords,’ added Lister. ‘Aboard our smaller-sized fleet, guests will be able sail size-restricted waters, away from the well-sailed route, right into the heart of the fjordland. Plus, the northerly departure ports of Newcastle and Rosyth in Edinburgh are ideally placed to showcase them at their best in just five nights.
'But the shorter escapes are not just bound to Norway, with sailings to Belgium, France, Denmark and Spain available in six nights or less, with many of these sailings made possible by the impressive sailing speeds of our new ships, Bolette and Borealis.'
Departing London Tilbury on November 17, 2022 Bolette will embark on a 15-night ‘Ancient Walls of the Med with Malta’ cruise, calling London, UK, Melilla, Spanish Morocco, Spain, Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy, Valletta, Malta, Cartagena, Spain, Gibraltar, Lisbon, Portugal, Montoir-de-Bretagne, France, London, UK.
Braemar will also offer a 10-night ‘Corinth Canal & Ancient Greece’ fly-cruise, departing Valletta, Malta March 27, 2023, calling Valletta, Malta, Ermoupoli, Greece, Rhodes, Greece, Agios Nikolaos, Crete, Piraeus (for Athens), Greece (overnight stay), Corinth Canal, Greece, Argostoli, Kefallonia, Katakolon, Greece, Valletta, Malta.
New maiden port calls
Additional maiden port calls to Hakata and Nagoya, Japan; Crotone, Gallipoli and Monopoli, Italy; Lyngdal, Norway and Louisbourg, Canada, are to be offered by the cruise line.
‘We are always incredibly proud to unveil our new cruise programmes, but this year it feels particularly exciting as it is the first time we will do so with our new look fleet,’ continued Lister, ‘Every year we craft our new itineraries from scratch… This has felt even more important this year, with the past 12 months having left us all dreaming of our next adventures and really considering what we all want from our holidays.’
‘We also have some exceptional sailings further afield for those ready to explore the world again, taking in the autumnal beauty of Canada, rugged explorations of Spitsbergen, and even the chance to follow in the footsteps of Phileas Fogg with an 80-day around the world adventure.’
Bookings open on Monday; passengers will be able to choose from a free all inclusive drinks package or money to spend on board.