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Fred. Olsen’s Borealis sailing closer to home in 2021/22

Borealis will sail Scotland before venturing to the Mediterranean and Norway
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines' Borealis will depart almost exclusively from Liverpool, with its inaugural journey comprising a six-night cruise around Scotland’s isles and lochs.

On April 23, 2021, Borealis will set off from Liverpool travelling to Belfast, Scotland’s lochs Torridon, Broom and Eriboll, Lerwick in the Shetland Islands and Kirkwall on the Orkney Islands with prices from £599pp.

A 16-night cruise around Norway will follow, leaving from Liverpool on November 16, 2021 and calling at Ålesund, Tromsø, Alta, Hammerfest, Narvik and Trondheim; prices start from £1,999 pp and includes a stop in Belfast. 

From December 21, 2021 the ship will sail for 14-nights from Liverpool to Santa Cruz, Tenerife, Arrecife, Lanzarote, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Santa Cruz, La Palma, San Sebastian, La Gomera and Funchal, Madeira. Prices start from £2,299 pp and includes New Year’s fireworks in Madeira as part of the festive programme. 

Clare Ward, director of product and customer service at Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said ‘We can’t wait to return to Liverpool, which has been such a popular regional port for us for a number of years now’, adding that Borealis' itineraries will give passengers ‘opportunities to witness the natural beauty of closer-to-home islands around the UK.’ 

Tickets are on sale from today and guests who book onto any of the ship's sailings for 2021 or 2022 by September 30 this year will have free tips and money to spend on board up to £100 per person. 

Taking over from Black Watch 

Borealis – formerly known as Rotterdam when it was part of Holland America Lines’ (HAL) fleet – takes over the itineraries of Black Watch and an additional five new itineraries. It is currently in layup in Rosyth, Scotland. 

The itinerary for sister ship Bolette, which was also purchased from HAL, was announced last week and is scheduled to join the rest of the Fred. Olsen fleet in layup this month. 

Ward concluded that the new ships will have ‘a range of exciting new facilities’ on board.