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Fred. Olsen cancels Borealis’ next cruise amid technical issues

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Borealis will remain in Portsmouth while the line works on resolving the issue
A technical issue has rendered Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ Borealis unable to operate its five-night ‘Scenic Orkney & Faroes’ cruise set to depart from Liverpool on July 17.

The ship is currently in Portsmouth. 

Potential issue following upgrades

‘We recently upgraded our on board technology and although in our sea trials this worked perfectly, we have since identified a potential issue, which we are working hard to resolve,’ explained Peter Deer, MD, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines. 

Describing the decision to cancel the cruise as ‘difficult but unavoidable,’ he went on to say, ‘The ship will need to remain in Portsmouth while this work takes place… All guests, both on board and those due to sail on the affected cruise, are being provided with regular updates on the situation.’ Calls are currently being made to those impacted. 

On the Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines website, a statement apologises for the move ‘especially at such late notice,’ urging passengers to ‘bear with us,’ concluding it is ‘so very sorry.’ 

‘Scenic Orkney & Faroe Islands’

Borealis’ five-night ‘Scenic Orkney & Faroe Islands’ no-port cruise would have journeyed from Liverpool on July 17, sailing The Needle, Orkney, Scotland; Old Man of Hoy, Hoy, Orkneys; Marwick Head, Orkneys; Fair Isle, Sumburgh Head, Shetlands; Cape Enniberg, Kalsoyarfjørður, Leirvíksfjørður & Djúpini, Vestmanna cliffs, Streymoy, Gásadalur, Mykines, Gáshólmur, Tindhólmur & Drangarnir, Hestur & Koltur, returning to Liverpool.

The vessel began sailing July 5 in the UK.

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