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Fred Olsen Cruise Lines resumes sailing with new ship Borealis

The cruise line is back on the water with the first of two new ships

Departing on her Maiden Voyage this week, the ship will initially sail exclusively from Liverpool in the UK, at 50% capacity. This marks the first time that the 1,360-guest ship will set sail with Fred Olsen Cruise Lines and launches the line’s ‘Welcome Back’ programme of UK summer sailings.

While mandatory hotel quarantine is currently required for GCC travellers arriving in the UK, domestic Covid-19 restrictions are expected to be lifted in England and Wales from 19 July 2021, and the travel industry is optimistic that international corridors will then begin to open.  

Borealis brings a number of new venues and facilities to the fleet, including a grand, two-tier theatre and main restaurant; an all-weather pool with a retractable roof; a large spa and thermal suite and a new venue, The Auditorium, offering culinary demonstrations.

Guests will also have the chance to savour new flavours in the ship’s restaurants, including Vasco, which offers a fresh and modern take on Indian food. Meanwhile, Asian fusion dishes will feature on the menu at Colours & Tastes. 

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While the ship will sail at 50% capacity initially, Borealis will always carry less than 1,400 guests, allowing her and her crew to offer the same small ship experience and attention to detail for which Fred Olsen is known.

Speaking about the launch, Fred Olsen Cruise Lines managing director  Peter Deer, said: “Today is a truly momentous day for us, as not only are we setting sail again after 16 months, but we are doing so with the first of two wonderful new ships.

Borealis will debut with scenic-only sailings around the UK before introducing ports of call later in July and August as part of the ‘Welcome Back’ programme of cruises.

 For further information, visit fredolsencruises.com/our-ships/borealis.

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