New itineraries from Liverpool in 2021 feature as part of the inaugural programme of sailings by Fred Olsen Cruise Lines’ second new ship Borealis.

The first cruise by Borealis is a six-night ‘Scottish Lochs & Isles’ departure from Liverpool on April 23, 2021. Prices start at £599 per person.  

This will be followed by a five-night ‘Irish Capitals & Scottish Scenery’ cruise, before the ship heads to the Mediterranean, Norway and Iceland.  

The ship will sail almost exclusively from Liverpool across the 2021 and 2022 programme, and will be taking on existing itineraries for Black Watch, which was retired from the fleet in August, as well as five new itineraries.  

This follows the launch of Bolette – another new ship for the line which went on sale last week. Both previously operated for Holland America Line.

Passengers who book onto any of Borealis’ sailings for 2021 or 2022 by September 30 will gain free tips and up to £100 on board spending money. 

Product and customer service director Clare Ward said: “It is so exciting to have both of our new ships on sale, and to be able to showcase some of the incredible itineraries that we have on offer. 

“In addition to taking on Black Watch’s sailings, Borealis will also take guests on a number of new cruises, offering opportunities to witness the natural beauty of closer-to-home islands around the UK, seek out the Northern Lights, from where Borealis takes her namesake, and recharge on a short Spanish City Break in the run up to Christmas next year. 

“Importantly, the new ships will still offer that Fred Olsen experience our guests have come to know and love, with familiar venues and faces on board, but with a range of exciting new facilities, too.  

“We can’t wait to return to Liverpool, which has been such a popular regional port for us for a number of years now. We know Borealis will have an extremely warm welcome when she arrives there next spring.”  

Liverpool City Council head of city assets, Angie Redhead said: “We are delighted that Fred Olsen Cruise Lines has chosen Liverpool as the home port for its new ship, Borealis.

“It is a wonderful show of commitment to our city and reinforces the already strong partnership we have with them.”