Fred Olsen latest to unveil UK cruise restart

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines today became the latest company to unveil UK domestic sailings for this summer.

The company plans a July restart with a series of 11 departures including new ships Borealis and Bolette split between Dover and Liverpool.

The ‘Welcome Back’ programme of cruises aims to showcase the best of the British Isles this summer, with scenic-only cruises and those with ports of call featured by its smaller ships.

Fred Olsen joins other lines including Hurtigruten, P&O Cruises, Saga and Viking Cruises in planning UK summer voyages.

The programme includes scenic sailings, including the Shetland and Orkney islands and the Isles of Scilly.

Borealis will be the first of the fleet to set sail with a three-night maiden voyage from Liverpool on July 5, with Bolette debut from Dover for three nights on August 16.

No details about vaccination requirements were given after P&O Cruises insisted that passengers on its UK coastal cruises should have two jabs to be allowed on board.

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines managing director Peter Deer said: “We are so excited to be unveiling these new summer cruises today.

“So often overlooked, our British Isles are home to some of the most wonderful wildlife, and so much spectacular scenery that is best enjoyed from the water.

“With this selection of shorter sailings, guests can dip their toes back into cruising and enjoy all that they love about being on board with us, before we all begin to venture further afield again.

“This is an incredibly important milestone for our business, and we can’t wait to welcome our guests on board our new-look fleet this summer.”

Sample prices start at £549 per person for a four-night sailing from Liverpool on Borealis on July 8, including £75 on board spending.

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