Yorkshire Times
A Voice of the North
Phil Hopkins
Arts & Travel Editor
8:00 AM 24th March 2021

Cruise Line Gears Up To Post Covid ‘Re-Launch’

Balmoral in Norway
Balmoral in Norway
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has unveiled a new programme of cruising for 2022/23 as the line gears up for a return to sailing, with 126 new voyages and two new regional departures from Belfast and London Tilbury.

The programme includes closer to home excursions around the British Isles and shorter, five-night breaks, with departures from eight UK ports – Liverpool, Newcastle, London Tilbury, Belfast, Portsmouth, Southampton, Dover, and Edinburgh (Rosyth) – with a number of ex-UK sailings and fly-cruise options for those looking to venture further afield.

The Fred. Olsen fleet will sail into a number of maiden ports in 2022/23, including Hakata and Nagoya in Japan; Crotone, Gallipoli and Monopoli in Italy; Lyngdal in Norway and Louisbourg in Canada.
There will also be another opportunity to relive history when Braemar returns to the narrow Corinth Canal in Greece in spring 2023.

Those booking onto a new cruise can choose between a free all inclusive drinks package or money to spend on board.

Martin Lister, Head of Itinerary Planning and Destination Experience at Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said: “We are always incredibly proud to unveil our new cruise programmes, but this year it feels particularly exciting as it is the first time we will do so with our new look fleet.

“Every year we craft our new itineraries from scratch to ensure that we continue to offer our guests exceptional experiences in the destinations they visit with us. This has felt even more important this year, with the past 12 months having left us all dreaming of our next adventures and really considering what we all want from our holidays.

Highlights of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ 2022/23 programme include:

Borealis’ eight-night S2215 ‘Scenic Isles of Scotland’ cruise, departing from Liverpool on 9th June and Belfast on 10th June 2022. Prices start from £1,299 per person.
Ports of call: Liverpool, England – Belfast, Northern Ireland – Rothesay, Isle of Bute – Cruising by Mull of Kintyre – Cruising by Duart Castle – Cruising Sound of Mull – Cruising by Fingals Cave – Cruising by Dutchman’s Cap – Cruising by The Small Isles – Portree, Isle of Skye – Invergordon, Scotland – Kirkwall, Orkney Islands – Liverpool, England (for Liverpool debarkation) – Belfast, Northern Ireland (for Belfast debarkation)
For more details: Visit S2215 ‘Scenic Isles of Scotland’

Balmoral’s five-night L2225 ‘Summertime Norwegian Fjords’ cruise, departing from Newcastle on 27th August 2022. Prices start from £799 per person.
Ports of call: Newcastle, England – Cruising Lysefjord, Norway – Bergen, Norway – Eidfjord, Norway – Cruising Hardangerfjord, Norway – Cruising Maurangerfjord and Furebergfoss, Norway – Newcastle, England
For more details: Visit L2225 ‘Summertime Norwegian Fjords’