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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ Borealis celebrates two years of sailing

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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ Borealis celebrates two years of sailing

Today marks two years since Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ Borealis departed Liverpool on her maiden voyage.

Borealis was purchased in the summer of 2020, along with sister ship Bolette, as Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines looked to strengthen and evolve ahead of its return to cruising.

Smaller shipBorealis, always carries less than 1,400 guests and brought several new venues and facilities to the Fred. Olsen fleet, including a grand, two-tier theatre and main restaurant, an all-weather pool with retractable roof, a large spa and thermal suite and new venue The Auditorium offering live culinary demonstrations and more.

Two years ago today, on 5th July 2021, Borealis departed Liverpool on her maiden voyage, taking guests to enjoy scenic cruising around Scotland.

Since then, Borealis has sailed to fascinating destinations around the world, including her recent Around the World in 80 Days cruise, which followed in the footsteps of fictional character Phileas Fogg. During this cruise, guests circumnavigated the world enjoying scenic cruising along the world-famous Suez Canal, witnessing Japan's the cherry blossoms in full bloom, enjoying the street food of Hong Kong and experiencing a taste of paradise in Hawaii.

In the two years since her maiden voyage, a variety of brand new spaces have been incorporated, including the Olsen Art Studio, a designated space for arts and crafts, and in 2023, a new selection of longue spaces were introduced for guests to enjoy including the Botanical Room and the Earth Room.

Peter Deer, Managing Director for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said:

“We’re incredibly proud of all the ships within our fleet and to celebrate two years of Borealis’ sailings is a wonderful milestone for us all. From her shorter voyages to her world cruises, she offers an incredible way for our guests to see the world.

"We believe that seeing the world from the water is the best way to experience the joy of the journey, and in these past two years, Borealis has offered some spectacular scenic cruising and memorable experiences for our guests all around the world.

"Here’s to many more years of happy sailing and welcoming even more guests on board.”

For further information on Borealis, visit Book online, call our Reservations team on 0800 0355 242 (Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 6pm, Saturday 9am to 5pm, Sunday 10am to 4pm), or contact your ABTA travel agent.


Georgina May

Georgina May

Press contact Public Relations Executive Public Relations
Lauren Gardner

Lauren Gardner

Press contact Public Relations Manager Public Relations 07546807099

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

At Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines we are very proud of our smaller ships – Bolette, Borealis and Balmoral - and the imaginative and unusual itineraries they allow us to offer. Every cruise is hand-crafted from scratch by our team of in-house Journey Planners to make sure you are not only visiting the best destinations, but at the best time to experience them.

For us, it’s not just about where we go but how we take you there. We put as much time into planning scenic cruising as we do in choosing the destinations themselves. On board, our Signature Experiences showcase the history, culture, nature and flavours of the destinations you’ll visit – from Treats of the Region, where you can enjoy local delicacies, to our Sky at Sea star-gazing sessions where you can relax with a hot toddy out on deck while our astronomer talks you through the night sky.

Plus, with each ship carrying 1,300 guests or less, our ships are small enough for us to offer a warm, friendly and personal service where nothing is ever too much trouble, as we visit a host of exciting ports in every corner of the globe.

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
Fred. Olsen House, White House Road
IP1 5LL Ipswich, Suffolk
United Kingdom