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Balmoral departing Rosyth
Balmoral departing Rosyth

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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines sails from Scotland for the first time since 2019

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is cruising from Scotland once again, for the first time since 2019, when smaller ship Balmoral heads off to explore the Norwegian fjords.

On Friday July 8th Balmoral will depart Rosyth (Edinburgh), Scotland, for the eight-night ‘Hidden Gems Of The Norwegian Fjords’ cruise. On this sailing which is suited to her smaller size, guests will enjoy the rugged landscapes of Nordfjord, Sognefjord, Fjaerlandsfjord and Eresfjord. The ship will also visit Molde, Skjolden and Olden.

Balmoral, named after Queen Elizabeth II’s Scottish estate, welcomed her first guests back on board in May 2022. She joined Fred. Olsen’s new ships Bolette and Borealis, who both resumed cruising in 2021 - with Borealisbeing the first UK cruise ship to sail back into international waters.

Balmoral’s first voyage was the 16-night ‘Canary Islands with the Funchal Flower Parade’ cruise. She has since sailed to Norway, Finland, Sweden, Estonia and Latvia, with all departures from Newcastle.

For the rest of the summer Balmoral will sail from Rosyth near Edinburgh before embarking on a series of sailings from Southampton, Dover and Portsmouth from September.

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

“Welcoming guests from Scotland back on-board Balmoral, departing from Rosyth, is a major milestone for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines. This first departure from Rosyth will be extra special as Scotland is Balmoral’s spiritual home, and we always receive a warm welcome when sailing from there.

“There is a long and proud history at Fred. Olsen of naming ships after Scottish icons, which reflects the connections between the Olsen family and Scotland.

“It is wonderful to have three ships sailing again, which allows us to offer departures from more regional ports around the UK.

“I look forward exploring the world with our Scottish guests aboard Balmoral this year and beyond.”

Some upcoming cruising highlights for Balmoral include:

Balmoral 13-night L2219A Cities & Islands of Sweden, Estonia & Latvia departing from Rosyth on 16th July 2022

Prices start from £999 per person.

Itinerary: Edinburgh (Rosyth), Scotland – Liepaja, Latvia – Saaremaa, Estonia – Tallinn, Estonia – Stockholm Archipelago, Sweden – Stockholm, Sweden – Visby, Sweden – Riga, Latvia – Klaipeda, Lithuania - Edinburgh (Rosyth), Scotland

For more details: Visit L2219A Cities & Islands of Sweden, Estonia & Latvia

Balmoral 10-night L2224A Discovering Castles, Palaces and Cultural Landmarks of Northern Europe departing Rosyth on 19th August 2022

Prices start from £1,899 per person.

Itinerary: Edinburgh (Rosyth), Scotland – Fredericia, Denmark - Klaipeda, Lithuania - Gdansk, Poland - Sassnitz, Germany - Szczecin, Poland - Kiel Canal Transit, Germany - Edinburgh (Rosyth), Scotland

For more details: Visit L2224A Discovering Castles, Palaces and Cultural Landmarks of Northern Europe

Balmoral 11-night L2225A French Rivers With Bordeaux departing from Rosyth on 29thAugust

Prices start from £1199 per person

Itinerary: Edinburgh (Rosyth), Scotland – Lorient, France - Bordeaux, France – River Seine, Rouen, France – Honfleur, France - Edinburgh (Rosyth), Scotland

For more details: L2225A French Rivers With Bordeaux

For further information on Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines or to book online, visit, call Reservations on 0800 0355 242 (Monday to Friday 8.30am to 6pm, Saturday 9am to 5pm), or contact your ABTA travel agent.




Fred. Olsen Cruise Line operates in the UK with four intimately sized ships for a more personal cruising experience.


Ellis Orchard

Ellis Orchard

Press contact Public Relations Manager Public Relations 07557672265
Georgina May

Georgina May

Press contact Public Relations Executive Public Releations

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has defined and redefined the cruise experience, and judging by the number of passengers that come back time and again, we seem to have styled it to perfection

The company originated in Hvitsten, a small town on Oslofjord in Norway, in 1848 when three Olsen brothers – Fredrik Christian, Petter and Andreas – bought their first ships and began an international shipping company.

Now into the fifth generation of the family, they operate companies skilled in various aspects of the cruise and passenger shipping trade as well as aviation, ships’ crewing, shipbuilding and offshore industries.
Aside from the transportation industries, the Fred. Olsen group also has interests in the luxury hotel sector, estate management, property development, and electronics companies.

Offices for the company are spread throughout the world, although the company headquarters remain firmly in the family’s hands in Oslo and Tenerife. Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is based in Ipswich in Suffolk.

Company Reg. No: 2672435
Registered Name & Office: Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines Ltd, 2nd Floor, 64-65 Vincent Square, London, SW1P 2NU.
Place of registration: England and Wales
VAT Number: 927 5336 08

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