Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines sails first international cruise from UK waters

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines sails first international cruise from UK waters

Richard Lovelock

Borealis called at four Icelandic ports in her eight-night cruise

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has completed the first international cruise from UK waters since the Covid-19 pandemic forced cruise lines to pause operations in March 2020.

Borealis returned to the UK after an eight-night cruise to Iceland with around 800 guests onboard. The cruise called at the ports of Reykjavík, Ísafjörður, Eyjafjörður and Seyðisfjörður, and guests were able to disembark at each destination for organised shore excursions.

“Being the first international sailing, this cruise was not without its challenges, but we worked very closely with the Icelandic authorities to ensure all went smoothly and, of course, safely,” said Clare Ward, director of product and customer service at Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines. “This is a real milestone for Fred. Olsen, and we can’t wait to welcome guests back onboard for international sailings throughout the rest of the year and beyond.”

Crew and guests were required to complete pre-registration forms and testing prior to arrival into Iceland and before returning to the UK. All guests were also required to be fully vaccinated by the Icelandic Government.

The cruise line currently has two ships sailing, Borealis and new flagship Bolette, both of which are offering more international sailings from September.

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