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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines Becomes First Operator To Complete International Sailing

Fred. Olsen has become the first cruise line to complete an international voyage since the resumption of cruising, as Borealis returned to the UK from Iceland this morning.

The new ship Borealis set sail for the rugged landscapes of Iceland on Saturday 14th August with around 800 guests onboard. It was the first international voyage to set sail from British waters since all UK cruise operators paused their operations in March 2020 due to the pandemic.

The cruise made four stops around Iceland, including Reykjavík, in which guests were able to leave the ship and explore ashore in organised shore excursions.

Clare Ward, Director of Product and Customer Service at Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines said:

“This is a big achievement not just for us, but for the cruise industry. 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, both for our guests and crew and those living and working in the ports we visited.”

The itinerary showcased some of Iceland that is best seen from the water, from the rugged landscapes of Hornstrandir King and Queen Cliffs and scenic sailing into Seyðisfjörður, as well as some lovely sights of whales and other marine wildlife.

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