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22 Sep 2020

A new era for cruise in Portsmouth, as major line Fred. Olsen commits to brand new sailings in 2021

We’re looking forward to next year as Fred. Olsen launches four new itineraries from Portsmouth, on their prestigious ship Balmoral.

Fred. Olsen’s unique maritime heritage and knowledge of British cruising tastes means they provide unrivalled holiday experiences creating memories that will last a lifetime, and has made them one the UK’s favourite cruise lines.

Passengers can enjoy sailings along the Seine, search for the Northern lights, head to the warmth of the Canaries and enjoy Christmas markets in Germany.

Ian Diaper, Portsmouth International Port’s head of operations said: "Like passengers we can’t wait to see cruises start again, so we’re delighted to welcome Fred. Olsen’s prestigious Balmoral for turnaround cruises from the city next October.

“Guests will have the most enviable start to their holiday as they sail from our dramatic harbour, on a long overdue cruise.

“This marks a new cruise era for Portsmouth and we’re looking forward to working with Fred. Olsen on this exciting journey.”

Clare Ward, Director of Product and Services for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said:

“We’re so pleased to be unveiling further new cruises this week, and just as excited to be returning to Portsmouth for four of our eight new sailings.

“On board our elegant, smaller ship Balmoral, guests will be able to sail down the Seine, seek out the Northern Lights, chase the sun in Madeira and the Canaries or visit German Christmas markets for a bit of festive shopping.

“Portsmouth’s well-connected cruise terminal has superb, modern facilities and we know that the team there will be able to provide a smooth and safe checking in process for our guests.”

The port has been working hard making sure passengers can travel safely, with stringent measures in place. This includes being one of the first ports in the UK recognised by independent assessors for new protocols to manage and reduce the risk of COVID-19 infections.

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