5 JULY 2021
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Today’s monthly cruise issue coincides with the maiden voyage of Fred Olsen’s MS Borealis, the former Holland America Rotterdam joining the Ipswich-based company’s fleet.
She is embarking on a series of short ‘seacations’ from Liverpool but has cancelled her Scottish port visits.
FRED OLSEN has sorted out Wi-Fi for Borealis and is with this Tuesday PM update off the Isle of Mull in a sunny and very calm sea. Passengers are quickly adapting to social distancing on board. The swimming pool roof is open.
Also see July Cruise News in this week's BTN.
Your Editor-in-Chief (and wife) are on board having initially booked a trip to Bordeaux over a year ago. Via this story, and TWITTER, the plan is to update during the voyage. Do return to this page on a regular basis (www.btnews.co.uk/article/17844).
Borealis has passenger accommodation for 1,360 in lower berths, which means a comfortable 650 guests under the Government rules. She has 10 fully accessible wheelchair cabins and a further 15 with restrictions, the ship well planned for less mobile holidaymakers. Rotterdam previously gained a 1353 rating by Douglas Ward in the Berlitz Cruising & Cruise ships standard guide, much the same points as the line's popular Balmoral. Bolette, sister ship and ex-Amsterdam, joins the fleet 16 August, with its maiden voyage from Dover. As a Fred Olsen ship Borealis score will probably very much higher.
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