Cruise Line Celebrates Connection to City’s Naval History as New Ship Makes Inaugural Stop at ‘Delighted’ Portsmouth International Port
The Borealis, the newest addition to Fred. The Olsen cruise line fleet made its first stop at Portsmouth International Port today.
A plaque was exchanged between the port and the ship to commemorate the occasion.
Peter Deer, Managing Director of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said: “This summer has been a year of many firsts for us as we sail with two new ships to the fleet, and we are truly delighted that Borealis is making its first port of call in Portsmouth with us today.
‘Chez Fred. Olsen, the maritime is in our DNA which makes the historic naval town of Portsmouth the perfect choice for us.
“We know our customers will love discovering all that Portsmouth has to offer on their shore excursions with us, and we look forward to sharing the experience with many other customers over the coming weeks.”
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Borealis, which has a capacity of less than 1,400 guests, was given a name that previously attributed to a ship owned by Olsen in the 1940s.
The international port of Portsmouth will also host Fred. Balmoral in Olsen in the winter of 2022 for a program of rotating cruises to European destinations.
Ian Diaper, Port Operations Manager, said: “We are delighted to welcome Fred. Olsen’s new Borealis ship for cruise stopovers this summer.
“Guests will have the most enviable views on board as they sail through our spectacular harbor, on a long overdue cruise.
“We are looking forward to working with Fred. Olsen in the coming months, including turnaround cruises aboard sister ship Balmoral in the winter of 2022.