Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ Boudicca is due to commence cruise season on 1st June 2015 from Rosyth, with a 7-night ‘Norwegian Fjords’ voyage.

The line is offering 6 cruises from Rosyth aboard 880-guest ship Boudicca in 2015 and 7 unique sailings from Rosyth in 2016, including the new ‘5-night Norwegian Fjords’ voyage.

A variety of 2015 itineraries will be offered in Scotland’s North East, including a 7-night ‘Scottish Highlands & Islands’ sailing, 12-night ‘Norway and Arctic ’adventure, and a 13-night ‘Scandinavia and St. Petersburg’ voyage.

Yesterday (May 7) Fred. Olsen's Boudicca heralded the 1st of its calls into Port of Tyne for 2015, on ‘Floral Britannia’ 11-night itinerary. MV Boudicca returns to Port of Tyne on July 26 to set sail on a total of 8 voyages, including a 16-night ‘Canaries, Madeira and the Azores’, a 9-night ‘Norwegian Fjords’ and a 13-night ‘Scandinavia and St. Petersburg’ departure.

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has also decided to base its 1,350-passenger flagship mv Balmoral, in Newcastle for the 1st time ever, from May through August 2016. The line has more than 100 years of heritage in running cruise services from the Port of Tyne. Fred Olsen has been operating regularly from Newcastle since 2006.

Vacationers from the North East rated the choice of destination as the number one most compelling factor for booking a cruise. As a result, in 2016 passengers can choose from various destinations sailing from the Port of Tyne, including the warm shores of the Canary Islands, the Azores, Portugal, Madeira, Morocco and Spain, as well as the cooler climes of Scandinavia, Norway and the Baltics.

In 2016 and 2017 Fred. Olsen's mv Balmoral will be departing from Newcastle for the 1st time ever, with 11 departures which is a record and represents a 45% increase in capacity from Port of Tyne. Balmoral’s Newcastle season will start on May 21, 2016 with a 5-night ‘Norwegian Festival and Fjords’ sailing. Other departures include a 10-night ‘UK Castles’ cruise (which offers passengers the chance to visit Braemar and Balmoral Castles), and an 11-night ‘Spain, Portugal and Guernsey’ getaway.