Fred Olsen cruises from Scotland for the first time since 2019

   July 8, 2022 ,   Cruise Industry

The UK-based Fred Olsen Cruise Lines is to be operating from Scotland once again, for the first time since 2019, when MS Balmoral heads off to the Norwegian fjords.

On Friday, July 8, Balmoral is scheduled to depart from Rosyth/Edinburgh (Scotland) for the 8-night ‘Hidden Gems Of The Norwegian Fjords’ voyage. On this sailing, suited to her smaller size, passengers will be able to enjoy Nordfjord, Fjaerlandsfjord, Eresfjord, and Sognefjord. Balmoral will also visit Molde, Olden, and Skjolden.

Balmoral, which is named after the Scottish estate of Queen Elizabeth II, welcomed her first passengers back onboard in May. She joined the fleet's newest ships Borealis and Bolette, which both restarted cruising last year – with Borealis being the first UK liner to sail back into international waters.

The first voyage of Balmoral was the 16-night ‘Canary Islands with the Funchal Flower Parade’. The ship has since sailed to Finland, Norway, Sweden, Latvia, and Estonia with all departures from Newcastle.

For the rest of the summer, MS Balmoral will sail from Rosyth close to Edinburgh prior to embarking on a series of voyages from Dover, Portsmouth, and Southampton from September.

Fred Olsen Balmoral cruise ship

Some upcoming cruise highlights for MS Balmoral include:

  • 13-night Cities & Islands of Sweden, Estonia & Latvia departing from Rosyth on July 16, 2022
  • 10-night Discovering Castles, Palaces and Cultural Landmarks of Northern Europe departing from Rosyth on August 19, 2022
  • 11-night French Rivers With Bordeaux departing from Rosyth on August 29.