Borealis back in Liverpool ahead of 14-day Atlantic voyage


One of the workhorses of the cruise liner program is in Liverpool today (Monday).

The Fred Olsen Borealis liner is a familiar sight at the Pier Head cruise terminal and is here most fortnightly. Today he embarks on a 14-day trip to the vistas and volcanoes of the Azores and Madeira in the Atlantic Ocean, returning to Liverpool on July 11.

The Borealis holds 1,360 passengers, with 702 cabins and 662 crew members. There are six restaurants, eight bars and lounges and numerous luxury facilities including a swimming pool, two Jacuzzis, a spa, hairdressers, a fitness center, a demonstration theater and a library.

The ship has only been known as Borealis since last July, after being taken over and refitted by Fred Olsen Cruise Lines. Prior to that, it was known as Rotterdam and was owned by Holland America Line, which operated it for over 20 years.

Earlier this year the cruise ship docked in Liverpool for several weeks due to a covid outbreak on board. The cruise line said the cases primarily involved crew and all had mild or no symptoms.

But the decision was made to revise the ship’s schedule and return to Liverpool instead of sailing to the Caribbean.


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