Fred Olsen Cruise Lines’ new ship Borealis has successfully completed its maiden cruise from Liverpool after the line resumed operations after nearly a year and a half.
The 1,360-passenger vessel, which is initially operating at 50% capacity due to government-imposed restrictions, set sail on Monday as fireworks were let off at the quayside by port authorities in the city.
Scenic visits to Fingal’s Cave, Dutchman’s Cap and the Sound of Mull in Scotland were included in the maiden sailing.
Conservationists from marine wildlife charity ORCA onboard Borealis helped passengers spot whales and other marine mammals.
The remaining summer cruises out of Liverpool on Borealis will include a mix of scenic visits and ports of call. Borealis was bought by Fred Olsen from Holland America Line last year.
Thomas Rennesland, the line’s hotel operations director, said: “The atmosphere on board has been wonderful.
“We have received some fantastic feedback from our guests saying they loved Borealis as soon as they stepped on board, and they have really enjoyed exploring the ship for the first time.
“Even behind face masks, our crew and returning guests have been able to recognise one another and it has been great to see everyone exchanging well wishes.
“It is a real pleasure to be back at sea, doing what we do best – sailing our own course and looking after our guests.”