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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines launch staycation cruises for 2021

Introducing Fred. Olsen’s Welcome Back programme

Fred Olsen Staycation Cruises

Posted on

17 Mar 2021

Family-owned favourite Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has launched a number of exciting staycation cruises for 2021. The itineraries (which will be available to book from 9 am Wednesday 17th March 2021 for Ocean Members and 9 am Thursday 18th March 2021 for general sale) feature a fantastic range of closer to home destinations. After far too long away from our favourite ships, we can’t wait to get back on board but just what is a staycation cruise?

What is a staycation cruise?

Staycation cruises are cruises that sail closer to home. Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ staycation cruises offer a selection of new itineraries for July and August 2021, including inaugural sailings for their new ships (Bolette and Borealis), UK-focused destinations and non-stop coastal sailings of the British Isles, Norway and beyond.

When are the Fred. Olsen staycation cruises launching?

Fred. Olsen’s 2021 staycation cruises will be launching at 9 am Wednesday 17th March 2021 exclusively for Ocean Members. General sale will commence at 9 am Thursday 18th March 2021. Guests can choose from a fantastic range of itineraries on the following ships:


We’ve handpicked two of Bolette’s itineraries, both of which will be sailing from Dover. Depending on which voyage you pick, the flagship of the Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines fleet will provide you with the opportunity to discover Orkney and the Shetland Islands.


We’ve chosen two of Borealis’ exclusive sailings. On these voyages, the small but perfectly formed ship will be sailing passengers around the British Isles, allowing you to discover many hidden gems along the UK’s coast. Highlights include Lerwick, Belfast and Liverpool.

Why book with ROL Cruise?

There are a few things that make us the UK’s No.1 Independent Cruise Specialist like our 5★ customer service and dedication to finding you the best deal possible. But why should you book your Fred. Olsen cruise with us? Here are a few reasons:

  • We are the no.1 agent in the UK for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
  • You’ll receive a discount if you’re an Ocean Member
  • We have 25 years of experience and know cruising inside out
  • We’re ABTA & ATOL protected
  • You’ll be eligible to earn Cruise Miles®, our official rewards programme

To book your Fred. Olsen 2021 staycation cruise, phone us on: 0808 102 3785.  

Please note: Terms & Conditions apply*

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*Terms & Conditions: Customers will need valid travel insurance before departure. Cruise Miles® are exempt from redemption when booking domestic cruise sailings. Cruise Miles® Terms & Conditions apply, please click here for further details.

Frequently Asked Questions

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines have put together a list of frequently asked questions:

Will guests be required to be fully vaccinated before being able to cruise with Fred. Olsen?

“By the time we resume sailing in July, we know that a large proportion of the UK adults will have received their vaccinations. The vaccine is a big advancement for the travel industry but it must be considered as part of a multi-layered approach.

“The Government’s Global Travel Taskforce is expected to deliver an update on 12th April and we are awaiting further guidance from that before we confirm any final requirements with our guests, as well as any further requirements from the Governments of the destinations we will be visiting.”

Will guests need to wear a face mask while on board?

“All guests and crew will be required to follow the latest Government guidance at the time of sailing which may include the wearing of face maks. During our initial ‘Welcome Back’ sailings, we expect masks will need to be worn in areas of the ship where social distancing is not possible.”

Will it be mandatory for guests to have COVID cover and cruise specific travel insurance?

“We already require all guests to have cruise specific travel insurance, including repatriation cover. Customers will need to ensure their policy includes cover for any medical, repatriation and expenses costs as a result of a COVID diagnosis or illness during your cruise.”

Will customers with underlying health conditions be able to take a Fred. Olsen cruise?

“Anyone who is considered ‘extremely vulnerable’ as defined by the NHS must contact us before making any new bookings. This is so that we can arrange a call with one of our medical professionals to discuss their requirements and whether they will be able to travel safely with us.

“Unfortunately, anyone requiring supplementary oxygen, dialysis or medical ventilation support will not be able to travel with us at this time.”

Will Fred. Olsen be sailing with a reduced capacity?

“When we resume sailing this summer, we will initially do so with a reduced capacity on each ship to ensure plenty of space to comply with social distancing guidelines.”

How will on board procedures impact the dining experience?

“Guests will be allocated tables in our main dining rooms as usual, with each table to include a maximum of six guests. This will become their dining ‘bubble.’

“For guests travelling as a group, we will do our best to accommodate them within one dining ‘bubble,’ as long as their group is of six people or less. If they are travelling on their own, they will also be allocated a ‘dining bubble’ of up to six people, for the duration of their cruise.

“Guests will be able to enjoy all meals with any or all of those within their bubble, whether that be in fixed evening dining in our main restaurants, in our buffet restaurants or during breakfast and lunch. Guests do not have to dine as a full dining bubble for all meals, as long as they are not dining with anyone outside of their bubble.”

Will there be restrictions on activities and leisure on board?

“We anticipate being able to open all of our on board facilities including our pools, gyms, spas and shops, in line with Government guidelines for similar facilities ashore.

“We will, of course, adhere to the latest guidance from the UK Government at the time of sailing, which may mean we need to limit the number of guests using these facilities at any one time.”

Will Fred. Olsen be offering shore excursions in ports of call?

“We know that exploring ashore is such a big part of a cruise holiday, which is why we will be offering a selection of bookable shore excursions for our sailings around the British Isles, in the destinations that we are able to do so.

“We will send all guests a brochure of all of the available shore excursions around four weeks prior to their cruise setting sail and they will be able to book these in advance of their cruise. We will, of course, adhere to the latest guidance from the UK Government at the time of sailing.”

Will Fred. Olsen be operating a ‘track and trace’ system or similar aboard the ships?

“All guests will be provided with a wearable device at embarkation. Should any guest test positive for coronavirus during a cruise, the medical team will be able to identify any other guests who may have come into contact with that person and they will be notified.

“If this comes to light after a guest has returned home, we will contact anyone who may have been in contact with them directly. To protect the privacy of all our guests, this information is only available to our medical team and not used for any other purposes than to protect the safety of our guests and crew.”

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