Sales have returned to pre-pandemic levels at Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines reflected in new 2022/23 bookings, with last minute bookings for late winter and early spring proving especially popular.

‘The New Year has brought with it a fresh wave of optimism for overseas travel… there is real confidence in the market again, and this is being reflected in our bookings,’ remarked Peter Deer, MD, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines.

Travel Ready Service

It follows the introduction of Fred. Olsen’s Travel Ready Service, launched in December, under which the line will handles paperwork including Passenger Locator Forms and NHS vaccination letters.

Continued Deer, ‘We have had great feedback on our Travel Ready Service, which provides additional peace of mind for those looking to explore again in 2022, and teamed with a relaxation of restrictions by our UK Government has really helped to stimulate new bookings.

‘This is a really great start to the year, and we are looking forward to a successful season of cruising as we sail into the summer months and beyond.’

Popular itineraries

The most popular sailings for bookings so far this year include Borealis’ 14-night ‘Winter warmth in the Canaries’ cruise departing Liverpool on February 27, 2022, Bolette’s eight-night ‘Western Europe city break’ departing Southampton March 16, 2022 and Balmoral’s seven-night ‘Norwegian fjords & mighty waterfalls’ cruise, setting off from Newcastle June 15, 2022.

Passengers making a new booking on a 2022 cruise are permitted to move their deposit to any other cruise within 12 months of their original sailing with no transfer fees, as long as the final balance has not yet been paid in full.