Don’t have a passport? No problem, you can still cruise around the UK with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines! The line has amended its policy to widen the appeal of an ‘Around UK’ cruise, to include anyone who can produce acceptable forms of photographic identification at Check-in, in place of a passport.
Fred. Olsen will now accept the following forms of photographic identification on ‘Around UK’ cruises ONLY, not including any cruises calling into Eire (Republic of Ireland):
– EU national ID card
– Driving licence
– Council-issued bus pass / travel card
– Firearms licence
– VALIDATE UK card
These forms of photographic identification ensure that Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines continues to meet its own company policy of being able to verify the identity of each guest, and comply fully with the requirements of the International Ship and Port Facility Security (‘ISPS’) Code.
In 2015, Fred. Olsen’s revised policy will apply to the following ‘Around UK’ voyages:
– Boudicca‘s 11-night D1509 ‘Floral Britannia’ cruise, ex Dover on 28th April 2015.
Join Boudicca on this stunning ‘Floral Britannia Cruise’ and discover the very best of British. Calling at Guernsey, Falmouth, Liverpool, Kirkwall, Rosyth and Newcastle, guests will visit some of the most beautiful gardens and impressive landscapes that Scotland, England and Wales have to offer.
– Boudicca‘s seven-night D1514 ‘Highlights of the Highlands’ cruise, ex Rosyth (Edinburgh) on 21st June 2015.
Sail into the depths of the Highlands and discover some beautiful island towns on board Boudicca. The first port of call on this Highlands cruise is Kirkwall, the capital of the Orkney Islands. Next is Lerwick, on the Shetland Islands. Relax on the waterfront or climb the hills to spot the tiny ponies, before sailing onward to unspoilt Stornoway, on the Isle of Lewis, and scenic Tobermory. The final port of call is Portree, on the Isle of Skye, a quaint harbour town with a cosy, welcoming atmosphere.
– Balmoral‘s ten-night L1508 ‘UK Islands & Landmarks’ cruise, ex Southampton on 23rd June 2015.
Embark on a wonderful journey around the UK on board Balmoral and discover the ‘best of British’. The cruise begins with a day in Falmouth, for trips to the Royal Maritime Museum and the nearby Eden Project. From here, guests will cruise to Belfast in Northern Ireland, then head north to scenic Stornoway, before discovering the deep heritage of the Orkney Islands. Next, spend a day in pretty Lerwick, in the Shetlands, home to the famous miniature ponies. Balmoral will then head back to the mainland, calling at Invergordon and Newcastle.
Remember, the new policy ONLY applies to voyages sailing to UK ports of call, you will still need to be the proud owner of a valid passport in order to leave UK shores – unless you’re Bond, James Bond, he never seems to need a passport for anything! 😉
Info courtesy of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines