Regional departures from Portsmouth are being introduced by Fred Olsen Cruise Lines for 2021.

Eight new itineraries have been added for the ship Balmoral, including four from the south coast port.

Free drinks and the cost of tips will be covered on selected sailings of five nights or more booked by October 31.  

Product and services director Clare Ward said: “We’re so pleased to be unveiling further new cruises this week, and just as excited to be returning to Portsmouth for four of our eight new sailings.

“On board our elegant, smaller ship Balmoral, guests will be able to sail down the Seine, seek out the Northern Lights, chase the sun in Madeira and the Canaries or visit German Christmas markets for a bit of festive shopping.

“Portsmouth’s well-connected cruise terminal has superb, modern facilities and we know that the team there will be able to provide a smooth and safe checking in process for our guests.”

Portsmouth International Port head of operations Ian Diaper added: “Like guests, we can’t wait to see cruises start again, so we’re delighted to welcome Fred. Olsen’s prestigious Balmoral for turnaround cruises from the city next October.

“Guests will have the most enviable start to their holiday as they sail from our dramatic harbour, on a long overdue cruise.

“This marks a new cruise era for Portsmouth and we’re looking forward to working with Fred Olsen on this exciting journey.”