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Be part of Fred. Olsen history and celebrate ‘Four Fred.s in Funchal’ in 2020

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines' fleet of four ocean ships – Balmoral, Braemar, Boudicca and Black Watch – are to reunite once again, this time in Madeira in April 2020.

It follows the success of its Four Ships in Bergen event in Summer 2015, and the forthcoming 170th anniversary Captains in Cádiz celebration on 10 September, 2018.

Olsen ships in Bergen
The four Olsen ships during their rendezvous in Bergen in 2015

The third fleet get-together in Spring 2020, labelled Four Fred.s in Funchal, will be packed full of lively celebrations and festivities, on four specially-themed cruise itineraries.

Mike Rodwell, managing director of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said: “In July 2015, we brought our four ships together for the very first time in Bergen, Norway, and it was one of the most celebrated events that we have held at Fred. Olsen since our inception in 1848.

“To mark our milestone 170th anniversary in 2018, we will be celebrating our Captains in Cádiz event in the historic Spanish city of Cádiz this Autumn – so-called because the ships’ Captains will be leading on many of the day’s activities.”

Rodwell continued: “To give Fred. Olsen guests a further chance to take part in a fun and lively celebration across the fleet, we have now launched the new Four Fred.s in Funchal itineraries, which will be visiting a port that constantly rates as one of the most popular with our guests, and we know that our four ships berthed together will be a truly amazing sight to behold.”

During the celebration, there will be a host of activities and entertainment, both on board and ashore, including: a welcome ceremony and local performances; live music; specially-prepared menus; the opportunity to explore the whole fleet; and fun competitions between the guests and crews of each ship.

The four Olsen ships will be deployed on four different itineraries around the world, and will converge in Funchal on Saturday, 4 April, 2020, for a lively programme of events:

  • Black Watch’s 14-night Azores & Madeira cruise (adult-only), ex Liverpool on 26 March
  • Braemar’s 12-night Closer Spain & Portugal with Madeira cruise, ex Southampton on 28 March
  • Boudicca’s 19-night Cape Verde Islands cruise (adult-only), ex Dover on 29 March
  • Balmoral’s 16-night Canary Islands cruise (adult-only), ex Newcastle on 29 March

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    Posted on 3rd May 2018 at 12:53 pm in Cruise News | Cruise Lines | Fred Olsen |

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