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Fred Olsen to sail from more regional UK ports than any other cruise line in 2017/18

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines is offering the greatest choice of ex-UK departures to cruise guests in 2017/18, with its four ships sailing from ten convenient regional ports: Southampton, Dover, Tilbury, Harwich, Falmouth, Liverpool, Newcastle, Greenock (Glasgow), Rosyth (Edinburgh) and Belfast.

The 1,350-guest flagship, Balmoral, will once again be sailing from Newcastle, with a record 13 departures, which is an increase of two sailings on the previous cruise season. Her cruise programme from the Port of Tyne will commence on 25 May 2017 with a Five-Night Fjords cruise.

Balmoral of Fred Olsen Cruise Lines
Flagship Braemar will be making a record 13 departures from Newcastle

Other departures include: an 11-night Swedish Fjords & Fjards cruise in May, a 14-night Spitsbergen & the Midnight Sun departure in June and a nine-night German Waterways sailing in August. In addition to Newcastle, Balmoral will also be serving the Southern ports of Southampton and Dover in 2017/18.

The 929-guest Braemar will be serving Southampton and Dover in 2017/18 with a variety of itineraries, including a 14-night Spain & France Rivers sailing in April, a 10-night Baltic cruise in July and a seven-night Belgium & Holland Rivers voyage in November. Braemar will also be making a return to its popular Caribbean programme in 2018, with six fly-cruises between December 2017 and March 2018.

The 880-guest Boudicca will be cruising from the port of Falmouth in April, for its second season, in 2017/18, offering guests in the South West a 12-night Canary Islands & Madeira cruise and a 16-night Amalfi Coast adventure – an ideal itinerary for the “new-to-cruise” market, as it only requires 10 days of annual leave. Boudicca will also be offering four sailings from Greenock (Glasgow) and two from Belfast.

Fred Olsen remains one of the leading cruise lines operating from the port of Liverpool in 2017/18, with a total of 11 calls on board Boudicca, including a 26-night Azores, Bermuda & the America’s Cup cruise in June, which is already proving a best-seller, and an eight-night Lochs of Scotland sailing in July.

In 2017/18, Fred Olsen’s smallest ship, the 804-guest Black Watch, will be offering departures from Southampton, Dover and Rosyth (Edinburgh), with eight sailings – an increase on the seven available in 2016 – along with two cruises from Harwich and five from Tilbury.

Says Olsen sales director Nathan Philpot: “We know that travel to and from a departure port is a key influencer for guests booking a cruise holiday, and Fred. Olsen is continuing to offer the widest range of regional departure ports of any cruise line, with a total of ten, covering all the important cruise markets of the UK.

“We are also committed to ensuring that we match our departure ports to the right kind of cruise itinerary, meaning that we can offer the shortest duration of Norwegian fjords experience, of just five nights, from the North Eastern port of Newcastle, and a Canaries and Madeira holiday of just 12 nights from Falmouth, in the South West.”

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Posted on 27th March 2016 at 01:48 pm in Cruise News | Cruise Lines | Fred Olsen |

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