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Konichiwa ... Fred Olsen Cruises sails into Japan for first time with Boudicca in 2021

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines will be setting sail in Japan for the very first time in January 2021

Its inaugural 14-night Authentic Japan fly-cruise from Tokyo aboard Boudicca is one of the highlights of its 2020/21 ocean programme

The Japan itinerary features maiden calls in Beppu, Hiroshima and Nagoya and focuses upon the themes of “authenticity” and taking guests “closer”, as part of Fred. Olsen’s range of new Community & Way of Life cruise experiences.

Mount Fuji

This enriching adventure around the islands of Japan is full of immersive experiences, such as a visit to Kamakura, the place where the Samurai originated; donning a traditional Kimono for a traditional tea ceremony in Kobe; witnessing Geishas perform dances to Japanese music in Tokyo; sampling classic cuisine and relaxing in the thermal hot springs at Beppu.

In 2020/21, the Fred Olsen fleet will be visiting no fewer than 277 destinations in 90 countries, across six continents, covering 104 areas of scenic cruising, on 170 different itineraries.

Complementing the UK departure ports of Southampton, Dover, Liverpool, Newcastle and Edinburgh (Rosyth), Fred Olsen will also be offering an expanded programme of exotic fly-cruises.

Says Justin Stanton, Olsen’s sales and marketing director: “Guests will find a mix of sailings from the UK and truly inspirational fly-cruises to destinations across the globe, as well as a new programme of European river cruises, taking them far and wide, and affording unforgettable experiences, both on board and ashore.

“Our upgraded fleet will ensure that we continue to stand out from the crowd, offering unrivalled cruise holidays and taking guests closer to the destination.”

The ocean cruise programme features 144 different itineraries, including nine maiden calls to Beppu, Hiroshima, Kochi and Nagoya in Japan; Fakarava and Raiatea in French Polynesia; Savusavu in Fiji; Ha Long Bay in Vietnam; and Surabaya in Java, Indonesia.

Fred Olsen is also be building on the success of its dedicated European river cruise ship, Brabant, with its 2020 cruise programme the beauty of the Danube, Rhine, Main and Moselle rivers on 26 itineraries, including Luxembourg for the first time.

Brabant will be visiting 43 ports of call, in 13 countries, covering 14 areas of scenic cruising – including five brand new areas. This includes 10 maiden itineraries, and 10 maiden calls: Trier and Nierstein in Germany; Grevenmacher and Remich in Luxembourg; Cetate, Galati and Drobeta-Turnu Severin in Romania; Donji Milanovac in Serbia; Enkhuizen in The Netherlands; and Vukovar in Croatia.

In its 2020/21 ocean programme, as well as signature Norwegian fjords experiences, Fred Olsen guests will also discover three new areas of scenic cruising on Balmoral’s 34-night American Waterways in the Fall with New York voyage. Departing Southampton in September 2020, the cruise will take in Cape Cod Canal, the Hudson River and the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal.

Fred Olsen 2020-21 brochure

‘Closer’ cruising remains at the fore of the Fred Olsen experience, with its smaller-sized ships sailing right into the heart of the destination. Notably, shallow-drafted Braemar will be repeating its transit of Greece’s Corinth Canal – which spans less than 25 metres at its narrowest, lowest point – on its 25-night Corinth Canal & Greek Islands itinerary, from Southampton in April 2021.

Another key theme is Community & Way of Life, and Boudicca’s inaugural 14-night Authentic Japan fly-cruise from Tokyo in January 2021 is one example of guests experiencing a range of in-depth shore excursions, including watching a Geisha perform authentic dances to traditional Japanese music, taking part in an authentic tea ceremony, or connecting with the heritage of the Samurai on a trip to Tokyo’s Kamakura, the historic home of this fearless warrior caste.

Black Watch’s 32-night Idyllic Islands of the Caribbean adventure from Liverpool in November 2020 takes in lesser-known parts of this fascinating diaspora, and those visited by fewer tourists, such as Mayreau in the Grenadine Islands, which has a population of under 300. 

Five-night cruises provide the perfect opportunity to try Fred. Olsen for the first time. Guests can choose to see the best of Norway on Balmoral’s Five-Night Fjordland Discovery from Edinburgh (Rosyth) in July 2020 – taking advantage of this Scottish port’s strategic location and close proximity to Norway – along with Braemar’s maiden Delights of Devon & Cornwall short getaway in August 2020, calling at St Mary’s on the Isles of Scilly, Falmouth – for an overnight stay – and Plymouth.

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Posted on 15th March 2019 at 02:09 pm in Cruise News | Cruise Lines | Fred Olsen |

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