Longest world cruise and new Canaries fly-cruise programme from Fred Olsen for 2013-14
Fred Olsen Cruise Lines last night launched its new Worldwide Cruises programme covering early 2013 to Spring 2014 and featuring a comprehensive range of ex-UK cruises on its fleet of four smaller, traditional style ships.
The itineraries are international, with cruises visiting 240 different ports, in 77 countries and islands worldwide. Of these ports, 12 of them are brand new or “maiden” ports for Fred Olsen.
The programme includes an enormous choice of cruises, ranging from a two-night mini-cruise to an epic 114-night Black Watch world cruise in Janurary 2014 - the longest ever undertaken by the cruise line.
Black Watch will be sailing Fred Olsen’s longest-ever world cruise in January 2014
Nathan Philpott, Fred Olsen’s sales and market director, said a passenger survey had revealed that new destinations was among the most important factors in choosing a cruise, and the cruise line had responded with a wide range of new areas, including Japan and Mexico.
New ports for the 2013-14 cruise season are:
:: Haugesund and Bronnosvund, Norway
:: Yangon, former capital of Burma (now Myanmar)
:: Osaka and Hiroshima, Japan
:: Nawiliwili, Hawaii
:: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
:: Boulogne, France
:: Vaasa, Sweden
:: Husavik, Iceland
:: Townsville, Australia
:: Melilla, a Spanish enclave in Morrocco
Philpott added: “Fred Olsen Cruise Lines is renowned for offering a wide choice of regional ex-UK departures, and for 2013-14 there will be a greater choice than ever with the addition of three new convenient departure ports - Belfast, Harwich and a welcome return of Liverpool.
“These ports join the existing line-up of Dover, Southampton, Portsmouth, Newcastle, Greenock and Rosyth, meaning that 90 per cent of the UK population will be within an hour’s drive of a Fred Olsen departure port.”
In addition to the ex-UK cruises, the programme includes the cruise line’s first ever season of Canaries fly-cruises, with Braemar based in Tenerife for a winter season in 2013-14, offering departures to the Canary Island, Cape Verde and West Africa.
Cruise prices for the programme start from £199 per person for a tw-night mini cruise on Boudicca, departing Belfast on 15 October, 2013, visiting Liverpool and returning to Belfast.
Starting prices for the longest cruise, Black Watch’s 114-night Australia and South America World Cruise, departing Southampton on 14 January 2014, is £9,399 per person.
Highlights of the 2013-14 worldwide programme
Balmoral Around the World Grand Voyages with highlights including Burma, Hawaii, Japan and Latin America
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