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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 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

  • Exotic fly cruise programme
  • Balmoral Around the World Grand Voyages with highlights including Burma, Hawaii, Japan and Latin America

  • Black Watch 2013 Around Africa voyage, South America and Australasia world cruise in 2014
  • Firm Favourites, winter and summer sunshine cruises south to the Mediterranean and Atlantic Islands
  • Scenic cruises north to Iceland, Greenland, Norway & the Fjords and the top of the world including the once in a lifetime opportunity to view the Northern Lights
  • Longer duration cruises mixing culture, scenery and sunshine to the Mediterranean and Caribbean
  • Adventure and discovery cruises to the mighty Amazon River and the Red Sea
  • Cultural and scenic cruises to the Baltic countries and cities including Lapland
  • Mini cruise breaks taking in France, the Channel Islands, Netherlands, Ireland and Norway

  • Posted on 22nd June 2012 at 08:38 am in Cruise News | Cruise Lines | Fred Olsen |

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