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New and old destinations in Fred Olsen 2012/13 cruise programme

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines' worldwide programme for 2012/13 features a comprehensive selection of ex-UK cruises from early 2012 to Spring of 2013 on the classic ships Balmoral, Braemar, Boudicca and Black Watch.

And all the new cruises feature its No Fuel Surcharge Guarantee.

The 2012/13 programme includes an enormous choice of destinations, varying in duration from a mini-cruise of just two nights to an epic world voyage lasting 112 nights.

Itineraries feature new and exciting destinations along with many old favourites, and departures are from convenient regional British ports – Dover, Southampton, Portsmouth, Newcastle, Greenock (Glasgow) and Rosyth (Edinburgh).

Boudicca of Fred Olsen Cruise Lines
Boudicca goes in search of the Northern Lights in February 2013

New features for 2012/13

  • A ‘Christmas Markets’ cruise aboard Black Watch, travelling right into the Baltic Sea, calling at Warnemünde (Germany), Tallinn (Estonia), St. Petersburg (Russia), Helsinki (Finland), Copenhagen (Denmark), and Kiel (Germany)
  • The chance to sail over 50 miles up the Guadalquivir River to Seville, in Spain
  • A return call to the newly-accessible Banjul Harbour in The Gambia, on Balmoral’s 21-night ‘West Africa and Cape Verde’ cruise
  • Three brand new destinations on Canada’s east coast – Port Saguenay, Trois Rivières and Havre St Pierre
  • Some enticing longer cruises in 2013 – Balmoral’s new ‘Around the World’ itinerary and Black Watch’s epic cruise, down the West Coast of Africa, and into the Indian Ocean
  • Another opportunity to take a Winter cruise to Norway, ‘In Search of the Northern Lights’, with Boudicca in February 2013, or to cruise into the heart of the mighty Amazon River, also aboard Boudicca, on a long (35-night) cruise in early 2013
  • Christmas 2012, when both Balmoral and Braemar will be visiting the Cape Verde Islands, as part of their festive itineraries, while Black Watch offers a real getaway, with her ex-UK ‘Caribbean Christmas’ cruise of 25 nights
  • Fred. Olsen continues to make regular enhancements to its fleet. Boudicca benefitted from a major refit in January 2011, allowing for extra cabins, smart new shopping outlets and a top- deck fitness centre. The onboard experience continues to benefit from an ever-increasing choice of activities and interests for guests to pursue.

    The cruise enrichment programme, Vistas , formerly The ArtsClub, has been re-launched and reinvigorated, with many distinguished new names joining the panoply of on-board experts, covering an even wider range of subjects.

    Other additional attractions, on selected cruises, include the Flagship Golf programme  boasting even more top courses in 2012/13, and the Music and Laughter programme. This gives guests a wonderful opportunity to enjoy live music and comedy in an intimate setting, from some of the top names in the business, and all at no extra cost.

    Past favourite include the Divas of Motown, The Drifters and Lulu, and big names lined up for this season include The Operababes – back by popular demand – The Sounds of Boney M, featuring Sheyla Bonnick,  and The Tornados – the first UK group to top the US charts with Telstar, and originally backing group to Sixties legend Billy Fury.

    Nigel Lingard, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ marketing director, said: “It is hard to think of a better time to take a cruise with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines. The latest programme really does have something for everyone, in terms of destinations, length of cruise, activities and entertainment on board – and with our No Fuel Surcharge Guarantee, our guests can book with absolute confidence.

    “As the popularity of cruising continues unabated, especially ex-UK cruising, we are delighted to be able to offer this extensive selection of cruises from UK ports, and we very much look forward to welcoming guests, old and new, on board our four ships in 2012/13.”

    Posted on 28th May 2011 at 03:28 pm in Cruise News | Cruise Lines | Fred Olsen |

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