Get ‘closer to the destination’ on Fred. Olsen’s smaller cruise ships in 2015/16
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines will be visiting no fewer than 245 destinations in 81 countries around the globe in 2015/16, including 42 countries on its 2016 Grand Voyages alone.
The cruise programme will see its four ships, Balmoral, Braemar, Boudicca and Black Watch, sail from ten regional UK departures ports – Southampton, Dover, Harwich, Tilbury, Bristol (Avonmouth), Liverpool, Newcastle, Rosyth (for Edinburgh), Greenock (for Glasgow) and Belfast.
Nathan Philpot launching the Fred Olsen 2015/16 programme
It means that Fred. Olsen’s guests will only be within a 90-minute drive away from joining a Fred. Olsen cruise, reinforcing its reputation as the “local, global cruise line”.
Nathan Philpot, marketing director for Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, said: “We strive to bring the world closer to everyone in the UK through our regional departures and smaller ships, and we fully expect to build on our growth in 2013 and 2014.”
Fred. Olsen will also be embarking on its inaugural African Grand Voyage on board Boudicca in 2016, of 76 nights’ duration – the first time that this smaller, more traditional ship has ever been deployed on such a long cruise – and will be calling at the new and exotic ports of Luanda (Angola), Maputo (Mozambique) and Zanzibar (Tanzania).
A 115-night “Around the World” Grand Voyage on Black Watch in 2016 will be taking in a grand total of 27 countries, visiting the maiden port of Tuticorin, in India, as well as the popular destinations of Yangon, capital of Myanmar (formerly Burma), and Komodo Island, home to the famous Dragons, which is only accessible by sea.
Fred. Olsen will be offering even more river cruising itineraries in 2015/16, on Braemar, taking in the French rivers, the German waterways and a Spanish itinerary, cruising up the Guadalquivir to the centre of Seville.
Another feature of the 2015/16 cruise programme is its series of “Into the Heart of the Baltic” voyages. These tineraries allow Braemar to dock at ports and berths right in the city centre, giving guests easy access to some of the Baltic’s most spectacular sights.
Fred. Olsen will also be offering two Adriatic cruises – one on Black Watch from Liverpool in April 2015 and the other on Braemar from Dover in September 2015 – staying overnight in Venice, Italy, where Fred. Olsen’s smaller-sized ships can still call, and offering the amazing ports of Kotor (Montenegro), Durres (Albania) and ‘picture perfect’ Dubrovnik, in Croatia, which is one of Fred. Olsen guests’ favourites.
In 2015/16, there will be even more scenic cruising, visiting 51 picturesque locations, including Lysefjord – one of the pearls of Norway, featuring Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) and Kjerag (The Mountain Bolt) – the Bay of Kotor in Montenegro, and the Turku and Stockholm archipelagos.
Boudicca will be making her longest ever cruise, a 76-night African Grand Voyage, in 2016
Fred. Olsen will also be offering a number of new destinations in 2015/16, with maiden calls into seven ports:
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