Fred. Olsen will be sailing to 253 destinations in 84 countries with its ‘closer to the destination’ itineraries

Balmoral Fred.Olsen

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has announced that its fleet of four ships will be visiting 253 destinations in 84 countries around the globe in 2016/17.

Fred. Olsen will be sailing from a total of 10 regional UK departure ports in 2016/17 – Southampton, Dover, Harwich, Tilbury, Falmouth, Liverpool, Newcastle, Rosyth (for Edinburgh), Greenock (for Glasgow) and Belfast. Fred. Olsen’s new 2016/17 cruise programme will also include a record 23 maiden calls.

Nathan Philpot, Sales and Marketing Director for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said:

“For 2016/17, we have a clear focus on ‘Bringing the world closer to you’, offering innovative cruise experiences that stand out, to destinations that our guests really want to explore and enjoy.

“Our focus on ‘closer to you’ will be enhanced significantly in 2016/17, with Balmoral’s deployment to the Port of Tyne in Newcastle, where we have a rapidly-expanding and very loyal cruise market. Historically, this is a very important port for Fred. Olsen, as Newcastle is where we built a dedicated Fred. Olsen terminal and started sailing from in 1906.

“2015 is also a very special year for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, as it is the 200th anniversary of the first ‘Fred. Olsen’ – Mr. Fredrik Christian Olsen, the founding father of our company – and so we are taking this opportunity to celebrate our history and heritage.”

In 2016/17, Fred. Olsen’s 1,350-guest flagship, Balmoral, will be sailing from Newcastle for the first time, with a record 11 departures, including a five-night Norwegian Festival & Fjords cruise, visiting Bergen during the International Festival.

Boudicca will also be cruising from the port of Falmouth for the first time in 2016/17 offering guests a 12-night Canaries & Portugal Spring Break (18+ only) and a ten-night ‘Land’s End to John O’Groats’ voyage.

Fred. Olsen will also be reconfirming its commitment to Liverpool in 2016/17, with a total of 15 cruise calls on board Boudicca, including a 16-night Rugged & Rural Canada journey while there will be six cruises on Black Watch from Rosyth (Edinburgh) in 2016/17, including a 13-night Scandinavian Capitals & St Petersburg sailing.

Black Watch and Boudicca will embark on two epic Grand Voyages in January 2017, visiting 67 ports in 38 countries between them. Black Watch will be taking in the exotic destinations of Hanga Roa (Easter Island), Bora Bora, in French Polynesia, and three stops in New Zealand – Auckland, Tauranga and Wellington – on a 107-night Around the World cruise. Boudicca will be offering a 77-night South American Discovery, which includes stops in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires, in Argentina, as well a cruise of the Chilean fjords and a maiden call at Laguna San Rafael.

The new 2016/17 itineraries will go on general sale from 10 March 2015.


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