Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has announced its four ships will visit no fewer than 228 destinations in 73 countries around the world as part of the line’s 2018/19 cruise programme.
Fred. Olsen’s new 2018/19 cruise programme will include the following nine maiden calls:
- Anavilhanas, Amazonas, Brazil
- Chioggia, Province of Venice, Italy
- Georgetown, Ascension
- Khasab, Oman
- Kirkenes, Norway
- Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico m
- Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
- Porbandar, Gujarat, India
- Sanremo, Liguria, Italy
Justin Stanton, Sales and Marketing Director for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said: “A Fred. Olsen cruise is all about getting ‘closer’. From taking advantage of the ship’s smaller scale, to calling into destinations out of reach to larger ships, all the way through to the special, one-off itineraries and excursions that show destinations in real depth – it is part of the Fred. Olsen ethos, every step of the way!”
Fred. Olsen will be focussing increasingly on fly-cruise itineraries in 2018/19, with the publication of its first-ever dedicated fly-cruise brochure, highlighting new exotic holidays to Arabia and India.
The new programme will also see an expanded range of short five-night ‘taster’ cruises to the Norwegian Fjords, and along the Seine.
Fred. Olsen will also be offering more ‘experience-led’ cruises than ever before – a total of 117 in 2018/19 –specifically ‘built’ around a key global event, such as the Edinburgh Tattoo, the ‘Northern Lights’ and New Year’s Eve in Sydney.
Black Watch will embark on an epic 107-night ‘Grand Voyage’ from Southampton in November 2018. Visiting a total of 35 ports in 22 countries, this is the first time that Fred. Olsen will be offering guests the chance to spend New Year’s Eve in Australia.
Balmoral will be undertaking her first-ever ‘California, Mexico & the Panama Canal’ adventure from Southampton in January 2019. The 62-night cruise will visit San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego, and also the chance to explore cities and towns in Colombia, Barbados, Portugal, Costa Rica, Aruba, and three beautiful beach resorts on the Mexican Riviera. The ship will also be transiting the Panama Canal twice.
In 2018/19, Fred. Olsen’s 1,350-guest flagship, Balmoral, will be sailing from Rosyth, the port for Edinburgh, for the first time ever, with a total of nine cruises. Cruise holidays on offer to Scottish guests include a five-night cruise to Norway; a 14-night Baltic cruise; and a nine-night ‘German Waterways’ itinerary.
Three magical ‘Mystery Cruises’ will take place in 2018/19, where only the Captain will know where guests are going! Boudicca will be undertaking a five-night ‘Easter Mystery Cruise’ in March 2018; Black Watch a nine-night ‘Mystery Cruise’ in October 2018; and Balmoral a 12-night ‘Mystery Cruise’ in November 2018.
In addition to the mystery cruises, Fred. Olsen’s ground-breaking ‘You Choose Your Cruise’ concept in May 2018, will see guests on Braemar vote for which poets they’d like to visit. Guests can opt for Amsterdam or Rotterdam in the ‘Dutch vote’, Copenhagen or Hundested as part of the ‘Danish vote’, Tallinn versus Saaremaa in the ‘Estonian vote’, Helsinki or Kotka in the ‘Finnish vote’, and Traveműnde versus Wismar as part of the ‘German vote’. In addition to the five winning ports of call, guests can also enjoy a two-night stay in St. Petersburg.
On September 10, 2018, Fred. Olsen’s ‘Captains in Cadiz’ even will see all four vessels reuniting once again, to mark the 170th anniversary of Fred. Olsen’s beginnings in the shipping industry. This follows on from Fred. Olsen’s hugely-successful ‘Four Ships in Bergen’ event in July 2015, when the Fred. Olsen fleet came together for the very first time.
Fred. Olsen will depart from Southampton, Dover, Liverpool, Newcastle and Edinburgh (Rosyth) in 2018/19, and won’t sail from Harwich or Greenock like previous years.
Fred. Olsen’s new 2018/19 itineraries will go on general sale from March 9, 2017.