3 Fred Olsen cruises not to be missed

06 Mar 2018

Ever thought about taking a cruise with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines? Don’t like the thought of sailing on a mega-leviathian of a cruise ship with what seems like millions of people on board? Then a cruise with Fred.Olsen may be ideal for you.

They currently have a fleet of four small sized cruise ships that sail on itineraries that the larger ships cannot. With passenger capacity ranging from 929 on Braemar to 1350 on Balmoral, you are not going to be overwhelmed with passenger traffic on board and will create for a more intimate setting in which to enjoy your cruise and perhaps make new friends.

We’ve picked out three cruises that are not to be missed with Fred.Olsen Cruise Lines. Let’s have a look…

‘Choose Your Cruise- Baltic: 29 May 2018

Every wondered what it would be like to be a navigator on board a cruise ship? Well…

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines are allowing guests on board Braemar for her 14 night cruise to Baltic, departing 29 May 2018 from Southampton, to vote for a chance to ‘steer the ship.’

Guests will vote in a ballot and the winning vote will be picked by the captain. The winning guest will then get the chance to ‘chart the ship’s course’ and choose between two ports of call as the ship sails. The destinations will be kept a mystery.

Guests can chose from the capital cities of the Baltic or decide to perhaps visit less known ports of call with hidden gems across The Netherlands, Germany and Denmark.

There are two highlights that have been pre-determined before the cruise and that is an overnight stay in the Russian city of St Petersburg and the transiting of the Kiel Canal.

The choices for the ports on the cruise are below.

29/05/18 – Southampton

31/05/18 – Amsterdam or Rotterdam (Netherlands)

02/06/18 – Copenhagen or Hundested (Denmark)

04/06/18 – Tallinn or Saaremaa (Estonia)

05/06/18 & 06/06/18- St Petersburg (Russia)

07/06/18 – Helsinki or Kotka (Finland)

09/06/18 – Wismar or Travemunde (Germany)

12/06/18 – Southampton

Greek Islands & Corinth Canal: 27 September 2019

Ever fancied transitting the Corinth Canal? Making the passage on the longest ship ever to go through the canal? Well, you will be able to experience this on board Braemar’s epic 25 night Greek Islands and Corinth Canal cruise departing 27 September 2019 from Southampton.

With a smorgasbord of both popular and less well known ports of calls, guests will have ample opportunity to indulge in all things historical and culture as they visit places such as Valletta (Malta) Rhodes (Greece) and Trapani in Italy.

The highlight of the cruise will be the transitting of the Corinth Canal. Opened in 1893, the canal is 3.9 miles long with a water depth of 26 feet. The most iconic feature though is its width. Ranging from 69 ft at the bottom to a maximum of 83 feet at the waters’ surface. So with Braemar’s 73.8 feet width, it will make for an exciting and interesting passage.

Four Fred.s In Funchal: 4 April 2020.

4 April 2020 will see the four ships in the Fred.Olsen fleet meet together, this time in Funchal, Madeira.

Black Watch, Boudicca, Balmoral and Braemar will gather in the Portuguese island, where guests will be able to enjoy a variety of entertainment and events to help celebrate the meeting.

It will be the third time that all four ships will have been together in port together in Fred.Olsen colours, following the events in Bergen in July 2015 and Cadiz which will take place in September 2018.

All four ships will be incorporating the beautiful island of Madeira on their itineraries These intineraries are: Black Watch’s 14-night W2009 ‘Azores & Madeira’ cruise, departing Liverpool on 26th March 2020, Braemar’s 12-night M2007 ‘Closer Spain & Portugal with Madeira’ cruise, departing Southampton on 28th March 2020; Boudicca’s 19-night D2008 ‘Cape Verde Islands’ cruise, departing Dover on 29th March 2020 and Balmoral’s 16-night L2003 ‘Canary Islands’ cruise, from Newcastle on 29th March 2020.

It promises to be quite the occasion in Funchal and will be a special moment for the captain’s of each ship as they enter the port together.

So for those that are new to Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, then these 3 options would certainly be a great start to finding out what they are like. If you have been with Fred. Olsen before then it’s the perfect opportunity to returning and spending special moments on board. The decision is yours!

For more information on these sailings or to book a Fred. Olsen Cruise, call Ocean World Travel’s friendly sales team on 0800 368 9059.