March 6th, 2018 by Jordan Bailey
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.
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February 20th, 2018 by Jordan Bailey
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is venturing into the river cruise market, launching it’s first river ship Brabant in April 2018. The intimate 150-guest vessel will sail along some of Europe’s most stunning waterways, including the Rhine, Moselle, and Danube.
Step aboard Brabant, a comfortable and charming river ship, offering the same warm and friendly service that can be found aboard Fred. Olsen’s fleet of four ocean ships. If you love cruising with Fred. Olsen, then a cruise aboard Brabant will be the perfect choice for taking your first ever river cruise.
With so much time spent in port, a focus on delving deeper into the fabulous destinations, and strict restrictions on the size of river ships, you won’t find glitzy public spaces or cruise ship staples, such as a swimming pool or theatre. Instead, you’ll enjoy the stylish and spacious Panorama Lounge bar with stunning views of the scenic river banks. In the evening, grab a drink and sit down to enjoy live entertainment from the resident musicians. Relax in the Amadeus Club. Offering river views from the back of the ship, take a seat and play cards, solve a puzzle, or lose yourself in a good book. Spectacular views are guaranteed up on the Sun Deck. Enjoy a drink from the Lido Bar, and sit in one of the deck chairs as you sail past picturesque villages and rolling hills.
Indulge in the excellent cuisine on offer in the Panorama Restaurant. In the morning, tuck into a delicious buffet breakfast, before heading ashore. Feel free to pop back for a wonderful lunch, before continuing your exploration later that afternoon. For those with a sweet tooth, or those simply wanting a refreshing break from exploring ashore, enjoy an exquisite afternoon tea. The main highlight is the a la carte evening meal. Enjoy a five-course fine dining experience, with a host of classic favourites and tempting regional dishes based on the destinations during your river cruise.
After all that delicious food, you may feel like burning some of those calories. Take a work out in the Fitness Centre, or why not use one of the complimentary bikes and go for a cycle ashore. For the ultimate rejuvenating experience, enjoy a soothing massage in the Vital Club, or get your hair styled in the hair salon.
Onboard Brabant, you’ll stay in bright and surprisingly spacious accommodation, all offering wonderful outside views. In the Standard Rooms on Haydn Deck 1, there’s plenty of room to relax, with comfortable beds, an en-suite bathroom, and a picture window. The spacious Juliette Balcony Rooms on Strauss Deck 2 and Mozart Deck 3 offer a generous amount of room for an enjoyable river cruise experience. These rooms also include floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors, and plenty of wardrobe space. There are just two Juliette Suites on board Brabant. Both are beautifully furnished and have floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors. There is a large comfortable seating area, and the en-suite bathroom features a bathtub.
As you can see, a river cruise aboard Fred. Olsen’s charming Brabant offers a relaxing experience, visiting the most beautiful towns in Europe. To see Fred. Olsen’s range of inspiring itineraries, view our river brochure, or discover the latest sailings, availability and prices, call us on 0800 368 9055.
January 8th, 2018 by Jordan Bailey
Sipping on a refreshing drink, watching the world go by, as the ship sails to its next wonderful destination. What could be more fantastic than that? When the drinks are All Inclusive of course!
Fred Olsen Cruise Lines offers an unbeatable All Inclusive Drinks Package offering exceptional value for money, at just £15 per person, per night (£34 per person, per night on cruises fewer than 5 nights in duration). By upgrading to All Inclusive, you can treat yourself to a pre-dinner drink in one of the intimate bars, a glass of wine with your exquisite evening meal onboard, or a tipple during one of the entertaining shows, without having to worry about an expensive bar bill at the end.
What drinks are included?
- Soft drinks by the glass (Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Lemonade, Tonic Water, Ginger Ale)
- Juices and water by the glass (Orange, Apple, Pineapple, Cranberry, Tomato, Spring Water)
- A selection of red, white and rosé wines by the glass
- Selected Cava by the glass
- Selected branded beers, lagers and ciders in cans or on draught (Bitter Draught, Lager Draught, Somersby, Spitfire, Carlsberg, Heineken)
- Selected house spirits (Vodka, Whisky, Gin, White Rum, Brandy)
View the full bar list available onboard, here.
With an All Inclusive package, you can also get 50% off selected premium branded drinks and cocktails, so no matter what your favourite drink is, an All Inclusive Drinks Package is the perfect option for you.
FREE All Inclusive Upgrade on almost all 2018/19 cruises
Enjoy free drinks or free tours when you discover the world on Fred. Olsen’s smaller, friendlier fleet. Book before 1 March 2018 and you’ll benefit from a free All Inclusive Drinks Upgrade OR Free Tour credit up to £200 per person. Relax onboard knowing that all your drinks are included, or choose a wonderful shore excursion andexplore more of the fantastic destinations on your cruise.
With over 100 applicable 2018/19 sailings, now is the perfect time to book your next cruise with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines. Speak to one of our friendly sales team today on 0800 368 9059, or click here, to discover the best sailings included in this offer.
August 31st, 2017 by Jordan Bailey
The flagship of the Fred. Olsen fleet, Balmoral is also the largest. Despite this, she is still relatively small in modern standards, carrying just over 1,200 passengers. Balmoral has four restaurants. The main dining room is the Ballindalloch restaurant on Deck 6 and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Two smaller dining rooms with large round windows are located towards the aft of Deck 10. A comfortable buffet restaurant opens out onto the aft terrace decks. The Neptune Lounge is the main entertainment venue aboard Balmoral and is home to cabaret-style shows, headline acts, and comedians. The Lido Lounge is another entertainment venue and plays host to daily trivia, game shows, live music, and the nightly disco. The Observatory Lounge offers views overlooking the bow of the ship and is a perfect quiet spot to relax on a sea day with a drink. A white-gloved Afternoon Tea service is also served here on selected days. The Spa and Gym also overlooks the front of the ship, giving you perfect views as you burn off those cruise calories.
At 24,000 GT, Braemar is the smallest of the Fred Olsen Cruise Lines fleet as is the perfect embodiment of the small ship, friendly service experience Fred. Olsen guests love. With a five-deck atrium letting in plenty of natural day light, as well as polished wood and brass fixtures, Braemar has a country manor house charm. Onboard, you'll find a superb selection of restaurants, bars and lounges offering sumptuous cuisine, a wide range of beers, wines and spirits and fantastic entertainment.
Black Watch is a sister-ship to Boudicca, yet each ship remains distinctly different in terms of both layout and decor. Carrying 880 passengers in spacious accommodation, Black Watch has plenty of outdoor deck space and spacious lounges to enjoy a drink in, such as the nautical-themed Observation Lounge offering unbeatable scenic views over the bow. In 2016, Black Watch received a multi-million pound makeover, which saw modernisation and improvements to all cabins, the restaurant as well as a new speciality restaurant, inspired by Scottish heritage.
Boudicca is a sister-ship to Black Watch, yet each ship remains distinctly different in terms of both layout and decor. Boudicca has spacious interiors, comfortable accommodation and a dedicated and hard-working crew. Boudicca is the perfect ship for a traditional cruising experience, coupled with amazing service, and a fantastic sociable atmosphere, which is why Fred. Olsen is so popular among solo travellers.
Brabant is the latest ship to join the Fred. Olsen fleet, offering the first-ever Fred. Olsen River Cruises. Carrying just 156 guests along Europe's most breath-taking waterways, Brabant is the perfect option for loyal Fred. Olsen guests, those who enjoy the friendly and intimate atmosphere the cruise line is known for, and for those who would like to experience their first river cruise with a brand they already know and love. Brabant has four decks, and features 79 beautiful rooms, plus a swimming pool and small fitness area, in addition to an intimate lounge bar and fantastic restaurant.
August 11th, 2017 by Jordan Bailey
Ocean World Travel have been one of Fred. Olsen’s top selling travel agents for many years, and our customers absolutely love the onboard experience, and fascinating itineraries – It’s why so many go back time and time again!
But what is it that our customers love about Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines? Here are the top 11 reasons to consider sailing with Fred. Olsen for yourself…
- Great food: Food is an important part of any cruise, and Fred. Olsen certainly deliver in this field. Customers are delighted with the quality of the food on board, and the incredible choices on offer every day. There is an impressive mixture of traditional British classics, gourmet dishes, and regional dishes.
- Traditional experience: You won’t find any gimmicks on Fred. Olsen or cost-cutting measures – Expect chocolates on your pillow at night, nuts and pretzels at the bar, and lovely, spacious teak decks.
- Great service: Traditional cruising style, together with a warm and friendly service, you can be rest assured the waiter will have learned your favourite drink by the second day!
- Drinks prices: Speaking of drinks, prices are very reasonable, and the selection is good too. Upgrade to all-inclusive drinks from just £15 per day.
- Perfect for solos: Onboard public spaces are perfectly designed for easily striking up a conversation with fellow passengers. There are several dedicated solo cabins, including some with balconies. Fred. Olsen also occasionally offer low, or no single supplements.
- British currency: Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is aimed at British travellers, so everything is charged in Pounds Sterling. There’s no hassle worrying about exchange rates or any ambiguity over prices.
- Event cruises: The Fred. Olsen fleet travel the globe, and cruises are regularly scheduled to coincide with major events, such as the Monaco Gran Prix.
- Small ships: Fred. Olsen’s four small ships are perfect for visiting smaller ports on a comfortably-sized ship, instead of docking out of town, and having to walk miles to get from one end of the ship to the other.
- Dazzling entertainment: Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines offers stunning cabaret shows, headliner guest performers, and witty comedians. There is also plenty of other activities going on throughout the day, such as a daily quiz, live music, and expert demonstrations.
- Inspiring itineraries: There isn’t many places that Fred. Olsen do not travel to. Most cruises conveniently start from regional ports around the UK, and visit the Canaries, Mediterranean, Caribbean and Northern Europe. There are also exotic fly cruises to the Indian Ocean, as well as world cruises.
- Value for money: For the excellent level of service, and fabulous itineraries, cruise with Fred. Olsen are very reasonable priced.
Contact our friendly travel consultants to book your next cruise
Call 0800 368 9059 or email email@example.com
Remember – you’ll receive an exclusive Ocean World Travel discount when you book with us!
May 17th, 2017 by Francesca Bandini
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines have just announced their exciting new programme, European River Cruising. The new cruises will depart between April and November 2018 and are on general sale from the 26th of May. What to expect from Fred. Olsen river cruising?
Brabant – the way to Fred. Olsen river cruising
The line’s river ship is a 156-guest vessel, named Brabant. This small vessel, 110 meters long, confirms the importance of an intimate atmosphere on board for Fred. Olsen River Cruises. However, on board there is plenty of space both in the public areas and on deck, so guest can admire the panorama in comfort as they sail by.
Brabant was built in 2006 and its name is dear to the Fred’s heirs: “the name Brabant harks back to Fred. Olsen’s historic passenger ship of the same name from the 1920s” as Justin Stanton, Sales and Marketing Director, stated.
Brabant has a country house hotel feel to it, the elegance of the cherry wooden interiors is contrasted by modern and vibrant colours. The atmosphere is elegant yet everything is made to enhance relaxation and enjoy never seen before views. In fact, many staterooms feature a Juliette balcony with panoramic views. The homely feel will be spread throughout the four decks with less than 80 rooms and suites and with 40 crew members.
The Fred.’s difference translated into Fred. Olsen river cruising
- The British market is still the focus: the traditional British style of cruising will not be left out Brabant, English will be the main language on board and the cuisine will certainly have a British flair.
- Sterling on board: the cruise line will maintain pounds as a currency.
- ‘Home-from-home’ atmosphere: the friendly and welcoming atmosphere will continue on river cruising, your needs will always be a priority aboard.
- Award Winning Customer Service: friendly. efficient and personal customer service will be another feature of Fred. Olsen River Cruise.
- Scenic cruising: with more time dedicated to daily cruising, allowing guests to experience astonishing panoramic views.
- Unmissable excursions: Fred. Olsen is transporting into river cruising their passion for excursions that give guests the chance to collect unforgettable memories, get closer to the local culture and pepper their holidays with a bit of adventure.
- Enjoyment Promise: you can buy with confidence with the Enjoyment Promise, by booking your cruise at least 12 weeks before departure, and within 24 hours of sailing, you can decide to return home. And your flight will be paid and your cruise fare reimbursed.
Sneak peek of the Fred. Olsen River Cruises brochure
Curious to know what is yet to come? Here is an idea of what you can expect, when the cruises go on sale. One of our top picks is the Springtime Dutch Discovery – A fantastic cruise discovering some of the most picturesque and less known spots of Europe, cruising the Pannerden Canal and the remarkable Dutch countryside. This cruise is the perfect way to try out river cruising and you will also be amongst the first to travel with Fred. Olsen River cruises, plus the starting price is only from £999pp*!
Brabant will be visiting the most iconic ports of Europe, itineraries include, Düsseldorf, Germany to Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Düsseldorf to Nuremberg, Germany; Nuremberg to Budapest, Hungary; Budapest to Hirsova (Bucharest), Romania; Düsseldorf to Basel, Switzerland; and Hirsova (Bucharest) to Düsseldorf. The cruise duration is varied too to accommodate all the liking, from 5 to 25 nights. Flights and transfers will be included in the fare, but there is the option to purchase cruise only.
We bet that Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines lovers will book a river cruise onboard Brabant immediately. In fact, we think cabins will sell out fast once on general sale, on the 26th May, so contact us today to ensure priority booking. Remember, our best price promise guaranteed: we will be able to give a discount to the brochure fare.
Good luck to Fred. Olsen River Cruises too for this brave new venture!
*Terms and conditions: Prices shown are subject to availability based upon 2 adults sharing the lowest available grade within the stateroom type specified. Offer is subject to availability and can be withdrawn at any time. The promotion is applicable to new bookings only. Cruise line terms and conditions apply. Errors and omissions excepted. Prices and availability are correct at time of publishing and may go up or down. Including flights from London. Other airports available at a supplement.
February 2nd, 2017 by admin
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has just announced the appointment of Justin Stanton as its new Sales and Marketing Director.
Based at its Head Office in Ipswich, Suffolk, Justin Stanton has been Head of Marketing for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines since 2012. In his new role, Justin will take responsibility for the Sales Department alongside the Marketing Department.
Justin joined Fred. Olsen in 2006 as Marketing Services Manager, primarily responsible for production of brochures and brand advertising. Previously, he worked for eight years at the award-winning specialist Tapestry Holidays in the Sales & Marketing team, latterly as Head of Marketing. With more than 20 years’ experience in the travel industry, Justin started his career as a graduate trainee at Harrods.
Speaking about his new appointment, Justin Stanton said:
“I am very pleased to have the opportunity to further develop Fred. Olsen’s position as a leader in smaller-ship cruising. We have excellent brand awareness, a superb product – which our guests love – and fantastic support from our trade partners, who are vital to our business.
“Having worked at Fred. Olsen for ten years, I look forward to supporting the team in the future development of the company.”
Mike Rodwell, Managing Director for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said:
“This appointment will further strengthen our management team, and is part of the important restructuring that has been taking place over the last few months. Justin’s main objectives will be to continue to refine our marketing output, and to build on the strong relationships that we have with our travel trade partners, who produce the bulk of our bookings.
“We have a strong and dynamic senior team in place, who are committed to ensuring that our cruises engage and delight our guests for many years to come. We wish Justin the very best in his new role.”
From all at Ocean World Travel, we wish Justin the very best in his new role.
December 15th, 2016 by Matthew Bayford
Exciting news from Fred. Olsen - a new itinerary for 2019 is now on sale!
The Balmoral will visit California, Mexico & the Panama Canal on this fantastic 62 night cruise. The cruise details are -
Date: 19 January 2019
Sets sail from: Southampton
Itinerary: Southampton - Funchal - Bridgetown - Kralendijk - Cartagena de Indias - Colon - Panama Canal Transit - Acajutla - Puerto Vallarta - Mazatlan - Cabo San Lucas - San Francisco - Los Angeles - San Diego - Acapulco - Puntarenas - Oranjestad - Philipsburg - Ponta Delgada - La Coruna - Southampton
Prices start from just £5,999 per person!
Call us today to book your place on this exciting itinerary - 0800 368 9050
November 14th, 2016 by Francesca Bandini
Cruisers’ favourite ship “Black Watch” will undergo a multi-million pound refurbishment on the 20 November 2016 to get ready for the 2017/2018 cruises. The ship will be undertaking upgrades to the public areas as well as the cabins, also the usual maintenance work will take place. As Mike Rodwell, Managing Director of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said:
“Our significant investment in refurbishing and upgrading Black Watch will ensure that our guests will be able to enjoy her classic looks and unique, intimate ambience for many years to come.”
Are you curious to see what is going to change on Black Watch? Don’t miss the boat and explore all the upgrades that will take place.
What are the major changes of the Black Watch of the future?
After the refurbishment, Black Watch will certainly have a fresher look and everyone is looking forward to seeing the end result. The main areas to be tackled will be the public lounges.
- A new Interactive TV system will be installed in the 423 cabins across the ship
- All the bathrooms are due to be refurbished
- Safes and mini-bars as standard will be located in the cabins
- The Garden Cafe is being converted into a new restaurant, ‘Brigadoon‘ in keeping with Fred’s scottish connections: The new restaurant will offer a stylish dining experience (for up to 54 guests)
- The Braemar Courtyard will turn into a speciality dining restaurant called ‘The Black Watch Room’, providing an à la carte menu: for example steaks cooked to order (for up to 46 guests)
- The Glentanar restaurant will be also transformed completely with a new organisation and new look
- The Morning Light Pub will be relocated on the actual Braemar Lounge, a new bar will be installed and there will be new furniture and fabrics
- New Neptune bar in place of the old Morning Light Pub, and all the bars will be modernised
- 3D movies and shows will be projected in the Marina Theatre
Black Watch will depart soon to the Blohm + Voss shipyard in Hamburg, she will be refitted in 26 days. Her first sailing will be a festive cruise to the German Christmas market on December the 15th from London Tilbury.
Similar upgrades are expected to the rest of the fleet – Balmoral, Braemar & Boudicca in the coming years.
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