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Fred Olsen Cruise Lines Coronavirus update

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines suspended the entire fleet's passenger shipping operations (all vessels - ocean and riverboats) by cancelling all voyages with pre-scheduled departures in the period March 14 through October 16, 2020 (initially through May 28 and July 11). River- and ocean fleets operations are planned to resume on October 24 (previously on May 29 and July 12).

All affected bookings were fully refunded, including on prepurchased through the cruise company packages and services. All bookings made before May 5, 2020 (any cruise itinerary in 2020) were allowed to cancel penalty-free (up to 14 days prior departure) and rebook any other 2020 Fred Olsen cruise (river or ocean).

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Review of Fred Olsen Cruise Lines

IMPORTANT: Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Fred Olsen Cruise Lines suspended the entire fleet's passenger shipping operations (all vessels - ocean and riverboats) cancelling all voyages with pre-scheduled departures in the period March 14 through October 16, 2020 (initially through May 28 and July 11). River- and ocean fleets operations are planned to resume on October 24 (previously on May 29 and July 12).

All affected bookings were fully refunded, including on prepurchased through the cruise company packages and services. All bookings made before May 5, 2020 (any cruise itinerary in 2020) were allowed to cancel penalty-free (up to 14 days prior departure) and rebook any other 2020 Fred Olsen cruise (river or ocean).

During the lay-up period, all Fred Olsen cruise ships are anchored in the Firth of Forth estuary, near Rosyth (Edinburgh Scotland).

IMPORTANT: in July 2020, Carnival Corporation (via its subsidiary company Holland America Line) sold to Fred Olsen two cruise ships - MS Amsterdam (2000-built) and MS Rotterdam (1997-built), which were renamed "MS Bolette" and "MS Borealis", respectively. Both vessels' deliveries were planned for September 2020.

  • On August 21, 2020, Fred Olsen confirmed the retirement of two cruise ships - Boudicca (1973-built, 47-years-old) and Black Watch (1972-built, 48-years-old). Both were sold to a Turkish company to serve as hotel ships.
  • After joining the fleet, the former Holland America ships Amsterdam (Bolette) and Rotterdam (Borealis) increased the company’s passenger capacity by ~30%.
  • All bookings on Boudicca and Black Watch were automatically transferred onto the ships Bolette and Borealis. Bookings opened on September 7 (Bolette) and September 15 (Borealis).

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines (website) is a Norwegian-owned, UK-based cruise shipping company headquartered in Ipswich (Suffolk UK). The company is part of Fred Olsen Group (family-owned, by Bonheur and Ganger Rolf). Other subsidiaries of Fred Olsen Group (headquartered in Oslo Norway) are the shipping companies Fred Olsen Express (ferries in the Canary Islands) and Fred Olsen Energy (crude oil tankers).

Company history

The cruise travel company Fred Olsen was established in 1848 (in Hvitsten Norway) by three Olsen brothers - Petter, Andras and Fredrik-Christian. They bought its first ships and started international passenger shipping. Today, this family-owned cruise line (into its 5th generation) operates several companies specializing in cruise ship travel, ships' crewing, shipbuilding, even in aviation and offshore industries. Fred Olsen Group also has business interests in the sectors of property development, estate management, luxury hotels, and electronics. Cruise company's current Managing Director is Peter Deer - with Fred Olsen Group since 1993.

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Fred Olsen ships are smaller-sized but attractive with stylish bars and lounges, smartly furnished staterooms and premium restaurants. Airy public areas provide excellent places to read, have a drink and relax at sea. Daily scheduled activities, uncrowded pool decks, luxury spas are among the other reasons to book cruise vacations with Fred Olsen.

Fred Olsen purchased its first ship in May 2006 - Norwegian Crown (now Balmoral), bought from NCL Norwegian Cruise Line. In November 2007, the vessel was drydocked for lengthening and refurbishment, adding a 40-m long pre-built midship section. The ship (renamed MS Balmoral) entered service in 2008. This project was repeated in summer 2008 with the extension of MS Braemar. Vessel's size was increased from 19,000 to 24,000 GT tons.

Fred Olsen provides traditional, home-like cruising with unhurried onboard life - the main reason for company's many repeating customers. The liners offer a variety of itineraries with different durations - from a few days (European mini-cruises) to around the world voyages. Brochure 2018-2019 ("Venture to the four corners of the world") included 2 World Cruises - 107-night (Black Watch, departing from Southampton on November 12, 2019, prices from GBP 9,850 pp) and company's ever-longest itinerary - 168-night (Boudicca, departing October 3, 2019, prices from GBP 15,000 pp).

On March 7, 2017, Fred Olsen announced its most successful cruise sales day ever. Total bookings were over GBP 3 million for that day. Most of the bookings were made by top tier loyalty club members, following the official release of Fred Olsen's 2018-2019 cruise itinerary program. The increase in bookings over the same launch day in 2016 was 15%. By the new program, the all 4 Fred Olsen ships will visit 228 destinations in 73 different countries. The program also featured 91 scenic cruising areas included in 135 unique itineraries.

The company enjoys a high repeat booking rate. To attract first-timers, since 2013 Fred Olsen offers "Enjoyment Promise". By this initiative, a full cruise full refund is guaranteed to anyone who doesn't enjoy the company's cruising vacation product. The cruise line guarantees that if passengers find that the experience is not for them, they can leave the cruise ship at the next available call port. The "Enjoyment Promise" offer applies only to new bookings and first-time customers.

Occasionally, Fred Olsen offers short-breaks (themed as "Taster Cruise") allowing potential customers to book 1-night UK cruise deals. This is a perfect opportunity to sample company's product without committing too much money or time. Booking these 1-night deals don't require purchasing travel insurance. Package price includes Drinks Package added for free. Optional flights from Belfast or Derry can be added with cruise port transfers for GBP 1000 pp. For cruise passengers who don't want to fly, overnight ferry (Belfast Ireland to Birkenhead England) can be added with cruise port transfers for GBP 100 pp.

In August 2017, the company contracted Speedcast International Ltd to provide fleetwide full package communication (voice and data) services. Speedcast (renown provider of remote communication and IT solutions) installed on all Fred Olsen ships satellite VSAT terminals plus land-based 4G data connectivity. The new technology allows seamless, automatic switching between various networks ensuring highly reliable connectivity at all times. The new network also provides connectivity between the company's offices and the fleet all over the world.

2018 was company's record year as cruise sales, with November 19 (Monday) being year's most successful sales day (nearly GBP 1,6 million). Also in 2018 was started the charter operations of Fred Olsen's first dedicated riverboat Brabant (Amadeus Princess). The 156-passenger ship cruises on the rivers Moselle, Rhine, Main, and the Danube.

In April 2019 was introduced the "Brexit Promise" guarantee. In cases of cruise cancellation due to UK's Brexit, the company guarantees a full refund to all bookings - plus a free cruise. In 2020-2021, Fred Olsen ships (ocean and riverboats) will visit a total of 277 destinations in 90 different countries across 6 continents on 170 itineraries.

Fred Olsen Ferries

"Fred Olsen Express" (founded 1974 as "Ferry Gomera", headquartered in Tenerife) is also part of Fred Olsen Group. The company provides regularly scheduled inter-island passenger shipping services via fast ferries in the Canary Islands. Company's main rival on this market is Naviera Armas Ferries.

Fred Olsen Express has a fleet of nine Ro-Pax ships (including 2 trimarans under construction, scheduled deliveries 2020-2021). Among these vessels is world's first trimaran ferry (HSC Benchijigua Express, launched 2005) with a capacity of 1350 passengers and 357 vehicles. Each of the new trimarans is powered by four Rolls-Royce engines (MTU Series 8000 M71L / 20-cylinder) with combined power output 36,4 MW. Trimaran's max capacity is 1100 passengers and 276 cars. Max speed is 38 knots (44 mph / 70 kph).

Currently, Fred Olsen ferries operate 12 routes in the Canaries, connecting the islands Tenerife, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, La Palma, and La Gomera. Crossings travel time range between 25 min (Lanzarote - Fuerteventura) and 4 hours (Lanzarote - Gran Canaria).

Fred Olsen fleet meets 2015-2018-2021

For the first time ever, on July 28, 2015, all four Fred Olsen liners (the whole fleet) came together in Bergen - Norway's second-largest city after the capital Oslo.

 

The four vessels arrived at 8 am and left the port at 6 pm.

  • MS Balmoral was on an 8-night "Norwegian Fjords" cruise from Southampton UK (July 25). Arriving from Stavanger Norway, it docked at Bontelabo Terminal.
  • MS Black Watch was on a 9-night "Cruising the Fjordland" cruise from Liverpool UK (July 23). Arriving from Flam Norway, it docked at Skolten South Terminal.
  • MS Boudicca was on a 7-night "Glaciers, Fjords and Waterfalls of Norway" cruise from Newcastle UK (July 26). Arriving from Newcastle upon Tyne, it docked at Skolten North Terminal.
  • MS Braemar was on a 14-night "Falls, Fjords and Faroe Islands" cruise from Dover UK (July 18). Arriving from Akureyri Iceland, it docked at Festningskaien Terminal.
  • The day-long festivities in Bergen included quayside live music performances (marching drummers, singers, music bands), onboard entertainment (afternoon show, open deck party, live band music), onboard treasure hunt, "water cannon" send-off show as all Fred Olsen ships were leaving the port.
  • All four Fred Olsen ships visit Bergen every year since 1997.
  • Following the "fleet meet" day, Balmoral continued to Flam, both Black Watch and Braemar to Eidfjord, Boudicca - to Alesund.

On September 10, 2018, for company's 170th anniversary, Fred Olsen's fleet docked together in Cadiz (Spain). The 4 themed cruise itineraries ("Captains in Cadiz") were opened for booking on September 28, 2017. Port's excellent facilities are located within the city and allowed all 4 liners to be berthed alongside each other.

  • All 4 liners sailed into Cadiz harbor at ~8 am. The total 4000 passengers were welcomed by "Los Sones de Cadiz" band. The ceremony was attended by Fred Olsen Junior, as well as the city's Mayor, Cadiz Port Authority's President, and other VIP guests.
  • At 5 pm, all 4 liners departed in convoy, serenaded by a local jazz band. They were led out of Cadiz Harbour by a fire tugboat spraying water cannons. The fleet passed under "Constitution of 1812 Bridge" information: Braemar returned to Southampton; Black Watch and Balmoral went to Lisbon; Boudicca - to Ibiza.
 

The next fleet-meet was initially planned for April 4, 2020, in Port Funchal (Madeira Island). All 4 itineraries (themed "Four Freds in Funchal") included as activities welcome ceremony, live music performances, specially-prepared food menus, fun competitions between the crew and passengers of each boat. However, due to the global Coronavirus crisis, the fleet rendezvous was cancelled and rescheduled for October 22, 2021 ("Four Ladies in Lisbon") in Port Lisbon Portugal.

The 4 itineraries initially planned for the "Four Ladies in Lisbon" fleet-meet included:

  1. (Braemar) 27-night "Iconic Sites of Croatia and Italy" departs from Southampton England on September 30, 2021. Prices start from GBP 3800 pp.
  2. (Balmoral) 16-night "Heritage Sites of the Med" departs from Newcastle England on October 12, 2021. Prices start from GBP 2000 pp.
  3. (Borealis) 15-night "Exploring the Azores and Portugal" departs roundtrip from Liverpool England on October 18, with prices from GBP 2000 pp.
  4. (Bolette) 15-night "Escape to the Canaries" leaves roundtrip from Dover England on Oct 18, with prices from GBP 1900 pp.

Itinerary of Fred Olsen Cruise Lines

Fred Olsen"s cruise fleet is UK-based (homeported) during most of the year, with roundtrips out of UK departure ports - Southampton, Dover, Falmouth, London-Tilbury, Harwich, Liverpool, Newcastle, Rosyth (Edinburgh), Portsmouth, Greenock-Glasgow and Belfast Ireland. MS Braemar ship"s winter Caribbean fly-cruise program is from homeport Bridgetown Barbados and provides connecting flights from Manchester and London Gatwick.

Fred Olsen"s itineraries are in popular destinations like the Baltic, Norway Fjords, Mediterranean, Canaries, Caribbean. Longer itineraries include "Around the World" and "Around South America" voyages. The list of cruise destinations operated by Fred Olsen ships includes Mediterranean (also Adriatic), North Africa (Morocco), Canary Islands, Transatlantic crossings, Canada-New England, Northern Europe-UK (Around Britain/British Isles, Iceland, Norway), South America, USA-Canada.

One of the "most British" cruise companies, Fred Olsen"s fleet consists of smaller-sized vessels. Fleet"s largest liners (two former Holland America ships) joined in September 2020 - Bolette / MS Amsterdam (2000-built) and Borealis / MS Rotterdam (1997-built). At the same time, the fleet left Boudicca (1973-built, 47-years-old) and Black Watch (1972-built, 48-years-old).

Fred Olsen river cruise itineraries

The company launched its new European river cruise program via a chartered vessel. Fred Olsen river cruises are operated on the 156-passenger river ship MS Amadeus Princess (renamed "MS Brabant").

MS Amadeus Princess cruise ship (Brabant, Fred Olsen)

Fred Olsen"s river program includes itineraries on the rivers the Danube, Main, Rhine, and Moselle, with a total of 30 departures. Itinerary durations are from 5 to 25 nights, complemented by high-quality tours and excursions ashore. The new program was specifically planned to include a large amount of daylight river cruising, allowing passengers to enjoy as long as possible the riverside scenery along the itinerary routes.

The new river cruise itineraries on Brabant include Dusseldorf to Amsterdam (Holland), Dusseldorf to Nuremberg, Nuremberg to Budapest (Hungary), Budapest to Bucharest (Romania), Dusseldorf to Basel (Switzerland), and Bucharest to Dusseldorf.

Fred. Olsen River Cruises new 2020 program on MS Brabant includes a total of 26 itineraries that cover 43 ports of call. Fred Olsen is due to introduce ten maiden calls onboard the 156-passenger Brabant, in 5 new areas, showcasing the beautiful Rhine, Main, Moselle, and Danube Rivers, across 6 countries.

New for 2020 are maiden cruises into Luxembourg, taking in Grevenmacher and Remich, as well as scenic voyages of the Danube Delta, with inaugural calls to Trier, Nierstein, Cetate, Galati, Dobreta-Turnu Severin, Donji Milanovac, Enkhuizen, and Vukovar.

Every Fred Olsen river trip is due to incorporate a lot of daytime scenic cruising so that travelers can enjoy some of the most fantastic European scenery with 14 areas of scheduled scenic cruising that are included across the itineraries. Brabant passengers can also benefit from the introduction of line"s new enrichment program with almost every voyage featuring an onboard speaker, specifically tailored to the itinerary and cruise highlights.

Each itinerary also features an optional shore trips package, which for the set price of GBP 200 includes 5 shore tours, relevant to the specific cruise themes. Highlights of Brabant"s planned for 2020 program included:

  • 14-night "Eastern Europe Discovery to the Danube Delta" fly-cruise with flights from London/Manchester, ex Budapest on May 31, 2020, prices from GBP 2900 per person.
  • 7-night "Sailing the scenic Moselle to Luxembourg" fly-cruise with flights from London/Manchester, ex Cologne on August 9, 2020, prices from GBP 1700 per person.
  • 7-night "Historic Gems of Germany" fly-cruise with flights from London/Manchester on September 27, 2020, prices from GBP 1600 per person.

Fred Olsen cruise itinerary changes

Fred Olsen added a South Africa program on MS Boudicca (transferred to Bolette) operated with UK to South Africa fly-cruise deals. Boudicca"s fares were inclusive of flights from London (or Manchester) to Cape Town (departure port). The 14-day roundtrip itinerary included overnights in Port Elizabeth, Richards Bay and Durban. The 3-day stay in Cape Town offers as tour options Scale Table Mountain (cable car ride), wine tours (Stellenbosch, Constantia), Camps Bay strolling, visiting the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront complex and the Newlands (cricket ground), Cape Town Harley Davidson bike tour, boating, shark diving, whales-dolphins watching.

  • mv Balmoral (1988) - the UK/British Isles, Baltic Sea (Russia-Scandinavia and Norwegian Fjords) and the Canary Islands leaving out of Newcastle (home-port), also from Dover and Southampton (home-port) including on Transatlantic round-trip cruises to South America.
  • sold and left the fleet in 2020/ ms Black Watch (1972) - World Cruise from Southampton, Northern Europe (Norway Fjords, Russia and Scandinavia) leaving from England (Dover, homeport) and Scotland (Edinburgh-Rosyth homeport).
  • sold and left the fleet in 2020/ ms Boudicca (1972) - UK/British Isles, Azores, and Madeira, the Mediterranean leaving from Liverpool (home-port), World Cruise round-trip from Southampton to the Caribbean and South America. Select departures from Greenock-Glasgow, Belfast, and Rosyth were also available.
  • ms Braemar (1993) - Baltic Sea (Russia and Scandinavia, Norway Fjords), France (Atlantic Coast ports), Canary Islands and Eastern Mediterranean out of Southampton (home-port). During winter season offers Caribbean cruises out of Barbados.
  • ms Bolette (fka MS Amsterdam, 2000-built) was acquired from Holland America Line (Carnival Corporation) in July 2020.
  • ms Borealis (fka MS Rotterdam, 1997-built) was acquired from Holland America Line (Carnival Corporation) in July 2020.

After joining the fleet (in September 2020), Bolette and Borealis increased the company"s passenger capacity by ~30%. To Bolette and Borealis were transferred the itineraries previously scheduled, respectively, for Boudicca and Black Watch.

Fred Olsen Boudicca cruise ship

Holidaymakers who are looking to explore Iceland and Greenland can now benefit from Fred Olsen"s free door-to-door transfers up to 90 miles on 5 selected scenic itineraries in 2019, as the cruise line released its "Lands of Fire and Fjords of Ice" brochure. Passengers can choose to visit the ancient Hvalsey Norse ruins, cruise past one of the "Ten Wonders of the Arctic" - Tasermiut Fjord in Greenland, or discover Paradise Island, close to Isafjordur in Iceland, on a vacation which starts without the hassle of arranging transport to/from the United Kingdom departure port.

Passengers are also able to benefit from exclusive excursions on line"s newly-installed Rigid Inflatable Boats, at an extra charge. The new "RIBs" have a capacity of up to 12 people each and specialize in giving "off the beaten tourist track" experience.

Fred Olsen also offers all-inclusive cruise package upgrades (additional fixed price PP per day) and UK fly-cruise deals to Canary Islands (year-round discounted airfare from Southampton, England) and to Japan (on Boudicca in 2021).

Fred Olsen introduced its inaugural 34-day "American Waterways in the Fall with New York" cruise on MS Balmoral in September 2020. The US voyage is due to arrive first in Canada, following a Transatlantic crossing. From Canada, Balmoral sails south to the USA, where highlights include scenic cruising on Hudson River (fleet"s first) and the narrow waterways of Cape Cod Canal, Chesapeake and Delaware Canal. Balmoral then returns in the Atlantic from Baltimore through Bermuda to the Azores. Prices for the 34-day itinerary (roundtrip from Southampton UK departure September 29, 2020) start from GBP 4,800 per person.

In 2020-2021, Fred Olsen ships (ocean and riverboats) visit 277 destinations in 90 different countries across 6 continents, on 170 itineraries. Complementing the UK departure ports Dover, Edinburgh-Rosyth, Liverpool, Newcastle, and Southampton, Fred Olsen also offers an expanded fly-cruise program. The company"s 2020-2021 ocean program has 144 itineraries, including 9 maiden ports (Hiroshima, Beppu, Kochi, Nagoya, Fakarava, Raiatea, Savusavu, Halong Bay, Surabaya). MS Brabant"s passengers cruise on Danube, Main, Moselle and Rhine rivers on 26 itineraries, including Luxembourg City (maiden port). In 2020, Brabant visits a total of 43 ports in 13 countries, covering 14 scenic cruising destinations (of which 5 brand new).

As well as the brand"s signature "Norwegian Fjords" voyages, Fred Olsen offers 3 new scenic cruising areas on Balmoral's 34-day "American Waterways in the Fall with New York" (Southampton roundtrip, September 2020) - Cape Cod Canal, Hudson River and Chesapeake-Delaware Canal. Shallow-drafted Braemar also repeats its best-Corinth Canal transition on the 25-day "Corinth Canal and Greek Islands" voyage from Southampton (April 2021).

Boudicca"s 14-day "Authentic Japan" (fly-cruise from Tokyo, January 2021) has planned in-depth shore excursions, including taking part in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, connecting with the Samurais' heritage (tour to Kamakura Caste) and watching a Geisha perform authentic dances.

The 32-day "Idyllic Islands of the Caribbean" itinerary (Black Watch from Liverpool, November 2020) visits the inhabited Mayreau - Grenadines' smallest inhabited island (population ~300).

Boudicca"s 14-day "African Wildlife Adventure" (from Cape Town, December 2020) is nature-themed and gives the chance to see chameleons and lemurs in their native Madagascan habitat. From Port Elizabeth and Durban (South Africa), travellers enjoy safari tours. Balmoral"s 10-day "Icelandic Wonders and Wildlife" (from Edinburgh, June 2020) goes to Godafoss and Gullfoss (two of Iceland's top 5 waterfalls).

Fred Olsen's short-breaks (the popular "5-day" cruises) visit Norway on Balmoral"s "5-day Fjordland Discovery" (out of Edinburgh, July 2020), along with Braemar"s maiden "Delights of Devon and Cornwall" cruise (August 2020) to St Mary"s on the Isles of Scilly, Falmouth and Plymouth.

"Best Time To Go" 2020-2021 itineraries include Black Watch"s 10-day "Authentic Flavours of Portugal" (from Liverpool, June 2020, coincides with the "Feast of St Anthony"/"Sardine Festival"), Black Watch"s "Canaries and Portugal with Funchal Flower Parade", Boudicca"s 28-day "Discovering Asia with Singapore at New Year" (fly-cruise from Mahe Seychelles, December 2020).

Other highlights of the new Fred Olsen 2020-2021 ocean cruise program include:

  • Black Watch"s 9-day "Mystery Cruise" from Liverpool (April 2020, adult-only)
  • Black Watch"s 14-day "The Fjords of Greenland" trip from Liverpool (August 2020)
  • Balmoral"s 9-day "Winter Fjords with Shetland" sailing from Southampton (January 2021)
  • Boudicca"s 14-day "Vietnam, Hong Kong, and Singapore" fly-cruise via Hong Kong (January 2021)
  • Balmoral"s "In Search of the Northern Lights in 8 Nights" itinerary from Newcastle (March 2021).

In September 2020 were announced MS Balmoral's new itineraries leaving in 2021-Q3 roundtrip from homeport Portsmouth England.

  • 5-night "French cities with the Seine" (departure October 30)
  • 13-night "Arctic Norway and Northern Lights" (November 4)
  • 13-night "Winter warmth of the Canaries" (November 17)
  • 6-night "German Christmas Markets" (November 30)

In April 2020, the entire Fred Olsen ocean fleet was expected to reunite for the 3rd time in the Madeiran capital of Funchal to celebrate "Four Fred.s in Funchal"! In September 2018, the fleet came together to mark the line"s 170th anniversary in shipping via the "Captains in Cadiz" celebration. However, Fred Olsen Cruise Lines confirmed that its 3rd historic fleet get together will be "Four Fred.s in Lisbon" which is expected in October 2021. It comes after the "Four Fred.s in Funchal" event which was scheduled to take place on April 4 on the garden island of Madeira was cancelled because of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

In September 2020, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines launched 8 new itineraries for their Balmoral ship in 2021, which include a series of regional sailings from the port of Portsmouth UK (England). On these new cruises of 5 nights or more, passengers are able to enjoy a free beverage package, on bookings made by October 31, 2020.

Clare Ward, Director of Products and Services for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines said they were very excited to introduce more new cruises and equally excited to return to Portsmouth for 4 of their 8 new voyages. He added that onboard Balmoral, "guests can sail the Seine, search for the Northern Lights, chase the sun in Madeira and the Canaries or visit the German Christmas markets for festive shopping."

  • Highlights of Balmoral's new itineraries include a 14-night voyage "The Canary Islands and Madeira" departing from Southampton UK on February 2, 2021. Prices start from GBP 1,600 per person and include calls at Lisbon, Funchal, Santa Cruz de la Palma, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Las Palmas, Arrecife, La Coruna.
  • On November 4, 2021, Balmoral is scheduled to commence a 13-night "Arctic Norway and Northern Lights" sailing which sets sail from Portsmouth. Ports of call include Molde, Narvik, Alta (overnight), Tromso, Alesund. Prices start from GBP 1,600 per person.
  • Another new cruise is the "German Christmas Markets" with prices from GBP 700 per person and visits to Bremen and Hamburg. Balmoral departs from Portsmouth on November 30, 2021.

Fred Olsen confirmed that the 929-passenger MS Braemar returns to Corinth Canal in September 2022 for a 3rd time. Braemar made history in October 2019 as the largest vessel (186 metres long) to sail the 6.4-km waterway, which is just 24 m wide at its narrowest point.

The cruise line unveiled its new Corinth Canal voyage in Autumn 2022 as the first preview itinerary from the forthcoming 2021-2022 schedule. Details of Fred Olsen"s 3rd Corinth Canal cruise are as follows:

For those who cannot wait until 2022, there is still availability on Braemar"s 2nd Corinth Canal sailing in Spring 2021, on a 25-night "Greek Islands and Corinth Canal" voyage from Southampton UK on April 16, 2021.

A 29-day Arctic exploration scheduled for August 2021 and taking in the natural wonders of northern Norway, Greenland, and Iceland is the latest itinerary to be previewed from Fred. Olsen"s 2021-2022 ocean program, ahead of the full unveiling in March 2020. The "Midnight Sun and Northern Lights" cruise onboard the 880-passenger Boudicca gives guests the opportunity to catch the last of the "Midnight Sun", with early glimmers of Iceland"s "Northern Lights".

On this getaway, there is also the chance to marvel at the picturesque villages, fjords, and waterfalls of Norway, as well as the chance to explore remote Svalbard (the most northerly town in the world), go whale-watching in Iceland, and take in the panoramic views of rugged Greenland. Fred. Olsen Boudicca"s 28-night "Midnight Sun and Northern Lights" voyage departs from Dover UK on August 14, 2021. Prices start from GBP 4,199 per person.

Ports of call include Dover, Andalsnes, scenic cruising Naeroysundet, Torghatten, Seven Sisters mountains, crossing Arctic Circle, Svolvaer, Trollfjord, Tromso, Honningsvag, cruising by North Cape and The Horn, Longyearbyen, cruising Tempelfjorden and Tuna Glacier, sailing by Jan Mayen Island, Reykjavík (overnight), scenic cruising Prins Christiansund and Tunugdlliarfik Fjord, Narsarsuaq (overnight), Nanortalik, scenic cruising Tasermuit Fjord and Prins Christiansund, Isafjordur, Akureyri (overnight), Dover.

All prices are based on 2 adults sharing a twin-bedded Inside stateroom and include all meals, accommodation, and entertainment onboard, as well as port taxes.

This is the 2nd itinerary to be teased from the company"s 2021-2022 ocean cruises, following the release of its 26-night "Corinth Canal and Greek Islands Cruise", when MS Braemar is scheduled to be returning to the Corinth Canal for a 3rd time, in September 2022.

In 2023, Fred Olsen with Balmoral offers the "North American Waterways and Canadian Fall" itinerary (UK roundtrip) that includes the company"s maiden cruise on Hudson River (USA"s New York state). The 34-night / 35-day voyage (booking code L2323 ) starts from Southampton on September 26, 2023. Prices start from GBP 5300 (EUR 5860 / USD 6940) per person, double-occupancy cabin rates. Bookings made by September 30, 2020, received up to GBP 300 pp in OBC (onboard credit).

The special itinerary"s call ports include St John"s Newfoundland (overnight), Sydney NS, Halifax NS (overnight), Saint John NB, Portland ME, Boston MA, Cape Cod Canal, passing by NYC"s Statue of Liberty, NYC New York (2-night stay), Hudson River, Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, Baltimore MD (overnight), Transatlantic crossing, Hamilton Bermuda, Ponta Delgada Azores, La Coruna Spain.

Fred Olsen Bolette ship's inaugural cruises 2021-2022

MS Bolette ship"s inaugural cruise program consists mainly of itineraries previously scheduled for Boudicca, plus new sailings added. The UK-based vessel is predominantly homeported in Dover England. MS Bolette"s maiden voyage is a 7-night "Scotland and Northern Ireland Cruise" leaving roundtrip from Southampton on March 5, 2021. The inaugural cruise is followed by two ex-UK voyages before visiting Portugal"s Azores and Madeira islands over Easter break.

Customers who booked by September 30 (2020) any Fred Olsen Bolette cruises 2021-2022 received free shipboard gratuities and up to GBP 100 per person in OBC (onboard credit). Highlights of MS Bolette"s inaugural cruise season include:

Fred Olsen Borealis ship's inaugural cruises 2021-2022

Voyages for Fred Olsen's second (ex-Holland America) cruise ship Borealis (fka MS Rotterdam) went on sale in mid-September 2020, with an inaugural program 2021 that includes new itineraries out of homeport Liverpool England.

MS Borealis' maiden voyage is a 6-night "Scottish Lochs and Isles" roundtrip (April 23, 2021). Follows a 5-night "Irish Capitals and Scottish Scenery" itinerary, before the liner goes to the Mediterranean, Iceland, Norway and other popular destinations.

Borealis in 2021-2022 sails almost exclusively from Port Liverpool, taking on the existing program originally planned for the retired (in August 2020) MS Black Watch, plus 5 new itineraries.

Customers who booked by September 30 (2020) any Fred Olsen Borealis cruises 2021-2022 received free shipboard gratuities and up to GBP 100 per person in OBC (onboard credit). Highlights of MS Borealis inaugural cruise program include:

  • 6-night "Scottish Lochs and Isles" departs from Liverpool (April 23, 2021). Prices start from GBP 600 per person. Ports of call are Liverpool, Belfast, scenic cruising (Loch Torridon, Loch Broom, Loch Eriboll), Lerwick, Kirkwall, Liverpool.
  • 16-night "In Search of Aurora Borealis" (Norway) departs from Liverpool on November 16, 2021. Prices start from GBP 2000 per person. Ports of call are Liverpool, Belfast, Alesund, Arctic Circle crossing, Tromso, Alta, Hammerfest, Narvik, Trondheim, Liverpool.
  • 14-night "Canaries Christmas and Funchal Fireworks" departs from Liverpool on December 21, 2021. Prices start from GBP 2300 per person. Ports of call are Liverpool, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Arrecife, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, San Sebastian de la Gomera, Funchal, Liverpool.

World Cruise 2022 (MS Borealis)

On October 1, 2020, Fred Olsen announced a World Cruise on MS Borealis (departing roundtrip out of the UK in January 2022) that visits a total of 37 call ports. "Around the World Voyage 2022" can be booked as Liverpool roundtrip (104-days itinerary, departs on January 4) and as Southampton roundtrip (100-days itinerary, departure January 6). Prices started from GBP 10450 (Liverpool) and GBP 10000 (Southampton).

  • Signature destinations include Suez Canal transit, Panama Canals full transit, North America, Pacific Ocean islands (Hawaii, Papua New Guinea, Great Barrier Reef), Australia and New Zealand (3-day Sydney NSW overnight stay), Singapore, Dubai.
  • Bookings made by October 31, 2020, received up to GBP 600 in OBC (onboard credit per cabin).
  • Besides the full itinerary, World Voyage 2022 is available for booking in smaller segments (17- to 84-days in length).

Fred Olsen's Longest Cruise Ever (2019)

A 168-day voyage is set to be the longest sailing in the history of Fred Olsen Cruise Lines. The Grand Voyage aboard mv Boudicca departing in October 2019, takes in some of the most spectacular cities and islands in the world. The sailing is part of the line"s 2018-2019 "Venture to the four corners of the world" brochure, also including a 107-day "Around the World with Sydney at New Year" trip in November 2018. The 168-day sailing aboard Boudicca departs on October 3, 2019, with prices starting from GBP 14,999 per person. Highlights include Indonesia, the islands of Andaman, the Indian Ocean, Seychelles, Madagascar, Australia. In South Africa, there are safari adventures during visits to Richards Bay and Port Elizabeth, as well as opportunities to see the Boulders Beach penguins on tour out of Cape Town.

The 107-day Sydney at New Year voyage departs Southampton UK on November 12 on Black Watch, with prices from GBP 9850 pp. There are ports of call in the Americas, including islands in the Caribbean, Colombia"s UNESCO-listed walled city Cartagena de Indias, Panama Canal journey, and an extended stay in Sydney, Australia for New Year celebrations. On the Asian leg of the trip, passengers can experience the contrast between Komodo Island, Indonesia, and Singapore. There is also overnight in Mumbai and visits to Arabia.

UK-Japan fly-cruise 2021

In mid-March 2019, Fred Olsen announced the company"s ever-first "Authentic Japan" fly-cruise from homeport Tokyo with flights from Southampton. The itinerary program (on Boudicca) starts in January 2021 and features as maiden ports Beppu, Hiroshima, and Nagoya.

Itinerary"s all call ports are Tokyo (overnight), Nagoya, Kobe (overnight), Hiroshima, Beppu, Nagasaki, Keelung (Taiwan) and Hong Kong China (overnight). Early bookings (made by May 31, 2019) received a complimentary package with included gratuities.

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