Fred Olsen Cruise Line announced it had teamed up with ORCA (marine wildlife charity) for an inaugural Iceland cruise onboard mv Boudicca in summer 2019. The journey is part of a new partnership "to monitor whale and dolphin numbers and to help to conserve and protect the seas as a safe environment in which these species can live and thrive."
On Boudicca, ORCA will have 2 volunteer wildlife experts when the 880-passenger ship sets sail on her 13-night ‘Icelandic Wonders & Wildlife’ voyage in June. The volunteers will spend up to 16 hours per day out on the deck during sea days, in order to help Fred Olsen passengers to spot and identify animals as well as to record data about the marine wildlife.
The ORCA volunteers will hold lectures and Q&A sessions onboard, giving guests the chance to ask questions about any wildlife which they may have seen during the sailing, and on shore excursions. The ORCA team will be also accompanying a ‘whale-watching’ tour.
Boudicca’s 13-night ‘Icelandic Wonders & Wildlife’ cruise is roundtrip from Dover UK departing on June 18, 2019. Prices start from GBP 1,099 per person.
Any data collected during the Fred Olsen Iceland cruise will be analyzed and used as a part of the wider research of ORCA to drive marine conservation policy at the UK and European level.