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Five 2017 Fred. Olsen Cruises To Consider

With their smaller ships, award-winning food and entertainment, and plentiful departures from the UK, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines are one of the nation’s favourite operators. A quintessentially British style of cruise holiday, you will be joined on board Braemar, Boudicca, Balmoral or Black Watch by likeminded travellers and a crew that is eager to please at every opportunity.

In 2017, Fred. Olsen Cruises are offering the chance to discover the wonders of faraway destinations, as well as those closer to home. From seldom-visited ports to some of the cruising world’s most-loved destinations, here are five cruises to consider this year.

Authentic Croatia with Venice

Croatin Island of Hvar

Croatia’s popularity as a holiday destination is definitely growing amongst British travellers and this cruise will give you the chance to experience more than one part of this beautiful country. From the historical streets and red roofs of Dubrovnik to the natural beauty and picturesque beaches found on the island of Hvar, you’re sure to fall in love with Croatia. On this round-trip from Southampton, you’ll also stop in Spain, Portugal, Malta and Italy, including an overnight stay in the romantic city of Venice.

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Black Watch
  • Departure: 24 Apr 2017 for 25 nights
  • Destination:

    16 Ports - Iberia, Mediterranean

  • Itinerary:

    Southampton - Malaga - Valletta - Hvar - Zadar - Venice - Pula - Split - Dubrovnik - Straits of Messina - Cruising Stromboli - Lipari - Cagliari - Cartegena - Lisbon - Southampton

The Wonders of Spitsbergen

Polar Bears In Spitsbergen

Usually, you would have to climb aboard an expedition ship to venture beyond the Arctic Circle but this cruise on board Balmoral will take you to the tip of mainland Norway and beyond. Without doubt, the main highlight will be the chance to go in search of the majestic polar bear during your time on the island of Spitsbergen – a Norwegian territory within the Svalbard archipelago. Whilst you’re here, you’ll also see giant glaciers and experience 24-hour daylight thanks to the Midnight Sun.

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Balmoral
  • Departure: 10 Jun 2017 for 14 nights
  • Destination:

    19 Ports - Antarctica, Arctic, Norway & Fjords, Scandinavia

  • Itinerary:

    Newcastle Upon Tyne - Alesund - Rorvik - Torghatten - Seven Sisters mountain range - Arctic Circle - Black Glacier - Tromso - Honningsvaag - North Cape - Longyearbyen - Tempelfjorden - Pyramiden - Kristiansund - Geiranger - Seven Sisters mountain range - Geirangerfjord - Cruising Sunnylvsfjorden - Newcastle Upon Tyne

Wildlife of England & Scotland

Southwold England

We often look further afield when searching for excellent wildlife spotting opportunities, forgetting the amazing experiences that can be enjoyed on our own doorstep. This itinerary, which circumnavigates the British Isles from Liverpool, will offer the chance to look for whales, orcas, puffins, golden eagles and many more of the fascinating creatures that make their home on our shores. Plus, you will be part of only the second ever cruise to stop in the charming town of Southwold, on the east coast of England. Here, you’ll find cosy pubs and cafes offering excellent local ales and a pier that can provide hours of fun.

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Boudicca
  • Departure: 21 Jul 2017 for 8 nights
  • Destination:

    9 Ports - British Isles

  • Itinerary:

    Liverpool - Tobermory - Cruising Pentland Firth - Kirkwall - Lerwick - Cruising by Farne Islands - Southwold - Portsmouth - Liverpool

Captain's Mystery Cruise

Captain's Mystery Cruise with Fred. Olsen

There’s not much we can say about this cruise as it’s erm… a mystery. However, you shouldn’t let the fact that you don’t know the ports of call put you off this itinerary. It’s perfect for cruisers that are looking for something different or perhaps don’t really know where they want to travel and you can trust that the captain will offer up some fantastic destinations. Smart travellers may be able to figure out the limits of the itinerary from its length and the fact that you will be sailing out of Harwich, but it’s best to just relax and see where you end up. It could just be you’re next favourite port.

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Black Watch
  • Departure: 31 Oct 2017 for 10 nights
  • Destination:

    1 Ports - British Isles

  • Itinerary:

    Harwich

Indian Ocean Islands & Zanzibar

Zanzibar

If you are looking for something more exotic from Fred. Olsen Cruises in 2017, this itinerary will be perfect. Starting in Port Louis, Mauritius, you’ll sail amongst the Seychelles before visiting the fascinating island of Zanzibar. Whilst the beaches of Praslin Island and Port Victoria will provide the chance to relax and soak up the sun when everyone else back home is dealing with the stresses of Christmas and fighting back the cold weather, your time in Zanzibar can be spent discovering the endemic flora and fauna or the beautiful natural landscapes. That’s not to say that the Tanzanian island doesn’t have its fair share of paradisiacal beaches, though. After spending Christmas Day at sea, enjoying some festive entertainment and food, you’ll admire the otherworldly terrain of Reunion before heading back to Port Louis.

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Boudicca
  • Departure: 14 Dec 2017 for 16 nights
  • Destination:

    8 Ports - Africa, Indian Ocean

  • Itinerary:

    Port Louis - Praslin Island - Port Victoria - Silhouette - Zanzibar - Mamoudzou - Reunion Island - Port Louis

If you are looking for a 2017 Fred. Olsen cruise then these are some fantastic options. Call us today to talk about any of the itineraries above or any other sailings that catch your eye.

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