Posted March 5th, 2018
Your Chance To See ‘Four Fred.s In Funchal’
The chance to see all of a cruise line’s ships in the same place at the same time is one that’s exciting for many cruisers. It is usually only those lines with small fleets that are able to do this, with Cunard’s ‘Three Queens’ being the perfect example. Whenever these three magnificent vessels are in the same place at the same time, people come from all over to see the rare event for themselves. The last time this happened in the UK we were there to film proceedings are get some first-hand views from those who had come to watch as to why this was an important event. Check out our video from the day below.
As well as Cunard, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is a company that regularly stages meetings of its four ships around the world. In 2015, Balmoral, Braemar, Boudicca and Black Watch headed to Bergen – a port chosen to represent the company’s Norwegian heritage – and docked in the same place for the first time ever. Three years on and Fred. Olsen Cruises Lines is repeating the feat in 2018 – this time in Cadiz, Spain. Taking place on the 10th September, ‘Captains in Cadiz’ will give cruise fans another chance to sail in convoy with the rest of the fleet, or arrive in the city by land to experience all four ships sailing into port together. The event will celebrate 170 years of Fred. Olsen and is sure to be a memorable day for all.
If you already have your 2018 cruise sorted, though, a look into the not too distant future will see another fleet-wide rendezvous on the horizon. ‘Four Fred.s in Funchal’ has been announced for 2020 and will be the third time Balmoral, Boudicca, Black Watch and Braemar have sailed in tandem. They will meet up in Madeira’s beautiful capital on Saturday 4th April, but before that they will sail four different itineraries from four different UK ports.
Black Watch will leave Liverpool on 26th March 2020 for a 14-night, adult-only ‘Azores & Madeira’ sailing. This will include stops in Praia da Vitoria, Horta, Ponta Delgada and, on the return journey, Porto. Meanwhile, Boudicca will be departing Dover three days later, on 29th March. Her 19-night, adult-only ‘Cape Verde Islands’ cruise will take her to La Coruna, Lisbon, Mindelo, Praia, Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Vigo.
If you would prefer to sail on board Braemar, she will be offering a 12-night itinerary out of Southampton from the 28th March entitled ‘Closer Spain & Portugal with Madeira’. As well as Funchal, the ports featured are La Coruna, Vigo, Lisbon (overnight) and Aviles. Finally, Balmoral will be setting sail from Newcastle on a 16-night, adult-only cruise that will take in the Canary Islands. Ports of call will be Leixoes (for Porto); Santa Cruz, La Palma; Las Palmas, Gran Canaria; Arrecife, Lanzarote; and La Coruna.
All of these cruises are on sale now and there is an added incentive to secure your place before the end of 30th April 2018. Book before then and Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines will cover your gratuities to the cabin steward and waiter, allowing you to relax in the knowledge that you don’t have to find money for tips at the end of your holiday. For full terms and conditions click here.
If you would like the chance to see all four Fred. Olsen ships in the same place in 2020, our friendly team can help you choose the right itinerary and cabin grade. Call us on 0808 250 8098 or submit an online enquiry by clicking here.