Witness natural phenomena with a specially-planned scenic sailing route with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines in 2024 / 2025. This new programme gives guests the opportunity to follow natural bird migration, witness meteor showers, experience the world’s second-largest carnival, and a chance to spot polar bears, along with an 11-night mystery cruise following the explorations of past seafarers. For the 2024-2025 season, there is no need to fly as Fred. Olsen offers departures from UK ports, including Liverpool, Newcastle, Rosyth, Dover, Southampton and Portsmouth.
The cruise line has also unveiled new offers in celebration of its new routes, such as bonus spending credit for onboard activities and items, free door-to-door transfers within 250 mainland miles of the port, and a series of dedicated solo offers Highlights include an observation of the Perseid Meteor Shower when sailing to the Azores, viewing the Northern Lights in the Arctic, and witnessing the spring waterfalls in the Norwegian Fjords. Fred. Olsen will also take guests along the Adriatic, Mediterranean, and Baltic regions, making the most of their smaller ships by visiting ports closer to central destinations.
Cruise highlights for 2024
‘Springtime Norwegian Fjords in Five Nights’ cruise – departing from Newcastle on 23rd May 2024.
On this cruise, guests will learn about the changing shape of the Briksdal Glacier with a geologist on tour from Olsen, hike Mount Fløyen with a local to view the fjordland away from the main tourist route and enjoy scenic sailing of the picturesque Nordfjord to Jostedalsbreen Europe’s largest inland glacier. The itinerary begins in Newcastle, England and stops in Bergen and Olden in Norway, cruises through Nordfjord and Innvikfjord with a final return to Newcastle.
Prices start from £799 per person. Enjoy up to £75 per person to spend onboard.
‘Maritime Cities & Sailing Events of the Baltic’ cruise – departing from Dover on 27th June 2024.
The calls into Kiel and Helsinki on this cruise coincide with world-famous events, Kiel Week Regatta and the Tall Ship Races 2024. At the port, explore Tallinn’s Medieval Old Town, one of Europe’s best-preserved medieval cities, and visit its cathedral with a local bell ringer. Guests will also learn more about German architecture from the Hanseatic period.
The itinerary begins in Dover, England, with stops in Kiel, Germany; Gdansk, Poland; Visby, Sweden; Tallinn, Estonia; Helsinki, Finland; Turku, Finland; then ships will cruise the Turku Archipelago, then sail to Warnemünde, Germany, and a final stop back in Dover.
Prices start from £2,099 per person. Enjoy up to £200 per person to spend on-board or free door-to-door transfers up to 250 mainland miles to the port.
‘Discovering the Arctic’s Wildlife and Remote Landscapes’ cruise – departing from Liverpool on 19th July 2024.
This cruise is timed to coincide with the world’s largest humpback whale concentration off New Foundland, with ORCA Ocean Conservationists on board. Guests will have the chance to witness a wild polar bear in Arctic Canada, with a purposefully-timed scenic sailing past the rocky cliffs of Nunavut. In addition, cruise the rugged mountains and glaciers of Prins Christiansund and take a tour to weave through the icebergs of the Qooroq Ice Fjord.
The itinerary follows Liverpool, England – St John’s, Newfoundland, Canada – Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada – Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Canada – Cruising Humber Arm and Bay of Islands, Canada – Red Bay, Labrador, Canada – L’anse Aux Meadows, Newfoundland, Canada – Cruising North East coast of Akpatok Island, Nunavut – Cruising by Resolution Island, Nunavut – Cruising by Lower Savage Islands, Nunavut – Nuuk, Greenland – Nanortalik, Greenland – Narsarsuaq, Greenland – CruisingPrins Christiansund, Greenland – Reykjavík, Iceland – Liverpool, England.
Prices start from £3,799 per person. Enjoy up to £250 per person to spend onboard or free door-to-door transfers up to 250 mainland miles to the port.
‘Portugal’s Islands in Search of the Meteor Shower’ cruise – departing from Rosyth on 7th August 2024.
This cruise is timed purposefully to give guests the best chance of witnessing the Perseid Meteor Shower in the remote waters of the Azores, where there is minimal light pollution. Guests can join ORCA out on deck to spot whales and dolphins, known to populate these waters at this time of year and witness the national flower, the hydrangea, in full bloom.
The itinerary follows Rosyth, Edinburgh, Scotland – Praia da Vitoria, Azores – Horta, Azores – Ponta Delgada, Azores – Cruising by Vila Franca Islet, Azores – Cruising by Belém Tower and Discovery Monument, Lisbon – Cruising by Cristo Rei (Sanctuary of Christ the King) and 25 de Abril Bridge, Lisbon – Lisbon, Portugal – Leixões, Portugal – Rosyth, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Enjoy up to £200 per person or free door-to-door transfers up to 250 mainland miles to the port.
‘Spain, Portugal and the Spectacular Bird Migration’ – departing from Liverpool on 1st September 2024.
Join cruise wildlife experts Ocean Wildlife Encounters as you cruise the Strait of Gibraltar to spot eagles, storks, harriers, ospreys and vultures as they migrate south. Also, have the chance to learn to dance the flamenco and taste delicious tapas in Cádiz, Spain, their region of origin, as well as search for cetaceans such as beaked, toothed and baleen whales in the nutrient-rich waters along the Portuguese coast.
The itinerary follows Liverpool, England – Cruising Strait of Gibraltar – Gibraltar, Gibraltar (overnight stay) – Cruising Strait of Gibraltar – Ceuta, Spanish Morocco, Spain – Cádiz, Spain – Cruising by Belém Tower and Discovery Monument, Lisbon – Cruising by Cristo Rei (Sanctuary of Christ the King) and 25 de Abril Bridge, Lisbon – Lisbon, Portugal – Leixões, Portugal – Liverpool, England.
Prices start from £1,599 per person. Enjoy up to £150 to spend on board.
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