Family-run, small ship specialist Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has unveiled five new Signature Experiences to celebrate the Joy of the Journey on board each of its sailings.
The Joy of the Journey cruise experiences will focus on Itinerary Insights, the Sky at Sea, Treats of the Region, Scenic Discoveries and the Ship and the Sea, with each to be delivered by specialist guides who are experts in their field, adding to the small ships bringing big benefits ethos that Fred. Olsen embody.
Open air sunrise, sunset or stargazing events will be among the highlights of the Sky at Sea, while there will be chances to join a guide on deck to spot wildlife, flora and fauna or join a hosted talk in one of Fred. Olsen’s panoramic Observatory Lounges in Scenic Discoveries, as the ship sails through some of the world’s most beautiful waterways, lochs, lakes and fjords and interesting seascapes, docking at smaller ports in more interesting places across the world.
The Itinerary Insights programme will offer lively lectures and smaller, more informative talks, on cultural, artistic and historical highlights to give guests a deeper understanding of the destinations they will visit, while the Ship and the Sea will shine a spotlight on Fred. Olsen’s five generations of maritime traditions, and include ‘an Audience With’ programme with Captains and crew for those who are curious to find out more.
Fred. Olsen’s creative chefs and galley teams will showcase the Treats of the Region with live cookery demonstrations of local delicacies, giving guests the chance to sample dishes famous in the places they’ll be visiting and learn how to recreate them at home.
Clare Ward, Director of Product and Customer Service at Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines said: “At Fred. Olsen, we feel passionate that a cruise is different to a holiday, and we want to be doing all we can to celebrate that. A cruise brings with it experiences that simply aren’t possible with other forms of travel, such as the chance to witness breath-taking scenery best viewed from the water, spot native marine wildlife and birdlife or capture spectacular sunrises and sunsets, or stargazing with a cup of hot chocolate out on deck.”
The cruise line has already started to introduce elements of its Joy of the Journey programme onto its sailings for 2022, with the full programme to be up and running on all cruises from 2023. This includes Balmoral’s 78-night ‘Exploration of South America and the Antarctic’ cruise setting sail on 5th January 2023 with guests to be joined by Falklands veteran Simon Weston who will share tales of his time during the Falklands War.
You can cruise from seven regional UK ports to hundreds of destinations worldwide. For most of the year, the ships are based in Britain, with cruises departing from Rosyth (Edinburgh), Newcastle, Liverpool, Dover, Southampton, Portsmouth and Belfast. Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines have also recently been awarded Silver for ‘Customers at the Heart of Everything’ at the prestigious UK Customer Experience Awards 2022. One of our principles in The Olsen Way is that ‘it’s all about the people’ and this award is real evidence of that.
Other highlights include the chance to join cookery demonstrations to learn how to make Chilean empanadas, Uruguayan chivito and Brazilian feijoada and much more experiences like joining the guides out on deck for a scenic sunrise while sailing through the Chilean Fjords, a sunset at the ‘end of the world in Ushuaia, the southernmost tip of South America, or for a stargazing evening while sailing the Atlantic at the furthest point from land.
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