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'Black Watch' Update

News   •   Jul 14, 2016 16:09 BST

'Black Watch' set sail from El Ferrol, Spain at ca. 11.30am today [Thursday 14th July 2016], destined for the UK.

‘The drinks are on us!’ Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines offers FREE ‘all-inclusive’ upgrade on Dover sailings in September

‘The drinks are on us!’ Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines offers FREE ‘all-inclusive’ upgrade on Dover sailings in September

Press Releases   •   Jul 14, 2016 15:54 BST

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is offering guests a free upgrade to its ‘all-inclusive’ drinks package on its three sailings aboard flagship Balmoral from the Port of Dover this September, on all bookings made by 22nd July 2016.

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines welcomes ‘Little Skippers’ on board

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines welcomes ‘Little Skippers’ on board

Press Releases   •   Jul 12, 2016 15:39 BST

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has launched a new kids club on board its fleet of four ships – Balmoral, Braemar, Boudicca and Black Watch – called ‘Little Skippers’.

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'Black Watch' Update

News   •   Jul 11, 2016 12:43 BST

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ 'Black Watch' is currently alongside in El Ferrol, Spain, having arrived at ca. 2.30pm on Saturday 9th July 2016. The ship is collecting supplies and undergoing further assessment‎. It is intended that 'Black Watch' will then sail north to London Tilbury later this week for further repairs. An exact time frame for this has yet to be confirmed.

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'Black Watch' Update

News   •   Jul 08, 2016 17:08 BST

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ 'Black Watch' set sail from Funchal, Madeira at ca. 12.30pm yesterday, and is scheduled to arrive in El Ferrol, Spain at midday on Saturday 9th July 2016.

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'Black Watch' Update

News   •   Jul 07, 2016 16:52 BST

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ Black Watch has set sail from Funchal, Madeira and is scheduled to arrive in El Ferrol, Spain on Saturday 9th July 2016, to collect supplies and undergo further assessment‎. It is intended that Black Watch will then sail north to London Tilbury for further repairs. An exact time frame for this has yet to be confirmed.

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'Black Watch' Update

News   •   Jul 06, 2016 17:04 BST

Guests from Black Watch’s 13-night W1608 ‘Madeira, Portugal & the Azores’ cruise have returned home safely, or have settled into their alternative travel arrangements. Guests booked onto the cancelled 9-night W1609 ‘Norwegian Fjords’ cruise, which was due to sail from London Tilbury on 8th July 2016, have been informed by letter/e-mail, and can call the office on 01473 742424 with any queries.

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Cancellation of Black Watch's nine-night W1609 'Norwegian Fjords' cruise, sailing from Tilbury on Friday 8th July 2016

News   •   Jul 05, 2016 17:28 BST

Due to technical reasons on board 'Black Watch', Fred. Olsen regrets the cancellation of the next cruise, which is a nine-night W1609 'Norwegian Fjords' cruise, sailing from Tilbury on Friday 8th July 2016.

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'Black Watch' Update

News   •   Jul 05, 2016 17:00 BST

'Black Watch' guests were flown from Funchal, Madeira back to the UK, into London Stansted and London Gatwick airports, on three private charter aircraft yesterday [Monday 4th July 2016], and have returned to their homes. Fred. Olsen will be starting to call guests from tomorrow [Wednesday 6th July 2016] to ensure that they arrived safely and whether they require any further assistance.

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'Black Watch' Update

News   •   Jul 04, 2016 12:57 BST

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines can confirm that 'Black Watch' guests being flown back to the UK from Funchal, Madeira on the three private charter aircraft will be arriving into London later today [Monday 4th July 2016]: 1) Flight ZT901 - ETA 17.30hrs at London Stansted 2) Flight ZT902 - ETA 18.15hrs at London Stansted 3) Flight TOM8109 - ETA 20.40hrs at London Gatwick (North Terminal)

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'Black Watch' Update

News   •   Jul 03, 2016 20:37 BST

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has organised three private charter flights back to London Stansted and London Gatwick airports for guests on board 'Black Watch', which will depart on Monday 4th July 2016.

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Black Watch Update

News   •   Jul 03, 2016 12:12 BST

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines can confirm that 'Black Watch' arrived in Funchal at ca. 4.30pm yesterday afternoon.

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Fred. Olsen Update

News   •   Jul 02, 2016 15:25 BST

​Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines can confirm that Black Watch is due to arrive in Funchal, Madeira today [Saturday 2nd July 2016], as scheduled, at 17.00 hours, two hours earlier than previously advised. There has been some cabling damage on board, which is affecting lighting and communications, but all other services are working as normal.

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Fred. Olsen Update

News   •   Jul 01, 2016 20:21 BST

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines can confirm that there was a fire on board its cruise ship, Black Watch, on Friday 1st July 2016, in the Auxiliary Engine Room, which was extinguished by the crew. There have been no injuries to guests or crew. The Captain is keeping guests fully informed at all times. Two main engines are now fully operational, and the ship is en-route to Funchal, Madeira.

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Fred. Olsen Update

News   •   Jul 01, 2016 15:25 BST

​Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines can confirm that there was a fire on board its cruise ship, Black Watch, this morning [Friday 1st July 2016), in the Auxiliary Engine Room, which was extinguished by the crew. There have been no injuries to guests or crew. The Captain is keeping guests fully informed at all times.

Discover the ‘Wonders of the World’ with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines in 2018

Discover the ‘Wonders of the World’ with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines in 2018

Press Releases   •   Jun 28, 2016 17:35 BST

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has unveiled a specialist new brochure, dedicated to Black Watch’s epic 108-night ‘Wonders of the World’ cruise!

Fred. Olsen is voted ‘Best Ocean Cruise Line’ in the ‘2016 Silver Travel Awards’

Fred. Olsen is voted ‘Best Ocean Cruise Line’ in the ‘2016 Silver Travel Awards’

Press Releases   •   Jun 24, 2016 14:49 BST

Fred. Olsen was proud to be named ‘Best Ocean Cruise Line’ in the prestigious ‘2016 Silver Travel Awards’ in London on 22nd June 2016.

‘The World At Your Doorstep’ with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ free door-to-door transfers in 2017/18

‘The World At Your Doorstep’ with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ free door-to-door transfers in 2017/18

Press Releases   •   Jun 22, 2016 10:38 BST

​Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has released a new brochure, entitled ‘The World At Your Doorstep’, which highlights 24 sailings in 2017/18 that are available to book with free door-to-door transfers, for up to 90 or 250 mainland miles, from 22nd June to 31st July 2016. The brochure also includes 11 'adult-only' cruises.

Sail along German rivers and waterways from Belfast with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines this Summer

Sail along German rivers and waterways from Belfast with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines this Summer

Press Releases   •   Jun 20, 2016 18:03 BST

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is offering guests in Northern Ireland and Ireland the chance to take a 12-night ‘German Canals, Rivers & Cities’ cruise from Belfast on 'Boudicca' for the first-time ever, setting sail on 1st August 2016, fromjust £67 per person, per night!

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines welcomes agents on board Boudicca for a training day in Liverpool

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines welcomes agents on board Boudicca for a training day in Liverpool

Press Releases   •   Jun 16, 2016 11:04 BST

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines welcomed local travel agents on board Boudicca for a training day in Liverpool on 6th June 2016.