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'Cruises to capture your imagination’ with Fred. Olsen in 2017/18

Press release   •   Apr 04, 2017 19:59 BST

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is offering guests the chance to take their pick of three unforgettable adult-only cruise holidays in 2017/18, in its new ‘Cruises to capture your imagination’ brochure– a 27-night Arctic adventure on board classic Black Watch, a 28-night Aegean odyssey on elegant Braemar, and a 46-night Rio Carnival and River Plate exploration on flagship Balmoral.

Justin Stanton, Sales and marketing Director for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said:

“Venturing to three very different parts of the world, these tempting longer voyages have an emphasis on discovery. And guests can rest assured that – with the ship as their ‘home-from-home’, no matter where they are in the world, they will be enjoying Fred. Olsen’s renowned hospitality and warm welcome every step of the way.”

The three adult-only cruises featured in Fred. Olsen’s new ‘Cruises to capture your imagination’brochure are as follows:

- Black Watch’s 27-night W1710 ‘Exploring the Fjords of the Arctic’ cruise, ex Dover on 14th July 2017. Prices start from £2,999 per person (18+ only).

Go in search of rugged mountains, huge icebergs and glaciers, tumbling waterfalls and fascinating wildlife on Fred. Olsen’s unmissable Arctic adventure aboard ‘Black Watch’. Spending just over a week in Norway, journey along some of the world’s greatest waterways and explore astonishing untouched landscapes from incredible ports of call. Visit Bergen – home of the historic, UNESCO-listed Bryggen Wharf – and Skjolden, which is perfectly placed for tours to the Jotunheimen Mountain and the Jostedalsbreen Glacier; and glide along the glassy waters of Lustrafjord, Sognefjord and Nærøyfjord. ‘Black Watch’ will also call into Olden, situated close to the magnificent Briksdal Glacier. Venturing into Arctic Norway, guests will cross the Arctic Circle, before cruising by the beautiful Black Glacier, then docking in Tromsø, the gateway to the Arctic. In the Svalbard archipelago, guests can explore the eerie Soviet settlement of Pyramiden, and experience the magical 'Midnight Sun', during an overnight stay in Longyearbyen.

In Iceland, spot thousands of seabirds, as ‘Black Watch’ cruises by the islands of Jan Mayen, Grimsey and Hrisey; enjoy a relaxing glide along Eyjafjörður en route to Akureryi; and see the intriguing Dinosaur Rock up-close. A call into Reykjavik gives guests the chance to discover the Blue Lagoon Spa, Geysir Hot Springs, Gullfoss Waterfall, and other highlights of the ‘Golden Circle’. Cruise the icy waters of Prins Christiansund, Tunugdlliarfik fjord and Tasermuit fjord in Greenland; and visit Narsarsuaq and Nanortalik to see snow-capped mountains and wander through pretty towns.

This amazing adventure will then come to an end in the Faroe Islands, calling intoTorshavn – the charming capital – and cruising by tiny settlements, such as Mykines and Hestur Island, where a plethora of nesting seabirds can be seen perched along the shores.

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- Braemar’s 28-night M1724 ‘Islands of the Aegean’ cruise, ex Southampton on 11th September 2017. Prices start from £2,799 per person (18+ only).

Embark on an extensive exploration of the Eastern Mediterranean on board ‘Braemar’ and delve into the ancient history, flamboyant culture, gripping mysteries and outstanding sun-kissed beauty of incredible destinations.

From Piraeus – the gateway to Athens – tour to the incredible Greek capital and tick world-famous ancient ruins off of your ‘must-visit’ list. The magnificent structures of the astonishing Acropolis, including the 2,500-year-old Parthenon and the Temple of Athena Nike; the Panathenaic Stadium, where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896; and the ruined Temple of Olympian Zeus are just a selection of the Athens unmissable highlights. Elsewhere in Greece, admire the fine Cycladic architecture of Mykonos Island, where beautiful beaches and clear aquamarine waters await discovery; uncover the Byzantine and Ottoman ruins of Old Town Kavala; and soak up the glorious sunshine of Rhodes. Be sure to visit the Minoan settlement of Akrotiri in Santorini – said to be an inspiration for the ‘Lost City of Atlantis’ – on a tour from Thira.

Call into Kusadasi for tours to the ancient site of Ephesus – one of the ‘Seven Wonders of the Ancient World’ – in Turkey; visit Antalya, the gateway to the Turkish Riviera; and have a full-day to discover the wealth of attractions in Istanbul, the only city in the world that is split over two continents. Visit the beautiful Blue Mosque and the glittering UNESCO-listed Topkapi Palace; stroll around Sultan Ahmet Square to see ancient Obelisks and statues; or perhaps experience the iconic Grand Bazaar. Discover the beaches, bars and boutiques of Limassol in Cyprus; enjoy Spanish cuisine and culture in Malaga and Cartagena; see delightful palaces, churches and castles in Lisbon; and cruise into the beautiful Grand Harbour of Valletta, Malta’s stunning walled capital.

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- Balmoral’s 46-night L1803 ‘Rio Carnival & River Plate’ cruise, ex Southampton on 23rd January 2018. Prices start from £3,999 per person (18+ only).

Experience South America at its finest and discover sun, sea, sand and Samba on this cruise adventure of a lifetime. This paradise holiday begins at a leisurely pace, taking in the vibrant flora and spectacular volcanic scenery of Madeira, Tenerife and Cape Verde, before embarking on a relaxing transatlantic crossing to beautiful Brazil. Enjoy the sunshine on Fortaleza’s beaches, and discover paradise in Maceió, which boasts glorious white-sand beaches and incredible coral reefs; then call into Rio during the annual Carnival for a compelling cultural experience, where brightly decorated floats and locals dressed in flamboyant costumes move through the city to the sound of entrancing Samba beats. Plus, with a three-night stay in Rio, there’s time to discover iconic landmarks, such as Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf Mountain and Copacabana Beach, too.

In Uruguay, marvel at some of the country’s finest architectural wonders – such as the Palacio Salvo and Metropolitan Cathedral – in Montevideo’s historic Ciudad Vieja district; and soak up the sunshine in the glamourous resort of Punta del Este, a popular destination with the rich and famous. Enjoy an overnight stay in Buenos Aires, allowing extra time to discover the seductive Argentinian capital’s multitude of historic monuments; even take a tour to the mighty Iguazu Falls. Back in Brazil, the superb museums and galleries, historic churches and soaring skyscrapers of Sao Paulo await discovery on a tour from Santos; while in Salvador, explore the UNESCO-listed historic heart of the city, before setting sail across the Atlantic once again.

En route back to Southampton, ‘Balmoral’ will call into Cape Verde, Lanzarote and Lisbon for some sunshine and scenery – the perfect end to this incredible voyage.

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All prices are based on two adults sharing a twin-bedded Interior Room, and include accommodation, all meals and entertainment on board, plus port taxes.

Guests can also take advantage of Fred. Olsen’s two special 2018/19 Cruise Launch offers, ‘Your tips covered’ or ‘Three cruises for the price of two’, to be booked by 3rd May 2017. Book any of the new 2018/19 cruises now and Fred. Olsen will cover the tips for housekeeping and the table waiter, so that guests can relax on board and enjoy their holiday with the peace of mind that almost everything is included in the cruise price. Or, as an alternative offer, guests can choose to book any Fred. Olsen cruise, with a 2018/19 and a 2017 cruise, and the lowest-priced sailing is absolutely free!

For further information on Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, visit the website at Book online, call Reservations on 0800 0355 242 (Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm; Saturday, 9am to 5pm; Sunday, 10am to 4pm), or visit an ABTA travel agent.

Fred. Olsen Cruise Line operates in the UK with four intimately sized ships for a more personal cruising experience.

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