Skip to content
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines adds a third ‘Solar Eclipse Cruise’  due to huge demand

Press release -

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines adds a third ‘Solar Eclipse Cruise’ due to huge demand

Following huge demand for its recently-launched ‘Solar Eclipse Cruises’ aboard Boudicca (D1504) and Black Watch (W1502), which are now both fully booked, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has added a third cruise on board Braemar (M1505), departing from Dover on 11th March 2015.

The new Braemar cruise (M1505) will depart from Dover on 11th March 2015 for 13 nights and will be positioned off the coast of the Faroe Islands on 20th March 2015, when the longest duration of ‘totality’ of 2 minutes 47 seconds – the best opportunity to view the full solar eclipse – occurs. During its voyage, the cruise will also visit Ålesund (Norway), Leknes (Lofoten Islands, Norway), Tromsø (Norway) and Runavik (Faroe Islands), before returning to Dover.

Nathan Philpot, Sales and Marketing Director of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said:

“Bearing in mind the recent upsurge of public interest in astronomy, led by the likes of Professor Brian Cox, perhaps we should not have been surprised at the phenomenal level of bookings that we have received for our ‘Solar Eclipse Cruises’. Now that the cruises on board Boudicca and Black Watch have sold out,the opportunity to add a third cruise was too good to miss, and we expect this voyage to be every bit as popular.”

A total solar eclipse is one of the most awe-inspiring natural spectacles in the world, and one of the most difficult to view; it occurs when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun, entirely obscuring the Sun and blocking all direct sunlight, turning daylight into complete darkness. The next total eclipse after 2015 will not take place until 2026. Because Braemar will be based out at sea on the day, this will limit any man-made light pollution, thereby improving guests’ views of the eclipse, and giving them the chance to witness that rarest of phenomena, the ‘Solar Corona’, when the Moon’s apparent diameter is larger than the Sun, and creates a ‘pearly white crown’ around the Sun.

Prices for this ex-UK cruise start from £1,699 per person, based on two adults sharing an inside, twin cabin Grade ‘I’, and include accommodation, all meals and entertainment on board, and port taxes. Guests can also upgrade to Fred. Olsen’s ‘all-inclusive’ drinks package for just £29 per person per night.

Fred. Olsen was recently voted one of the Top 10 holiday providers in a Which? consumer survey




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

Press contacts

Ellis Barker

Ellis Barker

Press contact Public Relations Executive Public Relations +44 (0) 1473 292237

Related content

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has defined and redefined the cruise experience, and judging by the number of passengers that come back time and again, we seem to have styled it to perfection

The company originated in Hvitsten, a small town on Oslofjord in Norway, in 1848 when three Olsen brothers – Fredrik Christian, Petter and Andreas – bought their first ships and began an international shipping company.

Now into the fifth generation of the family, they operate companies skilled in various aspects of the cruise and passenger shipping trade as well as aviation, ships’ crewing, shipbuilding and offshore industries.
Aside from the transportation industries, the Fred. Olsen group also has interests in the luxury hotel sector, estate management, property development, and electronics companies.

Offices for the company are spread throughout the world, although the company headquarters remain firmly in the family’s hands in Oslo and Tenerife. Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is based in Ipswich in Suffolk.

Company Reg. No: 2672435
Registered Name & Office: Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines Ltd, 2nd Floor, 64-65 Vincent Square, London, SW1P 2NU.
Place of registration: England and Wales
VAT Number: 927 5336 08

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
Fred. Olsen House, White House Road
IP1 5LL Ipswich, Suffolk