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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines names ‘Top 5’ ex-UK European cruises for 2015

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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines names ‘Top 5’ ex-UK European cruises for 2015

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines four more traditional, intimate ships – Balmoral, Braemar, Boudicca and Black Watch – visit over 200 destinations around the world, from ten convenient, regional UK departures ports – Southampton, Dover, Harwich, Tilbury, Bristol (Avonmouth), Liverpool, Newcastle, Rosyth (for Edinburgh), Greenock (for Glasgow) and Belfast – however some of the most popular destinations with cruise guests are not too far from home. Europe boasts dramatic landscapes, colourful cultures, beautiful beaches and cosmopolitan cities, which is why Fred. Olsen has put together a list of its ‘Top 5’ ex-UK European cruises for 2015.

Fred. Olsen’s current ‘Top 5’ ex-UK European cruises are as follows:

1) Black Watch’s 25-night W1504 ‘Centre of Venice & the Adriatic’ cruise, departing from Liverpool on 13th April 2015. Prices start from £2,499 per person.

Black Watch will depart from Liverpool and cruise to remote islands, ancient cities and Mediterranean beaches on this exploration of the Adriatic. Guests will be able to discover 12  destinations, including Kotor (Montenegro), which offers spectacular fjord-like scenery; Venice (Italy), for an overnight stay; Hvar (Croatia), which has become known as the ‘St. Tropez of the Adriatic’; Dubrovnik (Croatia), famously named the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’ and Valletta (Malta), a tiny island with stunning baroque architecture.

2) Boudicca’s 16-night D1516 ‘Poison, Murder & Mystery Cruise’, departing from Rosyth (Edinburgh) on 10th July 2015. Prices start from £2,499 per person.

The result of a creative collaboration between Mr Fred. Olsen Senior and Her Grace, The Duchess of Northumberland, this cruise will follow in the footsteps of the famous ‘Agatha Christie’ route. On board guests can enjoy themed entertainment, guest lecturers – discussing poisons, potions and some of the most iconic murder mystery stories ever told – and have the opportunity to take part in what will be the largest participative murder mystery ever undertaken at sea. The story of evil intent will unfold both on the ship and in the fascinating locations, which includes two very special stops at the Duchess of Northumberland’s 'Poison Garden' at Alnwick Castle and Mr. Fred. Olsen Senior’s 'Poison Garden’ in Guimar, Tenerife.

3) Braemar’s eight-night M1522 ‘French River Cruising’, departing from Dover on 1st August 2015. Prices start from £999 per person.

Stylish Braemar is able to cruise along some of the most charming rivers in Europe including the Loire, Garonne and Gironde Rivers in France, due to her shallow draft. On board guests will be able to enjoy a peaceful cruise to Nantes, Bordeaux – both with overnight stays – and La Rochelle, for tours to La Pallice. With plenty of time in all of the ports of call, guests will be able to soak up the medieval history of Nantes, taste the famous wines of Bordeaux and choose to spend some relaxing time in the pretty towns of La Rochelle or La Pallice before returning to Dover.

4) Braemar’s 14-night M1513 ‘Bringing the Baltic closer to you’ cruise, departing from Dover on 9th May 2015. Prices start from £1,499 per person.

On board this cruise guests will be taken to the very heart of the Baltic, docking just footsteps away from famous landmarks, architectural delights and vibrant city centres. Guests will be able to explore six of Europe’s finest destinations, including Travemünde (Germany), where guests will be just 150 metres walk from the pretty harbour front; cosmopolitan Copenhagen (Denmark) – Braemar will be just 300 metres from the famous statue of the ‘Little Mermaid’ at Langelinje Pier and the ever-popular destination of St. Petersburg (Russia).

5) Balmoral’s eight-night L1509 ‘Fjords, Mountains & Glaciers’ cruise, departing from Southampton on 3rd July 2015. Prices start from £999 per person.

This exploration of the Norwegian Fjords on board Balmoral stops at four of Norway’s impressive towns and cities; Stavanger, where guests can take a short boat trip to Lysefjord; Bergen, known as Norway’s second city; Flåm, a quaint town nestled on the edge of the Aurlandsfjord and Olden, located at the inner end of the Nordfjord. Plus guests will enjoy many hours of scenic cruising through Nærøyfjord, Nordfjord and Maurangerfjord.

Fred. Olsen was proud to be namedone of Which?’s Top 3 cruise lines in the UK and a ‘Recommended Provider’ in its 2014 cruise survey. Fred. Olsen was also delighted to be voted ‘Best for Enrichment’ for the third time at the ‘Cruise International Awards 2014’.

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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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.

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