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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines teases first glimpse at new 2025 programme with launch of Dalmatian and Italian Riviera sailings

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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines teases first glimpse at new 2025 programme with launch of Dalmatian and Italian Riviera sailings

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is offering a first look at its new summer programme for 2025 with the early release of two cruises venturing to warmer climes.

In June, Borealis will take guests on an enchanted journey along the Dalmatian coast, where Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ expert journey planners have hand-crafted an itinerary to include cruising along the fjord-like Bay of Kotor in Montenegro and sailing past the Makarska Riviera in Croatia.

Other ports of call will include Split where guests can see the cascading waterfalls of Krka and visit Diocletian’s Palace and Dubrovnik to explore the ancient city walls.

While in September 2025, Bolette will be visiting a string of charming towns perched on coastal cliffs, including the emerging gem of Cinque Terre, Corsica’s Bonifacio and picturesque Portofino.

Martin Lister, Head of Itinerary Planning and Destination Experience at Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said:

“Both of these sailings have hand-crafted itineraries to allow our guests to really immerse themselves in the culture and history of the destinations they are visiting.

“With the Scenic Gems of the Dalmatian Coast, guests will be met with rugged mountains, idyllic bays and glistening islands and have the chance to experience the region’s way of life by eating prosciutto, sipping Rakija, crafting wood and lace and dancing the Lindo and Oro.

“And on Bolette, guests can uncover Cinque Terre’s rich maritime history, particularly in Genoa, home to ancient city walls and the birthplace of explorer Christopher Columbus. All while gaining insight into the local culture and cuisine, from indulging in focaccia, Genoese pesto and fresh seafood in its place of origin, to exploring Cinque Terre, known for its olive growing and winemaking.”

Details of the two new cruises on Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ fleet of smaller-sized ships, which are available to book for Oceans Members from 15thNovember and on general sale from 17th November, are as follows:

Borealis’ 22-night S2516 ‘Scenic Gems of the Dalmatian Coast’ cruise, departing from Dover on 5th June 2025. Prices start from £3,499 per person.

  • Enjoy cruising along the Dalmatian Coast and into the Bay of Kotor
  • Experience the traditions and cultures of this exciting region
  • Explore the ancient cities of Dubrovnik and Split

Itinerary: Dover, UK – Tangier, Morocco – Cruise Grand Harbour, Valletta, Malta – Valletta, Malta – Split, Croatia – Cruising past Mount Biokovo, Makarska Riviera, Croatia – Dubrovnik, Croatia – Kotor, Montenegro – Cruising Bay of Kotor, Montenegro – Kerkira, Corfu, Greece – La Goulette, Tunisia – Cartagena, Spain – La Coruna, Spain – Dover, UK

Bolette’s 16-night T2523 ‘Italy’s Scenic Riviera with Charming Cinque Terre’ cruise, departing from Liverpool on 24th September 2025. Prices start from £2,699 per person.

  • Visit the picturesque gems of Cinque Terre and Portofino
  • Enjoy indulging in local cuisine in a trio of Italian towns
  • Explore the birthplace of Christopher Columbus, Geno

Itinerary: Liverpool, UK – Gibraltar, Gibraltar – Cartagena, Spain – Portofino, Italy – Genoa, Italy (overnight port) – La Spezia, Italy (for Cinque Terre) – Propriano, Corsica, France – Cruise Mouth of River Tagus, Belem Tower and Discovery Monument, Portugal – Lisbon, Portugal – Liverpool, UK

Guests can also enjoy their choice of up to £350 per person to spend on board, or free door-to-door transfers for those travelling to the port from mainland UK for up to 250 miles.

These two sailings come ahead of the launch of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ full 2025/26 schedule which is set to be released in March.

For further information on Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, visit the website at Book online, call Reservations on 0800 0355 242 (Monday to Friday 8.30am to 6pm, Saturday 9am to 5pm, Sunday 10am to 4pm), or contact your ABTA travel agent.


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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

At Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines we are very proud of our smaller ships – Bolette, Borealis and Balmoral - and the imaginative and unusual itineraries they allow us to offer. Every cruise is hand-crafted from scratch by our team of in-house Journey Planners to make sure you are not only visiting the best destinations, but at the best time to experience them.

For us, it’s not just about where we go but how we take you there. We put as much time into planning scenic cruising as we do in choosing the destinations themselves. On board, our Signature Experiences showcase the history, culture, nature and flavours of the destinations you’ll visit – from Treats of the Region, where you can enjoy local delicacies, to our Sky at Sea star-gazing sessions where you can relax with a hot toddy out on deck while our astronomer talks you through the night sky.

Plus, with each ship carrying 1,300 guests or less, our ships are small enough for us to offer a warm, friendly and personal service where nothing is ever too much trouble, as we visit a host of exciting ports in every corner of the globe.

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
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