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The garden island of Madeira will host Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines' Fleet in Funchal event
The garden island of Madeira will host Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines' Fleet in Funchal event

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Get set for festival atmosphere at Fred. Olsen’s Fleet in Funchal celebrations

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is preparing to celebrate an historic coming together of its fleet of ships.

The cruise line’s three smaller ships, Bolette, Borealis and Balmoral, will all be sailing into Funchal, Madeira, for the Fleet in Funchal celebration on 9th November.

The trio will dock alongside each other, and a series of hand-crafted events will take place to enable the ships’ guests to get the most out of their visit to the beautiful garden island.

Peter Deer, Managing Director of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said:

“This will be only the third time that our fleet has converged in one place, with the last event, Captains in Cadiz, taking place five years ago.

“This year marks the 175th anniversary of Fred. Olsen’s start as a shipping company and we are delighted to be celebrating with this wonderful event in Funchal.

“Every single thing we have learnt over the past 175 years, goes into every single day of sailing with us, and this event will showcase everything that makes sailing with Fred. Olsen special and unique.”

The day promises to be packed full of Fred. Olsen celebrations with entertainment on the quayside creating a vibrant carnival atmosphere both on board and ashore.

Activities include an exclusive treasure hunt around the city for guests, live music, competitions, battle of the bartenders and an inter-ship tug of war.

Guests will also have the opportunity to step aboard and explore all three ships, meet the crew and celebrate with fellow travellers.

The day will end as Bolette, Borealis and Balmoral all sail out of Funchal together for an unforgettable sailaway party into the sunset.

Running until Tuesday, 26th September, guests booking to the Fleet in Funchal cruises can enjoy a free all-inclusive drinks package.

Bolette’s 15-night T2328 ‘Spain and Portugal with the Fleet in Funchal’ cruise, departing from Southampton on 29th October 2023. Prices start from £1,299 per person.

  • Be part of the Fred. Olsen Fleet in Funchal event
  • Delve into the history of Hispania in cities linked to the Romans
  • See ancient amphitheatres and fortifications

Itinerary: Southampton, UK – La Coruna, Spain – Cruise by Tower of Hercules Lighthouse, Spain – Cadiz, Spain – Tarragona, Spain – Valencia, Spain – Cartagena, Spain – Malaga, Spain – Funchal, Portugal – Southampton, UK

For more details: Visit Bolette’s T2328 ‘Spain and Portugal with the Fleet in Funchal’

Balmoral’s 15-night L2324 ‘The Canary Islands with the Fleet in Funchal’ cruise, departing from Southampton on 30thOctober 2023. Prices start from £1,299 per person.

  • Be part of the Fred. Olsen Fleet in Funchal celebrations
  • Discover the beaches and landscapes of the Canaries
  • Enjoy time in Madeira, Lisbon and Cadiz

Itinerary: Southampton, UK – Cadiz, Spain – Las Palmas, Spain – Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain – San Sebastian de la Gomera, Spain- Santa Cruz de la Palma, Spain – Funchal, Portugal – Lisbon, Portugal – Southampton, UK

For more details: Visit Balmoral’s L2324 ‘The Canary Islands with the Fleet in Funchal’

Borealis’ 14-night S2323 ‘The Azores with the Fleet in Funchal’ cruise, departing from Liverpool on 1st November 2023. Prices start from £1,499 per person.

  • Be part of a celebration at the Fred. Olsen Fleet in Funchal event
  • Experience the remarkable beauty of the Azores
  • Enjoy spotting marine life on board Borealis with ORCA

Itinerary: Liverpool, UK – Ponta Delgada, Portugal (overnight port) – Praia da Vitoria, Portugal – Funchal, Portugal – Lisbon, Portugal – Lexioes, Portugal – Liverpool, UK
For more details: Visit Borealis’ S2323 ‘The Azores with the Fleet in Funchal’

For further information on Fleet in Funchal, visit www.fredolsencruises.com/fleet-in-funchal, 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.

Contacts

Ellis Orchard

Ellis Orchard

Press contact Public Relations Manager Public Relations 07557672265
Georgina May

Georgina May

Press contact Public Relations Executive Public Relations
Lauren Gardner

Lauren Gardner

Press contact Public Relations Manager Public Relations 07546807099

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
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
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