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The ‘Twelve Days of Mystery’ with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines!

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The ‘Twelve Days of Mystery’ with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines!


Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is offering guests something completely new and different in 2014…its first-ever ‘Mystery Cruise'! Departing from Tilbury on 15th November 2014 for 14 nights – on Fred. Olsen's inaugural turnaround call at this Essex port – the mystery is where in the world Black Watch will take you?

Whilst Fred. Olsen is keeping the itinerary of this 'cruise to who knows where' tightly under wraps, here is a tantalising festive 'Twelve Days of Mystery' countdown of some of the highlights that guests can expect:

TWELVE delicious cocktails

ELEVEN months until departure

TEN UNESCO World Heritage Sites to visit

NINE actors in a 'Murder Mystery' Dinner

EIGHT days in port

SEVEN ports of call

SIX production shows

FIVE-course a la carte dinners a-plenty

FOUR exciting countries

THREE Formal Nights

TWO Captain's Receptions

ONE capital city

Martin Lister, Itinerary Planning Manager for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said:

"We have had great fun putting this intriguing Fred. Olsen ‘Mystery Cruise’ together. As with all Fred. Olsen sailings, the itinerary is specifically planned to be the highlight of your holiday, although unlike other cruises, only two people in the whole of the Company know the details...and I am one of them!

"Other highlights of this 'cruise with a difference' include an overnight stay in the region's top port of call, as rated by our guests, and one late evening sailing...but that is all that I am letting on!"

Guests will experience the usual warm Fred. Olsen welcome on Black Watch, but unusually, the itinerary will remain truly a 'mystery' to most people on board.

Writer and broadcaster Mei Trow – known for his formidable reputation as a scholar 'who peels away legend to reveal the truth' – will also be joining this unique cruise. His recent TV work includes 'Ancient Discoveries' for History Channel and 'The Black Museum with Nick Ross' for the Crime Channel, and he will be to giving talks to guests on 'The Mysteries of the Sea', taking a light-hearted, and sometimes serious, look 'behind the scenes' at the world of writing and publishing.

Wherever Black Watch's 'Mystery Cruise' takes you, Fred. Olsen guests can rest assured that they will have a most marvellous and memorable holiday every step of the way!

Fred. Olsen was delighted to be voted ‘Best Affordable Cruise Line’ and runner-up ‘Best Cruise Line’ in the ‘Cruise International Awards 2013’, and ‘Best Value Cruise Line’ in the ‘2013 Cruise Critic UK Editors’ Picks Awards’.


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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.

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
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IP1 5LL Ipswich, Suffolk