Monday, 2 April 2012

Fred. Olsen Highlight Scottish Connection

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines will be celebrating its Scots links with a wide choice of convenient regional cruises from Scottish ports in 2012. The cruise season begins in May, with a sailing from Greenock to the Adriatic, featuring Croatia. Cruises from Greenock also visit Iberia and Norway, before Boudicca repositions to Rosyth, for cruises to the Baltic, Norwegian fjords, Spitsbergen and Iceland.

A final mini-cruise from Rosyth to Norway and the Orkneys departs on August 10, after which Boudicca moves to her next home port of Newcastle (Port of Tyne). 

The first ex-Scotland voyage on Boudicca, a  21-night ‘Adriatic with Croatia’ cruise, departs from Greenock (Glasgow) on May 20 and has an added attraction of ‘Flavours of the Adriatic’ through Fred. Olsen’s award-winning onboard enrichment programme, Vistas. The expert speaker will be Robert Ash, a celebrity chef who runs a cookery school in Mâcon, in the Burgundy region of France, and was also a finalist on the BBC’s Masterchef.

Boudicca’s island-hopping cruise calls first into Gibraltar, then Malta’s capital Valletta, before reaching its first Croatian port, Šibenik, the relatively small size of Fred. Olsen’s ships meaning they can access such lesser-known ports. Next is glorious Venice, where the ship stays until late at night, allowing guests time to explore this legendary city of mysterious canals, before cruising on to Koper in Slovenia, then Ancona, on the east coast of Italy, before Boudicca reaches the jewel of the Adriatic, Dubrovnik in Croatia.

On the return journey, the ship calls into the Spanish port of Motril before she returns to Greenock. Prices start from £2, 269 per person, based on two adults sharing an outside, twin cabin Grade ‘E’, including all meals and entertainment on board, as well as port taxes. There is no extra charge for taking part in the enrichment programme.

Retirement Cruises, Too

Many guests taking a cruise these days are marking a special occasion, and often the holiday is to celebrate retirement, when there is at last time to relax and take it easy. For those guests, Fred. Olsen is launching a dedicated package - the ‘Retirement Celebration’ - bookable on any cruise, departing from January 2013.

The package comprises champagne and canapés served in the cabin, a greetings card and celebration cake, and is priced at £45 per person. It must be booked at least 28 days prior to departure. Full details will be in the Worldwide Cruises 2013-14 brochure, due to be launched this June. 

For booking details, be sure to check out this link with the UK's luxury cruise specialists, The Cruise Line Ltd.