Friday, 6 April 2012

More Northern Lights From Fred. Olsen

The latest on line edition of World of Cruising magazine is now available. Click on this link to read it and enjoy cruising even more.
Following the huge success of this winter's inaugural Norway cruise in search of the Northern Lights, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has two similar itineraries for next winter, both aboard Boudicca and departing from Portsmouth on February 9 and 25, each one for 16 nights.

After leaving Portsmouth, Boudicca travels north, making her first call into Molde (Romsdalfjord). This fjord town is famous for two very different things – roses and jazz. Winter visitors will find a very attractive, snowy vista, as well as one of the biggest folk museums in Norway. After another day at sea, Boudicca reaches Tromsø, and it is from here guests can make their ‘Northern Lights’ pilgrimage.

There is a two-night stay in this port, maximising the chances of guests seeing the spectacular sight. Other attractions include the Tromsǿ Wilderness Centre, where visitors can meet some of the 130 huskies. The tours to view the ‘Northern Lights’ take place late at night, because the best chance of a successful display is between 10pm and 2am. The next port takes Boudicca even farther north, to Altar (Finnmark), with the option to travel to Hammerfest, thought to be the most northerly town in the world. 

Prices for these two cruises with a difference start from £2,299 per person, based on two adults sharing an outside twin cabin, Grade ‘E’. This price includes all meals and entertainment on board, and port taxes. The excursion ‘Chase for the Northern Lights’ departs from Tromsø and takes five to seven hours, and is priced at £70-£80 per person – advance booking is essential. Guests leave the ship in early evening and are driven into the wilderness; tour guides check in advance to find the most likely place for a successful viewing – although Nature’s most spectacular firework display obviously cannot be guaranteed!

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