Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has announced that in 2019/20, its fleet of four smaller, more intimately-sized ocean ships – Balmoral, Braemar, Boudicca and Black Watch – will be visiting no fewer than 219 destinations in 75 countries worldwide, covering 79 areas of scenic cruising.

Complementing the UK departure ports of Dover, Southampton, Liverpool, Newcastle and Edinburgh (Rosyth), there is an expanded programme of exotic fly/cruises.

Mike Rodwell, the company’s MD, said: “Based on the extensive knowledge of our team, thorough research and valued feedback from our guests, this new set of itineraries features some of the world’s best destinations and experiences, all available from the UK or fly-cruising to exotic locations around the globe.

“Our four smaller, friendlier ships have all benefited from extensive refits as part of our multi-million pound improvements. These have delivered more restaurants, refreshed guest rooms, enhanced lounges and refurbished public areas, making the entire experience on board more enjoyable. Ready for adventures to come, our upgraded fleet will ensure that we will continue to stand out from the crowd, offering an unrivalled cruise holiday.”

The line’s new 2019/20 ocean cruise programme will include the following 13 maiden calls: Agios Nikolaos, Crete, Greece; Alotau, Papua New Guinea; Ambon, Maluku, Indonesia; Broome, Australia; Ermoupoli, Syros, Greece; Galway, Ireland; La Romana, Dominican Republic; Lembar, Lombok, Indonesia; Patras, Greece; Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island, Australia; Sabang, Weh Island, Sumatra, Indonesia; Svolvær, Lofoten, Norway; Wewak, Papua New Guinea. In 2019/20, ‘closer’ cruising remains at the fore of the company’s offering.

By making the most of its smaller-sized ships – which can sail right into the heart of the destination, the line is able to feature more river, fjords and scenic cruising. The company will also be offering guests more of its signature Fjords itineraries in 2019/20, showcasing the scenery of these dramatic destinations.

In 2019/20, the company will be operating five-night ‘taster’ cruises from all five UK ports – to the Norwegian fjords and along the scenic Seine. These enable ‘new-to-cruise’ guests to get a feel for the three main elements of a holiday with the company - destination exploration, scenic sailing and the on board experience.

The line will also be building on the success of its inaugural European river cruise season with an expanded programme on Brabant in 2019/20. Guests can discover the beauty of the Danube, Rhine, Main and Moselle rivers, taking in charming cities, small towns and landscapes decorated with vineyards, castles and picturesque villages.

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