Fred Olsen Balmoral R Whitelaw

Fred. Olsen’s Balmoral commences cruise season from Newcastle

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ 1,350-guest flagship, Balmoral, has commenced its 2019/20 cruise season from Newcastle on April 21, setting sail from the Port of Tyne on an eight-night ‘Cruising German Waterways’ voyage.

Balmoral’s ex-Newcastle cruise season will extend from April to June, from where the ship will reposition to Edinburgh (Rosyth), before returning to Newcastle from August to October, and then undertaking a further two departures in March 2020.

Clare Ward, director of product and customer service for for the cruise operator, said: “We are delighted that Balmoral will be operating a record 16 departures from Newcastle in 2019/20 – an increase on the 15 that we offered in 2018/19 – demonstrating the very loyal customer base that we have built up in this popular North Eastern port since we started cruise departures on our flagship in 2016.

“Fred. Olsen’s attractive combination of exciting destinations – including Norway, Iceland, Spain, Portugal, Germany and the Baltic – and great value-for-money have seen many first-time cruisers and repeat customers from Newcastle and the North East make the decision to sail from their convenient, local Port of Tyne.

“To date, our bookings for 2019 have shown that Balmoral’s ‘The Best of the Fjords in Seven Nights’ adult-only sailing from Newcastle in May, and our 11-night ‘Mystery Cruise’ in September – with the added bonus of visiting a different country every day – are amongst our best-selling holidays overall.”

Some of the ex-Newcastle sailings in 2019/20 include: Five-night L1921 ‘The Norwegian Fjords in Five Nights’ cruise on August 23; 11-night L1922 ‘France, Spain & Portugal’ cruise, on August 28 among others. 

The operator also provides ‘Brexit Promise’, which means that, if a cruise is cancelled as a direct result of the UK leaving the European Union, a full refund on that sailing, plus a free cruise will be offered.

In 2019/20, Fred. Olsen’s 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 around the globe, covering 79 areas of scenic cruising.

Visit www.fredolsencruises.com/agent to find out more


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