Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines welcomed a delegation of local VIPs on a visit to its 804-guest cruise ship, Black Watch, last month, when the ship made its first turnaround call at Harwich, departing on a 14-night ‘European Capitals and Canals’ cruise.


The line's managing director Mike Rodwell said: “We are pleased to be adding Harwich as a regular fixture in our cruise programmes for 2013 and 2014, and we are committed to offering cruise guests in the East of England and Midlands the chance to set sail from right on their doorsteps.” 

Black Watch will be offering four cruises from Harwich in spring/summer 2013 – to the Baltic, Norway and Lapland, and a mini-cruise, with durations ranging from three to 17 nights. 

In May and June 2014, the line's 929-guest Braemar will be making its first call at Harwich with three cruises to Norway, Iberia and a special commemorative ‘D-Day Anniversary’ sailing, visiting Bruges (from Zeebrugge, Belgium), Portsmouth (UK), Cherbourg (France), Le Havre (France, for an overnight stay), and Dunkirk (France).

The last of the company's four cruises from Harwich this year, W1308, is a three-night mini-cruise in aid of The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation. The cruise departs from Harwich, which is the closest port to Sir Bobby Robson’s team, Ipswich Town Football Club, on June 15, and visits Amsterdam for an overnight stay, and then returns to Newcastle – Sir Bobby’s home town – on June 18.

The line is also supporting Sir Bobby’s cancer charity, The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, and will be hosting dedicated fundraising activities on Black Watch throughout the cruise. Guests will get to meet football stars George Burley, John Wark, Allan Hunter and Bryan Hamilton, while Lady Elsie Robson has been confirmed as the ‘Guest of Honour’.

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