Fred. Olsen to partner with marine wildlife charity ORCA

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has teamed up with marine wildlife charity ORCA for an inaugural Iceland sailing on Boudicca for summer 2019, as part of a new partnership to monitor whale and dolphin numbers and to help to conserve and protect their environment.

ORCA will have two volunteer wildlife experts on board Boudicca, when the 880-guest ship sets sail on the 13-night ‘Icelandic Wonders & Wildlife’ cruise in June.

These volunteers will spend up to 16 hours a day out on deck during sea days, to help Fred. Olsen guests to spot and identify animals and to record vital data about the marine wildlife that they see. In addition, the ORCA volunteers will hold lectures and Q&A sessions on board, giving guests the opportunity to ask questions about any wildlife that they may have seen whilst on board, and on excursions whilst in port. The ORCA team will also be accompanying a ‘whale-watching’ tour with guests.

Thomas Rennesland, hotel operations director for the cruise line, said: “We know that our guests love sitting out on deck, in the hope of spotting marine whales, dolphins, and many other marine mammals and fish, and our nature-spotting excursions are always popular. To have the ORCA volunteers on board with us, sharing their vast knowledge and insight, is something that we know that our guests will love.

“As a cruise line, we make our livelihood out of the sea, so it is so vital that we do all that we can to help to protect the wildlife that lives within it. We are extremely pleased to be able to support ORCA in their important research in this way.”

For further information visit www.fredolsencruises.com/agent or www.orcaweb.org.uk


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