Q&A with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ Itinerary & Experience Development Manager,
A ‘behind the scenes’ look at our exciting 2018/19 itineraries.
What are the ingredients that make a
A key factor is having enough time in port to explore
so that you get the most out of the holiday. We work
hard to identify the truly authentic experiences for
each destination, piecing them together to give
guests the chance to delve deeper and discover the
essence of a place. In doing so we aim to exceed
guest expectations every time. That’s why it’s so
important that we have a varied Shore Tours
programme for each port too.
A good itinerary has a balance of port days, sea
days and scenic cruising. The added benefit of a
port call coinciding with an event is always popular,
as is docking close to the centre of the destination.
Often Fred. Olsen feature all of these in one cruise!
Which cruise(s) would you recommend
to someone new to Fred. Olsen?
The Norwegian Fjords. We use our long Norwegian
heritage and the experience of Norway’s
Intercoastal Pilots to divert away from regular
routes used by larger ships and head into narrower,
size-restricted fjords that bring something unique
to the itinerary, showcasing what this stunning
country is all about. We know the real appeal is the
spectacular scenery – after all it’s a Norwegian
Fjords cruise (not a Norwegian ports cruise!).
What are your top destinations to
visit in 2018/19 – and why?
A destination I believe is on everyone’s wish list – but
often without them fully knowing why – is India. It’s
a spiritual delight and melting pot of experiences,
from the chaotic megalopolis of Mumbai to the
more relaxed, Portuguese-influenced region of Goa,
to authentic Porbandar – birthplace of Gandhi.
Boudicca’s dedicated ‘Authentic India’ exotic flycruise
is the best chance to immerse yourself in this
And then there’s Italy. Following the popularity of
our 2017 Amalfi Coast cruise, we’re exploring further
in 2018/19. Boudicca will not only return to the
Amalfi Coast and Rome, but also uncover two other
beautiful regions: Tuscany and the Italian Riviera.
Sydney surely deserves a mention. Few would
dispute that it’s one of the best places in the
world to spend New Year’s Eve, and Black Watch’s
2018/19 world voyage will calling here to join the
Which cruises are best for experiencing
the benefits of Fred. Olsen’s smaller ships?
‘Cruising to the Heart of the Baltic’ (M1823, p210) –
Many Baltic cities cater for big ships with ports on
the outskirts, but smaller and shallower Braemar can
dock much closer to the centres of big-hitters such
as Riga, Helsinki and Copenhagen, without the
need for shuttle buses.
‘French River Cruising to Bordeaux’ (M1808, p133;
M1816, p142; M1821, p145) – Experience river
cruising on an ocean ship as Braemar transits the
tidally-restricted Gironde, Garonne and Seine
rivers to reach Bordeaux and Rouen. Bordeaux is
a particular highlight – with Fred. Olsen the city
centre starts at the end of the gangway!
Itineraries featuring Seville (M1806, p96; M1809,
p134) – Don’t always believe larger lines when they
tell you they cruise to Seville, because the chances
are they dock in coastal Cádiz with a 90-minute bus
ride to reach the city. Aboard Braemar you can sail
along the tidally-restricted Guadalquivir River and
dock in the centre, courtesy of shorter, shallower
dimensions. What’s more, in 2018 the two calls here
purposely coincide with the fragrant orange
blossom season and the firework-filled final night of
the annual Seville Fair respectively.
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