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WorldWide Cruises 2017-18

DESTINATIONS Q&A WITH FRED. OLSEN CRUISE LINES’ PLANNING MANAGER, MARTIN LISTER A ‘behind the scenes’ look at our exciting 2017/18 itineraries. What comes into consideration when you plan an itinerary? There are so many things to take into account, including seasonal weather conditions, winds and tides impacting upon the ship’s speed, safety and security at each destination, refuelling options, and also the availability and suitability of piers in the ports for the dates we have scheduled. That’s not all. We place a strong emphasis on choosing the most suitable regional departure port for each cruise, and use it to create stronger itineraries. For example, sailing to the Norwegian Fjords from Newcastle or Rosyth enables to us to pack in more highlights with less time spent at sea. We really do bring the world closer to you. Balancing the itinerary and the overall guest experience is of the utmost importance. Each and every cruise must be practical to navigate and operate, as well as exciting and appealing to our guests. We always pay a lot of attention to the demand for destinations and cruising regions using guest satisfaction ratings. What are the ingredients that make a good itinerary? To start with, you need to have a balance of port and sea days. I think a key factor is having enough time in port for guests to explore and really get the best of each destination. We work hard to identify the truly authentic experiences for each destination, and then piece them together in order to meet and exceed guests’ holiday expectations. That’s why it’s so important that we have a varied Shore Tours programme for each port too; we find out the best way to “experience the experience”. A good itinerary always has ‘added value’; this may be an event in one of the ports, some extra special scenic cruising or the ship docking as close to the centre of the destination as possible. Often our cruises feature all three! Unlike larger vessels our smaller ships allow us to get closer to some amazing destinations, such as Seville, Bremen and Bordeaux. How do you keep the itineraries fresh and exciting for past Fred. Olsen guests? Each individual cruise is written from scratch, every year. Taking into account the very valuable feedback from our guests, we are always reviewing and adapting even the most successful itineraries and experiences in ports to improve them further. Where possible, we also try to coincide calls with world events, or run an underlying theme to link the destinations on an itinerary – all adding to our guests’ holidays. Which cruise(s) would you recommend to someone new to Fred.? The Norwegian Fjords. We use our long Norwegian heritage and the experience of Norway’s Intercoastal Pilots to divert away from the regular routes used by larger ships, into smaller, narrower, size-restricted fjords to really showcase what this stunning country is all about. We know the real appeal is the spectacular, unique scenery on offer here – after all, it’s a Norwegian Fjords cruise! We sail down UNESCO-listed fjords and take you closer to extraordinary natural wonders. There really is no better way to see this amazing country. What are the cruises to look out for in 2017/18 – and why? Where do I start!? I would definitely recommend our ‘Authentic’ cruises in 2017. Guests can explore the fashionable, in-demand Amalfi Coast of Italy from the advantageous departure port of Falmouth, maximising the time in this region. Top experiences include Pompeii, Mount Vesuvius and Rome. Also there are two sailings each to both ‘España Verde’ and Andalusia; these have been carefully designed to uncover the cultures and traditions of these breathtaking regions. Another on the list is Boudicca’s ‘Wildlife of England & Scotland’ sailing, with opportunities to spot migrating Arctic Terns, eagles, orcas and more. And don’t miss two cruises visiting famous locations around the UK and Ireland that have featured in Blockbuster films and popular TV programmes, including James Bond, Harry Potter and Game of Thrones. Finally, Black Watch’s ‘Wonders of the World’ is not just any world cruise. Tick off an extensive collection of ancient, modern and natural wonders, as well as landmarks around the globe with a range of titles and accreditations. All in a once-in-alifetime adventure! View destination and ship videos at www.cruisewithfred.tv 11


WorldWide Cruises 2017-18
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