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SHORE TOURS Q&A WITH FRED. OLSEN CRUISE LINES’ TOURS MANAGER, JULIE MERRETT A ‘behind the scenes’ look at the hard work and care put into planning our Shore Tours – and what to keep an eye out for in 2017/18. What are the ingredients that make a successful Shore Tour? A successful Shore Tour allows guests to get the most from their time in a particular destination. This may include showcasing the highlight(s) of the area, or the chance to enjoy a particularly unforgettable experience. We work closely with our knowledgeable local tour providers to ensure we offer a comprehensive programme for each destination to suit the varied tastes and expectations of all guests. Whether it is a stroll through the heart of a city, a scenic waterway cruise, an invigorating cycle ride, a railway journey or a panoramic coach tour, we carefully create a range of Shore Tours to match guests’ requirements, suiting all tastes and budgets. How do Shore Tours add to the overall cruise experience? Research shows that the destination is the number one reason why guests book a cruise; they want to explore new and exciting places around the world. We believe that our Shore Tours enable you to get under the skin of a destination; by taking you to the highlights you may have always dreamed of visiting, or helping you uncover hidden gems. In your experience, why do guests book a Fred. Olsen Shore Tour, rather than explore independently? Booking a Shore Tour through Fred. Olsen means you can rest assured your guide and transportation will be waiting for you on the quayside. Your ship would also wait for you in the event your tour is delayed in returning to the port. Furthermore, should any unforeseen circumstances occur – such as last minute itinerary changes – you will be refunded in full for any booked Shore Tours and we will endeavour to put a new tour programme in place for any additional ports. Your enjoyment ashore is very important to us, therefore we do our utmost to ensure you get the very best from each port of call. What are your recommended experiences to look out for in 2017/18? I love the great outdoors, and our forthcoming cruises give a great chance to explore some of the most amazing landscapes, and perhaps catch sight of some elusive wildlife too. Reached from Hamilton Island, Australia, the Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven Natural Wonders of the World. Stretching for 2,012 kilometres (1,250 miles) along the coast of North Queensland, it’s an amazing underwater world filled with colour and variety. In South America, you can travel to the Galápagos Islands, home to a plethora of wildlife not found anywhere else in the world. Come to see some of the indigenous species which influenced Charles Darwin’s studies and his ‘Theory of Evolution’. Alternatively, sail far north into the Arctic Circle. In winter, the natural phenomenon known as the Aurora Borealis may be kind and visit you, or at 71°10’21” northern latitude you reach the North Cape and in summer you can experience the endless daylight of the Midnight Sun. Lastly, the Amazon Rainforest is one of the world’s largest and most important rainforests, home to an abundance of diverse flora and fauna; a caimanspotting trip on this famous river is sure to be packed with lasting memories. View destination and ship videos at www.cruisewithfred.tv 13


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