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HISTORY cruise were very friendly and well-liked by their guests – a trait that continues today as one of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ most endearing characteristics. Black Prince was a one-ship operation for nine years until 1996, when Black Watch joined the fleet after extensive refurbishment. And by the start of the new millennium, the success of the two ships prompted Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines to introduce a third vessel to the fleet. In early 2001, the second ship to carry the name Braemar was sent to Blohm & Voss shipyard in Hamburg to undergo a major refurbishment, ready for her new role. 2005 was a year of great significance for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines: the Olsens purchased a very elegant ship which, following a complete refurbishment, was renamed Boudicca after the great British warrior queen of the Iceni tribe. She first cruised in 2006 and, fittingly, visited the Canary Islands. The current fleet of four was completed just a year later, when a newly purchased, yet-to-be-renamed ship arrived at Hamburg’s Elbe 17 dry-dock on 16th November. An ambitious refit and redesign programme was undertaken, involving a new 30-metre extension being fitted to give the ‘stretched’ ship extra rooms and improvements to guest facilities. In keeping with the Olsen nomenclature, the lengthened ship was renamed Balmoral on entering service in early 2008. Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines celebrated a milestone in 2015; it was the 200th anniversary of Fredrik Christian Olsen’s birth. Part of the celebrations saw the four current Fred. Olsen ships united in Bergen, Norway on 28th July – the first time ever the fleet has been together in the same place, on the same day. Today, Fred. Olsen Jnr. is Chairman of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines and the Olsen family are still very heavily involved in running the business. The company continues to invest in its fleet: recent improvements have included Terrace Balcony rooms on Black Watch and Boudicca, as well as the implementation of The Grill restaurant, The Bookmark Café and ‘chill out’ areas across all four ships. Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has always been successful by ensuring that it meets and exceeds the needs of all its guests. The family – along with the whole team at the Ipswich Head Office and across the fleet – are committed to ensuring that this remains true for another 150 years and beyond. View destination and ship videos at www.cruisewithfred.tv 9


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