Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has unveiled a new sailing program for summer 2023, which includes “scenic sailings”, “cultural discoveries” and “special events ashore”.
According to a press release, the new crossings include the lesser-known Adriatic towns of Durrës in Albania, Neum in Bosnia and Koper in Slovenia; the Midnight Sun on crossings to Arctic Norway and Spitsbergen; and the Amalfi Coast at sunrise and sunset.
Fred. Olsen said he is developing an immersive program of shore excursions for these new sailings, including opportunities to do Pasteis de Nata in Lisbon and hike Mount Floyen from Bergen with a local resident.
Guests will be able to enjoy up to £250 per person to spend on board, or up to £500 per person when booking a suite. Additionally, on select July and August 2023 cruises, it’s possible to add a third guest from £199 when sharing with two others, plus a number of unique no-surcharge offers for travelers alone.
The new schedule offers over 40 departures between June and October 2023, with regional departures available from Southampton, Dover, London Tilbury, Liverpool, Newcastle, Rosyth and Belfast.
Members of Fred. Olsen’s Oceans loyalty program can take advantage of an early booking period starting today, Fred. Olsen said, ahead of the new routes going on general sale March 18 at 9 a.m. local time.
“Our new summer program really showcases what makes us special, and we’ve hand-crafted each cruise to really celebrate our small ships and the opportunities they allow us to offer our guests. So much were organized around the best time to visit, whether to witness a destination at its best of the season or to coincide with a special event ashore,” said the Itinerary and Experience Manager destination at Fred.Olsen Cruise Lines, Martin Lister said.
“In July, the Braemar will call at Fredericia, Denmark, in time for the annual July 6th celebrations, for example, while in October, the Borealis will venture to Canada in time for guests to witness the foliage spectacular fall,” added Lister.
According to Lister, it will be Fred. Olsen’s first program which will see all four ships in the fleet sail.
Highlights of Fred. Olsen’s new summer 2023 program includes:
The 17 nights of Balmoral Learn about Spanish and Portuguese traditions cruise, departing Rosyth (Edinburgh) on July 2, 2023. Prices start from £2,599 pp, with £250 pp to spend on board.
Itinerary: Rosyth, Scotland – Leixões, Portugal – Malaga, Spain – Cartagena, Spain – Valencia, Spain – Mahon, Minorca – Cadiz, Spain – Mouth of the Tagus River – Lisbon, Portugal – Vigo, Spain – Rosyth, Scotland
The Eight Nights of Braemar Denmark with the Fredericia festivities cruise, departing Dover on July 2, 2023. Prices start from £1,199 per person, with £250 per person to spend on board.
Itinerary: Dover, England – Kiel Canal Cruise, Germany – Copenhagen, Denmark – Fredericia, Denmark – Limfjord Cruise, Denmark – Aalborg, Denmark – Skagen, Denmark – Dover, England
The 15 nights of the Borealis Exploring Northern Norway – the Land of the Midnight Sun cruise, departing from Liverpool on July 4, 2023. Prices start from £2,499 per person, with £200 per person to spend on board.
Itinerary: Liverpool, England – Kristiansund, Norway – Cruise by Torghatten (Hat Mountain), Norway – Cruise by Seven Sisters Mountain Range, Norway – Crossing the Arctic Circle, Norway – Tromsø, Norway – Alta, Norway – Honningsvåg, Norway – Cruise by North Cape and The Horn, Norway – Cruise by Devils Jaw, Norway – Bodø, Norway – Olden, Norway – Cruise by Hornelen at sunset – Cruise Nordfjord and Innvikfjord – Kirkwall, Orkney – Liverpool, England
The 26 nights of Bolette Explore the Balkans and the Adriatic with Venice cruise, departing Southampton on September 18, 2023. Prices start from £4,099 per person, with £250 per person to spend on board.
Itinerary: Southampton, England – Malaga, Spain – Catania, Sicily, Italy – Dubrovnik, Croatia – Split, Croatia – Zadar, Croatia – Rijeka, Croatia – Venice, Italy (night) – Koper, Slovenia – Neum, Bosnia and Herzegovina – Cruise in the Bay of Kotor, Montenegro, at sunrise – Kotor, Montenegro – Durres, Albania – Cruise in the Strait of Messina, Italy – Cruise by Stromboli, Italy, at sunset – Gibraltar – La Coruña, Spain – Cruise near from the lighthouse of the Tower of Hercules, Spain – Southampton, England
The cruise line said this summer schedule precedes the launch of Fred. The full Olsen 2023-24 brochure, due out in late April 2022.