10 cruise holiday ideas for 2015/16

Date Posted: 11/11/2013

Artic Adventure

Pictured: Wildlife spotting on board an Artic Adventure Cruise.

Group Leisure attended Fred. Olsen Cruise Line’s official 2015/16 season launch event, where the operator unveiled its new line-up of cruise holidays. From Elvis-themed voyages, murder mysteries and the brand new ‘you choose your cruise’ concept, group travel organisers can book from 24th March.

1.    Artic adventure

An ‘Arctic Adventure’ cruise from Newcastle on Boudicca in August 2015, combines the far-flung destinations of Greenland, Iceland, Spitsbergen, and the Norwegian fjords, on this intrepid 27-night arctic exploration which will take you to within 800 miles of the North Pole.

The cruise will allow guests to cross the Artic Circle, witness the fjords of Norway, take in the peaks and pinnacles of Iceland and Greenland, and maybe spot some of the elusive native wildlife including whales, dolphins, huskies and a polar bear.

2.    ‘Graceland’ of Denmark

An ‘Elvis Cruise’, will visit Randers, near Århus, known as the ‘Graceland of Denmark’, on Braemar to commemorate the would-be 80th birthday of Elvis Presley in April 2015.

This is the only replica of Elvis Presley’s Memphis home outside the United States and houses a host of iconic memorabilia.

3.    You choose your cruise

A brand-new concept for Fred. Olsen, is the ‘you choose your cruise’ on Braemar in October 2015, where guests vote for the next port of call as the cruise progresses, from two choices each time.

Guests can opt for the Gaudi-inspired architecture of Barcelona versus the traditional Palamós on the Costa Brava; cultural Valencia versus Mallorca's cathedral city of Palma; or Andalucian Malaga for the Alhambra Palace and Granada versus Gibraltar's blend of Anglo-Spanish culture and tax-free shopping.

4.    Film stars and fast cars

Promising French Rivera glamour, this themed cruise from Dover in May 2015, will visit Cannes, for the prestigious Film Festival, and Nice, for the opportunity to go the Monaco Grand Prix.

Plus, Fred. Olsen’s first-ever Le Mans cruise, watching part of the 24-hour race, departs from Dover in June 2015.

Alnwick Castle

Pictured: The 'Poison Garden' of Alnwick Castle.

5.    Superbikes and scenic hikes

This cruise on board Balmoral sails from Southampton in May 2015, to call into Douglas on the Isle of Man for the TT Rally.

6.    All four Fred. Olsen ships together for the first time

All four Fred. Olsen ships will be coming together in Bergen, Norway, the cruise line’s homeland on 28th July 2015, docking alongside for the first-time ever.

If you want to be on board one of the ships when the fleet meet for this momentous occasion, you will need to book one of the following cruises:

  • Balmoral - Scenic Fjords and Waterfalls of Norway departing Southampton on 25th July
  • Braemar - Falls, Fjords and Faroe Islands, departing Dover on 18th July
  • Boudicca - Glaciers, Fjords and Waterfalls of Norway departing Newcastle on 26th July
  • Black Watch - Cruising the Fjordland, departing Liverpool on 23rd July

7.    First no-fly Caribbean cruise from Scotland

Fred. Olsen is operating a series of fly-cruises to the Caribbean in 2015, with a selection of 14 and 16-night breaks via Bridgetown, Barbados.

For the first time, Scotland will have its own no-fly Caribbean cruise, sailing from Greenock (Glasgow) on Black Watch in November 2015.

8.    Mystery, poison and murder

Guests can cruise from Rosyth (Scotland) to the Canaries in July 2015, linking the ‘Poison Garden’ of Alnwick Castle - created as part of a £40 million investment in conjunction with the Duchess of Northumberland - and the ‘Poison Garden of Guimar’ in Tenerife.

On board you can take part in what is billed as the biggest participative murder mystery ever undertaken on a cruise line.

9.    Christmas party nights

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines will be hosting its first-ever series of ‘Christmas Party Nights’ on board the Black Watch at London Tilbury Terminal this year. Black Watch will be docked in Tilbury on the nights of 16th and 17th December 2014, and will be offering party-goers a four-course dinner, entertainment and the chance to stay over and celebrate the run-up to Christmas in style.

Northern Lights

Pictured: Guests have a final chance to see the Northern Lights at their best for 11 years in Norway in February 2015.

10.    Northern Lights and a solar eclipse

Fred. Olsen is launching a series of meteorologically-themed cruises, taking in natural phenomena.

Guests have a final chance to see the Northern Lights at their best for 11 years (at the end of the solar cycle) travelling from Southampton to Norway in February 2015. As well as seeking out the elusive Aurora Borealis and cruising along the Norwegian coast, you will visit the Artic city of Tromsø, the Ice Hotel and Bergen.

Fred. Olsen is also running ‘solar eclipse’ cruises in March 2015, where guests can cruise to the Faroe Islands to view this rare occurrence.

For further group travel information visit www.fredolsencruises.com.

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