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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has announced that in 2019/20, its fleet of four smaller ocean ships – Balmoral, Braemar, Boudicca and Black Watch – will be visiting no fewer than 219 destinations in 75 countries.

The holidays are on sale now and include departures from UK ports such as Dover, Southampton, Liverpool, Newcastle and Edinburgh, plus there is an expanded programme of exotic fly-cruises.

Mike Rodwell, Managing Director of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said: “Our four smaller, friendlier ships have all benefitted from extensive refits as part of our multi-million pound improvements. These have delivered more restaurants, refreshed guest rooms, enhanced lounges and refurbished public areas, making the entire experience on board more enjoyable.

“Ready for adventures to come, our upgraded fleet will ensure that we will continue to stand out from the crowd, offering an unrivalled cruise holiday.”

Fred. Olsen’s new 2019/20 ocean cruise programme will include maiden calls in Crete, Greece; Alotau, Papua New Guinea; Maluku, Indonesia; and Broome, Australia. The Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Norway and Ireland have also had some ports introduced for the two years ahead.

What the cruise line calls ‘closer cruising’ will remain at the fore of the Fred. Olsen cruise experience during 2019 and 2020.  The smaller-sized ships are able to sail ‘right into the heart of a destination’ – meaning groups can enjoy plenty of river, fjord and scenic cruising.

In addition, Fred. Olsen has put more emphasis on global exploration cruises in 2019/20, giving its guests the chance to discover exotic cultures and remote destinations, experiencing what life is really like all over the globe.

Boudicca’s innovative Indian Ocean fly-cruises, for example, will be complemented by adventures such as cruising the Great Barrier Reef, heading out on an African safari, uncovering the ‘lost city’ of Petra, and taking in the eerie atmosphere of Spitsbergen’s abandoned mining towns.

For group bookings and enquiries, GTOs should contact Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ group sales department on 01473-746169 or e-mail

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