Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has launched its new cruise programme for 2025/26, featuring sailings where guests can embrace local life, see native wildlife and witness natural wonders.

Borealis docked in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

Source: Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines / Richard Elliott

Explore Icelandic highlights aboard Fred. Olsen’s Borealis.

The 2025/26 season features departures from Southampton, Portsmouth, Dover, Liverpool, Newcastle and Rosyth. The cruise line says it has curated this programme to ensure guests are visiting destinations at the very best time of year.

Chances to experience local events such as the Rio Carnival or Europe’s biggest sea shanty festival are among the highlights.

Destinations include the Mediterranean and North Africa, the Baltic, Arctic Norway, Iceland and Greenland, the British Isles and far-flung gems in the Caribbean, South America, Africa and Australia. You can see the new brochure by clicking here.

Balmoral, Fred. Olsen

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Take in the spectacular scenery of Norway on board Fred. Olsen’s Balmoral.

Groups travelling with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines can benefit from free cruise places for the group organiser, if they hit their passenger target (usually between 15 to 30 guests), funding towards coach transfers to and from the port, private catering options on request, discounted travel insurance and more.

Martin Lister, head of itinerary planning and destination experiences at Fred. Olsen said: “This has been a phenomenal programme for our team of journey planners to curate, as it will see our fleet of smaller-sized ships visit all seven continents of the world.

“Guests who join us on board in 2025 and 2026 can expect to see some breathtaking scenery including eye-catching fjord mountains, dramatic coastlines, icebergs, remote islands and beautiful bays.

“They can visit captivating cities, fairytale castles and charming old towns packed with ornate and striking architecture and experience natural phenomena such as the Northern Lights, the Midnight Sun, stunning sunsets and flowers in bloom at the very best time to see them.

Riga, Latvia

See the House of the Black Heads in Latvia’s Riga on a sailing.

“Some of the highlights include chances to visit the beautiful Norwegian Fjords in the spring, when the waterfalls are at their strongest; to see fields of lavender and sunflowers in bloom in the French Riviera and enjoy a world cruise discovering idyllic islands and cities rich in culture.”

Group cruising highlights

Balmoral’s ten-night Norway’s Arctic Islands and Mountainous Vistas cruise, departing from Rosyth on 17th June 2025, includes sailings along the Atlantic Ocean Road, while Bolette’s 16-night Discovering the Colourful French Riviera cruise, departing from Liverpool on 23rd June 2025, allows groups to visit Provence when lavenders and sunflowers are in bloom.

Borealis’ 12-night Whales, Waterfalls and Geysers of Iceland cruise, departing from Dover on 17th July 2025, offers passengers the chance to witness the splendour of Iceland’s volcanic landscapes, see puffins before they head south for the winter and discover how Iceland turns its natural power into energy.


Known for its fascinating architecture and quirky buildings, Barcelona is a great city for groups.

Those looking for a longer voyage can opt for Balmoral’s 57-night Mediterranean Grand Voyage cruise, departing from Southampton on 17th September 2025. Explore iconic Mediterranean sights in Barcelona, Seville and Istanbul, immerse yourself in traditional Dalmatian customs and ample delicious olives, moussaka, paella, tapas and pasta.

Groups may also like Borealis’ 14-night Fairytale Castles and Old Towns of the Baltic cruise, departing from Portsmouth on 8th December 2025, which included Baltic Christmas Markets while Balmoral’s seven-night Mountains and Fjords of Norway cruise, departs from Newcastle on 16th April 2026 and includes a ride on the Loen Skylift or Rauma Railway for outstanding views.

For group bookings and enquiries, contact Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ dedicated Group Sales Department on 01473 746169 or email

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