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Fred Olsen Cruise Lines to sell 924-passenger Braemar

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines is looking to sell its vessel Braemar after taking the “difficult” decision not to bring the ship back into service. Managing director Peter Deer said 924-passenger Braemar (pictured) was a ship that was “not aligned” with the business. He explained: “After much...
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Fred Olsen to offer ex-Portsmouth sailings from December

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines’ Balmoral will offer sailings from Portsmouth from next month. Departing on December 10, Balmoral will take a 12-night festive voyage to Spain and Portugal where guests can visit the light displays in Vigo and Christmas markets in Madeira. The line will also depart on a...
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Fred Olsen Travel to launch luxury sales division by end of 2023

Fred Olsen Travel is set to launch a luxury sales division by the end of the year to boost high-value cruise bookings across the business. The Suffolk-based agency soft-launched the Luxury Cruise Club with the help of former project manager Mark Schmitt, who recently joined AmaWaterways, after identifying “a massive opportunity” to grow luxury sales.
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Fred Olsen ship emerges from UK shipyard refit

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines’ Borealis has become the first cruise ship in more than 25 years to be refurbished at Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead. The multimillion-pound refit at the River Mersey facility took two weeks and included steel repairs, an overhaul of the shafts and propellers as well a new application of underwater paint.
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Fred Olsen Cruise Lines makes Dover return

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines returns to Dover this month with flagship Bolette running a series of later summer cruises. An eight-night itinerary to Scotland will be the ship’s first departure from the Kent port this year followed by sailings to Norway, the Azores and Madeira and Scandinavian cities. Dover...
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Fred Olsen Cruise Lines removes single supplement on select sailings

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines has scrapped the single supplement on selected cabin grades and sailings departing this year and in 2023. Sailings included in the offer range from four to 19 nights, with regional departures from Liverpool, Dover, Tilbury, Portsmouth and Southampton. The cruises, which run from September 2022 to...

Fred Olsen Cruise Offers No Solo Traveller Supplement on Selected Sailings

Solo travellers looking to get away in 2022 or 2023 can enjoy a twin cabin with no single supplement on selected grades and sailings with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines. The offer includes opportunities to venture to the emerald-green islands of the Azores, seek out winter warmth in the Canary Islands or enjoy scenic sailings of the River Seine.
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Ex-Tradewind Voyages sales chief joins Fred Olsen Travel

Former Tradewind Voyages head of sales Mark Schmitt has joined Fred Olsen Travel as a project manager after leaving the tall-ship line earlier this year. Schmitt announced his new role on LinkedIn today (July 22) and revealed the Suffolk-based agency had “some exciting projects in the pipeline”. He...
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Fred Olsen returns to Scotland for first time in three years

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines is resuming departures from Scotland for the first time since before the pandemic in 2019. The ship Balmoral will depart from Rosyth north of Edinburgh for an eight-night Norwegian fjords cruise tomorrow (Friday). The ship returned to service in May joining fleet newcomers Bolette and Borealis,...
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Fred Olsen and P&O Cruises issue Jubilee cruise offers

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines is including a free all inclusive drinks package and £70 per person on board spending on a selection of summer sailings. The Platinum Jubilee deal covers more than 20 cruises, with departures from Southampton, Dover, Liverpool, Belfast and Rosyth, to destinations including the Norwegian fjords, Iceland, Canada, Spain, the Azores and the UK.
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Third Fred Olsen ship returns to service

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines has welcomed its third ship back into service, with the return of Balmoral – starting a summer season of sailing from Newcastle and Rosyth. The ship will split its summer sailings between the two ports, ahead of a programme of winter sailings from Southampton and Dover.

DNV certifies concept for Fred Olsen 1848’s Brunel floating wind turbine platform

Certification body DNV has awarded Fred Olsen 1848 a statement of feasibility for its Brunel floating wind turbine platform concept. DNV explained that this means it considers the concept feasible for further development. Fred Olsen 1848 – which was recently set up as a standalone floating division by Norwegian shipping...
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Fred Olsen Travel looks to expand and recruit

From left: Vince Cammilleri, Air France-KLM; Karen Milward, Premier Holidays; and Fred Olsen’s Kerry Sabberton, Paul Hardwick and Emma Livermore. Fred Olsen Travel is continuing to recruit staff and look for expansion opportunities as the agency chain’s sales bounce back after the pandemic. Paul Hardwick, head of commercial,...
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Seven departure ports feature in Fred Olsen 2023-24 cruise programme

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines has released its full 2023-24 programme featuring more than 100 sailings. Fly-cruise returns with the ship Braemar based in the Caribbean for the winter months. Itineraries range from two to 93-nights, with regional departures from Liverpool, Newcastle, Rosyth, Southampton, Dover, London Tilbury and Belfast. The new...

Fred Olsen 1848 launches modular floating offshore wind turbine foundation

Technology and innovation company Fred Olsen 1848 has launched its Brunel modular floating foundation, based on steel tubulars, to enable manufacturing and assembly at volume for floating offshore wind deployment in harsh North Sea conditions. Brunel completed a final tank test in February 2022 and received DNV’s statement of feasibility...
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Fred Olsen Cruise Lines unveils Journey Navigators programme

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines plans to recruit 16 experts who will join sailings to enhance the onboard experience as part of a new Journey Navigators programme. Four experts – a nature scout, a culture curator, a maritime guide and an entertainment host – will be on board each ship on every 2023-24 sailing.

Heerema and Fred Olsen win large European offshore wind contracts

Two contractors have secured deals to install key components at large-scale offshore wind farms in Germany and France. Heerema Marine Contractors is due to install the 64 monopile foundations at EnBW’s 900MW He Dreiht offshore wind farm. Scheduled for completion in 2025, it is under development at a site in the North Sea, 90km north-west of Borkum and 110km west of Heligoland.
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Fred Olsen discounts summer sailings

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines is discounting prices on a number of departures this summer. The cuts range between £150 and £250 and run alongside an offer of up to £250 on board credit on selected cruises. The summer sale covers sailings from May to September. Examples include...
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Fred Olsen Cruise Lines unveils fleet reunion plans

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines plans to bring all four of its ships together in Funchal, Madeira, next year. The vessels – Bolette, Borealis, Balmoral and Braemar – will set sail on four separate cruises following the ‘Fleet in Funchal’ reunion in November 2023. A quayside party...