If you are looking to cruise out of the UK this spring, summer or fall, you might want to consider Fred.Olsen Cruises. Along with P&O, Fred. Olsen serves the rapidly-expanding British market from a variety of UK-based homeports. Cruise departures are available from well-known ports like Southampton and Dover, as well as the smaller ports of Falmouth, Greenock, Holyhead, Leith, Liverpool, Newcastle, Portsmouth and Rosyth.
With all that variety, it’s extremely likely there’s a Fred. Olsen voyage that’s right for you – and one such itinerary is featured here.
Departing from Southampton on September 27, 2011 aboard Balmoral, guests will spend nine days exploring some of the most interesting ports on the Western coast of Europe. Aptly named “France, Spain and Portugal,” this itinerary is a good choice for those looking to experience Fred. Olsen for the first time.
Built in 1988 as Crown Odyssey, Balmoral has flourished under Fred. Olsen, which has operated her since 2008. After being transferred over from former owner Norwegian Cruise Line, Fred. Olsen embarked on a remarkable refit program that saw the ship cut in half and lengthened by 100 feet. Additional public rooms were added, along with a substantial number of new veranda staterooms. The result is a ship arguably more modern and spacious than when she was first launched.
Norwegian in heritage but based in the UK, Fred. Olsen Cruises can trace its heritage back to 1848, when three Olsen brothers bought their first ship. Now in its fifth generation of family ownership, Fred. Olsen Cruises operates a fleet of four classic yet contemporary cruise ships designed to appeal specifically to the British market through onboard offerings, enrichment programs and itineraries.
For more information, including full fleet itineraries, pricing and vessel details, be sure to check out our Fred. Olsen page right here on Avid Cruiser.
Can’t make it aboard in person? Don’t worry – we’ll be sailing aboard Balmoral on this voyage, and will be blogging during the cruise with updates, facts and lots of photos.