Fred Olsen welcomes back Balmoral for summer 2022

As summer approaches, Fred Olsen* welcomes the ship 'Balmoral' back in service with sailings from Newcastle and Rosyth (Edinburgh).

Fred Olsen's Balmoral to visit Norway in summer 2022 © Dell - Adobe Stock Image
Fred Olsen's Balmoral to visit Norway in summer 2022 © Dell - Adobe Stock Image

Balmoral* will sail to Nordic and Baltic destinations including Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Svalbard, Latvia and Estonia through summer 2022 along with a short break in France via the River Seine. The ship will operate from Southampton and Dover during winter 2022/2023.

Some highlights for Balmoral include:

Peter Deer, Managing Director at Fred Olsen, said: "Welcoming our wonderful Balmoral back into service is a big milestone for us. Having three ships sailing means we can offer departures from even more regional ports, and we are so pleased to have Balmoral returning to offer sailings from Newcastle and Rosyth again this year."

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Fred Olsen reveals details of 'Fleet in Funchal' fiesta 2023

Leading UK-based small cruise ship specialist, Fred Olsen*, has revealed details of its 'Fleet in Funchal*' fiesta, which will take place in the Madeiran capital on 9 November 2023.

This, the third fleet reunion orchestrated by Fred Olsen, will mark the first time all four of the company's ships, Bolette*, Borealis*, Balmoral* and Braemar*, will be in the same port together since they set sail on cruises in summer 2021.

Each ship will embark on a different itinerary but come together for this day of celebration, which will include a quayside party and the chance for guests to explore other ships.

What's more, the four ships will all have a completely new look and it will be the first time they'll be reunited in their new livery.

Peter Deer, Managing Director at Fred Olsen, said: "This is set to be an incredible day in our history, as it will be the first time that our new-look fleet will be in port together since we set sail again last summer - and what better way to mark it than with a celebration with our guests?

"Our teams here are already busy curating a programme of events, and will be working very closely with the team in the Port of Funchal to ensure it is a truly memorable day for all.

"Of course, while our Fleet in Funchal event will undoubtedly be a highlight, each ship will be embarking on its own adventure, offering guests the chance to enjoy warmer climates during the British winter."

Set sail aboard Braemar with Fred Olsen in summer 2023

UK-based cruise company Fred Olsen* has revealed details of its exciting new programme for summer 2023.

The Norwegian-owned shipping line, which is proud to host smaller, more intimate cruises aboard its fleet of four ships*, has added a host of new destinations as well as themed itineraries designed to coincide with events in certain ports.

New ports of call include stops in along the Adriatic coast including Durres in Albania, Neum in Bosnia and Koper in Slovenia. Meanwhile, some excursions feature experiences such as making pasteis de nata in Lisbon and hiking in Bergen with a local guide.

All in all, Fred Olsen will offer 40 sailings between June and October 2023 departing from ports across the UK including Southampton, Dover, London Tilbury, Liverpool, Newcastle, Rosyth (Edinburgh) and Belfast.

Choose from cruises such as Experience Spanish & Portuguese Traditions, departing from Rosyth on 2 July, Exploring Northern Norway - the Land of the Midnight Sun*, departing from Liverpool on 4 July and Exploring the Balkans & Adriatic with Venice, departing from Southampton on 18 September.

Head of Itinerary Planning and Destination Experience at Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, Martin Lister, said: "Our new summer programme really showcases what makes us special, and we have hand-crafted each cruise to really celebrate our smaller ships and the opportunities they allow us to offer our guests.

"So much has been curated around the best time to visit, whether that's to witness a destination at its seasonal best, or to coincide with a special event ashore."

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Updated on Wednesday 18 May 2022

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