Fred Olsen Cruise Lines will seek out culture and historic landmarks on a selection of hand-crafted itineraries designed to showcase the perks of small-ship cruising.
This summer, Fred Olsen is tempting guests with a range of itineraries mixing history, culture and hidden gems.
Departing on 16 July 2022, the Historic Cities and Islands of Sweden, Estonia and Latvia voyage will transport guests into diverse cultures of some of Europe’s most fascinating countries.
The 13-night voyage on Balmoral will take in a range of famous sites, beginning in Sweden for scenic cruising between the craggy islands and islets of the sprawling Stockholm archipelago.
In Stockholm, the Swedish capital’s number of historic and architectural highlights come to life, such as the Royal Palace. Guests may also be tempted with the opportunity to take part in a boat trip on the picturesque canals. There’s also a visit to the island of Gotland for a glimpse into Sweden’s Hanseatic heritage in Visby.
However, this is only the beginning, as Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania soon follow.
In Estonia’s capital, Tallinn, the UNESCO-listed Old Town forms a key part of the experience, with medieval castles, cathedrals and churches round every corner.
Once in Riga, history comes to the fore during a visit to the Museum of Occupation, providing an insight into life in the city during the country’s occupation by both Russian and German forces.
From Liepaja, also in Latvia, Fred Olsen offers tours to the the military town of Karosta. In the lesser-know port of call Klaipėda – Lithuania’s third-largest city – guests can explore the Plokštinė missile base.
The scenic sights of Canada
Setting sail in August, Borealis will depart from Liverpool for a 15-night voyage to explore the natural wonders of Canada.
The Historic Halifax and Scenic Sights of Canada cruise includes five destinations over five days. First on the list is St John’s, which makes for the ideal introduction to the region, not least because of Newfoundland’s coastal scenes and the Cape Spear lighthouse.
Borealis will then head for Nova Scotia and the city of Sydney, with excursions to the highlands of Cape Breton and Cabot Trail.
In Halifax, the 19th century Citadel National Historic Site is a particular highlight, but guests should not miss the array of local culture, arts and culinary delights on offer.
Thanks to Fred Olsen’s smaller ships, this itinerary also includes a stop in Louisburg, a city hugely influenced from battles between French and English forces in days gone by.
Last but not least, Corner Brook is the gateway to the Bay of Islands, where visitors can follow in the footsteps of Captain Cook.
Fred Olsen’s summer campaign
Fred Olsen has a special summer campaign, offering savings on 2022 sailings.
Guests can save up to £250pp, and on selected sailings, benefit from free on-board spend up to £250pp, which is doubled when a guest books a suite.
Full savings as follows:
- £150pp off European short breaks
- £150pp off cruises around the British Isles
- £200pp off Arctic and Scandinavia
- £250pp off warmer cruises and Canada sailings
However, guests need to hurry, as this campaign ends on 31 May 2022.