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Fred Olsen Cruise Lines: Wildlife at guests’ fingertips this summer

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This summer, Fred Olsen Cruise Lines will take guests to some of the world’s greatest destinations on a selection of hand-crafted cruises.

There are short breaks and scenic European adventures, explorations of Norway’s fjordland, journeys to sun-kissed, warmer climes and more, so there is an ideal summer cruise getaway for every cruiser.

What makes these itineraries extra special is that on a selection of voyages volunteers from wildlife charity ORCA will be on board to help guests spot local marine life and share insights into how they can take an active role in ocean conservation.

On a recent sailing to Norway, Fred Olsen guests were lucky enough to spot an astonishing amount of diverse wildlife while sailing past the Lofoten Islands, en route to Bodø, Norway, and the line is now keen to expand these opportunities to more and more guests with new itineraries on its classic small ships.

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Fred Olsen guests can enjoy unique encounters with wildlife this summer

Wildlife spotting with Fred Olsen

Sailing from Liverpool on 27 June on new ship Borealis, the 14-night Vista & Volcanoes of Azores & Madeira itinerary will bring to life a number of natural wonders as guests cruise the emerald-green islands and Atlantic waters of the Azores archipelago.

Exploration is around every corner on this itinerary, from São Miguel Island with its volcanic landscape, the Sete Cidades Volcano, which features a 13km-wide crater, to the Furnas Valley hot springs and Terra Nosta Park’s gardens, geothermal pools and forests.

While on-shore guests can partake in a number of exceptional excursions, including on a 4×4 adventure, or seek out whales in the waters of Faial, ably guided by ORCA conservationists.

Also sailing on Borealis, again from Liverpool, is the 10-night Whales, Waterfalls & Geysers of Iceland voyage, taking in Iceland’s tremendous Gullfoss Waterfall.

Departing on 17 June, this cruise is ideal for clients who want to witness humpback and minke whales, dolphins, and porpoises, in their natural habitats. There is also the chance to take a boat tour to Vigur Island from Ísafjörður, to watch puffins go about their day-to-day lives.

These opportunities to soak in the natural environment are complemented with a thought-provoking tour of the Skálanes Nature and Heritage Centre.

Closer to home, on the eight-night Scenic Isles of Scotland itinerary – departing 9 June – seabirds await on a tour from Kirkwall, which is also the gateway to the UNESCO-listed Neolithic village of Skara Brae.

Other opportunities to see the myriad of wildlife include the landscapes and sites of the Small Isles, Mull of Kintyre and the Sound of Mull, as well as the Isle of Skye with its craggy coastline.

Also taking in Scotland is the Scenic Isles and Lochs of Scotland cruise, on flagship Bolette, where one of the highlights is the tour of Northmavine, in Shetland, which is home to an array of seabird colonies.

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines flagship Bolette
Fred Olsen flagship Bolette

Fred Olsen’s agent incentive

As an added perk, Fred Olsen Cruise Lines has a new travel agent incentive.

Five agents will be able to celebrate all things summer 2022, including the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, with a celebration bundle worth approximately £500, including Adnams wines, a crate of Adnams beer, a Stokes sauces BBQ gift pack, and handcooked crisps, as well as a picnic blanket.

All agents need to do is make a booking on any cruise featured in the line’s summer 2022 campaign, by Friday 20 May, and register these on the line’s Travel Agent Centre. Five winners will be drawn at random.

Special offers for summer 2022

Alongside its trade incentive, Fred Olsen is also offering some bumper savings as part of its summer sale. 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


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