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We'd love to be welcoming you on board one of our beautiful ships right now, but the priority is to stay safe.
Therefore we decided to take you on a virtual cruise each week! Keep checking back to this page, or follow us on Facebook for inspirational sailings, as well as links to other videos and articles we think you'll be interested in.
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This week's virtual cruise
As we look to the future of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, we're delighted to announce that cruises on board Bolette, are now on sale! To celebrate, this week's virtual cruise is dedicated to our new flagship and to showcasing the types of itineraries and experiences you can look forward to enjoying on board in the years to come.
Unfortunately, we have taken the difficult decision to pause our ocean cruise operations.
Our Captains, officers and crew love nothing more than exploring the world with you, so this year really has been like no other. While our ships have been in Rosyth, we've had much work to do to ensure they remain ready to sail as soon as the time is right. Meanwhile, our Ipswich team have been working hard from home to make sure our service continues in the way you expect. It is definitely not the year any of us had planned!
While things remain a little uncertain, we do believe it’s now important to set our sights on the future and start planning for brighter times ahead
We are very excited to let you know that over the next few weeks we will be sharing our plans with you for when we hope to be sailing again – of course, providing it is safe for us all to do so.
We would also like to let you know that when we return to the waters in 2021 our new ships Bolette and Borealis will be taking on itineraries sailing from UK ports for sister ships Black Watch and Boudicca, which we plan to retire from our fleet. Both vessels have served us very well over the years and we know they are dearly loved by many of our guests. We will be celebrating their time with us over the coming weeks so please keep an eye on our official Facebook page, where you will be able to share your memories.
If you have a future booking on Black Watch or Boudicca, good news! You will now be sailing aboard Bolette or Borealis. Please bear with us as there is now much to do... We will be transferring each booking individually and matching your cabin to one of a similar grade and standard on the new ship. We know you will have a lot of questions so we will write to you shortly with details of your revised booking on Bolette or Borealis. Please wait for your letter before calling us, we expect to be very busy and wouldn’t want you to wait too long in call queues.
If you would like to make a booking on our new ships, we're pleased to announce that Bolette sailings are available to book from 7th September, with Borealis' cruises going on sale the following week, on 15th September!
We hope you’re excited about all that the future has in store for Fred. Olsen and will join us exploring the world once again.
Our New Ships: Bolette & Borealis
With the excitment of our two new vessels ready to join our fleet of smaller cruise ships, we know you all have a lot of questions.
Over the coming weeks, we'll be sharing more information about the ships as soon as we have it.
Recently, both Bolette and Borealis sailed through the Mediterranean, after meeting at the port of Limassol, Cyprus, and called at the Dutch port of Rotterdam for maintenance. We're now very pleased to say that Borealis is in Rosyth alongside the rest of the fleet, with Bolette scheduled to join them very soon.
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Here are some links to some health and wellbeing videos and articles that we thought you might be interested in whilst you’re at home.
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We have been searching the web to bring you the following links which we think you’ll love.
As part of an offical partnership, Fred. Olsen are proud to be working with marine wildlife charity ORCA, who are dedicated to working to help protect the world's population of dolphins and whales. As well as many other conservation projects they have set up and are operating, ORCA will be sending teams of volunteers on a selection of future Fred. Olsen sailings, to observe wildlife behaviours, collect vital sighting data and much more. To find out more about ORCA and everything they do, and to learn about the wonderful whales and dolphins they help to protect, their YouTube channel is a great place to start.
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Perfect while we're unable to see, explore and experience the world for ourselves, Google Earth provides a fascinating, interactive and exciting way to satisfy your wanderlust. As 'the world's most detailed globe', Google Earth allows you to explore the world and discover your favourite places, as well as destinations you've dreamt of or never even heard of before, with just a few clicks of your mouse or swipes on your screen. You can create your own 'itinerary', share photos and stories of places you've been to with other users, and even embark on virtual guided tours with adventurers, storytellers and scientists.
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If you can, getting outside and going for a walk is a great way not only exercise the body, but also the mind. Especially during difficult times such as those we are facing at the moment. Across the UK, there are thousands of countryside trails and walking routes take take in some of the Home Nations' most spectacular scenery, famous landmarks and few hidden gems too.
The Ramblers Association are dedicated to helping people discover - on foot - everything that's great about Britain, with teams of volunteers giving up their time to explore, plot and share the best routes that they find. By clicking the link below, you'll find a list of Britain's favourite walks for you to try. The Ramblers website also provides extensive lists of walking routes to uncover locally, in regions around England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
With it's selection of brain teasers, crosswords, sudoku grids and much more, the online selection of puzzles from Puzzler is - much like the Puzzler books you find in newsagents, train stations and airports - fantastic for when you want to sit back, relax, put your thinking cap on and while away a few moments taking on a challenge or two. To access Puzzler's online puzzles, simply register, login and enjoy!