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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
This week, our Virtual Cruise takes us to some of the world's wildest and most breathtaking regions and destinations, to seek-out astonishing natural wonders and captivating, simply inspirational wildlife.
We have taken the difficult decision to pause our ocean cruise operations until 29th September.
A huge thank you to everyone who entered our competition, we have read some truly heartwarming stories. We are hoping to announce the winner and two runners up next week.
Having recently been at anchor in Scotland's Firth of Forth, all four of our ocean ships are now docked alongside at Babcock’s Rosyth facilities.
Bringing the ships together makes it easier for our crew to move between them, and allows for maintenance to run more efficiently while we are not sailing.
Of course this also means we get to see them all side-by-side - a lovely sight, as we're sure you'll agree!
Around the World Challenge
Our head office staff have set themselves a challenge to 'travel around the world' in a bid to raise £1,000 for NHS Charities Together.
That's a total of more than
miles between us!
Since we started the challenge on 1st May, the team has already run, walked or cycled 51% of the total distance collectively, and everyone is doing their bit to hit the target.
So that you can keep up-to-date with our progress, we will be sharing updates each Wednesday as part of our Virtual Cruising #walkamilewithasmile each week, so stay tuned!
Virtual Ship Tours
In June 2019, a team from ORCA joined guests on a memorable voyage to observe Iceland's dolphins and whales; find out more about the sensational sightings and the regions in which you could explore in search of these incredible creatures on a Fred. Olsen cruise...
Get Closer with RIBs
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.
Toe tapping, thigh slapping, board treading!
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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.
Take a look >
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!