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'Boudicca' sailing from Dover

Boudicca to Cruise from Dover 2019/2020

Fred. Olsen’s Boudicca starts 2019/20 cruise season from Dover

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines commenced its 2019/20 cruise season from Dover on 13th February 2019, with a sold out romantic four-night ‘Valentine’s in Antwerp with Amsterdam’ getaway, onboard the 880-guest Boudicca.

After this, Boudicca strategically repositions to the Port of Tyne, Newcastle to use as a vantage point for two 8-night ‘Norway Winter’ adventures.  Boudicca will then return to Dover for a 14-night ‘Landscapes of the Canary Islands’ sailing.

Boudicca will be operating a total of 24 different itineraries in its 2019/20 cruise season, from February 2019 through to March 2020.

Special Sailings

Included in the itineraries are two very special sailings.

D-Day 75th Anniversary Voyage – 2nd June 2019

A special 7 night cruise in partnership with The Royal British Legion, exclusively for D-Day veterans and their carers.

168-night Grand Voyage – 3rd October 2019

The longest, most extensive sailing ever undertaken in Fred. Olsen’s history, visiting 61 different ports, towns and cities around the world.

Justin Stanton, Sales and Marketing Director for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said:

“When you cruise from Dover with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, aboard stylish, classic Boudicca, you are in for an unforgettable experience from the moment you set sail! After embarking your smaller, friendlier cruise ship, you can settle in on board, relax and watch the iconic white cliffs drift out of view, as you sail away from England’s beautiful South East coast on a memorable voyage to some of the world’s greatest destinations.

“Whichever itinerary you choose, Fred. Olsen is sure to have the ideal holiday for you, from the convenient and accessible Port of Dover.”

In 2019/20, Fred. Olsen’s Dover itineraries offer guests the opportunity to see sights such as the breathtaking Norwegian or Greenlandic fjords, picturesque waterways through stunning cities, such as Amsterdam, Bordeaux, Hamburg and Stockholm, experience cultural and scenic highlights in the Baltic, and attend the thrilling Monaco Grand Prix.

Sample Itineraries

22-night Amalfi, Tuscany & the Italian Riviera cruise

(adult-only, 18+) 

25th April 2019

Prices start from £2,499 per person.

Capri island with Vesuvius volcano

Ports of call: Dover, UK – Malaga, Spain – Mahon (Menorca), Spain – Sorrento, Italy – Naples, Italy (overnight stay) – Amalfi, Italy – Cruising Amalfi Coast & Capri – Civitavecchia (for Rome), Italy – Livorno, Italy – Portofino, Italy – Genoa, Italy (overnight stay) – Cartagena, Spain – Lisbon, Portugal – Vigo, Spain – Dover, UK

For further information: See D1910 – Amalfi, Tuscany & the Italian Riviera

13-night  Icelandic Wonders & Wildlife

18th June 2019

Prices start from £1,899 per person.

Ports of call: Dover, UK – Cruising Reyðarfjörður – Eskifjörður, Iceland – Cruising Eyjafjörður – Akureyri (overnight stay) – Ísafjörður – Reykjavík (overnight stay) – Kirkwall, Orkney Islands, UK – Dover, UK

For further information: See D1914 – Icelandic Wonders & Wildlife

9-night  Scenic Fjords of Norway

28th August 2019

Prices start from £1,299 per person.

Seven Sisters waterfalls, near Geiranger village in western Norway.

Ports of call: Dover, UK – Bergen – Cruising by Strandafjellet Mountain – Hellesylt – Cruising past Seven Sisters Waterfall – Cruising Geirangerfjord – Olden – Flåm – Cruising Naeroyfjord – Stavanger – Eidfjord – Dover, UK

For further information: See D1920 – Scenic Fjords of Norway

All prices listed are based on two adults sharing a twin-bedded, Interior Room, and include accommodation, all meals and entertainment on board, and port taxes.

Guests booking their holidays with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines can also benefit from its ‘Book with Confidence’ guarantee. This means that, once a booking is confirmed, Fred. Olsen guarantees that no surcharges or supplements will be added to the cruise price.

Bookings are underpinned by the security of ABTA and ATOL protection, as well as Fred. Olsen’s industry-leading ‘Enjoyment Promise’, giving real peace of mind.

What is more, all cruises, shore tours and purchases made on board Fred. Olsen’s ships are priced in Pounds Sterling – so that guests can explore the world without having to worry about exchange rates.

For further information on Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, visit the website at www.fredolsencruises.com Book online, call Reservations on 0800 0355 242 (Monday – Friday, 8am – 8pm; Saturday, 9am – 5pm; Sunday, 10am – 4pm), or see an ABTA travel agent.

To find out more about Fred. Olsen’s ‘Book with Confidence’ guarantee, visit ‘Book with Confidence’ with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

Fred Olsen Guests Fund Fifth RNLI Lifeboat

,Photo: Fred Olsen Cruise Lines Pictured: The winners of Fred Olsen Cruise Lines’ RNLI lifeboat naming competition – Margaret Whittington (left), Joan Hutchings and Peter Ruck – unveil B-913 Pride of Fred Olsen at the Naming Ceremony and Service of Dedication at Fred. Olsen House, Ipswich on 22nd January 2019.

In 2018  Fred Olsen and the RNLI celebrated their partnership of 50 years. The official Naming Ceremony and Service of Dedication of the fifth RNLI lifeboat took place last week at Fred Olsen Cruise Lines’ Head Office, in Ipswich. This is the first time the RNLI has held the naming ceremony of one of its lifeboats at the premises of a corporate partner.

Last year, Fred Olsen’s guests raised an impressive £170,000 towards the new lifeboat, across its fleet of four ocean ships – Balmoral, Braemar, Boudicca and Black Watch – and river cruise vessel, Brabant. This also coincided with the commemoration of Fred Olsen’s 170th anniversary in shipping.

Based in Poole, Dorset, the new Atlantic 85 Rigid Inflatable Boat (‘RIB’), is capable of speeds of up to 35 Knots. Built at the RNLI’s inshore lifeboat production facility on the Isle of Wight, B-913 Pride of Fred Olsen can carry up to four crew members.

The name Pride of Fred Olsen was chosen for the new lifeboat by Fred Olsen guests. In a competition held across the Fred Olsen fleet at the end of last year Margaret Whittington, Peter Ruck and Joan Hutchings,  were proud to be ‘Guests of Honour’ at the Ceremony and officially name the lifeboat.

The event was attended by a variety of VIP guests from Fred Olsen and the RNLI. Amongst them included the Mayor of Ipswich, Councillor Jane Riley; Terry Hunt, Deputy Lieutenant of Suffolk; Rear Admiral Roger Lockwood, Chair of the RNLI Scottish Council; crew members from Harwich, Clacton and Aldeburgh Lifeboat Stations; and senior executives from the two organisations.  The Ipswich Hospital Community Choir performed a specially-commissioned song ‘Take Pride’, composed by choir leader, Alex Howell.

Mike Rodwell, Managing Director of Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, said:

“At Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, we are all extremely proud of our long and successful relationship with the RNLI, and we have been ‘saving lives at sea together’ for over 50 years, since 1968. We derive our livelihoods from the sea, so to be able to support a charity that provides such a vital service in our working environment means a lot to us. As we gift Pride of Fred Olsen to the RNLI, we pay tribute to the tremendous generosity and enthusiasm of our guests towards the RNLI and all that their brave crews do to keep us safe at sea.”

Catherine Kaye, RNLI Corporate Partnerships Manager, said:

“We’re so grateful for the continued support of Fred Olsen and their guests. As a charity, the RNLI relies on the generosity of its supporters. Relief lifeboats such as the Pride of Fred Olsen are vital for us to ensure that we have the right assets at stations when a lifeboat goes away for maintenance. This new lifeboat will help us to continue to save lives at sea and will help us ensure that our lifesavers have the equipment they need to help those in difficulty, as they have done since 1824.”

During its long-running links with the RNLI, Fred Olsen guests have funded a total of five lifeboats. The fourth, Spirit of Fred Olsen, is based at Kyle of Lochalsh in the Scottish Highlands, along with three mobile training units, three seminar rooms at The Lifeboat College in Poole, and the development and funding of three lifeboat-launching trolleys, as well as crew member training and crew equipment.

In May 2010, Fred Olsen was presented with an RNLI ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ by Royal Patron H.R.H. Prince Michael of Kent in recognition of its ongoing commitment, as the charity’s longest-standing corporate partner.

The RNLI is a charity that saves lives at sea. For more information visit the RNLI website.

Lee Mudkins – Guest Relations Manager

Guest Relations Manager, Lee Mudkins talks about his life at sea.

A Sailors’ Life For Lee

Lee Mudkins, is the Guest Relations Manager onboard Fred Olsen’s Balmoral. So I wanted to find out what life at sea is really like and to get some good insider tips.

How long have you worked on board ships?

I have been onboard cruise ships for nearly 4 years now but have spent 12 years working in the cruise industry. I took the plunge so to speak and love every minute of it. New places and new friends make it special.

Can you give us an idea of a typical day in the life of a Guest Relations Manager?

For a Guest Relations Manager, no two days are the same. I can be hosting a table of beautiful ladies or escorting guests in port. You never know what to expect and I am on call 24 hours a day for any guest-related issues and emergencies. Generally, though I get to chat with our guests and make sure their holidays are ones to remember.

Sounds like the perfect job. When was your first cruise? Which ship was it and where did you cruise too?

My first cruise was back in 2008 and was aboard P&O Ventura. I had won a competition and was really excited. We did a 7 day Norwegian Fjord cruise, it was amazing and I made some great friends despite travelling as a solo. I am still friends with a few of these people to this day. The casino was my friend… I won on the last night a large amount and this paid all my bar bill and excursions for the whole trip, Happy days!

What would you say makes Fred Olsen Cruise Lines different to other cruise lines?

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines is a unique company without all the razzmatazz of the big liners. I love the friendliness of the crew and management and of course the wonderful guests that sail with us. Oh, and the food. Put it this way, when I went to sea I was a 32-inch waist now I’m pushing a 38 so that must say something.

Friendly staff onboard Fred Olsen Cruise Lines.

What did you like about your first cruise?

I loved the way I woke up on a different day somewhere new and exciting, the unknown was drawing me in. The food, of course, was to die for, and the entertainment laid on made sure I never felt bored. I made lots of friends and really got the cruise bug.

What is the best cruise you have been on and why?

This year I took a 26-day cruise to Bermuda for the America’s Cup, wow! What an experience, we spent 4 nights in Bermuda during the racing, weather was stunning and I even got to do a tour on a private VIP boat on the course for the final. A truly memorable experience and getting there on a cruise was even more special.

What is it that appeals to you about cruising?

Every day is a different day, travelling the world but only unpacking once. Meeting a variety of new people regularly and making long-lasting friendships. I have a couple of friends Enzo & Carolyn, who were on a cruise with me a number of years back, they are great people and we stay in contact and occasionally meet up for lunches out and stuff, it’s always good to have friends like them.

Do you have a bucket list of places you want to visit?

Canada has to be high up on my list at present, to watch the autumn fall would be a dream. Also, a trip to Boston and New York. I need to get myself to Macy’s and spend some cash!

What’s the first thing you do when you step onboard a cruise?

I investigate the ship, find my way around by getting lost and making sure I then know my way around, I then tend to find a bar with a good view and order a swanky cocktail of some description, that gets my cruise off to a good start.

What was your last cruise and what did you like/dislike about it

I’ve just returned from a River Cruise in Egypt, we had a great time, but you can clearly see that tourism has dropped in that part of the world. The experience was magical however and for sure I would return.

What is your next cruise? What are you most looking forward to?

I have friends joining me on a mini jaunt to Roeun in France, and we have some tours to do there which will enhance the experience. I am looking forward to mingling with everybody.

Can you offer any onboard tips for people who have never cruised?

Read the daily programme and plan your days, it is invaluable. You get to see what is happening all around the ship and can join in with anything that takes your fancy. Don’t be shy, make friends and just enjoy yourself.

Do you have any tips for booking a cruise?

By booking on-board you can often get better deals and discounts as well as extra’s and this, of course, can be returned to your travel agent so you can keep consistency. It’s a hard line to find the right time to book, I always find the more unique trips sell out fast so you have to be quick.

What would you say to someone who is thinking about trying a cruise but is worried they will feel trapped on a crowded cruise ship?

Go for it! There is plenty of space if you want to find yourself space, plenty of people to assist wherever you may turn, and I truly believe they would never look back.

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