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Editor’s letter

Back to the source

In summer last year, as the overwhelming majority of cruise ships sat offshore, empty of guests, river lines on the continent quietly began operating again. In July, amid increasing confusion created by changing advice from the Foreign Office, it was established that British holidaymakers could, in theory, take a river cruise – although few actually did.

As inland cruises were given the green light by French and German governments, various cruises lines – AmaWaterways, CroisiEurope and Nicko Cruises among them – welcomed guests back on board. At the time, Clia UK & Ireland director Andy Harmer spoke of a “gradual, phased-in approach to resumption of cruise operations across Europe, initially domestic and regional”.

Although, with the vaccine rollout, the landscape has changed – and British Isles cruises may now become the dominant form of cruise this summer – last year’s short river season has put the sector in good stead for a quick return. In this issue, we celebrate this relaxing but nevertheless exciting holiday choice, with expert tips from Jane Archer and Light Blue Travel MD Rupert Thomson and an interview with Paul Melinis of APT.

As ever, we have all the latest cruise news, incentives and offers, plus our comprehensive directory listings and our cancellations document – keeping you up to date with all the latest changes.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on the new edition and what you’d like to see more of, so please do email info@cruise-adviser.com. We hope you enjoy reading – and good luck selling.

Why we’ve gone digital

Over the summer of 2020, during lockdown, we dropped our print edition – and we’ve now made that move permanent. This is the fifth issue on a new interactive platform which allows us to incorporate video, audio and animations into the design, creating a unique proposition. 

We believe that now is the right time to move away from print – with a fast-changing news cycle, the industry’s push towards more sustainable practices, the rise of remote working and busier-than-ever work schedules, a proper, thought-out digital magazine is the only sensible way to go. You can read more about our thinking here

Cruise Adviser exists to make your job easier, help you better understand cruises and, ultimately, sell more of them. Our reader surveys over the summer have helped us understand the challenges you face and the questions your customers are asking. This issue, and the ones that follow, will help you navigate these stormy waters – explaining the latest Foreign Office and travel corridor advice, safety protocols, testing breakthroughs, as well as covering the latest news, from ship launches to fam trips and incentives; features about the best new itineraries; comment; interviews; and analysis.

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Cruise Adviser is the leading cruise publication for the travel trade. The award-winning magazine contains insightful comment, features, news and advice for those looking to sell cruise holidays. Uniquely aimed at frontline travel agents, two thirds of readers say the magazine has helped them make a sale.

Cruise Adviser is published monthly, and is out on the second Wednesday of the month

To view our 2021 media kit and forward features list, please click hereCruise Adviser is created by Waterfront Publishing. See waterfront-publishing.com for more details.


Contacts

Editorial
Anthony Pearce, director
anthony@waterfront-publishing.com

Design: The Studio
Sub-editing: Nathaniel Cramp

Advertising and partnerships
Sam Ballard, director
sam@waterfront-publishing.com

Bryan Johnson, senior sales manger
bryan@waterfront-publishing.com
020 3865 9338
07532 709 734

Cruise Adviser
Hop Exchange,
Southwark Street,
London,  SE1 1TY

020 3865 9360
info@cruise-adviser.com

Editor’s letter

Just like starting over

And just like that, cruises are finally coming back.

Cruise was the first industry to be impacted by the coronavirus pandemic back in February 2020 as the Diamond Princess was quarantined off the port of Yokohama – and it seemed like it would be the last sector of the travel industry to return. With the Foreign Office having taken the unusual step of advising against an entire holiday type (cruise, aside from river cruises) last summer, and the Global Travel Taskforce having only mentioned cruise briefly in its deliberations until now, it became more and more difficult to imagine Brits getting on board any time soon, even as Europeans briefly took to the waters.

But the success of the vaccination process led to the early announcement by Saga to make vaccinations a compulsory condition for guests sailing – and suddenly the idea of domestic cruises became a possibility. It’s now a reality. A raft of cruise lines – from Disney to Virgin – have announced plans to sail from the UK this summer, with the earliest beginning in May. And it’s not just the UK, with some Greece sailings also on the horizon.

For the first time in a long time we have some actual upcoming itineraries to tell you about. As our table of restart dates, our feature on UK coastal cruises and our news section demonstrates, it’s almost high time to return to the high seas. We hope you enjoy reading.

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Cruise Adviser is the leading cruise publication for the travel trade. The award-winning magazine contains insightful comment, features, news and advice for those looking to sell cruise holidays. Uniquely aimed at frontline travel agents, two thirds of readers say the magazine has helped them make a sale.

Cruise Adviser is published monthly, and is out on the second Wednesday of the month

To view our 2021 media kit and forward features list, please click hereCruise Adviser is created by Waterfront Publishing. See waterfront-publishing.com for more details.


Contacts

Editorial
Anthony Pearce, director
anthony@waterfront-publishing.com

Design: The Studio
Sub-editing: Nathaniel Cramp

Advertising and partnerships
Sam Ballard, director
sam@waterfront-publishing.com

Bryan Johnson, senior sales manger
bryan@waterfront-publishing.com
020 3865 9338
07532 709 734

Cruise Adviser
Hop Exchange,
Southwark Street,
London,  SE1 1TY

020 3865 9360
info@cruise-adviser.com

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About

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Cruise Adviser is the leading cruise publication for the travel trade. The award-winning magazine contains insightful comment, features, news and advice for those looking to sell cruise holidays. Uniquely aimed at frontline travel agents, two thirds of readers say the magazine has helped them make a sale.

Cruise Adviser is published monthly, and is out on the second Wednesday of the month

To view our 2021 media kit and forward features list, please click hereCruise Adviser is created by Waterfront Publishing. See waterfront-publishing.com for more details.


Contacts

Editorial
Anthony Pearce, director
anthony@waterfront-publishing.com

Design: The Studio
Sub-editing: Nathaniel Cramp

Advertising and partnerships
Sam Ballard, director
sam@waterfront-publishing.com

Bryan Johnson, senior sales manger
bryan@waterfront-publishing.com
020 3865 9338
07532 709 734

Cruise Adviser
Hop Exchange,
Southwark Street,
London,  SE1 1TY

020 3865 9360
info@cruise-adviser.com

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Jules Verne’s famous novel Around the World in 80 Days will be celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2023, and guests can join Fred Olsen as they set out to repeat the feat. Across 80 days, Borealis will guide guests on an epic circumnavigation of the globe – via Africa, Asia and the Americas – encountering many of the places that Phileas Fogg and his companion Passepartout travelled through.

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Emerald Cruises’ 2022 European Collection

City stays, rare horticultural activities and mini-break itineraries on offer


From a once-in-a-decade chance to explore Amsterdam’s magnificent Floriade Horticulture Expo to sailings through some of Europe’s breathtaking countryside, Emerald Cruises’ 2022 river programme offers ideal itineraries for those looking ahead and planning their dream holiday.

Its new 2022 European River Cruise brochure is now available to download from TradeGate, highlighting all that’s new for 2022, such as an extended city stay in Amsterdam on a range of Rhine itineraries and the chance to now book five-day Christmas market cruises on the Rhine, Danube and Rhône rivers.

What’s more, book a 2022 river cruise through Europe before March 31, 2021 and your customers can enjoy generous savings of up to £1,200 per couple and a free Premium Drinks Package, entitling guests to unlimited onboard drinks. Plus, when booking a balcony suite and choosing to pay the holiday balance in full 12 months before departure, guests can save an extra ten per cent with the Super Earlybird limited-time offer. To provide additional peace of mind when booking, Emerald Cruises is offering a Complimentary Deposit Protection Plan valued at £100, plus the reassurance of a Flexible Booking Policy.

Extend your cruise with a selection of city stays
For those who want to explore independently and immerse themselves further in incredible European cities, Emerald Cruises’ city stays are an ideal choice to add on to an itinerary. They include two-night stays in Berlin, Prague, Paris, Madrid and now, new to 2022, Amsterdam.

On a selection of itineraries on the Rhine, extend the trip with two nights in a centrally located hotel in the heart of Amsterdam, just a short walk away from the city’s artistic heritage, picturesque canals and modern art museums. Guests will enjoy breakfast daily and transfers to and from the airport. Book the 13-day Jewels of the Rhine with Amsterdam itinerary from £2,345 per person (departing October 23, 2022) on the Emerald Dawn Star-Ship, saving £1,200 per couple, or take advantage of an extra ten per cent Super Earlybird saving and stay in a balcony suite from £2,775 per person.

Visit the once-in-a-decade Floriade Horticulture Expo
Emerald Cruises’ DiscoverMORE optional excursions enable guests to see and do even more on their trip and present opportunities to feel closer to the history and culture of a destination. In 2022, guests will have the chance to visit the Floriade Horticulture Expo, which takes place every ten years between April and October. It’s set in an extraordinary park in Amsterdam, where the Dutch horticulture industry presents its latest trends and developments to the rest of the world, making it an ideal destination for garden and horticulture lovers.

Guests can experience the 40 inspiring country presentations, a spectacular greenhouse complex, a cable car over the Floriade park, pavilions with sustainable innovations and a vibrant arts and culture programme. To experience the once-in-a-decade Floriade Horticulture Expo, book the ten-day Springtime Delights river cruise from £2,445 per person (departing April 11, 2022) on the Emerald Luna Star-Ship, saving £1,200 per couple, or take advantage of an extra ten per cent Super Earlybird saving and stay in a balcony suite from £3,015 per person.

Five-day Christmas market cruises
Emerald Cruises has increased its portfolio of Christmas market river cruises in 2022 to now offer five-day cruises – perfect for those looking for a short Christmastime getaway. It includes itineraries on the Danube, Rhine and even the Rhône. On the five-day Christmas in Southern France river cruise, journey from Avignon and enjoy the many festive celebrations that take place in the city, such as carol singing, parades and folk dances. In Tarascon, visit a traditional olive mill and explore the twinkling Christmas markets of Arles. This mini itinerary takes guests on a festive journey through medieval southern France, feasting on traditional fayre and witnessing Christmas in true provincial style. Prices start from £1,595 (departing December 14, 2022) on the Emerald Liberté Star-Ship, saving £1,200 per couple, or take advantage of an extra ten per cent Super Earlybird saving and stay in a balcony suite from £1,714 per person.

All prices include return flights or the option to travel via Eurostar and rail, transfers, the cruises as stated above, all tipping and gratuities, and all on-board meals, as well as included excursions and experiences with knowledgeable local guides.

To provide guests with maximum flexibility, all bookings are covered within Emerald Cruises’ flexible Booking Policy, meaning guests can change their booking up to 60 days prior to departure without any fees. Emerald Cruises’ dedicated Health & Safety Steering Committee oversees all health and safety policies, going above and beyond to ensure the well-being and safety of all guests is taken care of to the highest standard. For more information, please read Emerald Cruises’ Cruise with Confidence policy.

For more information or to book please visit emeraldcruises.co.uk, call 0808 115 0469 or speak with your local sales manager

About Emerald Cruises
Emerald Cruises (emeraldcruises.co.uk) river cruising – the multi-award-winning riving cruising company, operates nine Star-Ships, eight sailing in Europe and one sailing in Southeast Asia. It also hosts two chartered river ships in Russia and Egypt. Emerald Cruises’ luxury yacht cruising hosts guests on the Adriatic Sea, the Red Sea and along the Mediterranean on board Emerald Azzurra.

Emerald Cruises is including a flexible booking policy which allows guests to defer travel and transfer to an alternate departure or itinerary up to 60 days prior to travel, with no Scenic Group fee’s (third party fees may apply). Please note, final payment due date will remain as per standard booking conditions, however this flexible policy allows changes to be made up to 60 days prior to travel. Flexible booking policy is not available on our Russia or Egypt cruises.

 

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One of Cunard’s signature travel offerings is its World Voyage – an in-depth exploration of the globe. Cunard made history when, in 1923, Laconia became the first cruise ship to complete a global circumnavigation, and in 2023 it plans to mark the centenary of this milestone with a series of new adventures on board its fleet.

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Celebrating a century of pioneering world travel

From spellbinding journeys through Japan to vibrant explorations of Jordan, Vietnam and Namibia, when it comes to destinations with a difference, Cunard always delivers.

Its action-packed itineraries offer something for every type of traveller, from Transatlantic Crossings between Southampton and New York to sun-soaked adventures in the South Pacific, Central America and the Caribbean. If your customers have ever dreamt of visiting the Whitsunday Islands, sailing the Panama Canal or navigating New Zealand’s Fiordland National Park, Cunard can take them there.

One of Cunard’s signature travel offerings is its World Voyage – an in-depth exploration of the globe. Cunard made history when, in 1923, Laconia became the first cruise ship to complete a global circumnavigation, and in 2023 it plans to mark the centenary of this milestone with a series of new adventures on board its fleet.

These voyages, on sale now, offer the chance to cruise Asia, Central America, Australia and New Zealand, plus South Africa and the islands of the Indian Ocean. While each voyage promises discovery mixed with relaxation, circumnavigations of Japan and Australia, coupled with two Centenary World Voyages, are undoubted highlights of the itineraries on offer.

Earn Shine points when booking Cunard’s new 2023 voyages.

Cunard’s Shine Rewards Club has a host of supporting materials and assets for your own marketing, from guides to build your own web banners to ready-made window cards. And as they launch its new voyages they’re also offering more ways for you to earn Shine points, whether through making a booking, joining its training webinars or testing your knowledge. For more information, visit shinerewardsclub.com

For the Centenary World Voyages, your customers can choose between a 101-night sailing on board Queen Victoria, and a 102-night voyage on Cunard’s flagship liner, Queen Mary 2. Both cruises depart from Southampton and call at ports visited by Cunard on its first ever global circumnavigation – Cabo San Lucas, Colombo and San Francisco among them.

Queen Victoria’s Centenary World Voyage will offer time ashore in 20 countries and 26 ports, with Aruba, Tonga, Jordan and Mexico just a hint of the magical destinations in its itinerary. The ship will transit the Panama Canal, giving customers a front-row view of the dense jungle lining the banks of this iconic waterway connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. It will also make overnight port calls in some of the world’s most legendary cities – New York, San Francisco, Sydney, Hong Kong, Dubai and Singapore; all of them destinations that truly come to life after dark.

Not to be outdone, Queen Mary 2’s Centenary World Voyage is full of equally unmissable moments. Like its sister ship, Queen Mary 2 will travel to ports featured in Cunard’s inaugural global sailing, calling at some of the world’s oldest and youngest cities. The voyage takes in myriad Unesco sites, from the colourful Moorish palaces of Sintra to Egypt’s ancient city of Thebes and Oman’s Bahla Fort. There’s also the chance to explore the Sacred City of Kandy in Sri Lanka and a transit of the Suez Canal.

Cunard’s third ship, Queen Elizabeth, will be based in Australian and Japanese waters for its 2022–2023 Centenary World Voyage celebrations. It will make full circumnavigations in both regions, offering time ashore in Arlie Beach, Melbourne and Port Douglas, along with Tokyo (from Yokohama), Kochi and Otaru. Queen Elizabeth will make a maiden call for Cunard’s fleet in Vladivostok, where the mix of Russian and Asian culture makes for a captivating visit.

There’s a Cunard World Club member saving of five per cent on the cruise-only Cunard Fare when booking before June 1, 2021. Remember, your customers only need to have sailed once with Cunard to become a Cunard World Club member.

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Editor’s letter

Returning to the fjords

Hello and welcome to the latest issue of Cruise Adviser.

As ever, we have all the latest cruise news, incentives and offers, plus our comprehensive directory listings and our cancellations document – keeping you up to date with all the latest changes.

This time around, Jane Archer’s How to Sell column focuses on the fjords – perhaps our favourite cruise destination. As Jane writes, the landscapes of west Norway are best viewed from the water, so no wonder numerous cruise lines have piled in over the years. It means clients are spoiled for choice – so we’ve provided nine options for those looking to return to fjords, or visit for the first time. Elsewhere, we take a look at the new ships set carry passengers for the first time this year in our Class of 2021 feature.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on the new edition and what you’d like to see more of, so please do email info@cruise-adviser.com. We hope you enjoy reading – and good luck selling.

Why we’ve gone digital

Over the summer of 2020, during lockdown, we dropped our print edition – and we’ve now made that move permanent. This is the fourth issue on a new interactive platform which will allow us to incorporate video, audio and animations into the design, creating a unique proposition. 

We believe that now is the right time to move away from print – with a fast-changing news cycle, the industry’s push towards more sustainable practices, the rise of remote working and busier-than-ever work schedules, a proper, thought-out digital magazine is the only sensible way to go. You can read more about our thinking here

Cruise Adviser exists to make your job easier, help you better understand cruises and, ultimately, sell more of them. Our reader surveys over the summer have helped us understand the challenges you face and the questions your customers are asking. This issue, and the ones that follow, will help you navigate these stormy waters – explaining the latest Foreign Office and travel corridor advice, safety protocols, testing breakthroughs, as well as covering the latest news, from ship launches to fam trips and incentives; features about the best new itineraries; comment; interviews; and analysis.

About

Get in touch

Cruise Adviser is the leading cruise publication for the travel trade. The award-winning magazine contains insightful comment, features, news and advice for those looking to sell cruise holidays. Uniquely aimed at frontline travel agents, two thirds of readers say the magazine has helped them make a sale.

Cruise Adviser is published monthly, and is out on the second Wednesday of the month

To view our 2021 media kit and forward features list, please click hereCruise Adviser is created by Waterfront Publishing. See waterfront-publishing.com for more details.


Contacts

Editorial
Anthony Pearce, director
anthony@waterfront-publishing.com

Design: The Studio
Sub-editing: Nathaniel Cramp

Advertising and partnerships
Sam Ballard, director
sam@waterfront-publishing.com

Bryan Johnson, senior sales manger
bryan@waterfront-publishing.com
020 3865 9338
07532 709 734

Cruise Adviser
Hop Exchange,
Southwark Street,
London,  SE1 1TY

020 3865 9360
info@cruise-adviser.com

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Editor’s letter

Navigating the route to recovery

Hello and welcome to the latest issue of Cruise Adviser. As is traditional for our January edition, we’ve asked leading figures in the cruise industry – including Tony Roberts at Princess Cruises and Lynn Narraway at Seabourn – to share their predictions for the future of the sector in our Where Next for Cruise? series.

Looking into the future is a more difficult task than ever before – you won’t be surprised to learn that last year’s predictions ended up being, er, a little wide of the mark. That said, for the first time since the virus truly took hold, the route to recovery is visible – we still have to navigate it, and choppy waters lie ahead, but there are many reasons to be optimistic, despite the current situation.

As well as comment pieces, we have Jane Archer’s How to Sell, this month focusing on selling during Wave, plus we’ve got all the latest news, incentives and offers. We’d love to hear your thoughts on the new edition and what you’d like to see more of, so please do email info@cruise-adviser.com. We hope you enjoy reading – and good luck selling.

Why we’ve gone digital

Over the summer of 2020, during lockdown, we dropped our print edition – and we’ve now made that move permanent. This is the third issue on a new interactive platform which will allow us to incorporate video, audio and animations into the design, creating a unique proposition. 

We believe that now is the right time to move away from print – with a fast-changing news cycle, the industry’s push towards more sustainable practices, the rise of remote working and busier-than-ever work schedules, a proper, thought-out digital magazine is the only sensible way to go. You can read more about our thinking here

Cruise Adviser exists to make your job easier, help you better understand cruises and, ultimately, sell more of them. Our reader surveys over the summer have helped us understand the challenges you face and the questions your customers are asking. This issue, and the ones that follow, will help you navigate these stormy waters – explaining the latest Foreign Office and travel corridor advice, safety protocols, testing breakthroughs, as well as covering the latest news, from ship launches to fam trips and incentives; features about the best new itineraries; comment; interviews; and analysis.

About

Get in touch

Cruise Adviser is the leading cruise publication for the travel trade. The award-winning magazine contains insightful comment, features, news and advice for those looking to sell cruise holidays. Uniquely aimed at frontline travel agents, two thirds of readers say the magazine has helped them make a sale.

Cruise Adviser is published monthly, and is out on the second Wednesday of the month

To view our 2021 media kit and forward features list, please click hereCruise Adviser is created by Waterfront Publishing. See waterfront-publishing.com for more details.


Contacts

Editorial
Anthony Pearce, director
anthony@waterfront-publishing.com

Advertising and partnerships
Sam Ballard, director
sam@waterfront-publishing.com

Bryan Johnson, senior sales manger
bryan@waterfront-publishing.com
020 3865 9338
07532 709 734

Cruise Adviser
Hop Exchange,
Southwark Street,
London,  SE1 1TY

020 3865 9360
info@cruise-adviser.com

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Fred Olsen Cruise Lines: From here to anywhere

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines is renowned for offering enriching and immersive itineraries, and this week it is unveiling a brand new programme of cruising for 2022 and beyond. The launch of the new schedule is always a cause for celebration for cruise lovers, but this year it feels even more so, as people dream of their holidays for the next year.

The programme includes closer-to-home excursions around the British Isles and shorter, five-night breaks for those wanting to dip their toe back into the travelling world. Of course, there are also many sailings for those looking to venture farther afield and explore our wonderful world once again, including an 80-day circumnavigation for the real adventurers.

Cruises closer to home
A big part of travel for 2022 will be making the most of our beautiful British Isles, and Fred Olsen is celebrating the very best of the landscapes, coastlines and landmarks that can best be enjoyed from the water. In addition, each cruise has been handcrafted to showcase some wonderful scenic cruising, which is considered just as important as the destinations themselves.

On northerly sailings, witness the towering columns of Fingal’s Cave and Duart Castle. Visit Skara Brae – home to Neolithic structures pre-dating Egypt’s pyramids – in calls to Kirkwall, and be on the lookout for puffins, ponies and fulmars in Lerwick. Or, venture south to delight in views of the Fal estuary and the Lizard Peninsula, and explore the famous Eden Project and 16th century Pendennis Castle in sailings to Devon and Cornwall, plus walk the Isles of Scilly’s magnificent sandy beaches.

Copenhagen, Denmark

Shorter discoveries
For those looking to set sail on a shorter cruise, there are plenty on offer, each with the opportunity to experience all that is great about cruising, from time ashore to sea days packed with entertainment on board, and scenic cruising aplenty.

Of course, the smaller size of Fred Olsen’s ships really come into their own in the Norwegian fjords, and the northerly departure ports of Newcastle and Rosyth in Edinburgh are ideally placed to showcase them at their best in just five nights. Aboard these small ships you will sail size-restricted waters, away from the well-sailed routes, right into the heart of the fjords.

But the shorter escapes are not just bound to Norway, with sailings to Belgium, France, Denmark and Spain available in six nights or fewer right across the fleet.

Reconnect with the world
Those looking to venture farther afield can revel in the autumnal beauty of America and Canada, with Balmoral to depart on a 34-night adventure in September 2023. Explorations of the Adriatic’s many treasures await on a 27-night sailing aboard Braemar in October 2022, with opportunities to walk inside the walled cities of Split and Dubrovnik in Croatia and witness many natural and man-made marvels, from the Skradinski Buk Waterfall to the canals of Venice and Chioggia.

Or for a truly remote sailing, join Balmoral for a 15-night journey to Spitsbergen in June 2022 to sail along Norway’s west coast, past glaciers and rugged mountains and into narrow fjords on a cruise specially timed to take in the eerie Midnight Sun.

Around the World in 80 Days
For the true adventurers, there is the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Phileas Fogg, with new ship Borealis to set sail on an ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ adventure in February 2023, with departures from Southampton or Liverpool. The cruise, timed to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the novel, will call into many of the ports visited by Fogg, including Mumbai, Hong Kong, Shanghai and San Francisco. But there will also be opportunities for tales of new adventures to be made, with a visit into Safaga coinciding with the 100-year anniversary of the discovery of Tutankhamun; chances to explore the bustling metropolises of Singapore and San Diego; opportunities to visit the Taj Mahal; and calls into Japan timed specially to capture the beautiful cherry blossom in bloom. It will also include a maiden call into Hakata, Japan.

New ports
Fred Olsen prides itself in adding more and more destinations to its programme every year, and 2022/23 is certainly no exception. Borealis’ ‘Rugged and Rural Canada’ sailing in August 2022 will call into Louisbourg for the first time; with maiden sailings to Bandol in France, Neum in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Progreso in Mexico, Liepāja in Latvia, and Kalvåg and Lyngdal in Norway also on offer.

Solo guest and Balmoral Eskifjörður, Iceland

Even more regional departure ports
With the addition of Tilbury and Belfast, following on from the introduction of Portsmouth this year, there will be even more departure ports to choose from for 2022 and 2023. It means sailings will be available from eight UK ports, with Newcastle, Liverpool, Rosyth in Edinburgh, Southampton and Dover also on the cards. These additions mean guests are always within a few hours’ reach of a port, meaning they never have far to travel to their next Fred Olsen holiday.

New ships
This will be the first full season to be sailed with new arrivals Bolette and Borealis among the fleet. The new ships, purchased by Fred Olsen in July 2020, bring a number of new and exciting facilities, including an all-weather pool with a retractable roof; grand, two-tier theatres; culinary demonstration theatres and wine tasting venues; additional dining venues; and more space throughout the ships, meaning more space per guest while on board.

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines’ Oceans members will have a sneak peek of its 2022/23 programme from March 10, 2021, ahead of its general release on March 15.

Plus, those who book one of the new cruises will be able to enjoy a choice between a free all-inclusive drinks package or credit to spend on board.

For added reassurance, Fred Olsen has evolved its Plain Sailing Guarantee, giving flexibility to transfer any deposits paid to another cruise at any time before the final payment is made.

For more information, visit fredolsencruises.com/agent  

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Five reasons to recommend a 2022 Norwegian cruise with Fred Olsen Cruise Lines


Balmoral in Olden, Norway

Whether its sailing through pristine fjords or venturing ashore to learn more about the communities that have called Norway’s remote villages and towns home for centuries, a Norwegian fjords cruise is the trip of a lifetime. With Fred Olsen Cruise Lines your clients can rest assured that they are in the hands of experts. Here are five reasons why no one does Norway like Fred Olsen Cruise Lines.

  1. Fred Olsen knows Norway

There are few cruise lines who know Norway like Fred Olsen. The company may offer a very certain type of British cruise (from a range of regional ports, which we’ll come on to later) but the Olsen family’s roots are firmly in Norway. The fjords are a destination like no other – the vast valleys, verdant landscapes and some of the freshest air you will ever breathe.

  1. Right place, right time

You might have guests who want to travel to this marvellous part of the world, but when it comes to Norway, when you visit is as crucial as where. Fred Olsen Cruise Line’s newly launched 2022 cruises show off Norway in the Spring – when life returns to the fjords in full colour. It’s also the time when the waterfalls are at their strongest and the cruise line’s four smaller-sized ships can sail so close you can almost touch them.

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  1. Sailing the scenic route

This is crucial. Cruising the Norwegian fjords isn’t simply a case of rushing from port to port – the best part of the journey is arguably the bits in-between. There are few destinations in the world that boast such majesty on such a grand scale. Fred Olsen Cruise Line’s ships navigate places like Åkrafjord – a size-restricted fjord – where many of the bigger ships simply cannot go, meaning more time in those rarefied places.

  1. Plenty of time in destinations

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines is known for spending longer in the ports that matter. That will often manifest itself in overnight stays, like the one in Alta – to maximise guests’ chances of seeing the Northern Lights – or Tromsø, Norway’s Gateway to the Arctic, and a traditional starting off point for expeditions during the golden era of polar exploration. Guests can visit the incredible Arctic Cathedral to see one of the most unique churches in the world.

  1. Cruise from regional ports

 Fred Olsen Cruise Lines sails from more regional ports than any other cruise line in the UK. For guests in Edinburgh or Newcastle that means they can be in the Norwegian fjords the day after stepping on board. However, there are opportunities to see the world from ports all around the UK – meaning that with Fred Olsen Cruise Lines you’re never far from a world class holiday.

You can find more details on Fred Olsen’s Travel Agent Centre


Opposite: Artist’s impression of Fred. Olsen Livery

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