Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines Adds Two New Regional Ports; Drops One

May 17, 2013
(7:15 a.m. EDT) -- Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines will add two new U.K. ports to its 2014/15 season, giving it one of the highest number of regional departure points of any U.K. cruise line.

The line will add Tilbury and Avonmouth, but will be dropping Portsmouth, taking the total number of ports to 10 next year. It is 30 years since Fred. Olsen last based ships at Tilbury, for Canary Islands departures.

The first departure from the Essex port will be on Black Watch on 14 November 2014 on a ‘Mystery Cruise', with the itinerary revealed as the cruise progresses. There will be two other departures, to the Canary Islands and Morocco on 29th November 2014; and a 14-night cruise to Norway on 20th December 2014.

The second port is Avonmouth, which is situated on the Severn Estuary at the mouth of the River Avon. Boudicca offers four cruises scheduled for spring and early summer of 2014 to the Canary Islands, France and Spain, the Adriatic and Athens, and Iceland and Norway. The longest cruise on offer is the 28-night ‘Adriatic & Athens' on 17th May 2014. This voyage is full of historic port stops that include Dubrovnik, and Koper in Slovenia. Itineraries for all these voyages are now on sale.

For the solo traveller, Fred. Olsen is also offering a ‘no single supplement' on certain twin grade cabins as part of its 2014/15 launch campaign. Fred. Olsen already offers a ‘twin for sole occupancy' deal, which ranges from 50 per cent of the total cost to 75 per cent of the total cost.

Cruises with the no single supplement offer include trips to ‘Empires of the Mediterranean & Black Sea' and ‘Historic Islands & Cities of Portugal'. Passengers will find exclusive gatherings, arranged companions and dance partners for those travelling alone.

Fred. Olsen won the Best Solo Cruisers award in Cruise Critic's Editors' Picks Awards.

Fred. Olsen is also offering two free shore excursions. Cruises aboard the Black Watch's ‘Turkish & Greek Odyssey' and Boudicca's ‘Red Sea Cruise' with savings per cabin up to £500.

--by Jasmine Shaddock, Cruise Critic Contributor