Fred Olsen Launches World-wide Cruises Brochure for 2009 - 2010 Season

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Fred. Olsen's new brochure of worldwide cruises for 2009 - 2010 includes three complete World Cruises, all with very individual itineraries, the most the cruise line has ever offered. The brochure features a total of 312 different ports and134 countries or islands. A total of 160 cruises are featured in the brochure.

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has just launched its brochure of worldwide cruises for 2009 - 2010, offering its greatest ever choice of ships, destinations and departure ports. The brochure features a total of 312 different ports and 134 countries and islands visited in the cruise programme. A total of 160 cruises are featured in the brochure.

With a fifth ship -- Balmoral -- joining the fleet in February 2008, and Braemar undergoing a major refit and lengthening in spring 2008 to increase capacity, the cruise line goes from strength to strength.

Three round-the-world cruises are now available two on Balmoral and one on Black Watch, plus long voyages to Canada and the USA (Balmoral) and Around South America (Black Watch). Long cruises can also be booked in sectors with a number of options for pre- and post-cruise holidays ashore.

Black Watch departs from Southampton for her world cruise, travelling in a westerly direction, on 6th January 2009 for 97 nights. Her course takes her via the Canaries to the Caribbean and a transit of the Panama Canal, then on to French Polynesia and the islands of Tahiti, Tonga and Fiji en route to Australia. Ports here include Brisbane, Sydney, Tasmania and Perth, and then it's on to Mauritius and Mozambique. Black Watch calls at Cape Town in South Africa and also visits the African countries of Namibia and Ghana before returning via Cape Verde and the Canaries. Prices for this cruise start from £8,998 per person inclusive of 50% discount.

There are four separately bookable sectors on this cruise:- Southampton to Papeete (31 nights), Papeete to Sydney (19 nights), Sydney to Cape Town (32 nights) and Cape Town to Southampton (22 nights).

Balmoral's first long voyage takes a very different route, travelling in an easterly direction. She leaves Dover on 14th February 2009 for a 104-night voyage, heading first to Lisbon and Valletta before reaching Port Said in Egypt and transiting the Suez Canal. Balmoral will visit Jordan and Oman, Goa in southern India, then Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam where she calls at Ho Chi Minh City. Hong Kong is next and then come some first time ports of call for Fred. Olsen: Shanghai and Tianjin in China, Seoul in South Korea then Yokohama in Japan. Balmoral cruises to Alaska before moving on to Vancouver and finally the Western coast of the USA visiting Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego. She returns via Mexico and Guatemala, transits the Panama Canal then travels back through the Caribbean and the Azores. Starting price is £11,500 per person including 40% discount.

This cruise has three sectors -- Dover to Singapore (32 nights), Singapore to Vancouver (40 nights) and Vancouver to Dover (35 nights).

Balmoral sets sail for her second world cruise departing from Dover on 5th January 2010. This time she takes a westerly course, via the Caribbean, Panama Canal, Costa Rica and Mexico, then on to the West Coast of the USA and Hawaii heading form the magical islands of Samoa, Fiji and Vanuatu. Her Australian ports include two nights in Sydney, and then she continues on to Indonesia, Singapore, the Maldives, Oman, Iran and the UAE. The return voyage is via Egypt, and finally Malta and Malaga, before returning to Dover after an epic 106 nights. This cruise starts from £9,897 per person with a discount of 45%.

As with all long voyages, this cruise can be booked in sectors - Dover to San Francisco (32 nights), San Francisco to Sydney (28 nights), Sydney to Dubai (28 nights), and Dubai to Dover (23 nights).

All prices are per person, based on two sharing an inside twin cabin. Prices include all meals and entertainment on board and port taxes.

Other highlights of the new brochure include:
Braemar and Boudicca, offer winter Caribbean fly cruise programmes with a choice of homeports, Miami or Barbados.

UK Cruises & Cruises Around the British Isles leaving from Portsmouth for the first time aboard Boudicca, this port joins the list of regional ports used by Fred. Olsen around the UK - Dover, Southampton, Newcastle, Liverpool, Leith and Greenock.

Fly cruises from a total of 19 UK & Irish airports - Gatwick, Manchester, Stanstead, Newcastle, Doncaster Sheffield, Norwich, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Leeds Bradford, Bristol, Dublin, East Midlands, Birmingham, Belfast, Glasgow, Newquay, Durham Tees Valley, Humberside, and -- for the very first time -- Aberdeen.

The Flagship Golf programme continues to attract golfers all over the world. For a small extra fee, golfers can enjoy games ashore as well as on-board practice sessions, tuition from a PGA professional and golf-related social activities.

The choice of cruises is unsurpassed -- from a two-night mini cruise, to 106 nights round the world cruise. Including Adriatic, Scandinavia. Iberia, the Canaries, Baltic, Black Sea, Caribbean, South America and Mediterranean cruises.

Cruise prices start from £141 per person, for a Black Prince two-night mini cruise "Irish Jig" departing from Greenock on 21st June 2009 and visiting Dublin and Liverpool.

For more information on Fred. Olsen's world cruises and their sectors, plus pre and port cruise holidays, visit http://www.fredolsencruises.co.uk

To book, call Reservations on 01473 742424, book online, or see your local ABTA travel agent.

Agents can book online via F.OCAL or AmadeusCruise or call Reservations on 01473 742424

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