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I’ve received an email from Fred. Olsen about the recently-completed programme of refits to the whole of their fleet. All four of their ships – Black Watch, Boudicca, Braemar and Balmoral – have undergone quite lengthy dry docks in Germany during which they received significant refurbishment. It sounds as if most, if not all, cabins […]

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Over recent years Fred. Olsen has made a strong point of their use of regional ports around the UK for passenger embarkation and departure. Their 2017/18 brochure has a page headed “Your local, global cruise line” with a map showing the 10 UK departure ports listed for cruises in that brochure – Southampton; Dover; Tilbury; […]

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Well, I was a few minutes too late to grab good webcam shots of Oriana leaving Hamburg – the one above is the best I could manage. But the important thing is that she is on her way back to Southampton where she’s expected just after midnight on the 15th so her two-night cruise starting […]

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Here’s a webcam image taken just now (nearly 10am, 28 November) of Oriana and Black Watch in dock in Hamburg – Oriana on the left and Black Watch on the right. Here are a couple of links to other posts I’ve done about the refits to these ships – Oriana’s here, and Black Watch’s here. […]

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Black Watch refit

And after all too long a break….. I’ve received an email from Fred. Olsen saying that Black Watch is going into Blohm+Voss for a refit. She’ll leave Tilbury on 18 November and work will start on 20 November. The email is unusually informative on the changes that will be made. In addition to “the usual […]

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Back in January 2015 Fred Olsen’s Boudicca experienced a fire in her engine room. Thankfully no-one, either passengers or crew, was injured or hurt, and the fire was quickly brought under control. However Boudicca suffered some fire and water damage to an engine room, the cruise she was on was cancelled and passengers flown home. […]

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we have not yet made the full announcement, and we do not have a time scale for doing so at the current time Just over a month ago I posted about an email I’d received from Fred. Olsen’s marketing department. It read:- Hi All, We just wanted to share with you the exciting news that […]

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This has been a day for receiving interesting emails from cruise lines. In addition to the incorrect credit card pre-authorisation email from P&O I also received this email from Fred. Olsen: Hi All, We just wanted to share with you the exciting news that Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is making a significant investment across its […]

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Here’s a PDF which gives a very short summary of all the itineraries in the new brochure. Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ itineraries 2017+18

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Fred Olsen launched their 2017/18 brochure and itineraries last night with a presentation in central London. The main presentation was done by marketing director Nathan Philpot, and there was an introduction by Fred Olsen MD Mike Rodwell. Towards the end of the evening they were joined by their recently-appointed head of sales, Neal Herbert. Before […]

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