From the Sydney Opera House to Bondi Beach, man and Mother Nature contribute in equal measure to this splendid city.
A friendly city, loved by residents and popular with tourists. More than just a gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns offers plenty to do.
Spread out across the hillsides and beautiful northern shores of Papua New Guinea’s picturesque Milne Bay, Alotau assumes a rarely visited, undiscovered feel. Visitors to Alotau can connect with nature amongst the town’s scenic surroundings and fauna-rich waters; unwind at the untrodden volcanic black sand beaches; and immerse themselves in authentic local culture. Alotau natives are proud of Papua New Guinea’s age-old heritage and traditions, which are celebrated at the not-to-be-missed Alotau Cultural Festival – an extravaganza of tribal music, dance and chanting. Also worth visiting for a taste of traditional life is Alotau’s bustling town market. Although Alotau is relaxed and laid back today, it was an entirely different place just a few decades ago. In World War II, Alotau was on many occasions at the centre of fierce and bloody battles between Australian Allied soldiers and Japanese troops. It was here where the Japanese suffered its first decisive defeat in the Pacific Theatre. The Australian War Memorial offers a detailed description of the Battle of Milne Bay, while the Turnbull Memorial – a short distance from Alotau – commemorates the death of Australian Squadron Leader Peter St George Turnbull, who was killed during the battle.
One of 17,000 islands in Indonesia, Komodo Island is famous for its bright blue waters, steep sloping hills, and the four thousand giant lizards who call the island home.
Part bustling shipping port, part gateway to paradise, Celukan Bawang blends the sights and highlights of ancient and modern Bali together to create an all-encompassing glimpse at life on this spectacular Indonesian island. At the port, you’ll notice how centuries-old trading traditions – represented by high-prowed Bugis schooners and historic architecture – co-exist with the marvels of modern day commerce and engineering, from cruise ships to tower blocks, highlighting the importance of Celukan Bawang as an industrial centre. Beyond the port however, it only takes a short journey to discover the dream-like scenes that are synonymous with Bali; head north for exotic black sand beaches, or south to indulge your wanderlust at postcard-perfect white sand stretches. For an authentic Balinese experience, head inland for explorations of lush, jungle-rich interiors alive with the sounds of native wildlife, and to discover traditional towns and settlements rich with local culture.
Diamond-shaped Pulau Ujong is Singapore's main island and it's bursting with colour, energy and culture.
Thailand is known as the 'land of smiles', whose gentle people are the friendliest you could ever meet. So be assured of a warm welcome in Phuket. This increasingly popular retreat, still mercifully unspoilt, boasts a stunningly colourful landscape of lush tropical plantations, dramatic mountain rainforest and endless white beaches.
Known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea, serene Kochi on India’s south-western coast has been drawing traders, explorers and travellers to its shores for over 600 years. Formerly the port of Cochin, Kochi grew to prominence as an outlet for the spice trade in the 14th century, and is most famous for the iconic-cantilevered Chinese fishing nets that billow out across its harbour.[ReadMoreMob] This ancient trading centre is a melting pot of cultures and religions, evident in the town’s buildings, which range from the oldest synagogue in the British Commonwealth to the austere Mattancherry Palace, built by the Dutch but influenced by the Portuguese.
A popular beach-side base, this part of southern India offers more than yoga retreats and tie-dye market stalls.
As one of the wealthiest and most populous regions in Asia, Mumbai (known as Bombay until 1995) has been an inspiring tourist hotspot for years – and with its jaw-dropping architecture, culture and food, it’s easy to see why.
On the Persian Gulf coast of the United Arab Emirates, this exotic destination boasts world-renowned structures, enviably glamorous resorts and pioneering industry.
Abu Dhabi is the culturally rich capital of the United Arab Emirates. With one foot in the past and one eye on the future, it makes for a unique and exciting place for the discerning traveller to discover.
Sun, sand, shopping and crystal clear waters pretty much sum up what you’ll find on your cruise to the United Arab Emirates. But it also throws in a couple of surprises. For starters, if you visit Fujairah you’ll find a mountainous landscape with some wonderful nature walks. The city also has plenty of souks to explore. The other Emirates, such as Dubai and Abu Dhabi are more desert-like and tend to be associated with opulence. And for good reason, as both house a number of stylish hotels and shopping malls. You can spend hours browsing the well-known designer brands and then relax on the exquisite beaches. As for food, you’ll never go hungry, as there are restaurants offering just about any cuisine you can think of, as well as the local dishes of hummus, shawama and falafel. Despite its reputation for high-end shops and restaurants and jaw-dropping skyscrapers, a cruise holiday to the Unite Arab Emirates will see you fall in love with this beautiful country and its blend of Islamic culture and modernity.
Boasting a sun-drenched setting, an impressive history and breathtakingly beautiful architectural gems, Muscat is sure to capture your imagination.
This history-rich Jordanian city boasts impressive scuba diving and water sport options, plus nearby UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The city of Haifa is said to be one of the prettiest in Israel, and is surrounded by nature sites, churches and mosques, mountains and sea. The Bahai Gardens here are not to be missed when on your cruise holiday. The site is where members of the Bahai faith have established their shrine – this building is stunning, with a golden dome, marbled walls and nine sides representing the nine major religions in the world. It is surrounded by several other unique buildings, and set amongst some of the most spectacular gardens in the world, which are designed in nine concentric circles and look like waves extending out from the shrine at the centre. Other interesting places to visit in Haifa include the National Maritime Museum, the Railway Museum and the Khai-Bar Wildlife Preserve.
Limassol is the chief port of the Republic of Cyprus. The city lies on Akrotiri Bay, on the southern coast, southwest of Nicosia; it is the island's second largest city and is also its chief tourist centre. Close by Limassol are the ruins of Kolossi Castle, where King Richard I of Englad is reputed to have honeymooned with Berengaria in 1191. Also worth visiting are the ruins of the 11th-century BC Mycenaean colony of Curium; and the ruins of Amathus, founded by the Phoenicians in 1100 BC. The ancient city of Paphos - the fourth century BC capital to the Kings of Egypt - offers an enchanting excursion.
Ancient relics, fascinating culture, mouth-watering cuisine, soft sandy beaches and contemporary delights abound in delightful Rhodes.
Lined with Baroque buildings and enclosed within its sixteenth century city walls, it’s almost as if time stands still in Valletta. With 7,000 years of history just waiting to be discovered, the Maltese capital is a dream to explore.
Cadiz has been a popular port, trading post and base for exploration for around 3,000 years and the influence of its varied past makes it a fascinating city to explore.
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* Prices shown are per person, based on two adults sharing a twin cabin and include all cruise offer discounts and savings.
The Interior cabins can be found on Decks 1 and 2, and are approximately 183 - 293 square feet in size. The room consists of two single beds which can be converted into a queen-size bed. The bathroom features a shower only.
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Our Single Interior cabins can be found on Deck 1 and 2, and are approximately 183 square feet in size. Each room features two single beds which can be converted into a queen-size bed and shower.
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Our Single Superior Interior cabins can be found on Decks 3 and 7 and are approximately 183 square feet in size. Each room features two single beds which can be converted into a queen-size bed and shower.
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The Superior Interior cabins can be found on Decks 3 and 6, and are approximately 183 -293 square feet in size. The room consists of two single beds which can be converted into a queen-size bed. The bathroom features a shower only.
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Our Superior Ocean View cabins are found on Deck 6 and 3, all featuring a large ocean view window. These cabins are approximately 214 square feet in size. The bedroom consists of two single beds which can be converted into one queen-size bed, while the bathroom has both a bath and shower
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Our Terrace Cabins can be found on Deck 3, midship and are approximately 218 square feet. The bedroom features two single beds which can be converted into a queen-size bed. The bathroom has both a bath and shower. Sliding glass doors lead onto the walk-around Lower Promenade Deck.
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Our Single Ocean View cabins can be found on decks 1, 2, & 3 and are approximately 214 square feet in size. Each cabin features a picture window with two single beds that can be converted into a queen-size bed. Most bathrooms have a bath and shower.
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These Superior Ocean View adapted cabins can be found on Deck 3 and 6 and are approximately 214 square feet in size. The accessible cabin consists of two single beds that can be converted into a queen-size bed, with the bathroom featuring a roll-in shower only.
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These Ocean View cabins can be found on Deck 1 and are approximately 140 to 214 square feet and feature a porthole window. The accessible cabin consists of two single beds which can be converted into a queen-size bed, with single side approach to the bed. The bathroom features a roll-in shower only.
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These Ocean View cabins can be found on Decks 1 and 2 and are approximately 140-214 square feet and feature a porthole window. The room consists of two single beds which can be converted into a queen-size bed. The bathroom in most of these cabins feature bathtub with a shower over the bath.
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These Ocean View cabins can be found on Decks 1 and 2 and are approximately 214 square feet in size. These cabins feature large picture windows. The bedrooms consist of two single beds which can be converted into a queen-size bed while the bathrooms feature both a bath and shower (unless indicated as shower only).
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These cabins can be found on Deck 3 and feature a picture window, but with a fully obstructed view. They are approximately 214 square feet in size. The cabins feature two single beds which can be converted into a queen-size bed and a bathroom with shower (Unless indicated as shower only).
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Our Terrace Adapted Cabins can be found on Deck 3, midship and are approximately 218 square feet. Each accessible cabin consists of two single beds which can be converted into a queen-size bed. with single side approach to the bed. The bathroom has a roll-in shower only. Sliding glass doors lead onto the walk-around Lower Promenade Deck.
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The Premier Adapted Suites are located on Deck 7 and are approximately 568-644 square feet in size. Floor to ceiling windows leads onto a private balcony. Each accessible suite features a king-size bed, with single side approach to the bed, bathtub & roll-in shower. Each suite also features a large sitting area, dressing room, sofa, mini-bar and fridge.
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Our Premier Suites are located on Deck 7 and are approximately 568-644 square feet in size. The bedroom has one king-size bed with a bathroom featuring a bath and shower. A large sitting area with floor to ceiling windows leads onto a private balcony. Each suite also includes a dressing room, sofa, mini-bar and fridge.
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Situated on Deck 7, this suite is approximately 1,273 square feet in size and is located near the lift and stairs. Features include floor to ceiling windows leading out to a private balcony. The suite has one king-size bed and a sofa bed with the bathroom boasting an oversize bath and separate shower. A separate living room, dining room, dressing room, private balcony, pantry, mini-bar, fridge and guest toilet can also be found in the Owner's Suite.
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These Suites can be found on Deck 6 and range from 244 to 283 square feet with floor to ceiling windows leading onto a private balcony. Featuring two single beds that can be converted into a queen-size bed. The bathroom has a bath and shower (unless indicated as shower only). Additional features include a sitting area, mini-bar, and refrigerator.
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Our Balcony Suites are located on Deck 7 and 6 and are approximately 292-337 square feet in size. The bedroom feature two single beds that can be converted into one queen-size bed, while the bathroom features a bath & shower (unless indicated as shower only). There is a sitting area with floor to ceiling windows that lead to a private balcony. A mini-bar and refrigerator are also included in our Balcony Suites.
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The Balcony Junior Suite Adapted Suites can be found on Deck 7 & 6 and are approximately 244-283 square feet in size. Floor to ceiling windows leads onto a private balcony area. Each accessible Suite consists of two single beds which can be converted into a queen-size bed. The bathroom features a roll-in shower. Suites also include a sitting area, mini-bar and refrigerator.
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Our Balcony Junior Suites are located on Deck 7 and 6 and are approximately 244 to 283 square feet in size. The bedroom feature two single beds that can be converted into one queen-size bed, while the bathroom features a bath & shower (unless indicated as shower only). There is a sitting area with floor to ceiling windows that lead to a private balcony. A mini-bar and refrigerator are also included in our Balcony Junior Suites.
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Joining the Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines fleet in 2021, Borealis will be taking on itineraries from retired ship, Black Watch. She will slot into the fleet perfectly thanks to her size and traditional feel - a feel that Fred. Olsen guests know and love.
The Plain Sailing Guarantee ensures any guests who test positive for COVID-19 and therefore cannot travel can move their cruise to another with no administration fees. This will cover guests on any cruise up to the end of 2021. Fred. Olsen will hold the money for the cancellation for up to 12 months to give their guests plenty of time to choose an alternative sailing of at least the same value. All guests need to do is call prior to departure to notify their inability to travel.
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines offer incredible value via inclusive fares. The following will be included in the price of your cruise: comfortable cabins with tv, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities and individually controlled air conditioning, tempting cuisine, self-service tea and coffee at selected venues, in-room sandwiches and snacks, evening entertainment, Captain’s Drinks Party and Gala Buffet, use of leisure facilities including pools and gym, a vast range of on board activities, all UK port taxes, luggage porterage at embarkation and disembarkation and flights (as part of fly-cruises).
There isn’t much Fred. Olsen doesn’t include in the price of their cruises! But do bear in mind the following (unless stated otherwise): travel to/from your port or airports, car parking, all drinks on board, Shore Tours and RIB Tours, hairdressing, health & beauty treatments and selected fitness classes, personal laundry and dry cleaning, WiFi, passport and visa costs, holiday insurance, discretionary gratuities, evening dining in premium restaurants, premium Traditional Afternoon Tea and games of Blackjack and Roulette.
Yes, there is a dress code on board. Most evenings, your chosen ship will have a smart casual dress code. For men, trousers, chinos or smart dark jeans with a shirt or polo shirt are required. For ladies, outfits range from tailored trouser suits/casual separates to stylish dresses. Depending on the length of your chosen cruise, there may be one or more formal evenings. On these occasions, men wear either a dinner jacket or dark suit and tie while ladies may wear cocktail-style dresses or full-length ball gowns.
Upon arrival, you’ll find a Restaurant Seating Card in your cabin which will detail your evening dining time and allocated table number for the duration of your cruise. Dining times consist of two sittings; First Sitting (18:15) and Second Sitting (20:30). For guests on Freedom Fare, you will be offered the choice of your preferred slot at the time of booking, subject to availability. While guests on Saver Fares can select their dining time for a nominal supplement in advance of sailing. Informal open seating is offered to evening diners in Palms Café on Balmoral and Braemar. On selected evenings, The Grill restaurant offers premium speciality dining (for a small supplement) in exclusive indoor or al fresco locations. Here, expect to dine on succulent steaks and seafood as well as world cuisine inspired by the waters you sail in.
Yes, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines offer an All Inclusive Drinks Upgrade package. From only £19 per person, per night (£35 per person, per night on cruises of five nights or less and Speciality Sailings), you can enjoy selected white, red and rosé wine by the glass and selected house beers, house spirits and soft drinks all day, every day throughout your cruise. This package also extends to the restaurants on board where you can choose from a selection of soft drinks, a choice of wines by the glass and selected branded beers in cans.
Each evening you can enjoy a live show after dinner courtesy of resident and guest entertainers. From music to magic, cabaret to comedy, there’s so much to keep you entertained during your time on board - all you need to do is sit back and enjoy it all with your tipple of choice.
Gratuities (applicable to youths aged 12 to 17 and all adults) will be applied to your on board account. The amount (around £5 per person, per night) is not compulsory and can easily be altered by visiting Guest Services on board. You are welcome to tip personally if you prefer. You can also pre-pay gratuities before travelling (please ask at the time of booking).
Booking conditions of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines and Reader Offers Limited Agency terms of business apply. Prices are per person based on two adults sharing, except single cabins, and may increase or be withdrawn at any time. Offers apply to new bookings only. Some ports may require a tender. Regional and Premium Class flights will incur supplementary costs and may require an additional overnight stay. Flights are currently out of date range and will be confirmed closer to departure. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed. Cruise Miles T&Cs apply. E&OE
John Lewis Gift Card is tiered on cabin grade booked, based on one per booking for UK mainland addresses only when booked by 8pm 30th November 2020.View cruise line T&C's