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     Robinson Cruisoe, Mrs is offline Administrator Member
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    Post Fred. Olsen launches new Canaries, North Africa and Cape Verde fly-cruises

    Official Press Release

    Fred. Olsen Cruise Line is introducing a new programme of exotic fly-cruises to the Canary Islands, West Africa and the Cape Verde Islands aboard Braemar, to go on general sale from 10th February 2012.



    The exciting new fly-cruise itineraries – including ‘Sun and Souks’, ‘African Beaches and Tropical Islands’ and ‘Morocco, Madeira and the Canaries’ – will depart from London Gatwick and Manchester airports and are available between 6th January 2013 and 17th March 2013.

    Nathan Philpot, Sales and Marketing Director for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said:
    “This is a really exciting, innovative development for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines. While we know that many of our regular cruise guests relish several days at sea, there are many would-be cruisers who are slightly younger and cannot take time for a leisurely voyage, or simply prefer to start enjoying their sun-seeking as soon as possible.

    The short and easy flight to Tenerife means that guests can start to enjoy their cruise holiday in the sun within hours. This is a great new product to help agents sell cruises to those who might otherwise take a traditional package holiday.”

    The new fly-cruises will be between seven and 14 nights’ duration, with exclusive charter flights from London Gatwick and Manchester to Santa Cruz, Tenerife. The fly-cruises are available as a ‘cruise only’ option, so that guests have even more choice when booking their Fred. Olsen cruise holiday.

    This flexibility means that agents can take advantage of ‘dynamic packaging’ to create a tailor-made cruise experience that is just right for their customer. It also means that agents can sell cruises to their local markets using convenient regional airports, as Tenerife is served by flights from London Gatwick, London Stansted, London Luton, Manchester, Birmingham, Blackpool, Glasgow, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Bristol, East Midlands, Cardiff, Aberdeen, Belfast, Bournemouth and Doncaster Sheffield.

    The cruise ship Braemar, which in previous years has been based in the Caribbean over the winter, will be based in Tenerife from January to March 2013. Braemar will depart from Southampton on 6th January 2013, on her repositioning cruise of seven nights, and will return to the UK on 24th March 2013.

    Prices for the new fly-cruises start from £799 per person, based on M1305FC, a seven-night cruise departing from London Gatwick/Manchester on 17th February 2013, visiting Lanzarote, Madeira, La Palma, El Hierro, La Gomera, with return flights from Tenerife. Prices include accommodation, all meals and entertainment, as well as flights, and airport taxes.

    The most popular fly-cruise is 14-night ‘Cape Verde, Senegal and The Gambia’, calling at Fuerteventura, Cape Verde, Senegal, The Gambia, and Gran Canaria, from £1,299 per person.

    Have you ever cruised with Fred. Olsen? Do any of these new itineraries appeal to you?


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     Yogini, Waterlooville is offline Petty Officer Member
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    I haven't yet sailed with Fred Olsen, but the Cape Verde, Senegal and The Gambia' itinerary sounds enticing!


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     Leslie, London is offline Leading Seaman Member
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    I was given a hint that this was going to happen when I was on Balmoral in December. Cape Verde appeals but it will depend upon dates.


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     andy mac, kilmarnock is offline Ship's Cook Member
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    been with fred twice on on black prince to the med and boudicca to the canaries, this fly cruise is no use to me as i can't fly for medical reasons.
    best of luck to those who will use it, i only wish i could.

    Last edited by andy mac, kilmarnock; 6th February 2012 at 06:36 PM.

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    Sounds as if they are challenging Thomson on their 'Colourful Coasts' itinerary.

    Good idea really, many Fred Olsen loyalists would not wish to sail with Thomson.


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    Good idea really, many Fred Olsen loyalists would not wish to sail with Thomson.
    I find the two cruise products pretty similar, with two exceptions: 1) Olsen's décor is generally less tired. 2) Thomson clientèle are often a little younger.


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     liakasmum, Cleator Moor is offline Deck Hand Member
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    what do you class as a little younger?
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    I find the two cruise products pretty similar, with two exceptions: 1) Olsen's décor is generally less tired. 2) Thomson clientèle are often a little younger.



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     Patch, Scottish Borders is offline Deck Hand Member
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    I can do short flights - an hour or so - longer if I can get up and walk around every so often. I do fancy a visit to the Cape Verde Islands but not so sure about mainland Africa.....

    I've been with Fred twice before and loved it (also P&O and NCL) would always travel with Fred as first choice now. Fred caters for older passengers? I might be 50 on the outside but am still 18 inside!

    Act your shoe size and not your age...... I grew up but didn't like it so am growing down again........ my daughter always asks that we find a responsible adult to look after us when we go on holiday without her, haven't found one on board yet.....

    Last edited by Patch, Scottish Borders; 7th February 2012 at 09:07 AM.

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     quidnibuoy, brentwood is offline Deck Hand Member
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    Glad that they will be doing some fly cruises - I really like the idea. I do not like days at sea, regarding it as a waste of time, spending nearly a week getting to the Med and back (or the Canaries). I've sailed FOCL on Balmoral and enjoyed it very much. They are a good line and I will use them again. Have also sailed with Thomsons and found them just as good, though as has been said, catering for a wider age range. As long as companies like these continue to buy up the smaller boats cast off by the bigger lines, it will suit me fine.


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     Canberra, Southampton is offline Able Seaman Member
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    Fred Olsen Fly Cruises

    What an excellent decision by Fred Olsen to offer fly cruises from Tenerife that sail southwrds towards the Cape Verde Islands and to the west African countries of The Gambia (Banjul) and Senegal (Daker).

    I have been to The Gambia and Senegal and I found them to very interesting countries with the locals being so friendly and welcoming, I have been wanting to visit the Cape Verde Islands for a while now and this type of itineray appeals to me but seeing it will be on the Breamar I think I will for go it!


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