Fred Olsen Launches Luxury Music Themed Cruises Music at Sea

As part of the new programme of music themed cruises from Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines – Music at Sea – one of the great names of jazz will be entertaining passengers this autumn.

Ipswich, United Kingdom, July 27, 2009 --( Braemar’s “Autumnal Sunshine” Western Mediterranean cruise stars Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen. Kenny is celebrating 50 years in show business this year, and is one of the top British jazz artists of all time and a big favourite with Fred Olsen guests. The 14-night cruise departs from Dover and visits some great Western European cities - Malaga, Barcelona, Marseille, Mahon (Menorca), Gibraltar and Lisbon – before returning to Dover.

Boudicca’s Autumn in the Iberian Sun cruise will feature the Leo Green Experience, with guest star Lulu. Leo is a well-known name in jazz and currently hosts a weekly programme on Jazz FM. This Iberia cruise is a 10 night holiday starting from Portsmouth and calling at some fascinating ports on the Iberian peninsula such as Bilbao, Leixoes (for Oporto) and Lisbon before returning to Portsmouth.

Another cruise that will appeal to jazz fans is Balmoral’s “Wonders of the Ancient World”, a 24-night Mediterranean European cruise, departing Dover. This cruise visits the cradles of Western civilisation – evocative places like Rome, Athens, Limassol and Alexandria. A highlight of the entertainment on board will be performances by the Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band, whose repertoire includes pieces by jazz greats such as Duke Ellington, Hoagy Carmichael, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong and Scot Joplin.

And to see in the New Year Fred Olsen Cruise Lines are launching a Canary Islands cruise with Jazz and Swing stars Colin Bryant and the Hot Rhythm Orchestra. Playing hits from the 1920s to the 1950s, this distinguished team of six superb instrumentalists, led by virtuoso clarinettist, Colin Bryant, will have everyone up and dancing as Boudicca sails to the warm waters of the Canaries. The cruise departs from Southampton and visits the islands of Madeira, La Palma, Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote, with a final call into Lisbon en route home.

Colin Bryant performs again on Boudicca’s Caribbean cruise of 28 nights departing from Southampton on 18th January. With jazz, swing and Tenorissimo, a trio of tenors performing operatic favourites, the cruise offers a real variety. This cruise travels via the island of Madeira to the balmy Caribbean and visits a variety of islands including Barbados and St Lucia before returning via the Azores with music all the way.

Many of these music cruises also feature other themes, such as Fred. Olsen’s Flagship Golf, Civilisations, and The ArtsClub.

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Luke Tricker