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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ Boudicca to Make Maiden Call at Halmstad, Sweden

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ elegant cruise ship, Boudicca, will make her first-ever call at the historic Swedish port of Halmstad in October 2011. This port forms part of a 12-night Baltic cruise itinerary, in which Boudicca was departing from the Port of Tyne, Newcastle, on 4th October 2011, and calling at Oslo (Norway), Halmstad (Sweden), Turku and Helsinki (both Finland), St. Petersburg (Russia), and Copenhagen (Denmark), before returning to Newcastle.

Ipswich, United Kingdom, October 28, 2011 --( Halmstad had a fascinating history, dating back to the 13th Century. The town originated during the Kalmar Union between Sweden, Norway and Denmark (1400 – 1520), and was where the Union King was crowned. Halmstad was almost completely destroyed by fire in 1619, and only the castle and a church were left standing. Completely rebuilt over the next hundred years, it is now a beautiful and well-presented historic town, popular with visitors. Halmstad boasts long sandy beaches, and wide streets and attractive town squares, with open-air restaurants, shops and cafes, making it a very pleasant destination to explore. There is also a strong artistic tradition, and the Mjellby art museum houses works by the Halmstad Group of surrealist painters.

Excursions from Halmstad on this popular cruise – D1122 – include a visit to the Mjellby Art Centre, a City Walk and a Coastal Tour.

Matt Grimes, Director, Planning, Ports & Logistics for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said:

"At Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, we are keen to promote a diverse range of exciting destinations, and we are delighted that Boudicca is making her inaugural call at the historic port of Halmstad, which is a slight deviation from the traditional Baltic itinerary. With so many interesting cultural attractions and a rich heritage, we are sure that this smaller, more intimate port will offer our guests a fascinating new experience.”

For further information on Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ itineraries and ports of call, visit the website at

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