Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines Returns to the Caribbean with a Winter 2015 Fly-Cruise

Ipswich, United Kingdom, August 16, 2013 --( Back by popular demand, guests can now take a Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ Caribbean fly-cruise in January 2015. With the fun and excitement of the Christmas and New Year celebrations all over, guests will have the opportunity to escape the cold British winter on a Fred. Olsen 14-night sunshine cruise, taking in the stunning Caribbean Islands, aboard 929-guest cruise ship Braemar. Flying from London Gatwick or Manchester and departing from Barbados on 12th January 2015, this exotic cruise is predicted to be one of Fred. Olsen’s most popular voyages, with a general on sale date of Saturday 17th August 2013.

One unusual feature of Fred. Olsen’s most modern ship, Braemar, is the promenade deck – a complete wrap-around deck ideal for a gentle stroll in the evening sun, making it an excellent choice for warmer cruising.

Nathan Philpot, Sales and Marketing Director for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said:

“We have been inundated with requests to return to the Caribbean and we are very excited to be able to offer our loyal cruise guests the opportunity to enjoy the beauty and charm of the Caribbean Islands once again, on board Braemar, the ideal ship for relaxed, sunshine cruising.

“New customers can book from Saturday 17th August 2013, but due to the high demand that we expect for this cruise, priority is being given to previous Fred. Olsen guests, who can book before this date.”

This is the first time, since 2012, that Fred. Olsen has offered a Caribbean fly-cruise option. Fred. Olsen had operated a winter fly-cruise programme, based in Barbados, from 2001 to 2012, but this was concluded to extend the wide choice of ex-UK departure ports, giving greater convenience to guests from all over the British Isles, as well as allowing those loyal Braemar fans to cruise on the ship all-year-round from the UK. However, Fred. Olsen has listened to guests’ feedback and brought back this very popular cruise itinerary on board Braemar.

Details of this cruise are as follows:

Braemar’s 14-night M1501 Caribbean fly-cruise, departing from London Gatwick or Manchester on 12th January 2015

On board Fred. Olsen’s Caribbean fly-cruise, guests will enjoy a day in Bridgetown, Barbados, before cruising the Grenadines, with an afternoon by the Old British Fort in St. Georges, Grenada.

Spending the next day sailing the beautiful azure waters of the Dutch Antilles, guests will then have a full day and evening in Willemstad, Curaçao, followed by a day in Oranjestad, Aruba.

After a day soaking up the sunshine, whilst heading north west across the Caribbean Sea, guests will arrive in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, with an overnight stay to truly experience the Latino spirit.

Grand Turk in the British territory of Turks and Caicos is the next stop, where many would say that the beaches behold the best sands in the world.

Guests can enjoy a relaxing sea day, lounging on Braemar’s spacious decks, whilst drinking cocktails and enjoying the sound of the steel drums, before arriving at Road Town, Tortola and the beautiful British Virgin Islands.

Next stop is lively Basseterre in St. Kitts, for a full day and evening before an overnight stop in St. John’s, Antigua. There will be plenty of time for guests to venture across this Island to discover English Harbour and Nelson’s dockyard, full of maritime history and stunning modern yachts. Finally Braemar sails by the ‘Emerald Isle’ of Montserrat and its volcanoes, before returning to Barbados for guests’ return flights.

Prices start from £999 per person (cruise only), based on two adults sharing an inside, twin cabin, and include all meals and entertainment on board, and port taxes. Return flights start from £780 per person, including airport taxes and transfers. Guests can upgrade to the "all-inclusive" drinks package for just £6.99 per person, per night – this price is available until 19th September 2013 only.

Fred. Olsen was recently voted one of the Top 10 holiday providers in a Which? consumer survey:

For further information on Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, visit the website at Book online, call Reservations on 0800 0355 150 (Monday – Friday, 8am – 8pm; Saturday, 9am – 5pm; Sunday, 10am – 4pm), or visit an ABTA travel agent.

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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
Rachael Jackson
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