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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines reveals new ‘South Africa Fly-Cruise’ adventure in January 2018

Press Releases   •   May 19, 2016 09:00 BST

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has revealed more exciting ‘breaking news’, with the launch of its inaugural ‘South Africa Fly-Cruise’ on board 'Boudicca' in early 2018, which existing guests can book from 19th May 2016, and which will go on general sale from 24th May 2016. This 14-night itinerary will depart from London / Manchester airports on 10th January 2018, flying into Cape Town.

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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines celebrates the winners of the first-ever ​​​‘Walking Football Cup’ final at ‘Wembley’!

Press Releases   •   May 16, 2016 11:11 BST

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines was proud to sponsor Suffolk's first-ever 'Walking Football Cup' tournament, which took place at Goals in Ipswich on Saturday 14th May 2016, organised by Suffolk FA. Beccles-based New Saints A were named the champions, after a hotly-contest final against another Beccles side, New Saints B, played on the aptly-named ‘Wembley’ pitch.

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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines' Official Statement - Balmoral's 34-night 'Old England to New England' cruise

News   •   May 16, 2016 10:56 BST

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines can confirm that there are no guests currently in isolation in their cabins on board Balmoral's 34-night L1608 'Old England to New England' cruise, which departed from Southampton, UK on 16th April 2016. There are a total of 1,434 guests and crew on board, the majority of whom are British.

Balmoral is currently at sea, and is due to arrive in Ringaskiddy, Ireland on the afternoon of 18th May 2016.

Fred. Olsen has announced compensation measures to any guests on board who have been required to remain in isolation within their cabins, and has also agreed a further gesture of goodwill in recognition of any loss of enjoyment and amenities to guests.

Fred. Olsen has been undertaking extensive sanitisation measures and cleaning of the ship, following the Company's strict illness containment and prevention plan, and has brought on board an additional doctor and an extra nurse, giving the Medical Centre a total of two doctors and five nurses. 20 additional professional external cleaning staff are also being sent out to the ship to assist in the execution of the ship’s illness response plan.

Balmoral has undergone inspections by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ‎(CDC), US Coastguard and the Public Health Agency of Canada – receiving a score of 98% out of 100% during a planned inspection in Halifax, Nova Scotia on 11th May 2016.

It is believed that the highly-contagious gastric illness was brought onto the ship, and is spread by person-to-person contact, or by touching contaminated surfaces. Clusters are more commonly seen in areas where people are in close confines, such as hotels, schools and hospitals, as well as cruise ships. Most people do not report incidences, but on a cruise ship, cases are particularly highlighted.

At no point has Balmoral been quarantined in any port on this cruise.

Fred. Olsen is co-operating fully with all the necessary maritime agencies and authorities and will continue to make e‎very effort possible to ensure the safety and well-being of all its guests and crew on board, which is of paramount ‎importance.

Fred. Olsen’s cruise ships meet, at all times, the highest safety, hygiene and health standards, and comply fully with the strict requirements and inspections of their Flag State, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and other relevant authorities.

There are no guests currently in isolation in their cabins on board Balmoral's 34-night L1608 'Old England to New England' cruise, which departed from Southampton, UK on 16th April 2016. There are a total of 1,434 guests and crew on board, the majority of whom are British.

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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines' Official Statement - Balmoral's 34-night 'Old England to New England' cruise

News   •   May 13, 2016 11:46 BST

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines can confirm that there are no guests currently in isolation in their cabins on board Balmoral's 34-night L1608 'Old England to New England' cruise, which departed from Southampton, UK on 16th April 2016. There have been no new gastric illness cases reported on the ship since 9th May 2016. There are a total of 1,434 guests and crew on board, the majority of whom are British.  

Balmoral is today [13th May 2016] in St. John’s, Newfoundland. The ship will depart later today, and is due to arrive in Ringaskiddy, Ireland on the morning of 18th May 2016.  

Fred. Olsen has announced compensation measures to any guests on board who have been required to remain in isolation within their cabins, and has also agreed a further gesture of goodwill in recognition of any loss of enjoyment and amenities to guests.

Fred. Olsen has been undertaking extensive sanitisation measures and cleaning of the ship, following the Company's strict illness containment and prevention plan, and has brought on board an additional doctor and an extra nurse, giving the Medical Centre a total of two doctors and five nurses. 20 additional professional external cleaning staff are also being sent out to the ship to assist in the execution of the ship’s illness response plan.

Balmoral has undergone inspections by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ‎(CDC), US Coastguard and the Public Health Agency of Canada – receiving a score of 98% out of 100% during a planned inspection in Halifax, Nova Scotia on 11th May 2016.

It is believed that the highly-contagious gastric illness was brought onto the ship, and is spread by person-to-person contact, or by touching contaminated surfaces. Clusters are more commonly seen in areas where people are in close confines, such as hotels, schools and hospitals, as well as cruise ships. Most people do not report incidences, but on a cruise ship, cases are particularly highlighted.

At no point has Balmoral been quarantined in any port on this cruise.

Fred. Olsen is co-operating fully with all the necessary maritime agencies and authorities and will continue to make e‎very effort possible to ensure the safety and well-being of all its guests and crew on board, which is of paramount ‎importance.

Fred. Olsen’s cruise ships meet, at all times, the highest safety, hygiene and health standards, and comply fully with the strict requirements and inspections of their Flag State, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and other relevant authorities.

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines can confirm that there are no guests currently in isolation in their cabins on board Balmoral's 34-night L1608 'Old England to New England' cruise, which departed from Southampton, UK on 16th April 2016. There have been no new gastric illness cases reported on the ship since 9th May 2016. There are a total of 1,434 guests and crew on board.

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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines' Official Statement - Balmoral's 34-night 'Old England to New England' cruise

News   •   May 11, 2016 17:56 BST

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines can confirm that a gastroenteritis-type illness has affected a number of guests on board Balmoral's 34-night L1608 'Old England to New England' cruise, which departed from Southampton, UK on 16th April 2016.

There is currently just one guest who has been required to remain in their cabin, out of a total of 1,434 guests and crew on board – the rest have recovered from their symptoms and been released. The majority of guests on board are British.

Balmoral has undergone inspections by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ‎(CDC), US Coastguard and the Public Health Agency of Canada – today [11th May 2016] receiving a score of 98% out of 100% during a planned inspection in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Balmoral is due to depart from Halifax later today [11th May 2016], and is due to arrive in St. John’s, Newfoundland on the morning of 13th May 2016.

At no point has Balmoral been quarantined in any port on this cruise, and is continuing as planned.

Fred. Olsen has been undertaking extensive sanitisation measures and cleaning of the ship, following the Company's strict illness containment and prevention plan, and is bringing on board an additional doctor and an extra nurse to oversee and assist with the implementation of these procedures, giving the Medical Centre a total of two doctors and five nurses. 20 additional professional external cleaning staff are also being sent out to the ship to assist in the execution of the ship’s illness response plan.

It is believed that the highly-contagious gastric illness was brought onto the ship, and is spread by person-to-person – or surface-to-surface – contact. Clusters are more commonly seen in areas where people are in close confines, such as hotels, schools and hospitals, as well as cruise ships. Most people do not report incidences, but on a cruise ship, cases are particularly highlighted.

Fred. Olsen works incredibly hard to deal with an outbreak of this nature, with some of the most comprehensive cleaning protocols available, exceeding those required by any regulations. But the fact remains that this kind of virus is one of the most difficult to eradicate and ‘kill’. It is very reliant upon guests washing their hands regularly with soap and hot water for 30 seconds – this is the best defence, as you ‘lift and wash’ the virus down the basin – and also upon guests informing the Medical Centre as soon as they show any symptoms, whereupon they are asked to remain in their cabins and avoid infecting any other guests.

Clearly, it is very unfortunate that guests are not able to enjoy fully all the facilities on board the ship in such difficult circumstances. However, Fred. Olsen believes that it is unique amongst cruise lines in providing immediate compensation to any guest who is required to remain in isolation within their cabin.

Fred. Olsen is co-operating fully with all the necessary maritime agencies and authorities and will continue to make e‎very effort possible to ensure the safety and well-being of all its guests and crew on board, which is of paramount ‎importance.

Fred. Olsen’s cruise ships meet, at all times, the highest safety, hygiene and health standards, and comply fully with the strict requirements and inspections of their Flag State, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and other relevant authorities.

There is currently just one guest who has been required to remain in their cabin on board 'Balmoral', out of a total of 1,434 guests and crew on board – the rest have recovered from their symptoms and been released. Today [11th May 2016], the ship has received a score of 98% out of 100% during a planned inspection by the Public Health Agency of Canada in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines unveils two new Indian Ocean fly-cruises due to unprecedented customer demand

Press Releases   •   May 11, 2016 16:08 BST

Demand for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ first-ever ‘Islands of the Indian Ocean’ fly-cruise, which was launched on 3rd May 2016, was unprecedented in the company’s history, and meant that the cruise was almost fully-booked in under ten hours! Fred. Olsen has now launched two new itineraries on board 880-guest Boudicca in Autumn / Winter 2017, to explore the popular Indian Ocean region.

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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines' Official Statement - Balmoral's 34-night 'Old England to New England' cruise

News   •   May 10, 2016 15:54 BST

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines can confirm that a gastroenteritis type illness has affected a number of guests on board Balmoral's 34-night L1608 'Old England to New England' cruise, which departed from Southampton, UK on 16th April 2016. There are currently just seven guests who have been required to remain in their cabins, out of a total of 1,434 guests and crew on board – the rest have recovered from their symptoms and been released. The majority of guests on board are British.

Balmoral has undergone inspections by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ‎(CDC) – receiving a US Public Health score of 91% – US Coastguard and the Public Health Agency of Canada. Balmoral is at sea today [10th May 2016], and is due to arrive in Halifax, Nova Scotia tomorrow morning [11th May 2016]. At no point has Balmoral been quarantined in any port on this cruise, and is continuing as planned.

Fred. Olsen has been undertaking extensive sanitisation measures and cleaning of the ship, following the Company's strict illness containment and prevention plan, and is bringing on board an additional doctor and an extra nurse to oversee and assist with the implementation of these procedures, giving the Medical Centre a total of two doctors and five nurses. 20 additional professional external cleaning staff are also being sent out to the ship to assist in the execution of the ship’s illness response plan.

It is believed that the highly-contagious gastric illness was brought onto the ship, and is spread by person-to-person – or surface-to-surface – contact. Clusters are more commonly seen in areas where people are in close confines, such as hotels, schools and hospitals, as well as cruise ships. Most people do not report incidences, but on a cruise ship, cases are particularly highlighted.

Fred. Olsen works incredibly hard to deal with an outbreak of this nature, with some of the most comprehensive cleaning protocols available, exceeding those required by any regulations. But the fact remains that this kind of virus is one of the most difficult to eradicate and ‘kill’. It is very reliant upon guests washing their hands regularly with soap and hot water for 30 seconds – this is the best defence, as you ‘lift and wash’ the virus down the basin – and also upon guests informing the Medical Centre as soon as they show any symptoms, whereupon they are asked to remain in their cabins and avoid infecting any other guests.

Clearly, it is very unfortunate that guests are not able to enjoy fully all the facilities on board the ship in such difficult circumstances. However, Fred. Olsen believes that it is unique amongst cruise lines in providing immediate compensation to any guest who is required to remain in isolation within their cabin.

Fred. Olsen is co-operating fully with all the necessary maritime agencies and authorities and will continue to make e‎very effort possible to ensure the safety and well-being of all its guests and crew on board, which is of paramount ‎importance.

Fred. Olsen’s cruise ships meet, at all times, the highest safety, hygiene and health standards, and comply fully with the strict requirements and inspections of their Flag State, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and other relevant authorities.

A gastroenteritis type illness has affected a number of guests on board Balmoral's 34-night L1608 'Old England to New England' cruise, which departed from Southampton, UK on 16th April 2016. There are currently just seven guests who have been required to remain in their cabins, out of a total of 1,434 guests and crew on board – the rest have recovered from their symptoms and been released.

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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines' Official Statement - Balmoral's 34-night 'Old England to New England' cruise

News   •   May 09, 2016 10:42 BST

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines can confirm that a gastro-enteritis type illness has affected a number of guests on board Balmoral's 34-night L1608 'Old England to New England' cruise, which departed from Southampton, UK on 16th April 2016. There are currently 15 guests who have been required to remain in their cabins, out of a total of 1,434 guests and crew on board - the rest have recovered from their symptoms and been released. The majority of guests on board are British.

Balmoral has undergone inspections by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ‎(CDC) and US Coastguard and received a US Public Health score of 91%. Balmoral has now left the US and is due to arrive in Saint John, New Brunswick later today [9th May 2016]. At no point has Balmoral been quarantined in any port on this cruise, and is continuing as planned.

Fred. Olsen has been undertaking extensive sanitisation measures and cleaning of the ship, following the company's strict illness containment and prevention plan. It is believed that the highly-contagious gastric illness was brought onto the ship, and is spread by person-to-person – or surface-to-surface – contact. Clusters are more commonly seen in areas where people are in close confines, such as hotels, schools and hospitals, as well as cruise ships. Most people do not report incidences, but on a cruise ship, cases are particularly highlighted. Commonly, the illness abates within one or two days. Those guests who are affected are asked to remain in their cabins during this time – with complimentary room service and in-room entertainment.

Fred. Olsen is co-operating fully with all the necessary maritime agencies and authorities and will continue to make e‎very effort possible to ensure the safety and well-being of all its guests and crew on board, which is of paramount ‎importance.

Fred. Olsen’s cruise ships meet, at all times, the highest safety, hygiene and health standards, and comply fully with the strict requirements and inspections of their Flag State, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and other relevant authorities.

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines can confirm that a gastro-enteritis type illness has affected a number of guests on board Balmoral's 34-night L1608 'Old England to New England' cruise, which departed from Southampton, UK on 16th April 2016. There are currently 15 guests who have been required to remain in their cabins, out of a total of 1,434 guests and crew on board.

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Ipswich-based Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is a proud sponsor of the new BooksEast Festival

Press Releases   •   May 06, 2016 15:47 BST

Ipswich-based Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is pleased to be supporting the inaugural BooksEast Festival, which is taking place in the town from 9th to 15th May 2016. Fred. Olsen is particularly proud to be sponsoring one of the keynote events of the Festival, ‘Life at the Limits: An Evening with Sir Ranulph Fiennes’, at the Ipswich Corn Exchange on Friday 13th May 2016.

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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines commences its fourth cruise season from Liverpool

Press Releases   •   May 05, 2016 13:37 BST

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ fourth season from Liverpool Cruise Terminal will begin today [5th May 2016], with a nine-night sailing to the Norwegian fjords, on board 880-guest Boudicca. The ship will be setting sail on a total of 16 voyages in 2016 – an increase on the 15 sailings offered in 2015 – to a host of exciting and exotic destinations, including Canada, the Adriatic and the Canary Islands.

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About Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has defined and redefined the cruise experience, and judging by the number of passengers that come back time and again, we seem to have styled it to perfection

The company originated in Hvitsten, a small town on Oslofjord in Norway, in 1848 when three Olsen brothers – Fredrik Christian, Petter and Andreas – bought their first ships and began an international shipping company.

Now into the fifth generation of the family, they operate companies skilled in various aspects of the cruise and passenger shipping trade as well as aviation, ships’ crewing, shipbuilding and offshore industries.
Aside from the transportation industries, the Fred. Olsen group also has interests in the luxury hotel sector, estate management, property development, and electronics companies.

Offices for the company are spread throughout the world, although the company headquarters remain firmly in the family’s hands in Oslo and Tenerife. Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is based in Ipswich in Suffolk.

Company Reg. No: 2672435
Registered Name & Office: Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines Ltd, 2nd Floor, 64-65 Vincent Square, London, SW1P 2NU.
Place of registration: England and Wales
VAT Number: 927 5336 08

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