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Fred. Olsen no-port scenic summer UK cruises promise a whale of a time for cruisers

If you’re taking a Fred. Olsen ‘no port’ cruise this summer you’ll be joined by experts from marine wildlife charity ORCA, who will be offering wildlife-spotting tips, hosting sessions from the deck and giving vacationers the chance to assist in vital conservation research.

The expert Flipper-spotters will be on board new ships Bolette and Borealis, and the returning Balmoral, for seven sailings in July and August.

ORCA conservationists will spend their days on deck, helping guests to spot, identify and record data about the marine wildlife that they see, as well as holding lectures and Q&A sessions on board.

The Fred. Olsen summer sailings around the British Isles include the Faroe Islands and Norwegian Fjords, which could bring opportunities to spot common, Risso’s and bottlenose dolphins, as well as harbour porpoises and Minke whales.  

Sailings around the British Isles could bring opportunities to spot common, Risso and bottlenose dolphins, as well as harbour porpoises and Minke whales…

ORCA conservationists will be conversating on-board three Fred. Olsen ships this summer

Cruise breaks with the ORCA team include a three-night ‘Maiden Voyage’ no port cruise on the Borealis, departing from Liverpool July 5. Prices start from £399 per person.  

A five-night ‘Scenic Orkney & Faroe Islands’ no port cruise on the Borealis, departing from Liverpool July 17, priced at £699 per person, and a five-night ‘Scenic British Isles & Summer Wildlife’ cruise on the Bolette, departing from Dover August 19 2021. Prices start from £699 per person. 

Steve Jones, Head of Partnerships at ORCA, said: “British waters are incredibly rich with wildlife and to have the opportunity to celebrate and showcase them to Fred. Olsen guests is something that ORCA is delighted to be involved in.

Clare Ward, Director of Product and Customer Service, said: “Our Welcome Back scenic sailings have been designed to celebrate our beautiful British Isles, and this is a fantastic way to do that, by showcasing the many species of marine wildlife that can be found here.”

The Fred. Olsen ‘Welcome Back’ programme promises to showcase the best of the British Isles this summer. The offering will enable guests to enjoy a well-earned holiday break, without breaching Covid restrictions, and provide a taster experience for those new to cruising.

The 11-strong collection includes departures from Dover and Liverpool, taking in the best of the British Isles, including the Shetland and Orkney islands and Isles of Scilly. 

This summer is seeing a UK-centric cruise goldrush, as cruise lines jostle to provide sailings around the British Isles, for travel starved Brits. 

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