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Fred Olsen launched their 2017/18 brochure and itineraries last night with a presentation in central London. The main presentation was done by marketing director Nathan Philpot, and there was an introduction by Fred Olsen MD Mike Rodwell. Towards the end of the evening they were joined by their recently-appointed head of sales, Neal Herbert. Before […]

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Back in January Fred. Olsen’s Boudicca suffered an engine room fire during a cruise, and I did a few posts about it. There were a couple of posts in the immediate aftermath – here and here – and then an account by a passenger who was on board during the event. Finally, I did a […]

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Fred Olsen’s Boudicca is entering dry dock today (18 November) for a refit. The refit will be done at the Lloyd Werft ship repair yard at Bremerhaven. The information I’ve got from Fred. Olsen is as follows: [The ship] will undergo various engineering works, general refurbishment and interior / exterior painting. During the dry dock, Boudicca will […]

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Fred.Olsen's 'Bookmark Cafe'

Here’s a something I enjoyed reading. We’re so used to hearing about this or that wonderful new feature on ships which all seem to be the biggest, the best, the most green, the one with the most Michelin stars, and I sometimes think that the lines have forgotten that most people go on cruises to […]

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I’ve just spotted a notification on the Fred Olsen Cruises site to the effect that Balmoral will be returning from her current cruise (L1502) a day early. The cruise was supposed to be for eight nights from 3 May, thus finishing on the morning of 11 May. However the notice on the website says this:- […]

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Not a ‘snatched image’ in the way the others have been, e.g. pulled from webcams or video streams, but snatched in the sense that I had to take this quickly. I happened to be in Liverpool at a meeting in the Liver Building today. I knew that Black Watch was on a turnaround at the […]

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In a comment to the original post about the engine room fire on Boudicca I made this statement:- Boudicca is registered in Nassau, Bahamas. I believe that the Bahamas Maritime Authority uses the services of the UK’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch for accident investigation. Additionally, this cruise departed from a UK port and carried mainly […]

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I did some posts about the engine room fire that occurred on Fred Olsen’s Boudicca in January – you can find a couple of them here and here. Recently one of the passengers on the ship contacted me, initially in the form of a blog comment about it. I asked her if she could expand […]

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(Update 9 February: Yes, she was (just about). AIS shows her as leaving Southampton at 23:14 on 7 February. The last contact AIS had with her was shortly before 11:00 today when she was off the north-west tip of Spain on her passage to Funchal.) I mentioned in an earlier post that Fred Olsen had […]

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There’s been an update on the Fred Olsen cruises site to say that after arrival at Tenerife, the rest of that cruise has been cancelled. Passengers were flown back to the UK from Tenerife on the 29th of January (I believe). They will receive a refund for the full cost of the cruise, plus a […]

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