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Fred. Olsen launches 2025/26 programme spanning all continents

Passengers joining the 'Discovering the Colourful French Riviera’ cruise will visit Provence when lavenders and sunflowers are in bloom
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has unveiled its brand new cruise programme for 2025/26, curated to include festivities like Rio Carnival and Europe’s biggest sea shanty festival.

The sailings are from Southampton, Portsmouth, Dover, Liverpool, Newcastle and Rosyth. 

Destinations include the Mediterranean and North Africa, the Baltic, Arctic Norway, Iceland and Greenland, the British Isles and far-flung spots in the Caribbean, South America, Africa and Australia.

Fred. Olsen released details of its 2026 world cruises last month. 

‘This has been a phenomenal programme for our team of journey planners to curate, as it will see our fleet of smaller-sized ships visit all seven continents of the world,’ said Martin Lister, head of itinerary planning and destination experiences at Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines. 

He said the sailings will enable passengers to visit ‘captivating cities, fairytale castles and charming old towns packed with ornate and striking architecture and experience natural phenomena such as the Northern Lights, the Midnight Sun, stunning sunsets and flowers in bloom at the very best time to see them...’

Specially-curated activities on board include chances to join an astronomer for stargazing on deck, spot marine wildlife with conservation charity ORCA or sample authentic flavours from the destinations they will visit.

Highlights of the 2025/26 cruise programme include:


Balmoral’s 10-night ‘Scenic Scottish Isles and the West Country’ cruise will involve Falmouth Sea Shanty Festival, scenic cruising of Scottish islands such as Fingal’s Cave, and the Gardens of Heligan or Eden Project. The voyage, roundtrip from Rosyth, gets underway on June 7, 2025. In Scotland, the itinerary includes cruising by Duncansby Stacks, The Needle and Old Man of Hoy, the Small Isles, Dutchman’s Cap (Bac Mor), Fingal’s Cave. Calls at Lerwick in Scotland, St Mary’s in the Isles of Scilly and Falmouth, Dartmouth and Portsmouth in England are also on the programme. Prices start from £1,649 per person.


The ‘Discovering the Colourful French Riviera’ voyage offers passengers the chance to visit Provence when lavenders and sunflowers are in bloom. Scenic cruising past Cap de Formentor takes place at sunset. Priced at £3,599 per person, the 16-night roundtrip cruise from Liverpool gets underway on June 23, 2025. The itinerary includes: Gibraltar; cruising by Cap de Formentor, Mallorca, Spain; Port-Vendres, France; Marseille, France; Villefranche, France; Toulon, France; Palamos, Spain; Cadiz, Spain. 


Passengers can observe puffins before they head south for the winter and see volcanic landscapes during the 12-night ‘Whales, Waterfalls and Geysers of Iceland’ sailing, commencing July 17, 2025. In Iceland, the ship will cruise by: Norðfjarðarhorn and Gerpir; Borgarfjörður Eystri; Eyjafjörður; Elliðaey Island; Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. In Scotland, Borealis will cruise by: the Old Man of Hoy; the Needle; Pentland Firth; Duncansby sea stacks. Also on the schedule is Akureyri, Ísafjörður, Reykjavík and Heimaey in Iceland, and Tórshavn in the Faroe Islands. The journey, roundtrip from Dover, is priced starting at £1,899 per person.

In winter, Borealis will operate the ‘Fairytale Castles and Old Towns of the Baltic’ itinerary – a 14-night voyage that includes the region’s landmarks, Christmas markets and festive food and drink. Setting sail on December 8, 2025, the full itinerary comprises: Portsmouth, UK; Warnemünde, Germany; Tallinn, Estonia (overnight stay); Helsinki, Finland; Turku, Finland; Riga, Latvia; Copenhagen, Denmark; Portsmouth, UK. Prices start from £1,699 per person.