Fred. Olsen launches new Cultural Adriatic Discovery itinerary

Ahead of the launch of its exciting 2024/25 program, Fred. Olsen has announced a brand-new cruise 20-night cruise for 2024 –  a round-trip from Southampton to the Mediterranean and Adriatic, embracing all the elements that Travel Counsellors’ customers have grown to love from this brand that we rate so highly for its imaginative, unusual itineraries and its reimagining of the onboard experience.

Fred. Olsen is family run and insistent on doing things its own way! Its discerning guests are interested in nature, wildlife and culture, including local art and literature – people who value this cruise line’s fascinating talks, visits and workshops and the in-depth information that staff provide on the glorious destinations visited.

At capacity, Fred. Olsen’s smaller ships sail with only 1,200 guests allowing them to dock at smaller ports in the most compelling of destinations and to avoid overcrowding both onboard and on shore. Sailing from UK departure ports, the firm brings some of the world’s greatest destinations and experiences closer. 

Fred. Olsen launches new Cultural Adriatic Discovery itinerary

The New Cruise, 30 May 2024 for 20 nights

From £2999pp - with a launch offer of complimentary door-to-door transfers of up to 250 miles on the UK mainland OR a free £250pp onboard spend.

 Southampton | At sea | Gibraltar | At sea | Valletta | At sea | Dubrovnik | Split |  Kotor | At sea |

La Goulette | At sea | Cartagena | At sea | Lisbon | At sea | Southampton

Over almost three action-packed weeks, Borealis will sail from the UK to tour the sun-drenched Mediterranean and Adriatic, taking in destinations including Gibraltar, Malta, Croatia and Montenegro – giving you the chance to understand how these remarkable regions were shaped through time.

Their long and turbulent histories are marked by conflicts including the Punic wars involving the Romans and Phoenicians/Carthaginians, World War II and the Yugoslav Wars. There's also a fabulous array of architecture to admire and some superb landscapes to soak in.

Among the highlights of the sailing will be discovering the Roman sites of Cartagena in the company of a local archaeologist*, marvelling at the waterfalls and other natural wonders of Croatia’s Krka National Park, and tasting pasteis de nata and some of the other foodie delights of Lisbon. You’ll also be able to delve into the history of the Phoenicians at Carthage from La Goulette while two ports of call in in Croatia will give you the chance to visit Diocletian’s Palace in Split and the world-famous walls of Dubrovnik.

Borealis will also cruise the Montenegro’s gorgeous fjord-like Bay of Kotor to reach the fortified town of the same name. As you approach this magical setting of towering peaks and rocky coastlines sprinkled with waterside towns, Borealis’ onboard experts will provide commentary on the magnificent Orjen Mountains to the west and Lovćen mountains to the east, as well architectural and natural sights including the serene St George Benedictine Monastery on its tiny islet in the bay..

You’ll also enjoy several days at sea on this leisurely sailing, giving you lots of scope to fully appreciate your wonderful vessel and her truly amazing facilities, amenities and activities: immersive open-deck spaces, the pampering Atlantic spa, a  grand two-tier theatre, a culinary demonstration venue and all-weather pool. Borealis fits perfectly into Fred. Olsen’s small ship fleet and, like all their vessels, has her own elegant design touches, with attention paid to the finer details every step of the way.

To book your places aboard Fred. Olsen’s new Cultural Adriatic Discovery itinerary in May 2024, call your Travel Counsellor today.


These Terms and Conditions are in addition to Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ (FOCL) standard Terms and Conditions, which are available on request. Both must be read before booking. Fares are per person, based on standard occupancy of the lead-in cabin of named category, subject to availability.  ‘PP’ is per person. Information shown is correct at time of going to print (February 2023), but fares are capacity controlled and may change at any time.  Call for latest prices. All offers may be withdrawn or amended at any time without prior notice, cannot be combined, are subject to availability and cannot be applied retrospectively. *Cruise descriptions (and images in the email) include optional, chargeable experiences that may be enjoyed independently and/or with optional Fred. Olsen Shore Tours. Shore Tours are subject to availability and service operation. Fred. Olsen reserve the right to amend itineraries for operational reasons. Some ports may be at anchor, intermediate days are at sea.

Free door to door transfer up to 250 UK mainland miles OR £250 per person on board spend offer is valid for new bookings only made on S2412 from 08/02/23. Guests choose either a door-to-door transfer up to 250 miles each way, based on UK mainland OR £250 per person on board spend.

Free door to door transfer: This door-to-door transfer offer is up to a maximum of 250 UK mainland miles, for those guests on cruise S2412. Any additional mileage must be paid to the transport provider (CMAC) at the time of booking. Guests may be required to share the transport for all or part of the journey, when an appropriate vehicle will be provided. Once the complimentary transport has been confirmed by the provider, charges will apply if fail to take this arrangement without cancelling with the transport provider. The door-to-door service is one transfer (each way) per booking for all guests, from the lead guest address. Outbound and inbound mileage cannot be combined should you only require transfer one-way. No deviations en-route are permitted. This offer is not combinable with free on board spend offer on S2412 or any other offer, unless stated otherwise.

OR choose On board spend: Free on board spend is £250 per person on cruise S2412. On Board Spend is non-transferrable. No refunds will be given for the credit amount shown. No cash alternative will be given for unused spend. Complimentary or chargeable cabin upgrades, where applicable, will not alter the on board spend value. On board spend is applicable for a maximum of two guests per cabin and is not combinable with free door to door transfer offer on S2412 or any other offer, unless stated otherwise. On board spend is capacity controlled and subject to availability.

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