Hotspot heaven! Escape winter gloom with a cruise that lets you go almost anywhere in the world
If you’re keen to escape the winter chill, what better than a cruise to exotic places? For the past two years Fred. Olsen has won a new generation of travellers with its Warmer Cruising offers – discounts of up to 40 per cent on a selection of trips.
So why not take advantage of the special offers to experience the ultimate magic this winter: sailing part of the world cruise on Black Watch, which departs Southampton on November 12?
Rather than staying on board to enjoy all 107 nights, you can sail on individual legs – flying out to join the ship. The offers will be available on the following legs:
The stunning ‘walled city’ of Cartagena de Indias in Colombia, one of the stops on the cruise
- Southampton to the Caribbean – departs November 12 and arrives Barbados November 26.
- Australia & The Contrasts Of Asia – departs Heathrow on January 4, 2019, sails from Brisbane on January 7.
The Black Watch World Cruise offers you the chance to witness natural and man-made marvels: breathtaking scenery, amazing wildlife, awe-inspiring cultures and fascinating ancient sites on an unforgettable circumnavigation of the globe.
Thanks to rigid inflatable boats, the operator can take travellers even closer to life on the water’s edge.
Journey away from the usual tourist trails in some of the most beautiful locations on Earth.
There are stunning ports of call in the Americas, including Caribbean islands, Colombia’s ‘walled city’ of Cartagena de Indias – a delight to explore with its centuries-old architecture – and charming Puntarenas in Costa Rica.
Travellers also enjoy a journey along the Panama Canal – all before sailing to ‘the land down under’ via South Pacific Islands.
They will see the volcanic landscapes and crystal-clear lagoons of Nuku Hiva and Rangiroa, as well as Tahiti, Bora-Bora and Mystery Island, with Christmas Day at sea in between.
Passengers will also see the volcanic landscapes and crystal-clear lagoons of Nuku Hiva, pictured
In Australia, an abundance of experiences await. From Cairns, visitors can explore tropical rainforest and wetlands, or tour to the Great Barrier Reef, while a call into Sydney is a highlight of the cruise.
An extended stay is timed to celebrate the New Year with the chance to see the famous fireworks light up the midnight sky above the Harbour Bridge.
On the Asian leg of the adventure, there is the contrast between Indonesia’s Komodo Island – the untouched natural habitat of the world’s largest lizard – and Singapore, a striking modern metropolis of skyscrapers, busy commercial districts and impressive temples.
The contrasts continue with calls into Phuket – gateway to exotic Phang Nga Bay and James Bond Island – and three Indian cities.
From Kochi take an overland tour to the Taj Mahal; in Goa, explore the historic centres of Old Goa and the Latin Quarter; while an overnight stay in Mumbai affords time to immerse oneself in the city’s hustle and bustle.
In Arabia, there is the Burj Khalifa – the world’s tallest building – to admire in Dubai before visiting Oman and Jordan.
See the amazing Komodo dragons, pictured, on the Asian leg of the adventure
Ride a traditional dhow boat into the Musandam Fjords from Khasab; tour historic Nizwa and the Nakhal Fort from Muscat; and uncover the ‘lost cities’ of Ubar and Petra from Salalah and Aqaba.
Finally, after navigating the Suez Canal, the ship will journey through the Mediterranean, stopping at Kusadasi and Naples – gateways to Ephesus and Pompeii – Gibraltar and La Coruña, from where there are tours to Santiago de Compostela.
As well as an itinerary packed with cities and destinations, there is a huge programme of on-board activities including pottery, learning to play a ukulele, craft, watercolour painting, drama workshops, photography classes, bridge instruction and dance lessons.
The cost of the entire world cruise on Black Watch is from £8,999pp. For the latest information on Fred. Olsen’s Warmer Cruising offers, visit fredolsencruises.com or call 0800 0381 357.
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