Minneapolis, MN June 30, 2009 "“ On January 5, 2011, Fred.Olsen Cruise Lines offers two extended voyages departing from Southampton. The 1,350-passenger Balmoral and the 804-passenger Black Watch set sail for a 108-night 2011 World Cruise (L1101), and 77-night Around South America (W1101) cruise, respectively.

Those stepping aboard a Fred.Olsen cruise ship for an extended journey may have visions of seven continents dancing in their heads — or perhaps dancing until dawn, swimming with dolphins or stingrays, and exploring ancient minds and customs. These popular cruises attract repeat travelers, whose inclination for adventure and camaraderie is sterling.

On its World Cruise, Balmoral travels to the Canaries, the Caribbean, South America, South Pacific, lands Down Under, Indonesia, Thailand, India, Red Sea ports, and Egypt. The 2011 World Cruise features ArtsClub programs such as Ballroom Dancing, Bridge, and Genealogy. The voyage also offers a Civilisations program on Ancient Cultures of the South Pacific. The lead price on the 108-night cruise is $13,640 per person, based on double occupancy for an inside cabin. Passengers who book by December 31, 2009, qualify for the Early Booking Special, which includes a $750 per person on-board spending bonus, roundtrip airport transfers in the UK, and an overnight hotel stay prior to embarkation.

Black Watch’s 77-night Around South America cruise calls at ports in major countries including Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Panama, and Costa Rica. Buenos Aires, a rounding of Cape Horn, and excursions to Machu Picchu are among the voyage highlights. The South America cruise also features two ArtsClub programs: Latin dance and creative writing; and a Civilisations program: South American Cultures.
The lead price is $11,081 per person, based on double occupancy for an inside cabin. There is a $450 per person on-board spending credit.

There is still space on the 106-night World Cruise on Balmoral (L1001), which departs Dover, England on January 5, 2010. It traverses the globe with ports of call including the Canary Islands, Caribbean, South America, West Coast, Hawaii, Fiji, Australia, and South Africa. It transits the Panama Canal. Cruises are priced from $13,020 per person, based on double occupancy for an inside cabin, and include a $750 on-board spending credit. Available shorter sectors for the 2010 World Cruise include Dover to San Francisco and San Francisco to Sydney.

All of Fred.Olsen’s world and extended cruises are available in shorter sectors.

Fred.Olsen currently operates a fleet of five cruise ships based mostly in the UK with itineraries to worldwide destinations. The line offers small ship cruising and a relaxed British atmosphere.

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