Fred Olsen Cruise Lines has revised its itineraries with a reduced number of fly/cruises for two of its ships as a result of the rising cost of fuel.
Marketing director Nigel Lingard said the Braemar will operate cruises from Dover to northern Europe, Iceland, the Baltic and the Mediterranean following its return from the Caribbean in early May.
Originally the boat’s summer 2009 programme saw it use the Italian port of Civitavecchia as a base. The ship will still return to the Caribbean in November next year for its normal fly/cruise winter programme.
Meanwhile Boudicca’s programme remains unchanged until December 2009 when the original Caribbean fly/cruises from Barbados will be replaced with a number of cruises ex Portsmouth until after Christmas when the ship relocates to Southampton.
Lingard said: “Our fly/cruise programme was originally designed and costed on operating costs in effect almost two years ago.
“However, with the dramatic increase in fuel prices we have taken the decision to offer a most cost-effective programme. This also gives us the opportunity to further widen the choice of ex UK cruises for our traditional clientele.”
The revised programmes are already on sale.