Fred Olsen Cruise Lines expects to confirm two new bosses this year.

Replacements for long serving managing director Mike Rodwell and head of sales Mike Evans are currently being sought and will be confirmed in 2019, the line said in a new year’s eve business update.

Rodwell and Evans have worked for the company almost 60 years between them and are due to retire in August and April, respectively.

The line, with four ocean-going ships and one river cruise vessel, is set to issue its 2020-21 cruise programme in March with events on board ships in Dover and Newcastle.

The schedule for this year covers 219 destinations in 75 countries.

Rodwell said: “2018 has been a year of many triumphs for Fred Olsen Cruise Lines.

“For the first time ever, we are able to offer our guests holidays along some of Europe’s finest rivers, as well as the world’s most impressive oceans, and we have witnessed the spectacle of our magnificent fleet docked side-by-side at our historic ‘Captains in Cádiz’ event.

“The number of awards that we have won this year is a true testament to the dedication and hard work that all of our staff – both here onshore and across our fleet – invest into creating unique and exciting holidays for our guests.

“We have an awful lot to be proud of, and I can’t think of a better way to see out my final year as managing director after an incredible three decades with Fred Olsen.”