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Whale-Watching With Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines and ORCA

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Published March 25th 2021
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Ship passengers looking ahead to a welcome return to cruising are being invited to assist in vital wildlife conservation work. Marine wildlife charity ORCA is to join Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, when sailings return this summer following the long cruising ban resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. Guests aboard Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines' 'no port' scenic sailings this summer will be joined by experts from ORCA, who will be offering wildlife-spotting tips, hosting sessions from the deck and giving guests the chance to assist in vital conservation research. The cruise company has unveiled its plans to resume sailing from this summer, and will welcome ORCA experts on board new ships Bolette and Borealis, as well as its existing vessel Balmoral, for seven wildlife sailings in July and August. ORCA's team of Cruise Conservationists will spend their days out on deck, helping Fred. Olsen guests to spot, identify and record data about the marine wildlife that they see, as well as holding lectures and Q&A sessions on board.

ORCA
One of marine charity ORCA's Cruise Conservationists


Steve Jones, Head of Partnerships at ORCA, said: "British waters are incredibly rich with wildlife and to have the opportunity to celebrate and showcase them to Fred. Olsen guests is something that ORCA is delighted to be involved in. Not only will our Cruise Conservationists be able to teach guests about the wonderful world of whales and dolphins around the UK, but they will also be able to collect important scientific data to help ORCA protect them for future generations. We can't wait to get back out to sea with Fred. Olsen and explore the wildlife that's on our doorstep!"

Clare Ward, Fred.Olsen Director of Product and Customer Service, said: "Our Welcome Back scenic sailings have been designed to celebrate our beautiful British Isles, and this is a fantastic way to do that, by showcasing the many species of marine wildlife that can be found here. These sailings around the British Isles, with some also taking in the Faroe Islands and Norwegian Fjords, will bring with them opportunities to spot common, Risso's and bottlenose dolphins, as well as harbour porpoises and minke whales. Guests might even spot rarer visitors such as the iconic humpback whale."

dolphins, ORCA, Richard Lovelock
Cruise guests will have the chance to spot dolphins. Credit Richard Lovelock


Highlights of ORCA's sailings with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines this summer include:

Borealis' five-night S215 'Scenic Orkney & Faroe Islands' no port cruise, departing from Liverpool on 17th July 2021. Prices start from £699 per person. Enjoy up to £100 per person to spend on board. For more details: Visit S215 'Scenic Orkney & Faroe Islands'

Bolette's five-night T216 'Scenic British Isles & Summer Wildlife' no port cruise, departing from Dover on 19th August 2021. Prices start from £699 per person. Enjoy up to £100 per person to spend on board. For more details: Visit T216 'Scenic British Isles & Summer Wildlife'

Balmoral Fred.Olsen Cruise Lines
Balmoral sailing out of Dover. Courtesy Fred.Olsen Cruise Lines


Any data captured during the sailings will be analysed and used as a part of ORCA's wider research to identify hotspots for whales and dolphins to help the charity to better protect them. This helps to create safe spaces in the ocean for whales and dolphins to thrive, safeguarding them for future generations.

For further information on Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines' new summer sailings with ORCA visit their website or call Reservations on 0800 0355 242.
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