Float to the heart of Europe: A master of the ocean has set course on some of the most romantic and inspiring rivers in the world

Free voyage audit site Cruise Critic has voted Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines ‘Best for Itineraries’ for a third back to back year.


It was a twofold festival as the journey line was additionally named ‘Best for Solo Travelers’ at a similar service.

Fred. Olsen’s sea voyages have pulled in a band of standard explorers since it offers an assortment of cruising lengths – not every person needs their vacation in seven-or 14-night pieces.

Brabant docked in Amsterdam

Brabant docked in Amsterdam

Another intense factor is that it defers single supplements on chose voyages, and gives lodge redesigns and ‘Single Cruises’ on a wide determination of sailings.

Fred. Olsen’s most huge development dropped by adding waterway transport Brabant to its journey portfolio, offering 31 agendas along European streams – including the Main, Moselle, Rhine and Danube – from April to November 2018.

We solicited the organization’s Director from Product and Customer Services, Clare Ward, how Fred. Olsen has put its stamp on waterway voyage occasions…

How completes a Fred. Olsen waterway voyage contrast from a conventional ocean journey?

‘The waterway voyage has some key contrasts,’ says Clare. ‘Boats are littler and more cozy. Our new 340ft Brabant is beautiful and agreeable, and has everything visitors should make their vacation a paramount one – from brilliant and roomy open regions, to very much prepared rooms and abundant deck space, from which to appreciate the wonderful perspectives.

‘Brabant has only four decks and less than 80 rooms and suites, staffed by a group of 40. It has the private and neighborly feel that Fred. Olsen’s visitors know and love.

‘Another key factor is that the great plan is littler than numerous stream ships, so visitors will appreciate the standard signs of Fred. Olsen’s “closer” way to deal with cruising. With regards to our maritime armada, this littler scaled vessel has the style, environment and polish of a nation house lodging.

‘Cherrywood insides and contemporary hues influence visitors to feel loose from the minute that they venture on board. Juliet overhangs with all encompassing windows are an element of a considerable lot of the rooms, so visitors can appreciate extensive perspectives of Europe’s most great conduits.

‘Envision awakening to perspectives of lavish valleys, staggering strongholds, notable towns and terraced vineyards as the most recent expansion to the Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ armada – Brabant – floats starting with one hypnotizing goal then onto the next.’

Is there as much to see and do on a stream journey as, say, on a Mediterranean voyage?

‘Brabant will bring visitors down some of Europe’s most stunning streams, including the Danube, Main, Rhine and Moselle.

‘With sailings going from five to 25 evenings, visitors have the opportunity to see Continental Europe at its finest: running from well known Rhine sights, for example, the Lorelei, to great Danube urban communities, for example, Vienna and Budapest.

‘Visitors can meander along the quiet waterways of the Petite France quarter in Strasbourg, travel from Koblenz to investigate the strong Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, from where they can take a link auto ride over the Rhine, or maybe journey past the Hassberge Mountains, beautified with country strongholds, respectable castles and beguiling towns.

‘There are 31 voyages amongst April and November 2018, with agendas including a 25-night German Jewels And Cities Of The East enterprise from Hirsova to Düsseldorf, leaving on May 13, which takes in five European capitals – Belgrade, Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna and Bucharest (on a visit).

‘Visitors can take in more about Serbia’s entrancing history, appreciate a conventional Hungarian stallion appear from Kalocsa, see an execution of Sound Of Vienna in Austria, and a whole lot more, on this captivating trip – cruising through the thin Iron Gates crevasses to the astounding Lower Moselle Valley.

For a shorter investigation, another well known agenda will be Brabant’s seven-night Valleys and Mountains Of Germany, cruising from Nuremberg to Düsseldorf, leaving on May 23.

‘This beautiful journey has been custom-made to allow visitors to appreciate the best of the zone in sunshine hours, including the Hassberge Mountains, the Middle Rhine Valley and the Lower Moselle Valley.

‘Tall tale mansions and castles, together with terraced vineyards and pleasant towns are some of gems to see on this compensating cruising.

‘Mirroring the creative agendas for which Fred. Olsen is eminent, each journey is supplemented by a determination of brilliant shore visits (at an additional charge), intended to improve visitors’ understanding of the goal.’

What do you mean when you discuss ‘littler ship cruising taking care of business’?

‘The principal thing that strikes you – when you board – is the well disposed, casual environment.

‘When you begin cruising, promptly – on the two sides of the ship, and from your lodge – you have a show off perspective of the riverside with some of Europe’s most great view.

‘As Brabant offers less than 80 rooms, visitors can appreciate every one of the advantages of an individual administration, where the team will do their most extreme to make everybody welcome and at home.

‘Holidaymakers can take a load off, glass of wine or mixed drink close by, as 156-traveler Brabant sails to social towns, memorable urban areas and picture-postcard towns, on a progression of powerful travels.

‘Brabant is additionally sufficiently little to dock right in the core of world-well known towns and urban communities, for example, Budapest, Amsterdam and Vienna, so travelers will just have a short, helpful walk shorewards.

‘A littler ship like the Brabant makes its mark while cruising the center Moselle Valley, being sufficiently little to explore the stream the distance down to excellent Bernkastel-Kues. With regards to whatever is left of the Fred. Olsen armada, English is talked all through Brabant, so visitors – who are dominatingly British – will feel at home.

‘The British taste is reflected in the sustenance and all exchanges are led in pounds sterling.’

How do explorers come to the Brabant?

‘All occasions depend on fly-travels, and incorporate return flights from and to a London air terminal (local airplane terminals can be considered, on ask for) with exchanges organized to and from the ship. There are likewise voyage just alternatives accessible.’

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