2018 is bringing new and exciting things for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines as they venture into river cruising! Starting in April next year, Fred. Olsen will take on the European rivers with their impressive river ship, Brabant. Holding 156 guests, Brabant and its new program will be on sale from 26th May 2017 – so keep your eyes peeled for some cracking deals!

She’ll be taking on some of Europe’s most impressive rivers including the Danube, Rhine, Main and Moselle, on a total of 30 departures in 2018. Ranging from five to 25 nights with a selection of exclusive shore excursions, she’s designed to seriously enhance your experience of your favourite destinations.

What to expect

Built in 2006, Brabant is stylish, comfortable and a whopping 110-metres-long – she has everything you need for a magical time, from bright and spacious public areas to well-equipped and super spacious bedrooms which offer the finest of views. With only four decks, fewer than 80 rooms and suites, and staffed by only 40 crew members – you’ll definitely indulge in the more personalised and intimate experience that Fred. Olsen fans are known to love.

Whether you fancy soaking up major city delights on the Danube, savoring the views from the Moselle or enjoying a taster cruise to Amsterdam,  you’ll cruise rivers, canals, valleys and you’ll do it all in style onboard this impressive vessel. They’ve also incorporated plenty of scenic cruising in daylight hours into their new river cruise itineraries, so that you can truly make the most of this memorable experience.

Feel right at home

Justin Stanton, Sales and Marketing Director for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said – “At Fred. Olsen, we specialise in creating a home-from-home atmosphere on our ocean cruises, and we are proud to be bringing our many decades of expertise and rich sailing heritage to the river cruise market for the very first time. In fact, the name Brabant harks back to Fred. Olsen’s historic passenger ship of the same name from 1920s.

“Guests can rest assured that the new Fred. Olsen river cruises will be underpinned by the usual high standards, award-winning customer service and understated elegance that they have come to expect of our ocean-going offer. We firmly believe that we have crafted the perfect formula to ensure that our new river cruise guests are able to get the most out of their holiday with Fred. Olsen.”

A new experience

You can expect itineraries to be more than memorable – with sailings to Dusseldorf and Amsterdam, Nuremberg and Budapest, Hungary to Hirsova, and even river cruises to Basel, Switzerland.

Take your time exploring these European hot-spots with Brabant’s classic design and country house atmosphere – just like their ocean fleet. You’ll be welcomed by cherry wood interiors and contemporary colours, combined to make guests feel instantly at ease and relaxed. You’ll be spoilt with Juliette balconies and panoramic windows, providing you with unspoilt sights!

With everything onboard catered to the British market, you’ll feel right at home – English is spoken throughout, all transactions are conducted in Pounds Sterling and the British taste will also be reflected in the cuisine, customer service and shore excursions. All holidays will be based on fly-cruises, including return flights and transfers. Cruise-only options are also available.

Watch this space…

Keep a look out for Fred. Olsen’s river cruises – and until then, take a minute to check our amazing deals here!

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