Fred Olsen Cruise Lines has revealed plans that they are looking to place an order for a 600-passenger ship to further grow its “exploration cruises”.
Owner Fred Olsen Jnr said: “We are focused on it and have been working on it for some time – we looked again last year, but the yards are full of 4,000-passenger plus ship orders.”
“We can continue with the ships that we have now. They are up to the latest legislation, they work well for us. But we need to upgrade the fleet to expand the exploration part of what we do.”
Fred. Olsen Jnr. also revealed that there will be the addition of RIB boats being added to two of their ships this summer – Black Watch and Boudicca. The new RIB boats will feature fibreglass bottoms and be capable of carrying 12 passengers.
Initially there will be two RIB boats available, but this will increase to four, with a view to also introduce the RIB boats on board Braemar and Balmoral. The addition of the RIB boats on board enables Fred. Olsen to offer more immersive excursions for guests in destinations likes the Norwegian Fjords and Canary Islands.
Olsen Junior also said: “The marketplace is going towards bigger and bigger ships and we don’t need to go into that same fight. We would rather focus on getting closer to destinations that the larger ships can’t go to, and then, use the ribs to take guests to the places within those destinations that they don’t usually see.