Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has teamed up with astronomy organisation Go Stargazing for a series of cruises setting sail next year.
The new partnership will see astronomers join a selection of 26 cruises on board Bolette, Borealis and Balmoral to destinations including Norway, Iceland, the Azores and the Canary Islands throughout 2024.
The stargazing experts will spend time on deck helping guests aboard navigate the dark skies with laser-guided tours of the constellations.
Guests can look forward to observing fascinating celestial objects from the Moon’s craters to distant galaxies and experiencing phenomena including meteor showers and the Aurora Borealis.
James Moss, Journey Experience Coordinator at Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said:
“We know that our guests love sitting on the open deck, snuggled in a blanket with a hot chocolate or a toddy, looking up at the beauty of the night sky.
“Now, thanks to our partnership with Go Stargazing, we will be able to offer 26 incredible itineraries where an astronomer will join our guests on board and bring the darkness to life.
“The itineraries include the likes of the Natural Wonders and Wildlife of the Azores and Madeira in April and In Search of the Northern Lights at Christmas in December.
“To have the Go Stargazing experts on board, sharing their vast expertise and insight is something that we know our guests will enjoy and enable them to get even more from cruising with Fred. Olsen.”
In addition, the Go Stargazing team will host various presentations and answer questions about all things astronomical.
The new partnership ties in with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ Signature Experience, the Sky at Sea, which celebrates a sunrise at sea or the beauty of the night sky from the deck of the ship.
Neill Sanders, Director of Go Stargazing, said:
“The entire Go Stargazing team are delighted to be embarking on this exciting new journey with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, working in partnership to truly showcase magnificent dark skies.
“These itineraries offer an incredible opportunity to see some truly phenomenal sights including the Milky Way, the Aurora, star clusters, nebulae and galaxies as well as witness the likes of the solar eclipse in April and the Perseid Meteor Shower in August.
“Out at sea there is little to no light pollution, meaning the skies are at their darkest. It’s the perfect place for people to look up, and for us to share our passion and enthusiasm for astronomy.”
The cruises that Go Stargazing will be joining include a host of specially timed sailings to coincide with natural wonders and destination events with departures from Liverpool, Newcastle, Dover, Southampton and Portsmouth.
Details of some of Go Stargazing’s sailings with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines are as follows:
Balmoral’s 14-night L2402 ‘Discovering Cultural Morocco’ cruise, departs from Southampton on 18th January 2024. Prices start from £1,799 per person.
- See Saturn and Jupiter and observe the changing phases of the Moon
- Visit impressive mosques and explore bustling souks
- Enjoy time taking in the Moorish sites of Lisbon
Itinerary: Southampton, UK – Funchal, Portugal – Agadir, Morocco – Casablanca, Morocco (overnight stay) – Tangier, Morocco – Lisbon, Portugal – Leixões, Portugal – Southampton, UK
For more details: Visit Balmoral’s L2402 ‘Discovering Cultural Morocco’ cruise
Bolette’s 14-night T2408 ‘Natural Wonders and Wildlife of the Azores and Madeira’ cruise, departs from Liverpool on 19th April 2024. Prices start from £1,899 per person.
- Explore volcanic sites in the Azores
- Learn to take night-time photos with an experienced astrophotographer
- Go in search of whales with ORCA
Itinerary: Liverpool, UK – Praia da Vitoria, Portugal – Ponta Delgada, Portugal – Cruising by Santa Maria, Portugal – Cruising by Cabo Girao, Portugal – Funchal, Portugal (overnight stay) – Lisbon, Portugal – Leixões, Portugal – Liverpool, UK
For more details: Visit Bolette’s T2408 ‘Natural Wonders and Wildlife of the Azores and Madeira’ cruise
Balmoral’s 14-night L2437 ‘In Search of the Northern Lights at Christmas’ cruise, departs from Southampton on 22nd December 2024. Prices start from £2,599 per person.
- Witness the Northern Lights around the time of peak solar activity
- Celebrate Christmas Day on board Balmoral
- Experience the maritime tradition of crossing the Arctic Circle
Itinerary: Southampton, UK – Crossing the Arctic Circle, Norway – Bodø, Norway – Cruise Tjeldsundet, Norway – Tromsø, Norway (overnight stay), Alta, Norway – Cruise Tjeldsundet Strait, Norway – Trondheim, Norway (overnight stay) – Ålesund, Norway – Southampton, UK. For more details: Visit Balmoral’s L2437 ‘ In Search of the Northern Lights at Christmas’ cruise
For further information on Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, visit the website at www.fredolsencruises.com
To find out more about Go Stargazing, visit www.gostargazing.co.uk