In a sign that things may be taking off again for its would-be Caribbean fly-cruisers , Fred.Olsen Cruise Lines has recently announced that it intends to re-launch its fly-cruising programme at the start of 2015.
The line had previously scrapped its fly-cruise sailings for the 2012/2013 season due to the increasing cost of air travel and air passenger duty, though reported that it had been “inundated with requests to return to the Caribbean”.
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ Marketing Director Nathan Philpot said that he believed high air costs were still an issue when trying to put together successful fly-cruise deals, but explained how the opinions of the line’s customers mattered, saying: “We have returned to Caribbean fly-cruising in January 2015 because we have listened and responded to our customers”.
He continued: “We have received overwhelming feedback from previous guests during the last 18 months that they wanted us to return to the Caribbean. That gave us the confidence to reintroduce one Caribbean fly-cruise, with an itinerary that has been specifically created and is based upon the ratings and feedback for Caribbean islands from our previous guests – it really is the pick of the best from experienced Caribbean cruisers”.
That one cruise will be a 14-night voyage on-board the Braemar, which will leave Barbados on January 12, 2015, with flights offered from either Gatwick or Manchester. It will be the first Caribbean jaunt for the ship since her 16-night March 2012 Caribbean to the Azores cruise and will call at Grenada, Aruba, Cuba, Turks and Caicos, the British Virgin Islands, St Kitts, Antigua and Barbados.
By Simon Brotherton