Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is heading to the rivers, and today announced a 2018 program aboard the 156-passenger Brabant.
The ship will sail 30 departures, including programs on the Danube, Rhine, Main and Moselle Rivers.
According to the 2017-2018 Cruise Industry News Annual Report, adding the river capacity into Fred. Olsen's market profile, it will account for under 5 percent of capacity for the 2018 season.
Cruise lengths range from five to 25 nights, according to a company statement. There will also be a special focus on scenic daylight cruising.
Justin Stanton, Sales and Marketing Director for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said:
“At Fred. Olsen, we specialize 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 the 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.”
Fred. Olsen’s new river cruise itineraries on board Brabant for 2018 include: Düsseldorf, Germany to Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Düsseldorf to Nuremberg, Germany; Nuremberg to Budapest, Hungary; Budapest to Hirsova (Bucharest), Romania; Düsseldorf to Basel, Switzerland;and Hirsova (Bucharest) to Düsseldorf.