Everyone knows that taking a cruise can be an experience that is both relaxing and enriching, with calm days at sea and endless adventures in port. But cruise lines are steadily upping their game in the onboard amenities department, and for UK-based Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines that means lining up a number of fascinating guests to enrich their sailings.

New guest speakers will be sailing aboard Fred. Olsen's iconic sister-ships, Boudicca & Black Watch. Photo courtesy of Fred. Olsen Cruises

To start, they’ve recruited novelist Tim Severin as the latest guest speaker for their Vistas onboard enrichment program. As the author of the popular Viking Series of historically themed novels, his involvement with Fred. Olsen is remarkably appropriate given the line’s Norwegian heritage.

Here’s what sets Tim apart from his peers: he specialises in recreating some of the most legendary journeys to see whether or not they were actually achievable.  For Tim Severin, that means sailing from Muscat to China to retrace the footsteps of Sinbad the Sailor and sailing a leather-made boat across the open Atlantic from Ireland to Newfoundland in order to recreate the journey undertaken by St. Brendan the Navigator.  Recently, he embarked on a quest to identify the “real” Robinson Crusoe.

While guests aboard Fred. Olsen will only have to worry about navigating themselves between their staterooms and the lido buffet, Tim Severin’s adventures both at sea and on land will continue to enthrall and delight passengers aboard a 32-night segment of Black Watch’s fascinating World Cruise, which departs Southampton on 11 January 2012.

Passengers aboard the line’s popular Boudicca aren’t left out in the cold, either. Aboard voyage D1202, guests can not only escape from the chilly English winter to the warmth of the Caribbean, but they can do so in the company of three major UK sporting celebrities, covering two of Britain’s favorite pastimes: football and darts.

Representing “the beautiful game” is Terry Neill, who began his sporting career as a junior before working his way up to Manager of Arsenal before retiring at age 41.  Today, he owns several successful bars and regularly provides sports commentary.

Keith Deller became the youngest person to ever win the prestigious, “Embassy World Professional Darts Championship” in 1983.  Since then, he has enjoyed a rewarding professional career and now works with Sky Sports as a “spotter” – someone who works out where the dart will hit before it’s even thrown.

At six-foot-four, the presence of “Big” Cliff Lazarenko will be difficult to miss aboard the intimate Boudicca.  But this giant of a man is also a giant in the professional darts world; he won the British Open in 1980 and managed to reach the World Championship level not one, but four times. In 2008, he also went head-to-head with Keith Deller in the League of Legends semi-finals, but was beaten by Deller in the end.

While these names may be unfamiliar to many North American cruisers, rest assured these fascinating lecturers are a big deal indeed.  After all, it’s not every day you get to stroll along the promenade deck while speaking to a man who has sailed singlehandedly across the Atlantic Ocean, or one who has become the youngest person to ever win at professional darts.

After all, a cruise vacation can be relaxing and intellectually stimulating at the same time.

For more information on both of these fantastic voyages, pay a visit to the Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines website, or view our complete line and ship profiles for Fred. Olsen on our sister-site, The Avid Cruiser!


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