Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has confirmed a nine-cruise whale-watching programme for 2020, conducted in partnership with marine conservation charity ORCA.
During the cruises. ORCA will collect data on the number and species of whales and dolphins sighted and identify marine wildlife hotspots, as part of the charity’s Cruise Conservationist Programme and its conservation work.
ORCA volunteers will be on board for all nine sailings, participating in Fred. Olsen’s onboard enrichment programme with wildlife watching opportunities, lectures, workshops and a host of other activities, including trips on Fred. Olsen’s rigid inflatable boats (RIBs).
“All of us here at Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines are incredibly proud of our partnership with ORCA,” said Thomas Rennesland, hotel operations director at Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines. “Our organisations share similar values and both parties are committed to working together to preserve and protect our oceans, and the wildlife within them, for future generations. These cruises will be mutually beneficial for both ORCA, Fred. Olsen and our guests. We know that whale-watching is a real highlight for those taking their holidays with us, and having ORCA on board not only supports the collection of vital data, but also enables our guests to learn more about the marine wildlife that they see on their travels, and further enriches their cruise experience.”
“ORCA and Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines share so many common values, and our burgeoning partnership has shown that the two organisations have a strong cultural fit,” said Steve Jones, head of partnerships at ORCA. “We’re continually amazed at how seamlessly we’ve been welcomed into the Fred. Olsen family, both on land and at sea, and everyone we’ve met, from the guests to the staff, have fully embraced our mission to protect whales and dolphins. We’re looking forward to a promising future working together, both through the great itineraries we have announced for the rest of 2020 and the incredible adventures we are planning for 2021 and beyond.”
The ORCA cruise programme includes Black Watch’s 16-night A Voyage to Remote Spitsbergen cruise. It will depart from Liverpool, UK, on 25 June 2020, making various ports of call in Norway. The programme will also feature on Boudicca’s 16-night Fjords & Icebergs of Remote Greenland cruise, departing from Dover, UK, on 11 August 2020, and taking in Reykjavik, Iceland, and cruising in various locations in Greenland.
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