16 Telephone 01473 742424 or contact your travel agentYour cruise should be stress-free, from the time you leave home to the time you get back. So we offer several ways to get to your ship, get on board and into your cabin - then we can start making you feel special!Departing from a UK portYour point of embarkation depends on the cruise: our ships leave from Dover, Southampton, Portsmouth, Liverpool, Greenock or Rosyth. At each of our ports we work constantly to improve the facilities to make boarding as easy and effortless as possible. Dover and Southampton terminals have fast and efficient check-in areas, including departure lounges with seating and cafés where you can relax, and smart washrooms. In most cases, we offer coach connections between the port and local main-line rail stations, or you can use a taxi service if you prefer. If you drive yourself to the terminal, you can book your parking space in advance (no reservation is needed at Newcastle). When you get to the port, our helpful staff will be on hand to make your transfer as smooth as possible. You can fly to either Southampton airport or one of the London airports for Dover, Portsmouth or Southampton departures, and we will provide transfers between the airport and the cruise terminal. Ask at the time of booking for prices and availability of domestic flights. For further details of pre-departure options, including regional flight connections for UK departures, coach transfers and departure port hotels, please see pages 152-155. From home to your cabin - as effortlessly as possibleThe stress-free way to start your cruiseNew Services for Dover, Southampton and Portsmouth SailingsFor the 2011/2012 season we are delighted to introduce two new services designed to make joining our departures from south coast ports easier.Baggage pick up and transfer serviceTravel to your ship with ease, without having to carry your bags with you. Book this new service and your luggage will be collected from your home before your cruise, transported using a secure system direct to the ship on the day of departure, then returned to your home again after your cruise. This service is provided by The Baggage Handling Company, a family-run
www.fredolsencruises.co.uk 17Above, the modern interior of Balmoral's Observatory Lounge. The relaxing atmosphere on board all Fred. Olsen ships is due in no small part to the friendliness and helpfulness of their crews, right.Fly-cruises from UK airportsWhy not start your cruise in warmer waters with one of our fly-cruises, which include privately chartered flights with transfers? On selected Grand Voyage sectors you can choose to spend a few days ashore at the beginning and/or end of your cruise, with flights and hotels arranged by our team. On other fly-cruise sailings you can usually book just the cruise and make your own arrangements to your individual requirements, if you prefer.Fly-cruise holidays start from London or Manchester airports, with a generous baggage allowance? on all flights. A full meal, complimentary bar service and in-flight entertainment are all included in the price and we'll have a dedicated transfer service waiting to take you to your ship when you land.Braemar Caribbean Fly-Cruise ProgrammeOn Braemar Caribbean fly-cruises, Superior and Owner's Suite passengers will be upgraded to Premium Seats, which have additional legroom and even more comfort. These complimentary upgrades are subject to availability and will be confirmed at the time of booking. If you've booked one of Braemar's other cabin grades, upgrade to Premium Seating (again, subject to availability) for a return supplement from £300pp* (January - April 2011 departures) and from £325pp* (winter 2011/12 departures). On selected flights to the Caribbean, subject to local authority and airline approval, you can check your baggage in at the UK-departure airport, and we'll arrange for it to be delivered to your cabin on board your ship. It saves you much of the usual hassle that's often associated with air travel. ? Baggage allowance and on board services may vary with scheduled airline services* Prices include Air Passenger Duty (APD); the Oceans Advance Booking Discount does not apply to APD.business specialising in baggage transport for cruises departing from Southampton, Portsmouth and Dover. Prices start from £25, plus VAT each way, per bag. To book this new service, please call The Baggage Handling Company direct on (02380) 873111, quoting "FRED". PortLink - a new convenient coach servicePortLink picks up from a range of convenient points across the north east, north west and south west of England, as well as South Wales, taking guests in comfort to/from Dover, Southampton and Portsmouth. A relaxing start and end to your holiday. For further details, please refer to pages 152/153.