Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines appoints Beniconnect Travel Agency

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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is pleased to announce that it has appointed Beniconnect Travel Agency, a British and Spanish family-owned travel agency, based in Benidorm, as its ‘Preferred Partner’ for its trade and direct business in Spain.

The company Autocares Grupo Benidorm was formed by the Perez Parker family nine years ago and, in 2015, will celebrate its milestone tenth anniversary. Its sister company and ‘preferred partner’, Beniconnect Travel Agency, has expanded quickly, and has positioned itself as a market leader in airport transfers, as well as offering its customers land-based holidays around the world, together with a range of transport options, holiday excursions, flights, cruises and even event ticket sales.

Kate Wooldridge, International Sales Manager for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said:

“We are delighted to be working with Beniconnect Travel Agency and their expert team to bring the Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ brand to both new trade partners and ‘new to Fred.’ guests.

“We believe that there is a great opportunity to raise the awareness of the Fred. Olsen cruise experience amongst the British community living in Spain, and we will be working closely with Beniconnect Travel Agency to promote the high quality and great value that a Fred. Olsen cruise holiday offers.

“We also value the fact that we will be working with a fellow family-run company, as there is a shared understanding of the importance of the ‘personal touch’ and in taking care of every aspect of the holiday experience, from start to finish.”

Christine Parker, Commercial Director of Beniconnect Travel Agency said:

“This new partnership with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is an exciting move for both companies and, at Beniconnect Travel Agency, we are looking forward to the possibilities that this will bring to our business.

“We are a strong, family-driven company, with years of experience within the tourist industry. With a highly-experienced team of both family members and loyal, longstanding staff, this dedication shows in our record of continued success, business growth and, most importantly, customer satisfaction.”

In 2015, Beniconnect will be offering cruisers some ‘exclusive’ sailings to the Adriatic, which will not be available to book anywhere else in the market. Importantly, these cruises involve no flying and no luggage restrictions, so they are ideal for the ‘world-weary’ air traveller!

 

Beniconnects’ exclusive 2015 Fred. Olsen no-fly cruises are as follows:

Black Watch’s 17-night W1504CAD ‘Centre of Venice & the Adriatic’ no-fly cruise, departing from Gibraltar on 17th April 2015, returning to Cadiz on 4th May 2015. Prices start from just €3,395 per person.

From Gibraltar, known for its Barbary Apes and Tax Free shopping, Black Watch – Fred. Olsen’s smallest ship – calls first at Cartagena. Here, guests can bask in the ambiance of the ruined amphitheatre, or take in the natural harbour, watched over by the medieval Castillio de la Concepcion.

Catania, in Sicily, is the next port of call, where guests can linger amidst the fragrant wine vineyards of the Italian countryside, or explore the bustling square. The ship will then sail onward to Kerkira, in Greece, before arriving in lesser-known Kotor, where the shadows tumble down the rolling hills of Montenegro.

Guests will then visit Hvar, ‘Queen of Croatia’s Dalmatian Islands’, before docking in mesmerizing Venice, for two blissful days. From the iconic bell tower in St. Marks Square to its curving canals and striking architecture, this floating Italian city cannot fail to impress.

Discover more of Croatia as Black Watch sails onto Split, where guests can experience its vast lakes and waterfront location; the ship will then call at Dubrovnik, a bustling cityscape of terracotta roofs and historical churches, encased within a large fortress.

The next port of call is Valletta in Malta, included in Lonely Planet’s ‘Top 10 cities to visit in 2015′.Black Watch will then sail onward to colorful Algiers, in Algeria, before making its last call in Cadiz.

– Braemar’s 20-night M1526GIB ‘Venice and the Beauty of the Adriatic’ no-fly cruise, departing from Cadiz on 16th September 2015, returning to Gibraltar on 6th October 2015. Prices start from just €3,395 per person.

This exciting Adriatic no-fly cruise begins in the historic Spanish port of Cadiz, and Braemar sails onward to Trapani, in beautiful Sicily, a location restricted to smaller ships, such as those of Fred. Olsen. Braemar will then stop in Kerkira, Corfu, an unspoilt Grecian town boasting a beautiful bell tower.

The cruise will then call at Croatia, stopping in bustling Dubrovnik. Visit the town square for thriving markets and tucked away cafes; or choose to wander the city walls, high above the terracotta roofs of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

From here, Braemar will continue to sensational Split, the second largest city in Croatia and once part of the Roman Empire. The Roman heritage is still evident in the OldTown, which hosts the remains of the Diocletian’s Palace.

Braemar will then venture onto Koper, in Slovenia, home to majestic LakeBled, fringed with dense forest, with a mountainous, untouched backdrop.

The next stop is Venice, one of Italy’s most breath-taking attractions, where guests will get the chance to spend two days exploring every avenue and intricate bridge. Fred. Olsen’s Braemar is small enough to be able to take guests right into the heart of this Italian gem, which radiates history, sophistication and romance.

From here, Braemar will call at Kotor, in Montenegro, before moving onward to Bari and making a rare stop in Albania. The cruise will then visit Greece’s Argostoli, the capital of Kefalonia – a quaint town that has been extensively rebuilt, following a devastating earthquake sixty years ago.

Braemar will then glide onwards to Catania, in Sicily, before making a call at Malta’s stunning capital, Valletta. With its often-turbulent history and rich cultural heritage, guests will marvel at the varied influences from the city’s past and present settlers. Black Watch then returns to Gibraltar.

All prices are based on two adults sharing an Inside, twin-bedded cabin, and include accommodation, all meals and entertainment on board, and port dues.

Fred. Olsen’s four ships – Balmoral, Braemar, Boudicca and Black Watch – are ideally suited to the traditional British cruise guest, and offer a friendly and welcoming ‘country house’ atmosphere on board, with a relaxed and informal style of cruising.

Fred. Olsen was delighted to be named one of the Top 3 UK cruise lines and awarded a prestigious ‘Recommended Provider’ accolade, in Which?’s first-ever dedicated cruise survey in 2014. Experts at influential consumer website Cruise Critic have also voted Fred. Olsen ‘Best Value for Money’ in its ‘Cruise Critic UK Editors’ Picks Awards 2014’, for the third consecutive year.

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