Fred Olsen Cruise Line has confirmed a nine-cruise whale-watching programme as part if the first official year in partnership with ORCA, a marine conservation charity.
The cruises will enable ORCA to collect vital data on the number and species of whales and dolphins sighted. They will also be used to identify marine wildlife hotspots, which will directly feed into the charity’s Cruise Conservationist Programme and its conservation work.
ORCA volunteers will be onboard during all nine sailings and they will be joining the Fred Olsen enrichment team with wildlife watching opportunities, lectures and trips on Fred Olsen rigid inflatable boats meaning you can get closer to the wildlife.
“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.” said Thomas Rennesland, Hotel Operations Director at Fred. Olsen Cruise Line.
Head of Partnerships at ORCA, Steve Jones, said: “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.
“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.”
An opportunity to work alongside ORCA will be on the following sailings: Black Watch’s 16-night ‘A Voyage to Remote Spitsbergen’ 25th June 2020 and Boudicca’s 16-night ‘Fjords & Icebergs of Remote Greenland’ 11th August 2020.
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