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A Garden Club Welcome
down the Danube
Onboard Peter Deilmann’s 5 Star Mozart
ship we have arranged for an exclusive 7
day Danube river cruise with special guest
Alan Titchmarsh. During the cruise Alan will
be giving 2 informal talks, hosting a cocktail
party and be available for a personal book
signing and photo session. Space is limited
to only 100 couples on this superb cruise
so early booking is recommended!
River Danube Passau – Passau £999
7 Nights on the MV Mozart •
Departure date – 03 May 2009
Passau (Germany), Durnstein
(Austria), Vienna (Austria),
Esztergom (Hungary), Budapest
(Hungary), Bratislava (Slovakia),
Melk (Austria), Grein (Austria),
I am delighted to write to you personally enclosing our latest
garden themed cruises programme - a selection of cruises,
hand-picked to some fabulous destinations and ones which we are sure will appeal.
Choose to travel with Victoria Travel and you will be accompanied by some of the country’s
finest and most knowledgeable horticultural experts including such household names as
Alan Titchmarsh, Roy Lancaster, Matthew Biggs, Pippa Greenwood, Ashley Stephenson,
Tony Russell, David Hurrion and John Cushnie. Each one of our hosts eager to share with
you their enthusiasm, knowledge and passion for plants and gardening. Working closely with
our hosts we are constantly looking at new itineraries to offer our clients as well as repeating
successful destinations like the Canaries and Madeira, the Amazon and Caribbean.
All our group departures are exclusive and as part of our special garden group you will
benefit from the following:
• Hosted by a well-known expert
• Fabulous savings on brochure fares (selected cruises)
• Free car parking or return national express coach transfer at the port/airport
• Free garden tour on each sailing (some cruises have 2 free tours)
• Exclusive on board programme of talks plus question time hosted by an expert
• Exclusive cocktail party for the group
Finally, for even more cruises, then visit our website www.cruise.co.uk
Vanessa Behan - Garden Cruises Manager
Victoria Travel also operates
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help us to negotiate the best, and
sometimes exclusive deals with cruise
lines - so register on-line today for
great up-to-minute offers!
How to book
0800 091 6498 (open 7 days a week)
Cabin accommodation with en-suite
facilities, TV, hair dryer, telephone*,
individual air conditioning, tea &
coffee making facilities*
Cabin safe and safety deposit boxes
All meals throughout the cruise
Late night snacks
Gala late night buffet
Ice cream at selected on
Tea and coffee during the day
and early evening
Welcome and farewell
Daily on board activities
Free on board lectures
On board leisure facilities including
swimming pool, jacuzzis & gymnasium
Free birthday celebration on board
(for passengers who have a birthday
whilst on board)
All ports and air taxes
No extra service charge added
to your on board drinks
Baggage porterage to and from
your cabin from drop off point
Direct flights from regional airports
Disclaimer: All fares contained within this brochure are per person based on double occupancy unless stated otherwise. All offers are subject to availability, capacity controlled
and can be withdrawn at any time without notice. For full terms & conditions please refer to individual tour operator brochure (available upon request). ABTA 78024. ATOL
3385. E&OE. Please be aware that prices are correct at time of going to print. Every effort has been made to ensure that fares are correct, however customers are advised
to confirm by calling Victoria Travel.Victoria Travel are accredited members of the cruiselines featured in this brochure. Please note: The experts hosting any of our cruises
are subject to personal circumstances permitting and we cannot be held responsible for the cancellation of a host for this reason. In the extreme event that a host has to
cancel the cruise, we will, where possible, find a suitable replacement. All cruises will be hosted unless stated or advised otherwise or unless the group does not reach the
minimum number of passengers. Printed March 2008.
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Food and wine
Superb foods coupled with friendly, attentive service are hallmarks of the
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines experience.
Dine out on deck
Full English breakfast served in the conviviality of the main restaurants or
in the privacy of your cabin.
Lunch can be a casual affair served al fresco by the pool, or try the
In the evening assume an air of dignity, at the Captains Dinner.
If you prefer informal dining you can experience mouth watering Oriental
and Indian themed treats in the less formal cafes.
Show time spectacular
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines bring you a special blend of entertainment as the
sun goes down.
The Neptune Lounge brings the night alive with specially choreographed revues,
comedy and lavishly costumed West End shows.
Special ‘Theme Nights’ such as 50’s, 60’s and 70’s nights or Western nights bring
their own magic.
If you are counting on Lady Luck then a night in the Casino will be ideal.
If that doesn’t take your fancy, then indulge in the graceful art of ballroom dancing.
Why not linger over a quiet drink of single malt, or Brandy in one of the
many bars that stay open late.
Activities and leisure
To experience the best of Fred. Olsen you really need to be at sea.This
allows you time to truly explore your home from home and have as
relaxing or energetic day as you like.
Socialise with the Captain
Relax on a sunlounger
The ArtsClub programmes allow you to indulge in a special interest close to
you heart. The programmes range from Antiques with lectures and presentations,
practical hints and tips to Painting which will sharpen your appreciation as you
paint with their experts.
Relax by the swimming pool with a tropical cocktail.
Borrow the best seller that you have always been meaning to read from their
well stocked library.
Stay in touch with friends at the Internet Centre.
Improve your golf swing or bridge technique with friendly staff.
Pamper yourself with a range of beauty treatments in the salon including
massages and facials.
You can also take part in the daily quiz, the afternoon bingo, dances classes and
the talent show.
with Matthew Biggs and Will Giles
Thursday 13 November to Friday 28 November 2008 · 14 night cruise aboard Braemar
The late sailing from Miami is a magical event, as Braemar leaves the illuminated high-rises and the neon haze of South Beach in its wake.
In the shadow of the Blue Mountains, Port Antonio offers the chance to enjoy a tranquil rafting experience along the Rio Grande; or climb
Dunn’s River Falls. The Colombian city of Cartagena positively flaunts its Spanish colonial heritage around Plaza Santo Domingo and from
Roatan you could enjoy a dolphin encounter or snorkel amid the western hemispheres most spectacular under water reefs.
Latin American Rhythms
Gatwick/Manchester to Miami
Fred. Olsen’s Distinction
Port Antonio, Jamaica
San Blas Islands, Panama*
Roatan Island, Honduras
Santo Tomas de Castilla
Playa del Carmen, Mexico*
We shall visit the Botanical Gardens
located near the town of Turbaco. A
variety of flora can be seen where the
German scientist Humboldt once did his
research. The gardens occupy an area of
20 acres and contain some 1,200 varieties. It was started in 1978 and since
then, thousands of plants from all over
the Caribbean coast have been planted.
Fares from £pp
Key West, Florida
Fly Miami, Florida to UK
Fully refurbished Braemar
A family-owned company, Fred. Olsen
Cruise Lines is justly proud of its
Norwegian heritage and seamanship
and have been refining and perfecting
its cruising experience over the
past century-and-a-half. Passengers
appreciate the high on-board
standards of accommodation, relaxed
British atmosphere, varied menus,
friendly staff, top entertainment and
exciting destinations in all corners
of the globe.
In May 2008, Braemar will be fully refurbished with facilities expanded to be similar to those on the Balmoral,
giving guests greater choice. Over 80 passenger cabins and suites will have balconies. A new 136 seater
restaurant will offer an alternative dining option and more casual dining during the day. And the introduction
of a nautically themed ‘Morning Light’ pub will bring entertainment in the form of jazz or late night comedian.
On board Braemar
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with David Hurrion
Sunday 16 November – Sunday 30 November 2008 · 14 night cruise aboard Balmoral
The perfect opportunity to take a pre-winter tonic and enjoy a leisurely cruise from the comfort of Fred. Olsen’s new flagship,
Balmoral. Visit historic ports lined with enticing beaches and take in some of the finest examples of Spanish and Portuguese
architecture. Explore botanical gardens rich in native flora and fauna and savour the unique culinary flavours of each locale for
a truly Mediterranean experience.
Sun 16 Nov
Mon 17 – Wed 19
Thu 20 Nov
Fri 21 Nov
Cruising at sea
Sat 22 Nov
Sun 23 Nov
Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Mon 24 Nov
Fares from £pp
Tue 25 Nov
Cruising at sea
Wed 26 Nov
Thu 27 Nov
Fri 28 - Sat 29 Nov
Cruising at sea
Sun 30 Nov
Hear it from the people that join us…..
It will be from this port that you can enjoy
an exclusive tour of the Botanical Gardens
which form part of the Park Montjuic
Botanical Gardens with its beautiful flora.
It is considered to be one of the most
important examples of its type in Spain
and its aim is to conserve and document
Catalonia’s natural heritage.
The Portuguese capital, Lisbon, is a city of past
imperial glory. One of the least well known,
but certainly one of the loveliest of European
capitals, it was built on seven hills at the
mouth of the Tagus River. Enjoy a Gardens
of Lisbon tour today with your fellow host.
Our view of garden visits from the ship is that you get a quick snapshot of the actual garden. Pictures
cannot convey anything like that. We were initially reluctant to join a garden cruise – fearing that our
knowledge or lack of it – Latin names etc – would be a hindrance. We very quickly found that the ‘experts’ cater for all levels of expertise – it’s up to you to get out of it as much or as little as you want.
If you just like to look at beautiful gardens and admire them, then so be it. If you want/need to know
all the technical details then they are readily available. It is also very useful to join the get-togethers on
board – 3 or 4 one hour sessions during a 2 week cruise is something we ought to be able to do –
after all we will generally be at sea – and they are good social occasions.
Mr & Mrs W Shorrock, Milton Keynes (To read more reviews go to www.cruise.co.uk)
with Matthew Biggs
Sunday 4 January – Saturday 17 January 2009 · 13 night cruise aboard Balmoral
Sun-drenched ports of call and a myriad of delightful destinations. Blessed by a climate that is almost
perfect all year round, with temperatures hovering constantly in the high 60s and 70s, the beautiful islands
of Madeira and the Canaries are a haven for peace, quiet and pure relaxation! There will be plenty to do
and see ashore and afloat and our itinerary offers a lovely blend of leisurely days cruising at sea, floral
delights, sightseeing and shopping ashore.
Mon 05 – Tue 06
Fares from £pp
Las Palmas, Gran Canaria
Santa Cruz, Tenerife
San Sebastian, La Gomera
Wed 14 - Fri 16
The combination of Balmoral’s elegant
décor, comfortable cabins, world class
cuisine and diverse on board activities
has been designed to appeal to the
rapidly expanding British cruise market.
Balmoral gives guests more choice than
ever before. Two freshwater swimming
The classically-styled Balmoral is the largest and most extensively equipped ship in
the fleet, yet remains compact enough to
offer the intimate atmosphere and lifestyle
for which Fred. Olsen is renowned.
Introducing Balmoral - Fred. Olsen’s new flagship
pools, a gym and golf nets. For those
who wish to really relax and unwind
from the world back home, the
Jacuzzi treatments in the spa or just
soaking up the sun on the spacious
sun deck will appeal.
and informal restaurants and varied
menus. Amongst the array of lounges
Like all the ships in the Fred. Olsen
and bars is the traditionally themed
fleet, the quality of cuisine on
Morning Light Pub, a first for a Fred.
Balmoral is set to impress.
Olsen ship. Guest beers and real ales
join the usual extensive drinks selection
Should you wish to dine a la carte,
and the occasional Jazz musician or
or enjoy a light snack, you will be
stand-up comedian add to the relaxed
spoilt for choice with five formal
and unique atmosphere.
Santa Cruz, Tenerife Included Tour
Plantlife is rich and colourful on
Tenerife and a fitting port for our
included tour taking in the Botanical
Gardens, where many of the plants in
the garden are the original specimens
and the centrepiece is a huge South
American fig tree. Risco Bello is our
next stop and features attractive waterfalls and colourful terraces of local
flowers. Finally refreshments will be
served at the Hotel Tigaiga Gardens.
The picturesque white-washed
capital of the mountainous
Portuguese islands has a timeless
charm, delightfully enhanced by a
benign climate that fills this ‘floating
garden’ with the year-round colours
and perfumes of subtropical flowers
Today you can enjoy a tour of the
Botanical Gardens in Funchal, one
of the best examples of Madeiran
landscaped gardens and are host to a
profusion of plants and flowers from
all over the world which thrive in the
island’s temperate climate. The gardens
provide and excellent view over
Funchal, so bring your cameras.
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with Tony Russell
& David Hurrion
Thursday 12 February – Friday 27 February 2009 · 14 night cruise aboard Boudicca
For those who like the idea of combining the winter sun of the Caribbean with a journey that is truly off the beaten track this
cruise foray into the magnificent, mysterious Amazon will fit the bill perfectly. Settle in, unpack and watch the lights of Barbados
fading astern as we head for the coast of Brazil.Voyaging a full nine hundred miles upstream, you encounter an unreal world.
Water turns from blue to muddy brown as you cross the equator and enter the Amazon proper. On both sides, a staggering
panorama of sights and sounds fill the air and stirs the senses.Thatched native villages on rickety stilts hug grassy verges that
flank the river and small boats full of local people row by and wave up at the ship.
Stanstead to Barbados
Fri 13 – Mon 16
Boca de Valeria, Amazon*
Alter do Chao, Amazon*
Mon 23 – Wed 25
Fly Bridgetown, Barbados
Amazonian Indian Dwellings
Fares from £pp
Included Tour – Manaus, Amazon River Cruise
We’ll take an approximate one-hour riverboat ride up the dark
waters of the mysterious Rio Negro. Here we’ll see the huts of
the ribeirinhos (river people), clustered on the riverbanks. The
Amazon River cruise takes us to the January Lake, to a landing
stage from which we now board motorized, ten-seater canoes
for a close-up view of the local vegetation and trees. With luck
(and river conditions permitting) we may be able to admire
Victoria Regina water lilies, the leaves of which can measure up
to one meter across.
The Amazon is one of the most
rewarding places to visit with such a
diversity of plant species to discover.
The sheer scale of the trees and
vegetation that make up this fabulous
ecosystem give a real sense of jungle
wilderness and no amount of pictures
and television programmes can
prepare you for the experience of
seeing it ‘in the flesh’.
You’ll also get a sense of how
important the rainforest is to all
of us, acting as one of the earth’s
vital ‘lungs’ that supply the oxygen
we breathe and helping to moderate
the world’s climate.
So it is with great pleasure that I look
forward to joining you on our voyage
of discovery on one of my favourite
ships and with fellow horticulturist
See you there!
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with David Hurrion
Thursday 26 February – Friday 13 March 2009 · 14 night cruise aboard Boudicca
An overnight stay in Balmy, British accented Bridgetown ensures that winter is already a distant
memory. Rested and unpacked, savour the cocktail of dream islands that this fortnight offers in such
warm style. Sprinkled with just a couple of rejuvenating sea days, this cruise is the ideal holiday for
those wanting the warmth of the sun spiced with a taste of something slightly different.
Fred. Olsen’s award-winning chefs ensure that a feast is always in store,
with varied mouth-watering menus. Dine in grand style in the ship’s formal
restaurants, or indulge in array of Oriental and Indian themed treats in the
less formal cafes. Make sure you leave room to push the boat out and savour
the ship’s late-night buffets. Meals can be cooked exactly to your liking; you
only have to ask. The ship’s carefully selected wine lists offer an array of
eminently drinkable vintages, further enhancing that special meal.
Manchester to Barbados
Port of Spain, Trinidad
St. Georges, Grenada
Road Town, Tortola
Gustavia, St Barthelemy*
St. Johns, Antigua
Basseterre, St Kitts
Castries, St Lucia
Fly Bridgetown, Barbados to UK
Fares from £pp
Full Day Tour Included
Castries, St Lucia - Botanic Garden,
lunch & Island Sightseeing
This exclusive tour of the beautiful
Diamond Botanical Gardens and
Waterfall features a close encounter
with rich history and nature that is
sure to take your breath away.
Winding along the edge of the
rainforest taking in the beautiful views
of tropical flowers and trees, before
arriving in the French colonial town
of Soufriere. From a distance, we will
have the chance to see the towering
Twin Peaks of the Pitons. After which,
we will enjoy a guided walk in the lush
Diamond Botanical Gardens.
Built in 1784 for the troops of King
Louis XV1 of France, the gardens
are rich in history and vivid in exotic
colours and flora. They are a master
piece, combining all variations of
bright, vibrant flowers and fruit trees
into a garden perfect for those of us
with a passion for flowers and for
taking memorable photographs. Enjoy
a typical Caribbean lunch, before
returning to our coach for a brief trip
to Marigot Bay.