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The emerald shades of Ireland and the shiny blues of the Med

Spring is in the air and as you look forward to six months of searing Aussie sunshine, summer holidays, and swimming with sharks, you could, if you think you can handle it, cap it off with a Northern hemisphere spring cruise for the ages.

How does cruising around the magical Mediterranean in May sound? Classic cruising on one of Fred Olsen Cruise Line’s smaller and more intimate ships, that is. You can visit those smaller, unspoilt ports the big boys can’t reach. Then it’s off to the Emerald Isle, maybe to look up your rels and ancestors, sip Jameson and Baileys at the source or just let the scenery and history wash over you.

Australian small ship cruising specialist, Cruise Traveller has coupled the emerald shades of Ireland and the glossy blues of the Mediterranean in a new, fly cruise and tour package that offers a relaxed, Guinness-imbued tour of Ireland’s beautiful scenery and an even more relaxing journey by sea through the Med with boutique line, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines.

Created exclusively for Australians, Cruise Traveller’s new 26-night package in May, 2024 –‘Morocco, Spain, Italy, Ireland & England’ – includes savings for bookings made by September 30, 2023.  

The trip begins on May 5, 2024, with an included flight from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth to London for a two-night, pre-cruise. Guests then take a first class rail trip to Liverpool where they will board Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ stylish, 1338-guest flagship, Bolette, for a 17-night round-trip voyage from Liverpool through the Mediterranean.

Bolette will take guests to Morocco, Spain, the islands of Sardinia and Corsica, the Italian towns of Sorrento and Salerno and the tiny territory of Gibraltar with its famous rock which towers above the entrance to the Mediterranean. Don’t feed the Barbary Apes though because if you’re that close they may relieve you of some possessions too!

The voyage ends back in Liverpool where guests will fly to Dublin for a night’s stay before beginning a six-night, escorted land tour of southern Ireland for a maximum of only 18 guests.  The small group adventure takes in medieval castles and ancient sites filled with folklore and whimsy, cosy Irish pubs filled with Guinness and Irish stew, the spectacular Cliffs of Moher, cobbled hamlets, the rocky island of Skellig Michael, where an abandoned 7th-century monastery lies, and the charming waterfront village of Cobh. All that action should have you telling tales like you’ve kissed the Blarney Stone.

After a night’s stay back in Dublin after the tour, guests will be flown back to Australia.

Inclusions and features

  • 26 nights from May 5, 2024
  • Flight to London from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth, and back from Dublin
  • Two-night stay in London pre-cruise with full day tour
  • Train to Liverpool and 17-night round-trip Mediterranean cruise from Liverpool aboard Bolette, including onboard drinks package
  • Flight to Dublin and six-night, small group, overland tour of southern Ireland, including nine meals
  • One night in Dublin and flight back to Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth,

The 26-night fly, cruise and tour package is available from A$17,395 per person, twin-share, in an Inside Cabin – a saving of A$390 per person.  In an Oceanview Cabin, the package is from A$18,410 per person, twin-share – a saving of A$415.  Book with Cruise Traveller by September 30, 2023.

Call Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ exclusive Australian distributor, Cruise Traveller, on 1800 507 777 or visit (direct link), or

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