Fred Olsen Cruise Lines has teamed up with marine wildlife charity ORCA for an inaugural Iceland sailing on Boudicca in Summer 2019, as part of a new partnership to monitor whale and dolphin numbers and to help to conserve and protect the seas as a safe environment in which these species can live and thrive.
ORCA will have two volunteer wildlife experts on board Boudicca, when the 880-guest ship sets sail on the 13-night ‘Icelandic Wonders & Wildlife’ cruise in June 2019. These volunteers will spend up to 16 hours a day out on deck during sea days, to help Fred. Olsen guests to spot and identify animals and to record vital data about the marine wildlife that they see.
In addition, the ORCA volunteers will be holding lectures and Q&A sessions on board, giving guests the opportunity to ask questions about any wildlife that they may have seen whilst on board, and on excursions whilst in port. The ORCA team will also be accompanying a ‘whale-watching’ tour with guests.
Thomas Rennesland, Hotel Operations Director at Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, said: “We know that our guests love sitting out on deck, in the hope of spotting marine whales, dolphins, and many other marine mammals and fish, and our nature-spotting excursions are always popular. To have the ORCA volunteers on board with us, sharing their vast knowledge and insight, is something that we know that our guests will love.
“As a cruise line, we make our livelihood out of the sea, so it is so vital that we do all that we can to help to protect the wildlife that lives within it. We are extremely pleased to be able to support ORCA in their important research in this way.”
Anna Bunney, Education Coordinator for ORCA, said: “The entire ORCA team are delighted to be embarking on this exciting new journey with Fred. Olsen, working in partnership to help keep whales and dolphins safe. Itineraries like ‘Icelandic Wonders & Wildlife’ give us the opportunity to study these iconic animals and learn more about their lives, so that we can help create safe spaces for them to live in.
“This itinerary is an incredible opportunity to see some of the most charismatic animals in the ocean, and we can’t wait to show guests aboard Boudicca the amazing marine wildlife seen in this part of the world.”