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Gaining Some Independence At Sea
Lucy Bexfield was on board Independence of the Seas for her recent relaunch after a multi-million-pound refit. Here is what she got up to on a ship that has become a firm favourite for cruises from the UK.
Camping In The Maasai Mara
Elodie Pethybridge was lucky enough to experience a true African adventure with Intrepid Travel. Here’s her report about the highlights of a trip that included camping with the Maasai tribe.
Unforgettable India
Vicky Bell was lucky enough to experience a once-in-a-lifetime trip to India. This included a tour of the Golden Triangle and the chance to spot tigers in their natural habitat. Here is her report from what was a truly memorable holiday.
Island Hopping In Greece? Tell Me More
Sam O’Connor took a trip to Greece’s Northern Sporades Islands. She tells us about some great hotel options on Skiathos, Skopelos and Alonissos and also gives plenty of reasons to visit this part of the world.
Sampling Symphony of the Seas
Donna Hardwick was lucky enough to be one of the first people to sail on board the brand new Symphony of the Seas. Here is what she made of the world’s largest cruise ship.
Cape Town Travels
Madeleine Mayes, Senior Travel Consultant, at our Felixstowe travel agents, had the opportunity to explore the sights and sounds of Cape Town. Here are some of her favourite moments form a memorable trip.
Venturing To Venice
Assistant Manager of our Dorchester Travel branch, Wendy Dowe, travelled to Venice to enjoy the sights and then returned via the iconic Orient Express. Here are the things she enjoyed most about her trip.
All-Inclusive Skiing In Val Thorens
Vicky Bell took a pre-Christmas ski trip with Club Med. Here’s why she would recommend Val Thorens to both beginners and experienced skiers.
All Aboard For The Norwegian Fjords
Emma Livermore took a cruise on board Magellan. Having been impressed with the Cruise and Maritime Voyages staff, she can recommend the cruise line along with this fantastic destination.
Delectable Dining In Dubai
Claire Bradford had the opportunity to enjoy a luxurious stay in two of Dubai’s best hotels. During her stay, she enjoyed dining at some amazing restaurants and relaxing on the beach. Here is her full report.
Spectre On The Slopes
Keen skier, Elodie Pethybridge, followed in the footsteps of Daniel Craig when she headed off to Austria’s resorts of Solden and Obergurgl for a few days. Here is how she found life on the slopes.
Sampling Saga Cruises
Christine Caldwell got the chance to experience Saga Cruises for the first time on a trip to some of the German Christmas markets. Here’s why her preconceptions of the brand were completely shattered.
Three Countries In Three Days
Jane Spinks received a taste of a Rhine River cruise when she sailed from Basel to Strasbourg with Riviera River cruises. Here’s what she thought of her trip and the elegant MS Oscar Wilde.
My Week As A California Girl
Clare Ruffell had the chance to visit California’s lesser-known destinations. Here are her highlights from Palm Springs, Temecula, Hunting Beach & Oakland.
A Whirl Around Wurzburg
Lucy Bexfield visited Nuremberg & Wurzburg earlier in the year. Here’s how she fell in love with the history & culture of these fascinating destinations.
An Amazing Argentinian Adventure
Charlotte Robson had the amazing opportunity to travel to Argentina. Her trip included the chance to discover the Perito Moreno Glacier and Iguassu Falls.
Macau Heights and Hong Kong Nights
Gemma Hopkins got to experience the bright lights of Hong Kong and Macau on this fantastic trip. Here’s what she thought.
New-Found Experiences On Canada’s Coast
Leah Johnson was lucky enough to spend some time on the east coast of Canada. Along the way, she went in search of whales & discovered intriguing local rituals.
A Moving River Cruise Through Normandy
Helen Apps got the chance to sail along the Seine on board the beautiful Avalon Tapestry II. She visited the Normandy Beaches and Monet’s house.
The Hustle And Bustle Of Ho Chi Minh
In March, Nicola Atkinson took a trip to Vietnam for 5 days to explore Ho Chi Minh City & the Mekong Delta. Here is what she got up to in this amazing country.
Havana Great Time In Cuba
Samantha O'Connor spent 7 nights on the beautiful island of Cuba. After falling in love with the place & its people, here is what she has to say about her trip.
Five-star Luxury Is Sardinia’s Forte
Kerry Sabberton spent an amazing three nights at one of Sardinia’s best resorts. With a whole host of activities available onsite, here is what she got up to.
Sampling Food and More At Club Med’s All-Inclusive
Last week, 14 members of the team were lucky enough to be winging their way to La Rochelle in South-West France for the annual Managers’ Conference.
Skiing The Slopes Of Val Thorens
Avid skier, Karen Jones, recently enjoyed a few days in the famous Val Thorens resort. Her all-inclusive experience means she’ll never go back to self-catering.
A Wild Time In Costa Rica
Melanie Cope took a walk on the wild side in Costa Rica. Her tour included stays at some of the best hotels & chances to spot wildlife. Here’s what she thought.
A Caribbean Island With Something For Everyone
Lisa Robinson spent some time looking at the luxurious hotel options in Barbados. Here’s why she would recommend this holiday to a range of different people.
A Conference In The Cypriot Sun
We recently held our Assistant Manager’s Conference in Cyprus. Group Retail Manager, Paul Hardwick, shares why Paphos is fantastic for a relaxing holiday.
A Great American Adventure
Lizzie Parkin recently enjoyed an American adventure. Between Atlantic City & Chicago, she visited some fantastic destinations. Here are the highlights.
Luscious And Luxurious St. Lucia
Alison MacCarty took a visit to the glorious island of St. Lucia at the end of last year. Here are some of her recommendations for a trip of your own.
Exploring Eastern Canada
Kerrie Lake travelled to Canada to explore the cities along the east coast. Here are all the wonderful things she managed to squeeze into her week away.
Living The High Life (In More Ways Than One) On The Las Vegas Strip
Zoe Holmes took an amazing trip to the Las Vegas Strip. She visited some of the many famous hotels available & even got the chance to experience a show or two.
Rum and Relaxation In Mauritius
Melissa Strayton was lucky enough to experience a fantastic trip to Mauritius. She checked out some of the best hotels on the island & here is what she thought.
Coast To Coast With Stories To Boast
Bethany Pearce recently visited destinations on both coasts of America. Here’s what her wonderful trip entailed.
Discovering What Shaped The United States
Stacie Harvey recently enjoyed a fantastic trip to America’s east coast. Here’s what she thought of her visit to New York, Gettysburg and Philadelphia.
Dock Me, Amadeus – In Amsterdam
Martine Pearce took a short trip to Amsterdam to experience Amadeus Silver II, a vessel from Amadeus River Cruises. Here are the highlights of her weekend.
A Gem Of A Cruise On Board Saga Sapphire
Jane Kolowski, recently enjoyed a cruise to the Canary Islands and Madeira with Saga. Here are the highlights from her trip.
Searching For Santa In Sweden
Emma Livermore went in search of Santa in Swedish Lapland. Here’s everything she managed to cram into a magical day.
Singapore And Sentosa – The Island Of Fun
Back in March, Bethany Shearing jetted off for a look around Singapore. As you can see, her trip included Shangri-Las, shopping and Singapore Slings.
A Southern USA Tour That Hit All The Right Notes
Earlier this year, Vicky Bell took a trip to southern America. She visited Memphis, New Orleans and Nashville on a magical, musical tour.
An Authentic Taste Of Sicily
Melanie Wells spent a few days on the island of Sicily. She got to experience the history and cuisine of this fantastic destination.
The Beaches and Bays of Bermuda
Claire Bradford recently went to Bermuda to see the island’s best beaches, hotels & things to do. Here's how she ended up falling in love with this destination.
Fred. Olsen Travel Continues Expansion With Fourth South Coast Store
Recent success has enabled us to continue our expansion along the south coast and add a fourth travel shop to our growing portfolio.
Celebrate 10 Years Of Fred. Olsen Travel With Our August Antics
This month marks 10 years since Fred. Olsen Travel opened its branch inside the Jarrolds store in Norwich.
A Diverse Canadian Adventure
Charlotte Robson spent a week travelling through the Canadian Rockies on a journey she will never forget. Here are some of the highlights of her epic trip.
Reaching New Heights In Switzerland
Lorna Neale took a short trip to explore the scenic landscapes of Switzerland. Her tour took her to Davos and Grindelwald.
Sunsets In Santorini
Christine Caldwell took a trip to the island of Santorini. Famous for its whitewash buildings, this destination is perfect for various kinds of holidaymakers.
Indulgent Ischia
Annie Clougherty travelled to the Italian island of Ischia for a relaxing two-day trip. Here’s what she got up to.
A Magical Moment In Lapland
Towards the end of last year, Susanne Sutton enjoyed a spellbinding day in Lapland. Here's why she would recommend a visit to anyone looking for a festive trip.
From Amsterdam With AmaWaterways
Stacie Harvey took her first river cruise with AmaWaterways. Here is how she found her short trip from Amsterdam to Cologne.
An April Achievement
As our giveaway continues, we can announce that Mrs Amey from Norwich was April’s winner of £250 worth of travel vouchers to spend at any of our travel shops.
Discovering The Vineyards Of Victoria
Lindsay Cutting took a tour of Victoria. Along the way, she got the chance to sample some fantastic local wines and check out some of the adorable wildlife.
Fred. Olsen Travel Acknowledged At The Agent Achievement Awards
It was announced last week we had made the shortlist in not one but two categories at the 2016 Agent Achievement Awards.
Explore The Rhine Valley On This Fantastic Escorted Rail Tour
If you have always wanted to explore the Rhine Valley, we are giving you the perfect opportunity to do just that.
One Heli Of A Trip
Sarah Leach travelled in style to Monaco and France. Her trip allowed her to experience the romance of the ‘city of love’ as well as Monte Carlo.
Icelandic Insights
In March, Nicola Atkinson went on holiday to Iceland for 3 nights. She had an amazing time and this is what she got up to.
February Fortune For One Lucky Winner
We are pleased to announce February’s winner as Mrs Pearson from Felixstowe.
Pandas, Palaces and A Packed Itinerary
Kerrie Lake took a tour of China which included many of the country’s tourist highlights. Here’s how she found the trip.
Cruising Croatia’s Coast
Kerry Sabberton took a cruise along the Croatian coastline and around the country’s islands in the Adriatic. Here’s what she got up to during her trip.
Competition Winners Looking Fjord To Norway Cruise
The winner was chosen at random by the team at Radio Norwich and the lucky name picked was that of Emma Gibbs from Wroxham.
A Wild Welcome In Kenya
Vicky Bell took the trip of a lifetime to the Kenyan Massai Mara. Here’s a look at the wild adventures she got to enjoy.
Mystery Shopper Success For Our Lymington Branch
Last week’s Travel Weekly featured a familiar face, as Samantha O’Conner from our Lymington branch was crowned winner of the Mystery Shopping feature.
Lapping Up The Festive Cheer
Just before Christmas, Rachel Aldred went on a festive search for Santa in Lapland. Here is what she got up to on her trip.
Fred. Olsen Travel Repeats Record Year For Sixth Time In A Row
Fred. Olsen Travel is pleased to announce another record-breaking year.
Discovering Treasures On The Danube
Alison Maccarty sailed the Danube on board MS Treasures. Find out if the ship lives up to its name and learn about the fantastic places along this waterway.
Gazing Out Along South Africa’s Garden Route
Lisa Robinson travelled to South Africa to experience her first game drive and some beautiful hotels.
Start 2016 In Style With Our Holiday And Cruise Sale
January 2nd 2016 saw the start of our fantastic holiday and cruise sale, offering the chance to grab a great deal and start the year off in style.
First Time Experiences In Bermuda
Melissa Strayton recently took a trip to Bermuda. She enjoyed some excellent outdoor activities and got a sneak peek at some of the best hotels on the island.
Fred. Olsen Travel Makes CLIA Cruise Excellence Awards Shortlist
We are pleased to say that Fred. Olsen Travel has been shortlisted in the category of High Street Travel Agent of the Year.
Take The Stress Out Of Christmas With Our Gift Ideas
There is no need to worry about what to get your loved ones for Christmas, as our gift ideas are here to save the day.
Warriors And Walls With Wendy Wu
Emma Regis recently took a tour around some of the main cities of China. With visits to Beijing, Chengdu and Xian; here is how her trip panned out.
Crossing Croatia
Samantha O’Connor spent five days exploring Croatia. Her trip included many hotel inspections to help you decide where to stay.
A Titan Tour Of Canada
Vicki Wood took a tour across the Canadian Rockies with tour operator ‘Titan’. Here are the highlights of her action-packed trip.
Floating Through France
Leah Johnson & Nicola Atkinson recently took a river cruise along the Rhone with Scenic Tours. Here is how they found it.
To Bilbao And Basque Again
Bethany Shearing recently took a trip to the Basque region of Spain. She visited Bilbao and San Sebastian, learning about the local culture as she went.
India’s Golden Triangle
Jane Kolowski spent 10 days in India, checking out some of the best hotels in which to stay when you visit cities such as Jaipur, Agra and Delhi.
Four Fantastic Arabian Nights
Stacie Harvey travelled to Dubai for four nights. Here are her highlights and a few recommendations for other planning a visit to this part of the world.
Fred. Olsen Travel’s Holiday and Cruise Showcase Comes To Cambridge
This event gives people of Cambridge and the surrounding areas the chance to come and talk to representatives from the cruise and holiday industry.
Set Sail For Fred. Olsen Travel’s Norwich Cruise Showcase
September 21st sees Fred. Olsen’s Cruise Showcase come to Norwich. It’s your chance to meet the cruise lines, discuss any deals & book your next holiday.
Bountiful Barbados
Kerrie Lake, manager at our travel agents in Felixstowe, was lucky enough to spend four nights on the stunning island of Barbados.  Here is the summary of her trip as well as her personal highlights… Destination: BarbadosOperator/Host: Virg…
Beautiful Bermudan Beaches
Madeleine Mayes visited the breath-taking island of Bermuda and reports back on the best places to stay, as well as what to see & do in this beautiful place.
Coasters And Creatures In Orlando
Emma Regis spent five nights riding the rollercoasters of Orlando. Here is how she found the experience.
A Mystery Mauritian Itinerary
Zoe Holmes spent six nights on the amazing island of Mauritius. Here is what she got up to during her visit to this blissful place.
Terrific Thai Hospitality
Madeleine Mayes took a luxury trip to Thailand recently. Here is what she got up to.
Bears, Scares and Extremely High Chairs
Nicola Atkinson went on a six-night tour of Canada, over the Rocky Mountains. Here are some of her memories from her time away.
Recharging In The Dominican Republic
Madeleine Mayes spent four nights exploring the Dominican Republic. Here are the highlights from her trip..
Greek Island Hopping Courtesy Of Star Clipper
Ray Moye recently took a cruise to Turkey and Greece with Star Clippers. Here are the highlights of his trip.
Loving Life On The Lake
Linda Leslie, Senior Sales Consultant at our Ipswich travel agents, recently visited beautiful Lake Garda. Here are her highlights and recommendations from a wonderful trip. Destination: Lake GardaOperator/Host: Classic CollectionAccommodat…
Wildlife, Walking & Wine
Claire Bradford took a tour around the Australian state of Victoria. As well as attending a training event, she got to see the wilder side of Oz.
A Quick Scan Of The Isle Of Man
Mark Scrivener recently took the short trip from Stanstead to the Isle of Man. Here is everything he learnt on a trip that opened up the wonders close to home.
Meandering Through The Maldives
Linda Fowler travelled to the Maldives to explore the different islands. Here are some of the highlights from her trip to this popular destination.
Parliamentary Paradors In Andalusia
Vicky Bell travelled with Kirker Holidays to the Spanish region of Andalusia. Here are the highlights from her short four-night trip.
Ayubowan! Welcome To Sri Lanka!
Kathy Batchford travelled to Sri Lanka for six nights with Walker Tours. Here are her thoughts on this fantastic experience.
Celebrities - If Only For A Few Days
Back in 2012, Donna Hardwick took a cruise on board Celebrity Solstice. She travelled around the Med and this is how she found the experience.
Gallivanting Around The Galapagos
Jodie Spong went on a seven-night tour of Ecuador and The Galapagos Islands. Here is how she recounts her memorable trip.
New Experiences In New Zealand
Kathy May ventured to New Zealand for an eight-night stay. Here is the round-up from her trip, featuring all the wonderful things you could do.
An Incredible Icelandic Itinerary
Zoe Holmes made the short trip to Iceland at the end of last year. Her three days included snowmobiling, the Blue Lagoon and a glimpse of the Northern Lights.
The Breathtaking Bahamas
Kerrie Lake was lucky enough to spend four nights in the Bahamas. Here is what she got up to in this tropical archipelago.
Clipping The Caribbean
Lisa Robinson got the chance to tour the Caribbean on board the Royal Clipper. Here are a few of the highlights.
Sea Views, Seafood And A Lively Sea Cruise
Kerry Sabberton spent a brief three nights in the Portuguese region of Cascais. Here is what her eventful trip included.
An Insight Into Indian Extravagance
Mark Scrivener spent ten nights experience the luxurious of India. Here are his memories from a trip that included visits to Mumbai, Jodhpur and Delhi.
A Double Dose Of Arabian Culture
Melissa Strayton attended a conference in Dubai and took the chance to explore the city and nearby Abu Dhabi. Here are the highlights of her trip.
Venturing Into Vietnam
Lindsay Cutting spent 10 nights travelling through Vietnam and Cambodia. Here are some of the exciting things she got up to.
Falling For Canadian Life
Laura Stapleton enjoyed a week of firsts in Canada. This trip included visits to Niagara Falls, Toronto & Ottawa. Here's how she remembers her experience.
Drinking Our Way Down The Danube
Nicola Atkinson & Madeleine Mayes sailed on part of the Danube with Tauck. Here’s a closer look at the ports that they visited and what they got up to in them.
A Universal Adventure
Clare Bradford spent seven nights in Orlando. Her thrilling adventure included visits to Disney, Universal and the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
An Immersive Italian Experience
Vicky Bell spent four nights on the Amalfi Coast and the Italian island of Ischia.
Delicious Mauritius
Emma Regis spent four nights on the luxurious island of Mauritius. Let’s take a look at how much she enjoyed her time with Club Med.
A Sweet Spell In Maryland
Lizzie Parkin recently took a tour of the East Coast of America. Find out what her highlights were from her time in cities such as Washington DC and Baltimore.
Merriment In Madeira
Kelly Howard spent a week on the Portuguese island of Madeira and was surprised by what was on offer
Incomparable India
Kerrie Lake experienced India on a trip which included visits to the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort & the Tomb of I’timād-ud-Daulah. Here are her highlights.
A Look Around St. Lucia
Linda Fowler travelled to St. Lucia for a seven-night stay. Here are some recommendations for anyone also travelling here and her own personal highlights.
A Taste Of Thailand
Bethany Shearing got to experience a fascinating tour of Thailand, taking in Bangkok & other interesting cities. Here are her highlights from this amazing trip.
A Brief Taste Of Brilliant Bermuda
Gemma Deakin got to spend five nights on the beautiful island of Bermuda and here is what she got up to.
Passionate Guides In Portugal And Spain
Emma Regis got the chance to experience a six-night tour of Portugal and Spain. Here is a run-down of all the things she got to see and do during her trip.
Cambridge: The Gateway To Milan
Gareth Kentfield spent two nights in Milan and here is what he got up to during the trip.
Stately St. Petersburg
Kerry Sabberton went on a fantastic four-day cruise through the Baltic to St. Petersburg. Here are the highlights from her trip.
Feeling Like A Celebrity On My First Cruise Experience
Lucy Peacock spent four nights on board Celebrity Solstice. here is what she got up to.
A Real Azorean Experience
Mark Scrivener spent seven nights exploring the Azores. These are his highlights from this fantastic experience.
Taking The Rocky Road Through Canada
Lisa Robinson got the chance to travel across Canada. Here's what she got up to & what she would recommend anyone else travelling here does with their time.
Saying Hallou-mi To The Turkish Side Of Cyprus
Nicola Atkinson spent four nights on the beautiful island of Cyprus. Here is what her adventures entailed.
Hotel Hopping In Dubai
Vicky Bell took a four night trip to Dubai and here are some of her highlights from what was a memorable break.
Hilton Hopping In Egypt
Kerry Sabberton, travelled to Egypt for four nights. Her trip included visits to a variety of different Hilton hotels and much more besides.
Thoughts On Fort Myers
Lorna Neale recently jetted off to sunny Florida. After spending four nights between Fort Myers and Sanibel, here are the highlights from her trip.
Two Beautiful Italian Islands
Kerry Sabberton recently visited the stunning islands of Ischia and Capri. Here is what she got up to on her trip.
Journeying Through Jordan
Stacie Harvey journeyed to Jordan to visit the ancient city of Petra. Here is how she recounts this magical experience.
A Trip To The Strip
Nicola Atkinson spent four nights on the Las Vegas strips. Here’s a summary of everything she did and some recommendations for others making the same journey.
Marvellous Mauritius
Vicky Gladding spent a week on the fabulous island of Mauritius. Here is what her action-packed seven days involved.
She Saw Seashells On the Seychelles Shore
Nicola Atkinson spent five nights strolling along the beaches of the Seychelles. Here are the highlights from her trip.
Mexico Memories
Lucy Peacock recently travelled to Mexico for a trip lasting six nights. These are the highlights from her visit.
New York, New York
Madeleine Mayes visited the city that never sleeps. Here’s how she did it her way.
Castles Along The Rhine
Lorna Neale took a Uniworld river cruise along the Rhine. Here are a few highlights from a trip that included plenty of stunning castles...
A SuperBreak To Paris
Zoe Holmes took a short break to the romantic city of Paris. Here is what she got up to in her limited time in the French capital...
Switzerland, Austria, Italy: Cheese, Chocolate and Pizza!
Kerrie Lake travelled to three great European countries on an exciting tour. Here are the highlights from her trip...
A Taste Of Tobago
Claire Bradford took an action-packed trip to the Caribbean island of Tobago. Here's what she got up to during her five-night stay in paradise...
Barcelona and Beyond
Gemma Hopkins took a three-night break with to Barcelona and Costa Brava. Here she shares her experiences…