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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Bridge skills with Fred Olsen

Regular cruisers will know that a game of bridge is a popular activity on many cruises. Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ ships all have dedicated card rooms, and guests regularly get together to enjoy a rubber, whether they are regular players, or just enjoying a friendly game of cards while at sea. On all Fred. Olsen cruises, except the very short mini cruises, there are seasoned bridge players on board to offer advice and tuition for those who wish to learn more.

A real treat for bridge-lovers will be the Balmoral cruise L1107, a 14-night cruise to the North Cape, departing from Southampton on 10th June 2011.

On this cruise, there will be an English Bridge Union, (EBU), Licensed Bridge Tournament, in association with Gill’s Cruise Centre, hosted by Paul Hackett, whose credentials are second to none. Bridge correspondent for the Daily Express, Paul is a current Senior World Champion, having won the last two world championships in Philadelphia, USA and Sao Paulo, Brazil. He is also the chairman and President of the Commonwealth Bridge Championships. Paul is head of a formidable bridge-playing family; his twin sons, Justin and Jason, and daughter-in-law, Barbara, have all won World Championships.

Prices for this exceptional cruise start from £1,370 per person, (inclusive of 5.5% Fuel Cost Supplement), based on two adults sharing an inside, twin cabin, Grade ‘I’ – as featured in the new Fred. Olsen ‘Summer Selection’ brochure. The price includes all meals and entertainment on board, and port taxes.

To join the Bridge Tournament on this cruise, bookings are exclusively through Gill’s Cruise Centre – call 0845 460 7002 for latest prices. Find out more at www.gillscruise.com/cruise-deals/bridge-cruises

For an overview of Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, see the Fred Olsen Profile at Prow's Edge Cruise Magazine

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