Simon Chambers

In what year did you start working for Fred.\ Holidays?

I started working for Fred.\ Holidays in November 2014 and I’ve been working in travel since 2007. My first position in travel was a team leader in the reservations department for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines.

What is your particular area of expertise?

Working for a cruise line and a leading cruise agent has given me invaluable industry knowledge. As Operations Manager, I oversee the structure and operator procedures of Fred.\ Holidays. It’s not always necessary to focus on a specific destination, as my expertise are to ensure that we can piece together the elements required to create a perfect holiday for our customers.

Which countries have you visited?

I’ve been to numerous places in the Mediterranean and Northern Europe. Further afield, I’ve been to Tunisia, South Africa, Barbados, Florida and New York. Many of these have been on both cruise and land holidays.

Describe your favourite cruising experience

I would probably have to say a cruise on board Regent Seven Seas. The staff are truly remarkable, they do everything for you – nothing was too much for them. The space-per-guest ratio is incredible and with a wide choice of shore excursions included you can explore each port of call. Not to mention the food is fantastic and with the speciality restaurants included you can't want for more.

Describe your favourite Christmas market experience

I visited Bremen in December 2015 and was shown around by the tourism board. Its medieval market offers something different and with its traditional market in the old town, there is plenty to see and do. It’s smaller than some of the larger cities and less crowded which only adds to the experience.

Describe your favourite summer land-based holiday

Growing up, I went to Florida many times and I absolutely loved it. I must have been 13-14 times and it was always brilliant, not only for visiting Disneyland but also for the Major League Baseball spring training and watching the Tampa Bay Buccaneers play in the NFL. South Africa was also fantastic, staying at Shamwari on a 4-night safari was incredible - definitely a memory I will always cherish.

What would you recommend for families?

It really does come down to what the family’s individual tastes and desires are, as there are many options to choose from. These can vary from traditional European beach holidays to the Croatia coast for those seeking a more cultural experience. Germany is also a favourite as the country is so diverse.

What would you recommend for couples?

Again, every couple is unique and it depends on their requirements. Hotel Jardin Tecina is great for those looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life. We can create bespoke holidays which provide opportunities for walking and cycling throughout Germany, short-haul city breaks all over Europe and multi-centre stays throughout Europe. For those looking to explore further afield, we can offer land and cruise holidays with unique immersive experiences.

What makes Fred.\ Holidays different to other tour operators?

We operate from a traditional foundation where we create holidays specific to each customer, rather than trying to fit the customer into a preset holiday. This is why Fred.\ Holidays is different.

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