Lucy Newman

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

I started working for Fred. Olsen Travel at the Colchester shop in 2008 and started working at Head Office two years later, in 2010.

What is your particular area of expertise?

I’m very passionate about cruising. For the duration of my time at Head Office, I’ve been focussed on variety of cruising options from popular Mediterranean itineraries to Antarctic expeditions. We sell all types of cruises to destinations around the world.

Which countries have you visited?

I’ve been lucky enough to visit popular land-based destinations in Europe including Austria, Spain and Switzerland. I experienced the Baltics by cruise, which was fantastic. My travel experience extends all around the world. I’ve been to Far East destinations including China and Thailand; Canada; and remote paradises including the Maldives and Hawaii.

What would be your dream holiday destination?

Bhutan really looks amazing. I’m really interested in the royalty and traditions of Bhutan and how secluded it is from the rest of the world. I think the idea of being in the Himalayas region is also really appealing.

Describe your favourite cruising experience

Being on the inaugural sailing of the Norwegian Epic in 2010 was a really memorable experience. I sailed from Southampton to New York and I had an amazing aft-facing balcony stateroom on deck nine and it was great to be able to look out to sea. Spending seven days at sea gave me plenty of time to check out everything the ship had to offer, including the water slides on top deck. There was plenty to do on board and I even saw dolphins poking their noses out of the sea.

Describe your favourite Christmas market experience

Nuremberg has a very traditional feel to it. Despite its size, it is very accessible and is even suitable for a day visit from London. There was a good variety of gifts on display which included lovely painted train sets and glass ornaments. There’s plenty to do and see.

Describe your favourite summer land-based holiday

The thing about the Maldives is that they are every bit as beautiful as they appear in the brochures and online. They are absolutely stunning and the remote location adds a real sense of tranquillity. Sadly, with rising sea levels, they won’t be around forever, so there really is no better time to visit. If you get the chance, make sure you try to visit Kuredu Island, where it is possible to see sharks swim past and see turtles in their natural habitat.

What would you recommend for families?

A 14 night Mediterranean cruise on board Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas is a fantastic summer option for families. The ship is a real favourite with British consumers and is renowned for providing great value. There are excursions that the whole family can enjoy and kid’s clubs that provide plenty of activities for younger travellers, whilst enabling parents to enjoy some quality time alone.

What would you recommend for couples?

Celebrity Cruises and Oceania Cruises are great options for couples. Both lines provide luxurious experiences on board and immersive itineraries that are ideally suited. There are fewer families on board, which creates a much more intimate on board atmosphere. In terms of cruising destinations, I would definitely say the Caribbean and Asia offer something really special for couples. Many itineraries also include overnight port calls, which enable you to experience the nightlife of a specific destination.

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

We can offer a personalised service based on our collective wealth of travel experience across the team. We are not influenced by incentives and, instead, provide the flexibility that enables customers to create unique package holidays. There’s something for everyone with Fred.\ Holidays.

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