TyneMet students enjoyed a rare and fascinating trip on one of Fred. Olsen’s finest cruise ships – Boudicca. The visit provided travel and tourism students with an insight into the world of careers at sea and the high level of quality service guests experience when on a Fred. Olsen cruise.

Students listened closely to an interesting presentation which detailed the Norwegian history of Fred. Olsen – a company that is still run by the Olsen family and has survived two world wars. The family still play an integral, active role in the running of the company – including sourcing furnishings, and as avid collectors of art each ship features a unique collection, mostly from Norwegian artists.

The ship was being prepared for the very popular ‘Myths and Legends’ UK & Ireland cruise at the Port of Tyne during the ship visit. The students were treated to an exclusive tour of the ship, where they were  wowed by the luxury furnishings and high level of customer service the company prides itself upon.

Hosting the trip was Fred Olsen’s Public Relations Manager, Rachael Jackson, who described the ship as a ‘Town at Sea’ and said: “We are delighted to be welcoming Tyne Metropolitan College aboard Boudicca in Newcastle. As a growing business, we do all that we can to help to develop the highest standards and skills within the important travel and tourism sector, and we hope that this visit will bring to life for the students the many possibilities of working on a cruise ship in the future. The cruise market in the North East is also of increasing significance to us, with our flagship Balmoral moving to the Port of Tyne for the first time ever next year, so we ‎are keen to work with the local community and forge stronger links with key partners within the region, such as the College.”

Samantha Dalziel, 17 who is studying a Level 3 Travel & Tourism course, said: “I’ve really been looking forward to finding out more about cruise ship careers, I didn’t know what to expect but there’s so many possibilities to enjoy a varied career – I want to travel the world one day and a career at sea sounds very attractive.”

TyneMet’s Travel & Tourism teacher Louise Trotter, said: “The students have really benefited from the trip on the Boudicca, activities such as this provide those interested in a career in travel and tourism the opportunity to see what it’s all about and to discover a wide range of career opportunities. I’d really like to thank Fred. Olsen and the Port of Tyne for being so accommodating, we’ve all thoroughly enjoyed finding out more in a behind the scenes setting. Trips such as this truly bring a subject area to life and provide students with the chance to ask lots of questions and experience first-hand what is required in the cruise holiday industry.” 

Kyle Thompson, 16, who is studying a Level 3 Travel & Tourism course, said: “The trip was really exciting, I’ve never been on a cruise ship before. I want to work in the travel industry so I can visit lots of new places – there’s loads of different career paths too which is great for me as I want to travel as much as I can.”

For more information about TyneMet’s wide range of travel and tourism courses visit www.tynemet.ac.uk/travel call 0191 229 5000 or email enquiries@tynemet.ac.uk