Medieval in origin and briefly Norway’s wartime capital, Molde adds a delightful outdoor museum and celebrated jazz festival to the pleasures of its flowering gardens and friendly welcome. Its sheltered position amidst a cluster of islands and peninsulas gives this charming ‘town of roses’ its surprising mild climate.
As one of the best places on earth to witness the Northern Lights in winter, and experience the sensation of the Midnight Sun in summer, Alta is a truly magical destination. Originally inhabited by the indigenous Sami people, the area has a fascinating cultural history. Rock carvings in nearby Hjemmeluft are believed to date from around 4,200 to 500 BC. Now a UNESCO World Heritage site, the carvings on display in the Alta Museum are evidence of the existence of human activity in the far north during prehistoric times. Alta needed rebuilding after World War II, so the buildings of this northern Norwegian port are relatively new; notable architecture includes the Northern Lights Cathedral. A particular highlight in the winter months is the Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel. Everything inside and outside the hotel is made of ice, and is open to visitors from January until it melts away in spring. The head of the Altafjord, where the Altaelva runs through the town, is said to have the best salmon fishing in the world. It’s still possible to see the fish leaping up the river, despite the construction of the 100m Altadammen in the 1970s.
Tromsø, often dubbed the Gateway to the Arctic, beckons visitors with its enchanting blend of urban sophistication and untouched wilderness.
Norway’s enchanting port town of Ålesund offers a quintessentially Norwegian experience with its rugged mountains and captivating fjords.
With Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, the journey is every bit as important as the destination. Which is why they’ve created five unique on board Signature Experiences. Each one encapsulates what is special about a Fred. Olsen cruise and ensures that those who love to travel get the most out of their journey and the destinations they visit.
Joy of the Journey Guides
The Journey Guides will host talks, presentations and private lunches, and are available to anyone who wishes to find out more about their journey. And please don’t worry, if sitting and relaxing is what you are on the cruise to do, that’s fine too. You will find our Journey Guide – including a Nature Guide, Culture Guide, Entertainment Host and Maritime Guide – on board every Fred. Olsen ship to entertain and inspire, with their insights and stories.
The Sky at Sea
There is nothing quite like a sunrise at sea or looking up at the beauty of the night sky from the deck of a ship. On clear nights we host stargazing experiences where you can sit back on the open deck, snuggled in a blanket with a hot chocolate or a toddy, and listen to our experts, as we bring the night sky to life.
The Ship and the Sea
Fred. Olsen’s behind-the scenes The Ship and the Sea experiences reflect that maritime is in their DNA. Join insightful ‘Audience with…’ interviews with key members of the crew and find out what it takes to sail a cruise ship
Treats of the Region
Come and enjoy the Treats of the Region sessions where you can meet chefs who will show you how to prepare local dishes from the destinations you are visiting. And the best part? Each one ends with a chance to sample the creation!
Rather than sailing the fastest and most direct routes, Fred. Olsen prefer to sail the most fascinating way. Their Scenic Discoveries are designed to take in all the islands, ports, waterways, lochs and lakes, fjords and interesting seascapes that are out there.
On the Itinerary Insights programme, friendly guest speakers will provide a deeper understanding of the history and culture of your destinations before you arrive. Meanwhile, Nature Guides will help you spot marine and birdlife out on deck as well as talking about the local flora and fauna of your chosen region.
The 2024/25 No-Fly Cruise Collection
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* Prices shown are per person, based on two adults sharing a twin cabin and include all cruise offer discounts and savings.
Our Superior Interior Rooms are approximately 160 square feet in size and can be found on Lido Deck 8 and Bridge Deck 9. These rooms have a bathroom with bath and/or shower. All rooms are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts). Please note, rooms 9048, 9056 and 9095 on Bridge Deck have been adapted for use by disabled passengers.
|G||Bridge Deck 9||£1,499pp||Enquire now|
This room is approximately 160 square feet in size and can be found on Atlantic Deck 5, Coral Deck 4 & Marina Deck 3 It has a bathroom with shower. All rooms are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts).
|I||Coral Deck 4||£1,299pp||Enquire now|
|H||Atlantic Deck 5||£1,399pp||Enquire now|
Around 165 square feet in size, these rooms are located on the Lido Deck 8 and Main Deck 6. Fitted with everything you need for your stay, there’s a picture window too. The bathroom has bath and/or shower, there’s a TV, mini fridge, hairdryer and safe. *Rooms 8073, 8075, 8084 and 8086 on the Lido Deck are wheelchair accessible and have a fully restricted window.
|B||Lido Deck 8||£1,999pp||Enquire now|
|C||Atlantic Deck 5||£1,899pp||Enquire now|
|A||Lido Deck 8||£2,099pp||Enquire now|
This room is approximately 165 square feet in size and can be found on Coral Deck 4. It has a picture window and a bathroom with shower. All rooms are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts).
|E||Coral Deck 4||£1,699pp||Enquire now|
|D||Coral Deck 4||£1,799pp||Enquire now|
|F||Coral Deck 4||£1,599pp||Enquire now|
These cabins are approximately 248 square feet in size and can be found on Bridge Deck 9. These cabins have a balcony, bathroom with bath and/or shower. All cabins are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts). Smoking is permitted on cabin balconies.
|BA||Bridge Deck 9||£2,799pp||Enquire now|
This suite is approximately 279 square feet in size and can be found on Highland Deck 10, Bridge Deck 9 and Lido Deck 8. This suite has a bedroom with a sitting area and a balcony. There is an en-suite bathroom with bath and/or shower. All cabins are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts). Smoking is permitted on cabin balconies. Please note, cabins 8057 and 8059 on Lido deck are equipped for use by disabled passengers.
|BJ||Bridge Deck 9||£2,899pp||Enquire now|
This suite is approximately 341 square feet in size and can be found on Highland Deck 10 & Bridge Deck 9. This suite has a bedroom with sitting area and a balcony. The bathroom has a bath and/or shower. All cabins are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts). Smoking is permitted on cabin balconies.
|SS||Bridge Deck 9||£3,199pp||Enquire now|
This suite is approximately 472 square feet in size and can be found on Highland Deck 10. This suite has a bedroom with a large double bed and a sitting area, a bathroom with bath and/or shower. All cabins are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts). Smoking is permitted on cabin balconies.
|MS||Highland Deck 10||£3,999pp||Enquire now|
This suite is approximately 601 square feet in size and can be found on Highland Deck 11. This suite has a sitting room, balcony and a bedroom with large double bed and bathroom with bath and/or shower. All cabins are non-smoking, have 24 hour room service and require a European 2 pin plug (220 volts). Smoking is permitted on cabin balconies.
|PS||Highland Deck 10||£4,399pp||Enquire now|
Balmoral is one of the largest ships in the Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines fleet. Despite her size, she retains the intimate, midship feel for which the cruise line is known. While on board, embrace the friendly ambience that is found across all Fred. Olsen ships. The attractive interior, which features a blend of the modern and traditional, delivers a home-from-home feel.
What’s onboard: Art Gallery, Atlantis Spa, Ballindalloch Restaurant, Boutiques, Card Room, Fitness Centre, Future Bookings Desk, Gaming Tables, Golf Net, Jacuzzi, Library, Lido Lounge, Marquee Bar, Morning Light Pub, Neptune Lounge, Observatory Lounge, Palms Cafe, Photo Gallery, Shore Tours Office, Spey Restaurant, The Bookmark Cafe, The Grill and much, much more.
If guests test positive within 14 days of departure they are to contact Fred. Olsen to discuss their booking and their options.
Fred. Olsen wants you to have complete peace of mind when booking a cruise with us. That's why all new bookings for cruises in 2022 come with their ‘no-risk deposit’ as standard.
This means you can move your deposit to any other cruise within 12 months of your original sailing - with no transfer fees. All you have to do is let us know before your final balance has been paid (or before your interim payment on a longer cruise).
Yes, you will need to be fully vaccinated, including your booster dose, with the last date of your last dose administered at least ten days prior to sailing.
Pre-boarding & Testing Requirements
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines offer incredible value via inclusive fares. The following will be included in the price of your cruise: comfortable cabins with tv, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities and individually controlled air conditioning, tempting cuisine, self-service tea and coffee at selected venues, in-room sandwiches and snacks, evening entertainment, Captain’s Drinks Party and Gala Buffet, use of leisure facilities including pools and gym, a vast range of on board activities, all UK port taxes, luggage porterage at embarkation and disembarkation and flights (as part of fly-cruises).
There isn’t much Fred. Olsen doesn’t include in the price of their cruises! But do bear in mind the following (unless stated otherwise): travel to/from your port or airports, car parking, all drinks on board, Shore Tours and RIB Tours, hairdressing, health & beauty treatments and selected fitness classes, personal laundry and dry cleaning, WiFi, passport and visa costs, holiday insurance, discretionary gratuities, evening dining in premium restaurants, premium Traditional Afternoon Tea and games of Blackjack and Roulette.
Yes, there is a dress code on board. Most evenings, your chosen ship will have a smart casual dress code. For men, trousers, chinos or smart dark jeans with a shirt or polo shirt are required. For ladies, outfits range from tailored trouser suits/casual separates to stylish dresses. Depending on the length of your chosen cruise, there may be one or more formal evenings. On these occasions, men wear either a dinner jacket or dark suit and tie while ladies may wear cocktail-style dresses or full-length ball gowns.
Upon arrival, you’ll find a Restaurant Seating Card in your cabin which will detail your evening dining time and allocated table number for the duration of your cruise. Dining times consist of two sittings; First Sitting (18:15) and Second Sitting (20:30). For guests on Freedom Fare, you will be offered the choice of your preferred slot at the time of booking, subject to availability. While guests on Saver Fares can select their dining time for a nominal supplement in advance of sailing. Informal open seating is offered to evening diners in Palms Café on Balmoral. On selected evenings, The Grill restaurant offers premium speciality dining (for a small supplement) in exclusive indoor or al fresco locations. Here, expect to dine on succulent steaks and seafood as well as world cuisine inspired by the waters you sail in.
Yes, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines offer an All Inclusive Drinks Upgrade package. From only £24.99 per person, per night (£35 per person, per night on cruises of five nights or less and Speciality Sailings), you can enjoy selected white, red and rosé wine by the glass and selected house beers, house spirits and soft drinks all day, every day throughout your cruise. This package also extends to the restaurants on board where you can choose from a selection of soft drinks, a choice of wines by the glass and selected branded beers in cans.
Each evening you can enjoy a live show after dinner courtesy of resident and guest entertainers. From music to magic, cabaret to comedy, there’s so much to keep you entertained during your time on board - all you need to do is sit back and enjoy it all with your tipple of choice.
Gratuities (applicable to youths aged 12 to 17 and all adults) will be applied to your on board account. The amount (around £5 per person, per night) is not compulsory and can easily be altered by visiting Guest Services on board. You are welcome to tip personally if you prefer. You can also pre-pay gratuities before travelling (please ask at the time of booking).
Booking conditions of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines and Reader Offers Limited Agency terms of business apply. Pricing is subject to availability, is capacity controlled, and may change at any time. Fares are per person based on two adults sharing, except single cabins, and may increase or be withdrawn at any time. Offers apply to new bookings only made between 1st December - 8pm 31st January 2024. Ports may require a tender. Tours are at a supplement and are subject to change. Please note, tours may not be suitable for guests with mobility restrictions. Savings are per booking and dependant on grade/voyage booked. Drinks package is subject to T&Cs. On board spend will be tiered depending on grade booked. Guests in the same cabin can choose either drinks package or the on board spend but they must choose the same benefit. Fred. Olsen enjoyment promise T&C’s apply. Wildlife and Northern Lights sightings are not guaranteed. Cruise Miles T&Cs apply. E&OE.
5% Oceans Member Discount is applicable to Oceans Members, is tiered depending on membership level and is subject to T&Cs. ~The Olsen Way Promise - The Olsen Way Promise excludes Party Nights and cruises for 4 or less nights. The promise only applies to Bookings made for departures more than 12 weeks ahead. The Olsen Way Promise only applies to Passengers who have contracted with FOCL and excludes cruises on vessels operated by FOCL but booked through third Party operators. Should you wish to invoke the Olsen Way Promise, you will need to inform Guest Relations within 48 hours of the Vessel's departure from the original port of embarkation at the latest. FOCL will arrange and pay for a flight and/or transport back to the UK. FOCL will refund the cruise cost only but will not refund other costs.~
Champagne Gift Box is one per booking, tiered depending on grade booked, for Ocean View Staterooms & above on cruises of 7 nights & above, for Mainland UK addresses only.
The offer: valid on new bookings only made between 1st until 8pm 22nd December 2023, valid on select 2024 sailings, Freedom Fare only, Oceans members T&Cs apply.