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The 2024 No-Fly Borealis Grand World Voyage

  • 07 Jan 2024
  • 101 nights
  • Ship: Borealis
  • No-Fly Cruise

Itinerary: Southampton - Kings Wharf, Bermuda - Charleston, USA - Port Canaveral, USA - Fort Lauderdale - Key West - ★ Panama Canal Transit ★ - Golfito, Costa Rica - Puerto Caldera, Costa...

Includes: Just a deposit required, then nothing to pay until 2023*, Exclusive FREE Gratuities worth up to £1,000*, Exclusive ROL Cruise Savings of up to £1,000*, FREE On Board Spend of up...

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The No-Fly 2021 British Isles & Summer Wildlife

  • 19 Aug 2021
  • 5 nights
  • Ship: Bolette
  • No-Fly Cruise

Itinerary: Dover

Includes: Incredible Savings*, No-fly small ship cruising*, FREE On Board Spend for ALL Bookings*, ABTA Protected - Book with Confidence

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The 2023 No-Fly South America & Antarctica

  • 05 Jan 2023
  • 78 nights
  • Ship: Balmoral
  • No-Fly Cruise

Itinerary: Southampton - Ponta Delgada, Azores - Horta, Azores - Hamilton, Bermuda - Havana, Cuba - Colón, Panama - Panama Canal Transit - Guayaquil, Ecuador - Callao (for Lima), Peru -...

Includes: Upgrade to an all-inclusive drinks package for only £19pp per night*, Just a Deposit Required, then Nothing to Pay until 2022*, FREE up to £800 On Board Spend*, Exclusive FREE...


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Why sail with Fred Olsen Cruise Lines


FULL BOARD

FULL BOARD

GREAT ENTERTAINMENT

GREAT ENTERTAINMENT

POOL & SPA

POOL & SPA

Pound Sterling on board

Pound Sterling on board

SAILS FROM UK PORT

SAILS FROM UK PORT


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The history of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines


In 1848, three Olsen brothers - Fredrik Christian, Petter and Andreas - bought their first ships and began an international shipping company, resulting in the birth of Fred. Olsen. Now into the fifth generation of the family, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines operate cruises from the UK to over 200 destinations worldwide. Their unique maritime heritage and knowledge of British cruising tastes mean they provide unrivalled holiday experiences creating memories that will last a lifetime.

"Encore!"

"Encore!"

"And then I said."

"And then I said."

"Who's for another drink?"

"Who's for another drink?"

"I'll have 6 more scones, please!"

"I'll have 6 more scones, please!"

"Lap 3,783."

"Lap 3,783."

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines Ships

Fred. Olsen ships are much smaller, more personable and have a friendly, comfortable and cosy atmosphere. Balmoral, named after the Scottish residence of the British Royal Family, is a ship for both adventure and relaxation. Bolette is the cruise lines flagship. Sailing predominantly from Dover, she elevates the fleet with more space, more ports and more public areas. Beautiful Borealis sails mostly from Liverpool and like her peers is small but perfectly formed; offering a unique style that brings a range of exciting features. Lastly, Braemar accommodates up to 929 passengers and features a beautifully painted, five-deck-high Atrium.


On Board Experience

Entertainment

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines understand that your experience on board is just as important as your time ashore, which is why they’re dedicated to ensuring their entertainment programme features activities and performances. From talks to table tennis, deck quoits to dance classes, bingo to book clubs, there really is something on board for everyone.

As part of their entertainment programme, Fred. Olsen holds port talks and diverse lectures from leading experts. On some itineraries, lectures relevant to specific destinations will be given to highlight an area of interest. For example, on a Mediterranean cruise, you can learn all about the Baroque buildings that line Valletta. In preparation for your arrival at each port, Fred. Olsen’s knowledgeable port lecturers will share the information you’ll need to make the most of your time ashore.

When the sun sets, evening entertainment comes alive. Nighttime entertainment is a high point of any Fred. Olsen cruise with a selection of live shows ranging from music and cabaret to quick-fire stand-up comedy. Enjoy the fabulous acts with a cocktail from Fred. Olsen’s exclusive cocktail menu or if you’d prefer, stroll under the stars on deck, dance the night away or sit back, relax and listen to the ships resident band.

Dining

With a number of restaurants to choose from, you may feel spoilt for choice. During the day, you can choose from plentiful breakfasts, lunches and even complimentary afternoon tea. With sandwiches, scones, cakes, fresh tea and coffee, traditional afternoon tea is served each day. On some days, premium afternoon tea is offered, enabling you to enjoy beautiful views from the Observatory Lounge, with musical accompaniment from Fred. Olsen’s on board pianist and the careful attention of white-gloved waiters.

After a pre-dinner drink in one of the lounges, you can make your way to the main restaurant for your allocated dining arrangements to indulge in a 5-course a la carte meal. Fred. Olsen dining times are split into two sittings, the first at 6.15 pm and the second at 8.40 pm, those booking Freedom Fares will be offered their choice of dining times (subject to availability). The menus within the main restaurant offer a wide variety of delicious dishes, with passionate expert chefs preparing a splendid choice of mouth-watering mains and tempting desserts. For a more casual affair, you can enjoy a more flexible, relaxed experience in the buffet restaurant on each ship.


Destinations

Fred. Olsen sails from 10 ports around the UK including Southampton and Dover. No-fly cruising with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is an ideal way to see the world and discover over 200 destinations around the globe including the Caribbean, Norway, Canary Islands and lots more. With embarkation ports much closer to home and an increased luggage allowance, cruise-only holidays are relaxing and stress-free from start to finish.


Fred. Olsen’s Brexit Promise

Fred. Olsen is so confident that Brexit won’t affect your Fred. Olsen cruise, should the cruise be cancelled due to the UK leaving the EU, they will give you a full refund and a free cruise.

What’s more, once a cruise has been booked and the deposit paid, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines also promises that there will be no additional supplements or surcharges directly related to Brexit, on the confirmed price. There is the security of ABTA and ATOL protection and their Enjoyment Promise giving real peace of mind. Plus Shore Tours and purchases on board the ships are priced in Pound Sterling - so you can explore the world without worrying about exchange rates.

With 170 years of sailing heritage behind them, Fred. Olsen has seen many changes over the years, but what has never changed is their focus on giving guests the best possible experience, wherever and whenever they sail. With Fred. Olsen, you can always book with confidence.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines have a Flexible Cancellation Policy?

Yes, Fred. Olsen does have a Flexible Cancellation Policy and is known as The Plain Sailing Guarantee.

The Plain Sailing Guarantee is for any cruise in 2021, 2022 and 2023 and offers the below:

No-Risk Deposits: If guests change their mind to sail prior to departure, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines will either move the deposit to an alternative sailing with no admin fees or refund it in full.

Transfer on your terms: The Plain Sailing Guarantee ensures any guests who test positive for COVID-19 and therefore cannot travel can move their cruise to another with no administration fees. Fred. Olsen will hold the money for the cancellation for up to 12 months to give their guests plenty of time to choose an alternative sailing of at least the same value. All guests need to do is call prior to departure to notify their inability to travel.

Transfer your deposit: Guests can transfer their deposit on any cruise to another of their choice, guests must do this prior to their final payment or interim payment is due (only applicable to longer cruises).  

 


Do I need a COVID-19 vaccine to travel aboard a Fred. Olsen ship?

Yes, you will need to have had both of your COVID-19 vaccinations with the last date of your second dose administered at least ten days prior to sailing.


What is included in my cruise fare?

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).


What isn’t included in my cruise fare?

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.


Is there a dress code on board?

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.


What dining options are available on board?

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 and Braemar. 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.


Are drinks packages available?

Yes, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines offer an All Inclusive Drinks Upgrade package. From only £19 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.


What entertainment is available in the evenings?

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.


How do I pay for gratuities?

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).


Last Updated: 15/03/2021
Cruise Critic 2019 - Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines "Best Cruise Line Itineraries"
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