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Fred Olsen Cruise Lines


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Current Fred. Olsen Cruise Deals

SAVE UP TO £1,700
Inside from £7,849pp (was £8,299)
Fred Olsen Cruise Lines

2022 No-Fly Latin America with the Chilean Fjords

  • 04 Jan 2022
  • 79 nights
  • Ship: Bolette
  • No-Fly Cruise

Itinerary: Southampton - Lisbon, Portugal - Funchal, Madeira - Santa Cruz, Tenerife - Mindelo, Cape Verde Islands - Salvador - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Ilhabela - Montevideo, Uruguay - Buenos…

Includes: Exclusive savings of up to £1,700*, No-fly small ship cruising*, FREE up to £800 On Board Spend*, Overnight stays On-Board in Brazil, Argentina & Peru*

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Inside from £2,299pp
Fred Olsen Cruise Lines

No-Fly 2021/22 Canaries Christmas & New Year

  • 21 Dec 2021
  • 14 nights
  • Ship: Borealis
  • No-Fly Cruise

Itinerary: Liverpool - Santa Cruz, Tenerife - Arrecife, Lanzarote - Las Palmas, Gran Canaria - Santa Cruz, La Palma - San Sebastian La Gomera, Canary Islands - Funchal, Madeira ★ New Year's..…

Includes: Pound sterling on board*, Book with the No. 1 Cruise Specialist for Fred. Olsen, Small ship cruising*, FREE All-Inclusive Drinks Package* OR FREE On Board Spend*

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The 2021 No-Fly Morocco with Cape Verde

  • 20 Nov 2021
  • 16 nights
  • Ship: Bolette
  • No-Fly Cruise

Itinerary: Southampton - Santa Cruz, La Palma - Mindelo, Cape Verde Islands - Praia, Cape Verde Islands - Porto Novo, Cape Verde Isles - Agadir, Morocco - Casablanca, Morocco - Tangier,...

Includes: Pound sterling on board*, Book with the No. 1 Cruise Specialist for Fred. Olsen, Small ship cruising*, FREE All-Inclusive Drinks Package* OR FREE On Board Spend*


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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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Fred. Olsen history


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 means they provide unrivalled holiday experiences creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Entertainment, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

Entertainment, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

Marquee Bar, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

Marquee Bar, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

Morning Light Pub, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

Morning Light Pub, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

Observatory, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

Observatory, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

Sun Deck, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

Sun Deck, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

The Fred. Olsen fleet

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 the largest of all, holding 1,325 passengers. Braemar accommodates up to 929 passengers and features a beautifully painted, five-deck-high Atrium area. Black Watch has a selection of stylish suites and rooms, restaurants and spacious public rooms that provide up to 804 guests with everything needed for a comfortable and enjoyable holiday. Named after the British warrior queen, Boudicca accommodates 881 passengers and over the years has built up a loyal following. Brabant is Fred. Olsen’s only river cruising ship which offers the chance to enjoy journeys along spellbinding rivers.


What is the Fred. Olsen difference?

It’s sailing to incredible destinations far and wide in pure comfort with likeminded travellers, enjoying fabulous food as you glide across the ocean and along beautiful rivers, discovering out-of-this-world experiences and awe-inspiring sights while forging friendships that will last a lifetime.

A Fred. Olsen cruise is not about advanced technology and large ships – they’re proud of their smaller-scaled vessels and aim to please those who are looking for a cruise that’s all about relaxation, comfort, good food and exploring exhilarating ports of call. When on board a Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines cruise, you’ll experience a welcoming, intimate setting, award-winning service, carefully crafted itineraries and attentive crew.


Fred. Olsen activities & 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 club, there really is something on board for everyone.

As part of their entertainment programme, Fred. Olsen hold 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, voyage to the Mediterranean, for example, and learn all about the Baroque buildings that line Valletta. In preparation for your arrival into 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 on board comes alive. Night time 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 ship’s resident band.


Fred. Olsen 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 6.15pm and the second at 8.30pm, 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.


Fred. Olsen no-fly cruises

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. With embarkation ports much closer to home and an increased luggage allowance, cruise-only holidays are relaxing and stress-free from start to finish.

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Fred. Olsen’s Brexit Promise

Fred. Olsen are 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 have 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

Does Fred Olsen have a flexible cancellation policy?

Yes, Fred. Olsen does have a flexible booking policy and is known as The Plain Sailing Guarantee. 

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. This will cover guests on any cruise up to the end of 2021. 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.

 


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: 06/10/2020
Cruise Critic 2019 - Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines "Best Cruise Line Itineraries"
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