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.
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.