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95 Fred. Olsen Baltic Sea Cruise Reviews

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NIrn
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
Having read some of the reviews on this site about cruising on the Black Watch we were a little concerned about the holiday we had booked. Contributors commented about noisy cabins and about the quality of the food. This was our 4th ... Read more
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wnesbitt
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
My mother - mid 70s - and I in my late forties sailed from Belfast, for the Scandanavian capitals cruise, including Talinn and St Petersburg. Cabin: Deck 3 outside, twin bed cabin. Totally satisfied with our cabin. Plenty of room, kept ... Read more
carolynkernow
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
1 forum post
2 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
we left Southampton on September 1st and sailed through the Kiel canal which was lovely only smaller ships are able to do this. First port was Tallin which was very picturesque and we had an excellent tour with a guide of the old town. ... Read more
Harry and Pat
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
8 helpful votes
the title says it all, really. It was our first cruise and, within a few days we were hooked. The food was good and varied. The crew were excellent .... always smiling, always polite and attentive, quick to learn our names and tastes. ... Read more
Steviemk14a
Member Since 2015
1 review
15 forum posts
4 helpful votes
2nd cruise with F.O. Met our expectations. Dover embarkation good in all respects (disembarking was not so brilliant, with muddle around the luggage and coach/car/taxi pick-up points). Ship recently repainted and in good order ... Read more

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chusan1
Member Since 2008
1 review
10 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
First time with Fred Olsen and would definitely go with them again. Embarkation was drawn out especially as newcomers we had arrived early. Why, people are of the boat first thing in the morning don't they let people start boarding ... Read more
kazl
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
First time with Fred Olsen.Embarkation at Dover was a shambles. Had to be there in a one hour window then waited ages to board in small groups . Announcements not at all clear. Once on board shown in direction of cabin. Cases were waiting ... Read more
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Lanky Lad
Member Since 2007
1 review
2,324 forum posts
0 helpful votes
My thoughts on MS Braemar. Cabin 3116 The cabin was quite small by modern standards and the air con was woefully inadequate so the temperature varied from warm to hot regardless of how the thermostat was set. The bed was narrow but very ... Read more
toadwarble
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
The highlights of the cruise were to see the Northern Lights and the total eclipse and I saw both, but the experience didn't stop there. The service provided by the crew was excellent and the staff were, with only one or two exceptions, ... Read more
jgw321
Member Since 2010
1 review
1,149 forum post
0 helpful votes
Background information: We have seen the Northern Lights on a previous cruise on the Marco Polo but that was in February. When we saw this trip advertised we thought it worth another go and we would try out a Christmas Cruise at the same ... Read more

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Bollinger_Babe
Member Since 2007
17 reviews
6 forum posts
1 helpful vote
My husband and I are veteran cruisers, and this was our 35th cruise and 7th with Fred Olsen. We had been on the Boudicca before, in 2008, so we were looking forward to being back on board this lovely little ship again. Embarkation at ... Read more
agathachristiefan
Member Since 2013
5 reviews
5 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2014
A great cruise - Ship gets you right into the ports, Antwerp, Amsterdam and Rouen. So if you are used to doing your own thing, you are right in the thick of it, or if a first timer, or prefer the security of doing things with Fred Olsens ... Read more
southamptonboy12
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
A near perfect 8 night cruise from Southampton. The first time with Fred Olsen to see if smaller ships deliver...and they did this time, pleasantly surprised with the total package...very well done to the FOCL... The whole experience was ... Read more
LaCroisiereS'amuse
Member Since 2011
1 review
466 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Plusses..... - Wonderful suite, spacious, and we'll worth the upgrade from deck 9 suites. - Our stewardess Grace, was discreet, friendly and hard working, as were our waiters Rowell and I Made. - Observatory staff excellent during ... Read more
Charley Parkes
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Hubby and I made he long journey to Dover for this cruise. We've done a few before including one on the Balmoral. We thought we'd give this one a go. The initial impression was quite good although it went on a downhill slope after the ... Read more

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LesG
Member Since 2014
4 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed August 2014
Most passengers were over 60 some with walking sticks, wheelchairs or other mobility aids and the entertainment, food, excursions onshore etc were tailored to this age group. Don't come expecting modern music there is nothing newer than ... Read more
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StevieMK14
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Norway - Rivers and Railways cruise. First time cruisers so make of this what you will. Service, was good throughout though the pronunciation of English, yes, we know it is a world language, really was hard to follow sometimes - and we ... Read more
twotravellersLondon
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We cruised on the Braemar for the first time in July/August 2014 to Svalbard and were very pleasantly surprised by the facilities on board, the friendly efficient crew, and the quality of the entertainment and the high standard of the ... Read more
Tnrerail
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Object of the cruise was to get as far north as possible and this was achieved - having said that there were several negatives. The entertainment was good but the pressure on the main shows in the Neptune Lounge was so bad that it was ... Read more
schoolmaam
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We booked this cruise as a last minute holiday and therefore got a very good deal. (Less than half the original cost) We had never cruised before and therefore we felt that getting a last minute deal was a good way to try it out. We were ... Read more

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Tony Collins
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
I had never been to the Baltics before and wanted to see what I had been missing, especially cities like St Petersburg in Russia which I had heard so much about from friends. Having sailed from Dover we were able to pass through the Kiel ... Read more
WalkerC
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
2 forum posts
0 helpful votes
For us this cruise was absolutely perfect - we feel like we have been on holiday with a few hundred friends both fellow passengers and crew who were, without exception, extremely friendly. Leaving from Newcastle was very easy with lots of ... Read more
Docmalc
Member Since 2012
4 reviews
9 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Once again Fred Olsen have pulled out all the stops here. We have been with other companies, but when we compare the standard, and in particular the food we find FO difficult to beat. We travelled the whole Norwegian coastline up to ... Read more
whippet66
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed June 2014
My partner and I, both mid 60s decided to try Fred because we wanted to go to the Baltic, and this cruise left from Dover, 2miles from our home ! We had previously cruised with P&O, Thomson and Saga. We had read reviews and quite a few ... Read more
chelseababy
Member Since 2011
1 review
64 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Not rated Sailed June 2014
Disappointed that had to park away from previous on site parking. Cabin small but had all needed. Had packed way too much stuff as there were two small wardrobes, three drawers in desk and two very small drawers in each bedside table. ... Read more

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