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102 Fred. Olsen Baltic Sea Cruise Reviews

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lakeotter2
Member Since 2016
1 review
14 helpful votes
We selected the Fred Olsen cruise to The Baltic 1) because it coincided with our 30th wedding anniversary and 2) We would be in St Petersburg for 2 days - the highlight of our trip. As a bonus there will be a gym, a library, and self ... Read more
lakeotter
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
“Worse things happen at sea.” They did. BE WARNED. . . . . We selected the Fred Olsen cruise to The Baltic 1) because it coincided with our 30th Wedding anniversary and 2) We would be in St Petersburg for 2 days the ... Read more
lynandjohn
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because we went to Norway on the Balmoral 3 years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. We wanted to see the Baltic capitals, so when we saw it advertised in the brochure of our local tour operator (Johnsons Travel, who we ... Read more
Morgsy
Member Since 2016
1 review
15 helpful votes
Sailed July 2016
Well first and last cruise with Fred Olsen. The staff were very friendly and helped to make a not very good experience a little better. The food was very good and there was a very good choice, something for everyone. Unfortunately ... Read more
flojo1flojo1
Member Since 2012
4 reviews
6 forum posts
12 helpful votes
Britain's Historic Site's & Scenic Delight's June 18th - 10 nights cruise from Newcastle Booked only 3 weeks before got a good deal half the original price - seemed to be lot's of guest's doing this We were classed as Anchor ... Read more

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tring
Member Since 2010
8 reviews
1,192 forum post
16 helpful votes
We joined the ship in Liverpool which is very convenient for us as we live locally, so as we only needed luggage for one week, we were able to get the bus into Liverpool. Apart from the proximity of the port we always like to sail from ... Read more
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Auntybaba
Member Since 2016
1 review
16 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
Because my friend and I wanted to go to the places this cruise visited. I have cruised a few times and this is the first Fred Olsen and best one I've been on. Everyone was very friendly and helpful, I particularly liked the way you were ... Read more
NIrn
Member Since 2015
1 review
8 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
3 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

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Harry and Pat
Member Since 2015
1 review
9 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
chusan1
Member Since 2008
1 review
10 forum posts
3 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
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
2,372 forum posts
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

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toadwarble
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
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
1,178 forum post
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
Bollinger_Babe
Member Since 2007
18 reviews
6 forum posts
4 helpful votes
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
1 helpful vote
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
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

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LaCroisiereS'amuse
Member Since 2011
1 review
471 forum posts
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
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
LesG
Member Since 2014
4 reviews
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
1 helpful vote
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
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

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