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95 Fred. Olsen Baltic Sea Cruise Reviews

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Lorraine d
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed March 2014
We came down a day earlier because previous week there were a lot of flooding, we found a nice B & B in Southampton called the Polygon, we gave good comments on Tripadvisor. There were 4 adults, 1 who had sailed before and she said ... Read more
Grandadcuckoo
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed February 2014
This was my first cruise with Fred Olsen and it will also be my last. Why do I say this? It is because I have found that unlike other cruise companies, they do not put passenger satisfaction first and are only interested in the amount of ... Read more
04Murphy
Member Since 2012
3 reviews
38 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed February 2014
I have cruised many times before, both on small ships up to very large, and have never felt crowded before. This time was different, we were queuing for all meals, tables very close together, slow waiter service, confusion at lunch time, ... Read more
agathachristiefan
Member Since 2013
5 reviews
5 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2013
Had the trip of a lifetime on Blackwatch to St. Petersburg, fantastic holiday. I am a great believer in a holiday is what you make of it and I am staggered to see some of the reviews which are so negative. Especially a reviewer who ... Read more
Skyemolly
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed November 2013
Black Watch Cruise to the Baltic November 2013 to December 2013 Initially I would like to say that I have never written or posted before, and I have cruised on six occasions previously with Cunard, Princess, and Carnival. I travelled ... Read more

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Ruthal
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2013
We had a wonderful cruise to Norway, Sweden, and Denmark. The Ship is small by our standards, and the décor is a bit tired, but the staff and the food was wonderful. The entertainment was very good, probably the best of ... Read more
Oggy466
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2013
We booked the cruise in Sep 12 having been offered All Inclusive as an incentive. The cabin grade we were after was "Sold Out" and the cheapest we could get was a D Grade cabin on Deck 4 (We had already booked a Transatlantic for a few ... Read more
Fussynemo
Member Since 2013
1 review
1 forum post
1 helpful vote
Check-in Check-out. Check-in at Forth Ports was simple. Parted from baggage, passengers were then corralled with 700+ souls of a similar age (60 -90 years) before being taken in small numbers by bus to the pier where the Black Watch was ... Read more
FlashG123
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Our first time into the Baltic and second time on the Balmoral. The ship first: it was as good as we remembered. Having dined in one of the smaller restaurants (Spey) on our last cruise, we decided to try the main restaurant ... Read more
Parsman
Member Since 2008
13 reviews
725 forum posts
0 helpful votes
I sailed on the Fred. Olsen "Braemar" from Dover on 31 July. It is some years since I sailed on this ship and the first time since it was "stretched" although I have sailed many times on other shipd of this cruise line. It is a fine ... Read more

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Bollinger_Babe
Member Since 2007
17 reviews
6 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We have just returned from an excellent cruise to the Baltic on Fred Olsen's Black Watch. We are veteran cruisers and had been to the Baltic once before (in 2002) but what attracted us to this cruise was that (a) It was out of the Tyne, ... Read more
noljos
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed June 2013
We sailed from Greenock (Glasgow)in Boudicca on 9th June 2013. Ports of call were Copenhagen, Tallinn, St. Petersburg, Helsinki, Nynashamn (for Stockholm) and Oslo. The sea was calm except for a bit of a swell on the final day coming ... Read more
Weemar
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Embarcation at Greenock was smooth, arrived at cruise terminal at 2.15pm was in cabin and unpacked by 3.30pm with a beer in hand ready to sail away. Cabin was inside which is what we always book as very rarely use the cabin, reasonable ... Read more
ginamat
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
In May, 6 of us travelled on the Balmoral to Norway as first time cruisers and we are now really hooked on cruising. The ship was lovely as were most of the staff and we really the enjoyed the entertainment especially the crew's ... Read more
WalkerC
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
2 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed May 2013
Having had several holidays in Norway, including excellent trips on Hurtigruten, we chose this Fred Olsen trip as it would be in Oslo on Norway National Day, 17th May. Balmoral was comfortable in a charming way. It was not glitzy but ... Read more

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tyneside foyboatman
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed May 2013
We have experienced 12 cruises previously, with a variety of cruise lines at different times of the year in different locations and have got together a reasonable understanding of what to pay and what to expect. This Fred Olsen cruise ... Read more
lightfield
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Just returned from my first and probably last cruise. Norway itself, the scenery, the inner passage and most of the tours were wonderful, unfortunately the cruise experience itself was not good -- particularly due to the poor condition of ... Read more
Lights
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
A superb cruise itinerary 13 to 27 March with most time spent up at Troms and Alta. Lots of superb snow and with good weather Captain Stein Bjrheim guided the ship along a spectacular scenic route in the inner fjords. The weather was ... Read more
russell jack
Member Since 2012
9 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Following two recent cruises with Celebrity (reviewed here on Cruise Critic), my wife and I returned to Fred Olsen's Boudicca for an In Search of the Northern Lights cruise. Obviously these two cruise-lines are very different, but we ... Read more
Vivacious Van
Member Since 2012
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
It was by pure chance that we booked the cruise. I was scanning the advertisements for a cruise around the British Isles when I spotted the Fred Olsen advert for St Petersburg and the Baltic Capitals. It was on my 'must do' list for ... Read more

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Cactus77
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2012
We went on the Boudicca for a 12 day trip from Newcastle to Baltic ports, during September 2012. We booked last minute, direct with Fred Olsen, which was easy enough. However, when we later tried to get them to correct a misspelt surname, ... Read more
tynes1der
Member Since 2005
1 review
34 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Boudicca 7 night Norway Cruise We chose this cruise because it departed from North Shields near Newcastle close to our house and because it was the ideal chance to try Fred Olsen (FO). Embarkation. We dropped the luggage outside ... Read more
aliandy
Member Since 2010
1 review
26 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We had two changes to our itinerary prior to embarkation. Firstly, instead of Warnemunde we went to Rostock; secondly (and very shortly before the holiday began) we were advised that the second port in Denmark was cancelled and we would ... Read more
MG John
Member Since 2012
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed August 2012
My wife and I are relatively new to the cruising scene. Most certainly when many of our previous fellow passengers appeared to spend most of their leisure time on board some cruise ship or other. We have previously enjoyed four Cunard ... Read more
whetstoneview
Member Since 2012
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We like the intimacy of the Fred Olsen ships,so the Balmoral was an ideal vessel to convey us on this cruise.We had the added advantage of embarking at Southampton rather than the pressure of flying to our first port. We had originally ... Read more

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