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103 Fred. Olsen Baltic Sea Cruise Reviews

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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
Tnrerail
Member Since 2014
1 review
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
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
Tony Collins
Member Since 2014
1 review
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
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

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Docmalc
Member Since 2012
4 reviews
9 forum posts
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
2 reviews
1 helpful vote
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
66 forum posts
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
Lorraine d
Member Since 2014
1 review
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
6 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

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04Murphy
Member Since 2012
3 reviews
64 forum posts
1 helpful vote
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
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
4 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
Ruthal
Member Since 2013
1 review
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
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

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Fussynemo
Member Since 2013
1 review
1 forum post
3 helpful votes
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
1 helpful vote
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
740 forum posts
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
Bollinger_Babe
Member Since 2007
18 reviews
6 forum posts
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
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

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Weemar
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
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
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
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
tyneside foyboatman
Member Since 2013
1 review
2 helpful votes
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
3 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

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