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95 Fred. Olsen Baltic Sea Cruise Reviews

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trinitytrees
Member Since 2009
6 reviews
353 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Just returned yesterday from 14 night Cruise on Balmoral to the Baltics. We had an outside cabin which was ok size wise but we found the beds to be uncomfortable and the location noisy. The cabin itself was clean and had good storage. ... Read more
MMDown Under
Member Since 2007
5 reviews
8,662 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We chose Black Watch's Baltics, with Norway, cruise firstly because the ship was small enough to cruise through the Kiel Canal and secondly because of the interesting itinerary and Vista Guest Speaker programme. We hadn't cruised with ... Read more
SuffolkJohnny123
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Cruising with Fred Olsen ships really is like setting sail in an old peoples home - but there are no noisy kids running around, no rowdiness or bad behaviour and this is why we enjoy it so much. The Black Watch is a small ship with around ... Read more
tbpusa
Member Since 2007
3 reviews
54 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2011
My husband and I decided to give the Balmoral a try since we like experiencing different cruise lines. We would recommend the Balmoral and would sail the cruise line again -- but we would let people know the following: 1) This cruise ... Read more
P Dooley (rent15c)
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We began our holiday at Southampton City cruise terminal. The car parking was slightly different from what we are used to. In the past we have sailed from the Mayflower terminal where they seem to have got it together better in as much ... Read more

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alanfcox
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Christmas Markets Cruise -â€" Balmoral 10th to 17th November 2011 My wife and I have travelled with most of the major cruise lines with the exception of Fred Olsen so when we noticed they were advertising a Christmas Markets Cruise ... Read more
Senior Canadian
Member Since 2011
1 review
8 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2011
I have just returned from my first Fred Olsen cruise aboard the Boudicca and have to say that it was a very enjoyable experience. My requests for wheelchair assistance when needed were met; the cabin was very comfortable and spacious ... Read more
seabourndt
Member Since 2001
12 reviews
2,932 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2011
I booked this cruise originally with SHIPS MONTHLY MAGAZINE as a group cruise. But due to not enough numbers we did it on own at their reduced price but without organiser or bridge visits or free excursions. GETTING TO PORT Cruise left ... Read more
christleton
Member Since 2011
1 review
1 forum post
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2011
First timer's so should we stay close to home or go for it. We looked at booking the Hebridean Princess but for the same money we could visit places we had never seen; so we went for it. North Wales to North Shields went better than we ... Read more
helste
Member Since 2010
1 review
9 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was our second cruise with Fred. We loved last years cruise and booked again as soon as we got home. This year we went to the Baltic on Boudicca. BIG MISTAKE. The ship is old and tatty. It is rumoured to have had an upgrade ... Read more

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Patricia Gill
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2011
Port of Departure and arrival "The Port of Tyne" Embarkation went smoothly but on arrival the crane used for the luggage broke down so we were delayed about 1 and a half hours. The food was excellent although we had most of our meals in ... Read more
Mike
Member Since 2000
17 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
As this was our first cruise I had nothing to judge it against. We were both somewhat dubious what to expect as my wife and I both like to relax on holiday but like to 'dress up' for formal occasions. It turned out that cruising was the ... Read more
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Shirley Bloomfield
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We went on the Ramblers "Cruise and Walk" on the Braemar. These holidays are a partnership between Fred Olsen and Ramblers Worldwide and in my opinion give you the best of both worlds. You have the interest, exploration and small group ... Read more
Jenny Charles
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We late booked this cruise on the Boudicca as it included Iceland as well as the Norwegian Fjords. We definitely were not disappointed. We had read some negative reports, I can only say those people must be extremely picky or just like ... Read more
elizabeth hannam
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2011
Just arrived home this morning from a memorable trip on this wonderful ship. The ship was full with mainly over 50's. which suited us. The places we visited were beautiful four stops in Norway and three in Iceland. Food was great, the ... Read more

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Robin Farrant
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Our 8 day Balmoral cruise was quite stunning. Having previously sailed with QM2 and Celebrity, I tried Fred Olsen last year with Blackwatch and fell in love with the unique style of British food and unique personal experience of the ... Read more
jennifer drake
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2011
we were a bit nervous of booking a cruise with Fred Olsen, we normally use more casual cruise lines (Ocean Village, Island star, Royal Carribean) and also we thought we might be a bit young, as it turned out our concerns were unfounded. so ... Read more
Tom Walker
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We boarded the good ship Boudicca on 20th August at Rosyth in Scotland. The cabin was at best adequate, much smaller than any other cruise ship we'd been on and wardrobe space was minimal to say the least but we only had to sleep shower ... Read more
Boudicca
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This is my first cruising experience. Food was very good. Staff were very helpful. Excursions went well and very informative. As a single lady and sharing a table with others it was good that we all got on very well. By the end of the week ... Read more
ucruzeusnuze
Member Since 2011
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
SWMBO had been pestering me to go on a cruise for years. She has been on several without me due to various work commitments. However she pinned me down to this one. What was i expecting, not to sure tbh. Embarkation was steady and ... Read more

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Ian Killick
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed August 2011
We have just returned from 14 day Baltic cruise. The destinations were tremendous especially St Petersburg and Tallin. The ship was excellent. The crew were helpful the whole time and I cannot speak highly enough of all bar staff. ... Read more
Carolyn Davies
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We booked an 8 night cruise to the Norwegian Fjiords and I was really looking forward to it and my husband was going to "make the best of it" We found boarding at Southampton a relatively easy proceedure with care being taken to ensure ... Read more
Clare Ding
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed July 2011
From booking, to embarkation, to leaving........Fred Olsen had it totally organised so totally stress free. The cabin was clean and spacious. Entertainment was varied and high standard. Food.......what can I say about the food! ... Read more
the english aldy
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed July 2011
Cruise to the Baltics of Fred Olsen Black Watch We had first travelled on this ship a few years ago, and like returning to a comfy cardie we were back. This time we had booked a balcony suite. If you are thinking of booking one, book ... Read more
sandra
8 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We are the sort who holiday in the quietest, remotest areas so we were nervous but decided this was the way to see the fjiords. What a revelation! Booking a suite with a balcony was definitely the way to go and worth every penny. I spent ... Read more

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