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103 Fred. Olsen Baltic Sea Cruise Reviews

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Member Since 2013
1 review
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
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
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
Cactus77
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
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
1 helpful vote
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

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aliandy
Member Since 2010
1 review
26 forum posts
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
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
2 reviews
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
trinitytrees
Member Since 2009
8 reviews
366 forum posts
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
8,863 forum posts
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

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SuffolkJohnny123
1 review
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
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
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
alanfcox
1 review
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
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

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seabourndt
Member Since 2001
13 reviews
2,986 forum posts
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
1 helpful vote
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
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
Patricia Gill
2 reviews
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
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
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
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
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
Robin Farrant
1 review
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
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

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