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22 Fred. Olsen Family Cruise Reviews

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jgx
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
9 helpful votes
This is an old, dated ship that is in dire need of updating. The décor is a mix between a 70's social club and a care home and the smell in some of the corridors is nauseating. We were only on board for 3 nights but had to move room ... Read more
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cadizcruiser
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed October 2015
Some things on the cruise were terrific. The waiting staff were. The food generally was of a high standard, at times excellent. Nothing was too much trouble and in that respect the cruise was 5 star plus. When I needed my trousers ... Read more
lynnmar
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
Firstly I have to say that our cruise itenary to Ireland and Canada was excellant. However having traveled with Fred Olsen on many occasions and had no serious problems, it was very disappointing to find that once we set sail there was ... Read more
flowers5959
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
The price for two cabins were over priced as we were given cabins on the front of ship with port holes only. Cabins 5003 5001 Two Adults and three children. Cabins very dark . We were advised of children's club when booking only to find ... Read more
BarkerFinch
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This is my experience. Everybody has a different experience so these are my opinions on what i found onboard this cruise. I booked 2 weeks prior to departure and booked a balcony cabin. Fred Olsen kindly gave me a free upgrade to a ... Read more

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SuccessfulSteve
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We booked last October for a cruise of the fjords. At embarkation, our luggage was delivered to outside our cabin on third deck. The cabin was clean and throughout the cruise was well-serviced by Rodell. We found the entertainment very ... Read more
jaxship
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Tried a FO cruise for the first time but won't be back unless it's a very short, cheap cruise to a must see destination. Having cruised with RCI, P&O and Thomson, FO seemed sub-standard and basic. The best thing about this cruise was ... Read more
suite freak
Member Since 2011
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed April 2015
After cruising with Royal Caribbean, Cunard & P & O (never had any problems) some "acquaintances" persuaded us to give Fred Olsen a try. So we thought, a quick 7 day "Easter Getaway", across the North Sea & ... Read more
chrissylob@btinternet.com
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2014
Had a great 7 Night cruise to France our first time on Fred Oulson we have cruised mostly with P and O must say we enjoyed the smaller ship as it was very friendly.We had one and a half days in Rouen must say what a very nice place to ... Read more
keithhanson
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed January 2014
Having just been on a cruise with Fred starting at Tenerife to Cape Verdi and west Africa an back to Gran Canaria and Fuertaventura I am going to give it 5 star rating. The ship is good. It is not as glitzy as some but is neat, tidy and ... Read more

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paul westhead
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
flew from manchester on monarch to tenerife good flight baggage reclaim about 20 minutes coach journey to santa cruze 45 minutes slight delay checking in due to one coach in front of us 25 minutes later onboard braemar the ship from ... Read more
chasnunn
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We have cruised with Fred Olsen on several occasions on the Boudicca. Having had two cruises this year we only decided at last minute to cruise on the Black Watch because of the attractive 28 days Anchor Fare. We opted for a Superior ... Read more
Enobarbus
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed August 2013
We have recently returned from a Fred Olsen four night mini-cruise on the Braemar from Dover to France, Belgium and Holland. Last year, we went to the Norwegian fjords on the larger Olsen ship, the Balmoral. I quite liked the Braemar ... 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
shropshiregal17
Member Since 2012
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed August 2012
We were encouraged to try a cruise after friends visited the Fjords last year and loved it. So as a sort of last holiday with older teenagers, us and 4 other families-17 people in total decided on a western Mediterranean trip for 14 nights ... Read more

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Scotinlondon
3 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
I was lucky to win this cruise in the magazine Cruise International. I was aware beforehand not to expect any facilities for children but still decided to take my daughter and, almost 3 year old, granddaughter. I had problems getting a ... Read more
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
elcee
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2011
Pro's 1 The food was very good with an excellent variety. 2 Friendly helpful staff. 3 Good layout with tiered decks at the stern. 4 Cleanliness and safety are key factors observed in line with the Fred Olsen policy. 5 Entertainment ... Read more
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Frances Witton
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed October 2010
Upon arrival at Dover my face immediately dropped with disappointment at the sight of the old done up converted ferry of a rust bucket that my eyes beheld, I could have cried, in fact I nearly did. I held back my tears for the sake of ... Read more
mike sherriff
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Both my wife and I are in our middle 60's but we were probably in the 5% of the youngest passengers on board. 1. The food although good was very repititious and lacked variety. The soups were mainly of the canned variety and breakfast was ... Read more

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Deb Wilson
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We've travelled on Fred Olsen ships before, and on one or two of the larger ships (Royal Carribean and Ocean Village), but for a summer holiday for my husband and I, our 11 year old son, and my 80 year old parents, we chose a week on the ... Read more
GillyUK
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Although my husband and I had cruised before ,although not with Fred Olsen, we were a little apprehensive about taking my mother a first -time cruiser for her 80th birthday. Although her looks belie her age she is less sprightly than she ... Read more

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