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40 Fred. Olsen First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews

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west wighter
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
For our Wedding Anniversary we decided to do something special and choose the Fred Olsen cruise "Easter Ireland" and booked a Premier Suite. We could not fault anything (perhaps apart from some of the weather - not in Fred ... Read more
Judy82
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
We have just returned from our first ever cruise. We went to the Caribbean on the Braemar and I had no idea what to expect but I am very impressed with Fred.Olsen cruises and we had a great time. The cabin was small but well designed and ... Read more
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
mojoys
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed October 2015
On board the Black Watch is like stepping back in time. The decor and fittings are very 1970s although clean, there is no WOW factor anywhere on the ship. This was our first cruise and based our poor experience it could be our last. ... Read more
JONAH27
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
This was our first cruise and it exceeded expectations. Boudicca was spick and span, cleanliness was a top priority, staff were friendly, the cabin was comfortable (but we spent little time there apart from sleeping) and the food was ... Read more

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Harry and Pat
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
7 helpful votes
the title says it all, really. It was our first cruise and, within a few days we were hooked. The food was good and varied. The crew were excellent .... always smiling, always polite and attentive, quick to learn our names and tastes. ... Read more
Andrew.Kennedy
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Having worked for four years in P&Os iconic ss Canberra, including her farewell cruise in 1998 prior to her being decommissioned, I have always avoided the temptation of a cruise holiday; party because I had 'been there and done that' ... Read more
Donkeylady
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed June 2015
The ship was fantastic, small but very friendly as you got to know lots of people. The food the entertainment and all the staff were fantastic. This was my first cruise and I worried that there may not be enough to do.What a joke we ended ... Read more
Jacquelinecarol1960
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
I was desperate the see the Norwegian Fjords, which by the way were spectacular, so my sister and I booked a trip with Fred Olsen which included the all inclusive drinks package. Embarkation at Liverpool was a breeze and the baggage ... Read more
Dewi S
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
As seasoned travellers with many years of road tripping under our belts (to most parts of the UK, Europe, Eastern Europe & Canada) we wanted to try a tour of Norway, a country we'd never been to before but had been considering for ... 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
Jackie 41
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed May 2015
This was our first cruise so we did not know what to expect. Fred Olsen customer service is terrible, I booked by 'phone, they got my name wrong and it took four telephone calls to get it corrected, their on line service didn't work and ... Read more
jonever
Member Since 2014
1 review
5 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We travelled from Liverpool to Ireland on Friday 8th May 2015 and had cabin number 9912. The room was very clean and everything that had been promised in the brochure, but the quality of the mattress and the pillows was very poor, both ... Read more
cruiseing Chris
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed April 2015
Embarkation couldn't have been any easier..our first time on a cruise I was a nerves reck but once on board and unpacked cases I was fine the ship is very stable nothing like I thought it would be..this was a special 80th birthday ELVIS ... Read more
cruiseing Chris
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed April 2015
Embarkation couldn't have been any easier..our first time on a cruise I was a nerves reck but once on board and unpacked cases I was fine the ship is very stable nothing like I thought it would be..this was a special 80th birthday ELVIS ... Read more

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supapete
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
11 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Not rated Sailed January 2015
I took my wife on our first cruise to see if she could be treated like a lady. British hotels are going to the dogs, in general, as far as style and service are concerned, being run by indifferent staff to any old standard. Fred Olsen took ... Read more
windycr
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We booked the cruise via Saga, and were told that it was All Inclusive. The list included all on board gratuities. However, at the end of the cruise we were charged the standard £4 per day for this. On the first day we did not know ... 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
StevieMK14
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Norway - Rivers and Railways cruise. First time cruisers so make of this what you will. Service, was good throughout though the pronunciation of English, yes, we know it is a world language, really was hard to follow sometimes - and we ... Read more
schoolmaam
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
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

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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
margaretm8814
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2013
First ever cruise and we were very happy overall. We selected Fred Olsen as the passengers seemed to be of the age group that suited us best. I would say the best way to describe the cruise would be "comfortable with a little splash of ... 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
Gizmosmum1
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We hadn't cruised before, being under 50 we really thought that cruising was for older people. That's certainly true for the Braemar but many guests told us about other cruise lines who cater for a younger audience so I'm happy to stand ... Read more

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