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78 Fred. Olsen Senior Cruise Reviews
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High Society
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
Short break. Old ship but friendly and very clean Adapted cabin Well positioned Close to lift.. Twin beds . Bed next to window very cold. Impossible to sleep even with extra quilts and heating full on plus very noisy children ... Read more
Deck Cargo
Member Since 2014
14 reviews
15 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
Once and Once Only My wife and I have over the years taken many cruises with many different lines, but had never been with Fred Olsen before and won’t be going again. We had heard mixed reviews about Fred, with some friends liking ... Read more
Steviemk14a
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
15 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Taste of Iceland (and Faroes). Third F.O cruise. We have gradually moved up decks each cruise and travelled paying near top-price for a suite this time. Four negative experiences took the edge of an otherwise excellent cruise. ... Read more
spragg011@virginmedia.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
13 helpful votes
We are fit 70 plus ex-teenagers from Middlesbrough. Travelling from Newcastle to Port of Tyne is very convenient and quick for us. We chose this cruise because our previous 2 Fred Olsen cruises, one to the Baltic and the other to the ... Read more
lakeotter2
Member Since 2016
1 review
35 helpful votes
We selected the Fred Olsen cruise to The Baltic 1) because it coincided with our 30th wedding anniversary and 2) We would be in St Petersburg for 2 days - the highlight of our trip. As a bonus there will be a gym, a library, and self ... Read more
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lakeotter
Member Since 2016
1 review
16 helpful votes
“Worse things happen at sea.” They did. BE WARNED. . . . . We selected the Fred Olsen cruise to The Baltic 1) because it coincided with our 30th Wedding anniversary and 2) We would be in St Petersburg for 2 days the ... Read more
Maryursula
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 helpful votes
Went with our active retired group.It was my first cruise and I had a BALL.Cabin very comfy. Food to suit all tastes. Staff very attentive and courteous.Activities to suit all.The highlight for me was the dancing .The hosts were fantastic ... Read more
Paul Lucida
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
Review of Cruise W1610 Black Watch: Arctic Adventure and Exploration July 17th- August 12th “Not again, even with discounts….” PART 1 THE REVIEW: This is at best a mixed reaction and review of a specialist ... Read more
megeric
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
Sailed July 2016
I had never cruised on my own before, though I had cruised with my husband before he passed away. This was my first experience with Fred Olsen. I can honestly say that I enjoyed every minute. From being greeted at Greenock, to leaving the ... Read more
cheryllesley
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
Sailed July 2016
Tried a Fred Olsen cruise purely because it left from Greenock. Had an enjoyable time. The cabin a balcony suite was excellent, clean, spacious and an added bonus we could smoke on our balcony. Must be the only cruise line which allows ... Read more
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emur
Member Since 2016
1 review
13 helpful votes
Chose this cruise because the Newcastle port is near home. Awkward embarkation because you go through check-in in the terminal and, after security check, are then back outside catching a bus to the quayside. Getting off the bus, there's a ... Read more
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Gillyharman
Member Since 2016
1 review
27 helpful votes
Chosen fro nights at sea and atlantic crossing. We had a major fire on board we were without water, sanitation, lights and power for many hours and adrift without engines or steering for 10 hours in the atlantic ocean. The crew saved ... Read more
brihead
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
Only ever cruised with Fred. over many years. Black Watch is still to me the best. Excellent food all crew member were excellent Entertainment excellent ( I especially liked the choir performed by some passengers. Some crew ... Read more
townley1
Member Since 2016
1 review
A smaller ship than most cruise ships and somewhat old by comparison but nonetheless the overall facilities where very good. Our cabin was twin berthed (could have been for 4) and adequate, not as luxurious as the more modern ships. It ... Read more
Dodge ram
Member Since 2016
1 review
32 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
We wanted to see fjords. Do not go on this ship if you are under 70 as you will feel you are in a nursing home no disrespect meant as I admire some of the older clients for attempting the trip one lady was 101 . We had to avoid ... Read more
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chas1066
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
9 helpful votes
We chose this cruise for three reasons. Firstly we wanted to visit the Norwegian Fjords. Secondly e liked the idea that it sailed from a UK port and finally it was organised by SAGA and we trust their services. We were picked up by car ... Read more
BaldEagle100
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
1 forum post
5 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
We thought we would give FO a second chance having cruised with them before. We tried an inside cabin for the first time as it was only two nights. We have cruised many times before and know what is normal this time we were ... Read more
susan08
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
We have travelled on three cruises with Braemar so we know the ship well. It is remarkable in the friendliness of the crew and excellent service both in the cabins, the restaurants and around the ship in the various lounges and services. ... Read more
Hazel Marr
Member Since 2015
4 reviews
13 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
We've just returned from this cruise to Durban. Some of the places we visited were very different from the normal cruising destinations and were enjoyable as a result. Great if you like sea days too (a few too many for our liking - hence ... Read more
marchie1053
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
188 forum posts
25 helpful votes
Background: My wife and I (aged 60 & 62) are new to cruising - we took a Last Minute Budget All Inclusive Mediterranean 7 Day Cruise in June 2014 to see if this type of holiday suited us before committing to a more expensive and ... Read more
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tykeexpat
Member Since 2013
1 review
5 helpful votes
Fred Olsen are having to advertise greatly. Are they losing customers for the way in which they treat customers sailing ' Anchor Fare ' ? Yes, the fares are a bit cheaper but you are treated as second class. As members of Fred Olsens ... Read more
Reebok
Member Since 2008
2 reviews
38 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
This was my 2nd trip with F.O. first on Braemar. It was excellent !. My previous voyage on Boudicca. My wife's first cruise with Fred, not to sure what to expect. But she was pleasently surprised. Braemar was in very good condition and ... Read more
VictorMeldrew
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
4 helpful votes
We have cruised with FOCL many times, several times on Braemar. Thomas Cook chartered flight from Gatwick two hours late so not a great start! Embarkation fine though. Cabin OK, but don't expect the space or luxury of larger ships. Food ... Read more
molenney
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed October 2015
This our third time on this cruise ship and it gets better each time ,We have cruised many times with other companies is Thompson,P @ O Cunard,We like this ship because of its smaller size and find the clientele a little older as we are ... Read more
RandLH
Member Since 2015
1 review
9 helpful votes
We were unable to specify a cabin as Olsens allocated this under their terms of the booking, The cabin allocated on deck four was to the rear of the ship and was noisy from the off in Southampton. The noise and vibration increased as the ... Read more
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