Fred. Olsen Cruise Reviews

Northern lights
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Northern lights
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Shaky start to otherwise excellent cruise

Review for a Arctic Cruise on Balmoral

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Paulmac190
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

Booked this cruise over a year ago to go in search of the northern lights. Relocation cruise prior to ours was cancelled due to an outbreak of gastrointestinal cases. This meant some hygiene restrictions were still in place for first few days. This did lead to some inconvenience and slow service. Some toilets were closed. After three days the restrictions were lifted and everything got back to ...
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Sail Date: March 2024

Cabin Type: Superior Inside


Disappointing decline in Fred Olsens standards

Review for a Europe - British Isles & Western Cruise on Borealis

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Aqualady321
2-5 Cruises • Age 50s

Have sailed several times with Fred Olsen on the Borealis, this will probably be my last cruise with them. The suite was tired looking, with two large patches of water damage stained black. Despite this, it had everything needed for a comfortable short cruise. The cabin stewardess was excellent, nothing felt like too much trouble, but this really is where the positives end. The ship has not aged ...
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Sail Date: December 2023

Traveled with disabled person


Christmas markets cruise

Review for a Europe - British Isles & Western Cruise on Borealis

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3 Bees
6-10 Cruises • Age 70s

The ship was beautifully decorated for Christmas. The service on board from every member of staff was excellent. Our cabin was upgraded for us and provided welcome extra space for three of us in a beautifully appointed suite. The entertainment was good, shows by the crew and a comedian we have seen before and thoroughly enjoyed again along with an excellent singer. Talks from the guest speakers ...
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Sail Date: December 2023


A very disappointing cruise

Review for a Europe - Western Mediterranean Cruise on Balmoral

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andrewlgc
10+ Cruises • Age 80s

For our first cruise post covid we chose to return to our favourite ship, Balmoral, to celebrate our joint 80th birthdays. To say we were disappointed would be an understatement! The cabin was tired and the bathroom was really dated with a chipped sink and ancient shower controls. We found the air conditioning in the Ballindalloch to be so fiercely cold that we had to wear our going ashore clothes ...
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Sail Date: November 2023

Cabin Type: Outside


A stormy voyage

Review for a Canary Islands Cruise on Balmoral

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Fredworcester
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

I chose this cruise because it was offering the three Fred’s in Funchal. The meeting of all three of Fred Olsens ships. I obtaienes a late solo traveller saver plus and was allocated a twin cabin for sole use on deck eight. Comfortable and spacious, well serviced but with an obscured view. Meals were taken in the Spey on deck ten. Good choice at breakfast, buffet or serviced. Ditto for the four ...
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Sail Date: October 2023


A lovely cruse round Roman Spain

Review for a Europe - Western Mediterranean Cruise on Bolette

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SeekingSerenity
2-5 Cruises • Age 70s

It seems we were pretty lucky going across the Bay of Biscay - other ships on the same night had real problems. Perhaps our ‘luck’ was the result of the excellent stabilisers on Bollette. There were a lot of lectures which would appeal to passengers selecting a Cruise round Roman Spain. It was also useful that you could watch them live or recorded in your cabin. We stopped at some lovely ...
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Sail Date: October 2023


A great 'Fleet in Funchal' cruise on Bolette

Review for a Europe - Western Mediterranean Cruise on Bolette

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AdeAfloat
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

Occasions when all the Fred Olsen ships gather in one port are few and far between. We missed Bergen and Cadiz but were determined to do this one. Of course it was originally billed as 'Four Freds in Funchal' but the sale of Braemar has reduced the fleet to three. In fact the weather and various other unfortunate happenings meant that we on Bolette were the only ones who had a cruise that went to ...
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Sail Date: October 2023


One thing was even better than Saga!

Review for a Europe - Eastern Mediterranean Cruise on Bolette

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Eurovisionfan
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

Venice and Split have long been on our list to visit and when Fred sent us an offer, we just couldn’t refuse. Getting to Southampton was a little frought as it entailed an emergency visit to the dentist and a pile up meaning a long diversion. Thankfully, we still managed to get there around an hour before our designated time which was 3.30pm (rather late in our opinion when last onboard was ...
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Sail Date: September 2023


Exceeded expectations

Review for a Norwegian Fjords Cruise on Bolette

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Thatch12
6-10 Cruises • Age 70s

Second Fred Olsen cruise had something to live up to. Chosen because another Fred ship had relatively poor cruise critic reviews but Bolette reviews were very good. A good decision. We chose grade E deck 2 outside cabin which was always clean and always comfortable with no extraneous noises. Parking in Southampton was easy and free, embarked without delay close to dock. Returning to ...
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Sail Date: August 2023


Missing the ballroom/Latin dance hosts and pianists already

Review for a Europe - Western Mediterranean Cruise on Bolette

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Garrodz73
First Time Cruiser • Age 50s

Having never wanted to go on a cruise and only booking because our 12 year old daughter was dancing on the Bolette with Mayhew School of Dance I have to say I had a wonderful time. My only regret is that I didn’t find the dance class sooner. A special thank you to Patrick who was so kind and patient with me when I stepped onto the dance floor for the first time in around 30 years. You have ...
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Sail Date: August 2023


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