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Fred. Olsen Cruises

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

About Fred. Olsen Cruises

A family business since 1948, Norwegian-owned Fred. Olsen Cruises caters mainly to mature Brits, offering midsized ships sailing from U.K. ports as well as fly-cruises all over the world. The line is known for its classic style of cruising, with a fashionable but unflashy atmosphere.

Message from Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
At Fred. Olsen, showcasing this wonderful world to our guests is at the heart of everything we do. We can’t do that right now, so in the meantime we are working hard to ensure we are ready to welcome you back on board when the time is right. We are proud of our small ships, and know you love them too. We’ve always said ‘It’s all about the people’ and that is more true now than ever before – we’re in this together, so please look out for each other. We can’t wait to show you the world again very soon.
Peter Deer
Managing Director

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Awards and Recognition

Cruise Critic Editors’ Picks

  • 2019 Best Itineraries
  • 2018 Best Itineraries
  • 2018 Best Shore Excursions
  • 2017 Best Itineraries
  • 2017 Best for Solo Travellers
  • 2016 Best Cruise Line Itineraries

Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Destination

  • 2018 Top-Rated British Isles & Western Europe Destinations

Who goes on Fred. Olsen cruise ships?

Fred. Olsen appeals mainly to Brits over 65, with entertainment and activities geared to this demographic. A smattering of North Americans can also be found onboard, and in summer, multigenerational families are encouraged to join cruises operating in the school holidays.

Cruisers who choose Fred. Olsen want comfort rather than glitz and are not overfussed about fripperies like balcony cabins, butler service and multiple dining choices. The friendly atmosphere onboard also means a lot of solo travelers are attracted to the line.

Do I have to dress up on a Fred. Olsen cruise?

Yes, there is a dress code. Most evenings are smart-casual, which means collared shirts and chinos or smart jeans for men and dresses or separates for ladies -- just no shorts, sleeveless T-shirts or tracksuits.

Formal nights -- usually one per cruise -- require black tie or black suit and tie for men (and the tie rule is enforced in the dining room!) and cocktail or long dresses for ladies. There are also occasional theme nights, like a red, white and blue British night.

Is everything free on Fred. Olsen cruises?

No. Drinks, crew tips, spa treatments, some exercise classes, specialty restaurants, the formal afternoon tea and excursions cost extra.

What are Fred. Olsen’s most popular activities?

Passengers on Fred. Olsen tend to be traditional, so classic cruise activities, including quizzes and lectures, bridge lessons and tournaments, and arts and crafts sessions, are, by far, the most popular. Dancing is also in demand, with gentlemen dance hosts onboard and regular ballroom and Latin American sessions.

Why go with Fred. Olsen?

Midsized, midpriced classic ships with onboard activities geared to British tastes

Best for: Mature, budget-minded Brits who don't need brand-new ships to keep them happy

Not for: Party animals, anyone looking for cruising's latest and greatest high-energy activities




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