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Fred. Olsen Cruises

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Fred. Olsen Cruise Line

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.

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Fred. Olsen Cruises Tips, Activities, and Overview

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
  • Departures from a wide variety of U.K. ports to destinations worldwide
  • Known for the friendliness of the mainly Filipino crew

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

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines Cruiser Reviews

The Happy Wanderers Scenic Norway

The new Horrizon terminal was a breeze, on board in 40 mins, rooms weren't ready,so a quick bite in the horizon restaurant, was no hardship, finally to the suite,it was fantastic, huge room enormous balcony, looking around we thought shame it's only a 7 day cruise.Back to cruising finally after pandemic, despite saying l would not travel with Fred again due to previous disasters, having acquired 2 newer ships we were tempted again, so we booked a short 7 day Norway trip, three weeks to go Fred rang and told us our cabin was a disaster zone and they'd have to move us, would we accept an upgrade to a Premium suite, well after a lot of thought (2 seconds) we agreed.Read More
The happy wanderers

10+ Cruises

Age 80s

Excellent cruise with just a couple of minor issues.

Disembarking was super efficient and we were off ship and back in our car by eight o'clock.Antwerp is a beautiful city and the ship is docked only yards from the centre.Read More
Paulmac190

6-10 Cruises

Age 60s

Unforgettable Cruise Experience

The stops in Bergen and Flåm were also perfect; one a city and the other a beautiful little village.We chose the all inclusive drinks package as our add on and so we barely spent a penny onboard.Read More
Jastelle1988

First Time Cruiser

Age 30s

Cruise to Iceland and Faroe Islands with magnificent scenery. Well organised with interesting guest speakers.

Overnight stops enabled time to explore Reykjavik and Akureyri, and to visit some bars to try some Icelandic beers.Local guides used on organised shore tours friendly and informative giving explanations about places visited and the local way of life.Read More
bgyjmb

2-5 Cruises

Age 60s

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