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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.

  • Who goes on Fred. Olsen cruise ships?

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

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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 Cruises Cruiser Reviews

Wonderful Christmas and New Year cruise

Any comedian who has to laugh at his own jokes to try to provoke a sympathetic laugh from the audience should really wonder if he is in the right job.The only down side was the embarrassingly unfunny comedian whose material was hopelessly outdated and unoriginal.Read More
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latesailor

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

Send in the clowns

Mask etiquette Some clown thought it was a good idea to let people sit in crowded restaurants without masks and dance in large numbers without masks but if a walk of 5 yards along a corridor was required then so was a mask.Not bad the speciality restaurant's were very good but the main seated restaurant was quite restrictive and the staff had to hustle you along so no time for leisurely chatty meal.Read More
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Allasher

6-10 Cruises

Age 70s

expectations sqashed

The cruise has been booked for other 2 years and the only reason we booked it was that we had cruised on the Balmoral the sister ship to the Blackwatch and the balcony suite was exceptional, our friends had also cruised on the Blackwatch and they assured me the balcony suite on there was equally as good.My friends are in the Junior Balcony Suite and it is exactly the same and they have paid less so don't pay the extra.Read More
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debsian55

2-5 Cruises

Age 60s

Itinerary Excellent, but Experience on Ship Not to Normal Standard.

It was a busy cruise since we had always planned to spend a lot of time off the ship, so did not want to waste time by changing cabin, not that we were offered that as an option, so we just let the shower flow for long times, using it when the temperature was reasonable.We have in fact, now booked a future cruise on Balmoral and will consider Borealis as we have previously found it to be a better run ship, with better food.Read More
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tring

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

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