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Fred. Olsen Cruises

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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

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

Peter Deer

Managing Director

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

Almost like old times!

The crew liked him which is always a good sign and later on in the cruise he gave an interesting account of taking Braemar through the Corinth Canal and the commissioning of the new ships.Passengers and crew were all very friendly and, with the benign influence of both Captain and the Owner and the good weather, it was almost like the 'oldRead More
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10+ Cruises

Age 70s

First Time Lucky

Mealtimes were great - husband usually took breakfast in The View, whilst I availed myself of the opportunity to have a continental breakfast served in our cabin each morning (no extra charge for that).Our waiters in the Borealis, Vilroy and Steve were friendly and attentive, and learnt individual likes and tastes very quickly - no mean feat considering the number of pax they have to deal with.Read More
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First Time Cruiser

Age 60s


Ports were all good with plenty of sun, and history.You had to pay for wi-fi but good reception at each port.Read More
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10+ Cruises

Age 70s

Comfortable and safe return to cruising

We can all find faults and claim to have had better (and, yes, we have sailed with top lines in the past), but being able to sail from Liverpool, UK with a reasonable drive (for us, similar to driving to Southampton) then non-crowded, extremely well-organised embarkation with smiling friendly staff made us feel relaxed immediately.'Colours and Tastes' does feel like a special restaurant and, again, can you believe they change the menu every 3 days!Read More
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10+ Cruises

Age 60s

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