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Fred. Olsen River Cruises Cruises

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Who goes on Fred. Olsen River Cruises cruise ships?

Mainly mature Brits, many of them curious to try river cruising after sailing on Fred. Olsen's oceangoing ships. Passengers are mainly couples and tend to be well traveled and active.

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

Not really. Dress code is smart-casual throughout, with no black tie nights, although shorts and tracksuits are discouraged in the dining room -- and Fred. Olsen passengers probably wouldn't turn up wearing them anyway.

Is everything free on Fred. Olsen River Cruises cruises?

No. All meals and basic coffee and tea are included, as is Wi-Fi and the use of bicycles in port. You'll pay extra for excursions, drinks (except during two cocktail parties when drinks are on the house), gratuities, massages, laundry and retail shop purchases.

What are Fred. Olsen River Cruises’s most popular activities?

The Panorama Bar with its forward terrace is the social hub, except when the ship is in port. Most passengers choose to do their own thing -- including borrowing one of the five bikes carried onboard for cruisers to use, but sponsored excursions are offered as well. Evenings are low-key, with a pianist and singer, occasional dancing in the Panorama Bar and sometimes, entertainment from a local folkloric group pulling in a number of

Why go with Fred. Olsen River Cruises?

  • Affordable, no-frills European river cruises with food and activities tailored to British tastes.
  • Dining that's more in line with what you would expect on a luxury line.
  • Affordable base prices that allow extras to be bolted on.

Best for: Laid-back, budget-minded Brits

Not for: Millennials, families or anyone looking to avoid paying upcharges

Fred. Olsen River Cruises Cruises Cruiser Reviews

The Good, the Bad and the ugly

We have been on previous river cruises, but always with Avalon Cruises, we thought that with a reputation like Fred Olsen this cruise would be of the same standard, Oh how wrong we were. The only thing that matched... Read More
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Lord Gearge

2-5 Cruises

Age 70s

First River Cruise

Done a lot of Ocean Cruising but never a River Cruise. This one coincided with our timetable. The Itinerary - Rhine and Moselle attracted us and the reality met our hopes. The stops chosen were good. Perhaps a... Read More
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10+ Cruises

Age 80s

Rhine Cruise to Basel on Brabant

The whole experience from booking to returning to Heathrow afterwards was really well organised and enjoyable. The cabin was spacious enough for two, with floor to ceiling sliding glass doors. Fine for watching... Read More
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2-5 Cruises

Age 70s

First but not last river cruise!

I have never been on a river cruise before, but after a very fast embarkation , we were settled into our cabin, not large, but comfortable and always plenty of hot water & very efficient toilet. Dinner the first... Read More
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2-5 Cruises

Age 70s

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