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Fred. Olsen River Cruises Cruises

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  • Who goes on Fred. Olsen River Cruises cruise ships?

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


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Fred. Olsen River Cruises Cruise Tips, Activities, and Overview

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

One very hot day, moored next to an Avalon boat, the sun deck was roped off and no chairs or sunshades were erected, people in their 70’s and 80’s were left to either climb over the rope and grab a chair or just stand, while some of the lazy crew watched from the back of the boat, where they had erected something for themselves, while others stood on the dock smoking.Everything else was poor, it was not even a Fred Olsen cruise, but a Luftner Cruise and only one person on the whole boat actually worked for Olsen, the hygiene standards where not good, it was possible to come down the steps of the sun deck, straight into the bar area where the light lunch was served daily without even passing a hand sanitiser, not once did we see any hand rails cleaned, this is normally carried out daily on most cruises.Read More
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Lord Gearge

2-5 Cruises

Age 70s

First River Cruise

Good size bathroom/shower room.Obviously smaller than a Cruise ship but for its size was spacious and well laid out with nice lounges.Read More
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10+ Cruises

Age 80s

Rhine Cruise to Basel on Brabant

We booked late and the cabin was at the rear and, although on the top accommodation deck, was a little noisy from the engines, when we sailed during the night.In Strasbourg, where the boat docked a little way from the cathedral and other points of interest, a shuttle bus was provided.Read More
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2-5 Cruises

Age 70s

First but not last river cruise!

We had a lovely holiday and would definitely do another river cruise, rather than an ocean cruise, no movement, very smooth, no waves........Dinner the first evening was okay, but pleased to say food improved considerably over the week and they were very good with my lactose intolerance and I was able to choose for the day at breakfast, from the menus and the chef would adjust, had some lovely sorbets for dessert.Read More
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2-5 Cruises

Age 70s

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