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10 Fred. Olsen South America Cruise Reviews

Bucket list cruise to see the Amazon River. The whole experience far exceeded all expectations. First time with Fred Olsen Right from the start everything was very well organised. The staff were all very attentive and it was service with ... Read More
Bucket list cruise to see the Amazon River. The whole experience far exceeded all expectations. First time with Fred Olsen Right from the start everything was very well organised. The staff were all very attentive and it was service with a smile through out the whole cruise. Nightmare journey home not good having to fly from Manaus to Barbados to chance crew and refuel as we couldn't get off plane and then more delays because of lack of paper work! I didn't consider this to be Fred Olens fault or even the airline! I felt the size of the ship was just perfect I have been on larger ships but much prefer the size of Braemar. One thing I particularly liked was that there were no problems on deck finding a sunbed especially on sea days it never felt crowded. Dining in the Grampian Restaurant was perfect, a great atmosphere and great service. Good choice of food perfectly cooked and presented. The pool restaurant was also a favourite for lunch time. We used all the restaurants and found them all equally as good. we did not use the grill, felt the extra charge was excessive when the other restaurants were so good. Entertainment was excellent, something for everyone. The ports of call were all very interesting and the tours we went on were all good value for money and exceptionally well organised. Presentations regarding ports of call prior to arriving were particularly good and very imformative. If you didn't get to see it live you could catch up on tv in cabin. A great cruise and would definately book with Fred Olsen again. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
My first ever cruise which was a trip with my parents and brother as a special family trip and despite my reservations I really enjoyed cruising. Infact I would go again. We had an inside cabin which was actually not too bad. I missed ... Read More
My first ever cruise which was a trip with my parents and brother as a special family trip and despite my reservations I really enjoyed cruising. Infact I would go again. We had an inside cabin which was actually not too bad. I missed having no natural light but storage was fine and beds very comfortable. The ship, crew and trips were all excellent and I found very little to criticise. The food was fabulous and so much of it you feel compelled to eat far too much. We were looked after extremely well by all the staff. There was a good choice of entertainment throughout the day and the Daily News was great as you could see in advance what was on and pick and choose your activities. The ship (Braemar)was great and the excursions was a real amazing experience. What we saw on the excursions was fabulous even though a few of the trips were perhaps a little contrived and too busy. Fred Olsen runs a very smooth operation and when the inbound flight from Manchester was delayed and we had an extra day on the ship (what a hardship for us) they handled it extremely well and we were all kept informed and able to enjoy the extra day in Manaus. The treatments in the spa were amazing. I even tried to learn bridge. The games room down below with no windows was not ideal though. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We choose this cruise to experience Rio Carnival and get away from UK winter, overall we were pleased that we did. Ship - public rooms and spaces were attractive and well kept. Dinning- we ate in the Ballindoch dinning room, late ... Read More
We choose this cruise to experience Rio Carnival and get away from UK winter, overall we were pleased that we did. Ship - public rooms and spaces were attractive and well kept. Dinning- we ate in the Ballindoch dinning room, late sitting, the service was excellent and the food was good quality, and wide variety offered. We tried the Poolside grill twice and both times the menus were frankly rather strange. Asian menu -- no noodles, no chillies not much taste. Indian menu spiced lamb served with mashed potatoes, no side dishes, no chutneys -- not worth the extra payment. We also attended the "James Bond" night -- entertainment very good, Balmoral singers sung various James Bond theme tunes. But the martinis were dreadful -- just coloured syrup! The Balmoral show team were excellent, good variety of shows, loads of energy, and we enjoyed watching them perform. Ian Jacks performed 4 times a day in the Morning Light Pub -- although he had a huge repertoire and is a very talented man, with a pleasant voice; you can have too much of a good thing. The 4th Dimension band which usually played in the Lido Lounge -- never did a sound check and often the drummer drown out the singer! Activities -- we learnt to play bridge, I sang in the choir and my husband learned to play the ukulele -- we kept busy on sea days. Fred Olsen had not ensured that the leaders of the various activities could legally work in Brazil so some activities were curtailed while we were in Brazilian waters. I think that the cruise could have been organised better -- we were in port on too many Sundays --- Tennerife, Punte de Este, Forteleza -- most shops closed, very little to do. Left ports very early in afternoon 2.30 or 3.30 not enough time for independent exploration. We missed one port in Cape Verde because of a medical emergency, which meant 9 days at sea but we didn't have longer at the next port. I was not sea sick, but I was sick of the sea by the end of this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
We booked this very short cruise at exceptionally short notice (book Monday sail Saturday.) We were accommodated in a suite on Deck 9. During the booking procedure I made it clear that we wished to dine at 8-30 pm but were later told that ... Read More
We booked this very short cruise at exceptionally short notice (book Monday sail Saturday.) We were accommodated in a suite on Deck 9. During the booking procedure I made it clear that we wished to dine at 8-30 pm but were later told that we must eat at 6-30 pm. It took very many telephone calls to unravel that situation but having paid an extra £12 we were granted our wish. We have sailed in Balmoral on a previous occasion and felt confident that we would enjoy ourselves. The parking arrangements by ABP and the boarding procedure were excellent. Our suite (9028) was large and well decorated if a tiny bit tired. Our cabin stewardess was charming and efficient and worked exceptionally hard. We had asked for a double bed but were provided with 2 singles I expect that this was because I booked so late. The Champagne (Cava,) the fruit and the fresh flowers were a nice touch as were the canapes in the evening. We were assigned a table in the Ballindalloch Restaurant which is large and very noisy. We breakfasted in the Spey Restaurant. Breakfast was a very generous buffet arrangement. Dinner was a five course affair with good variation. Generally we felt that the standard of the food was good to very good without being exceptional, the one exception was the roast beef that was exceptional. The wine was perfectly acceptable if one chose carefully. There was no draught bitter beer apart from Newcastle Brown Ale which is not to everyone's taste. A disappointment! We attended the entertainment in the Neptune Lounge on all three evenings. The dance troop worked tirelessly and with professionalism, the music was not to our taste but it suited most people. The comedian was very sharp and his act in the top flight. We visited Rouen and Honfleur, in both places it rained but we enjoyed wandering about. We chose not to use the organised tours as they seemed to be very expensive. We felt that the service on board was not quite as good as we have experienced on other cruises. It may be that the staff are being worked too hard. All in all this was quite a fun break in a monotonous winter. Will we choose to sail with Fred Olsen again? I am not sure. There are many cruises on offer and the competition is fierce.. We will decide soon. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
As with other reviewers, we picked the Black Watch cruise to South America for the itinerary. However, we were not prepared for the poor quality of a ship we had happily cruised on 10 years earlier. The embarkation at Southampton was the ... Read More
As with other reviewers, we picked the Black Watch cruise to South America for the itinerary. However, we were not prepared for the poor quality of a ship we had happily cruised on 10 years earlier. The embarkation at Southampton was the first let down, as the area was under refurbishment and looked and felt like a building site. The ship itself, despite being described as recently refurbished, appeared in need of a complete overhaul.There were rust patches and jagged metal edges which had just been painted over.Everything was old fashioned from the yale key access to the tiny "staterooms" and safe, to the lack of a fridge. As mentioned by a previous reviewer, norovirus broke out almost immediately, with the crew constantly suggesting that the passengers were to blame due to their lack of personal hygiene. This was obviously impossible as we were all made to apply anti-bacterial handwash at every entrance, especially wherever food or drink were involved. This altered the dining experience completely as the buffet and tea station were now roped off, and everything had to be served by a member of staff involving long queues. This also meant that public areas such as the laundry room and fitness centre were also closed. Anyone who displayed symptoms of sickness was confined to their cabin for 48hours and treated like a criminal, which affected my husband who suffered an undiagnosed heart attack and had vomited.After a more serious attack, the medical centre looked after my husband until we reached Rio de Janeiro and we were repatriated ashore for medical treatment. The medical staff on board were very good, but once ashore the Olsen Port Agent is supposed to care for passengers until the Insurance company take over. This did not happen and we were left to cope in a foreign country all on our own. Another couple was also put ashore for medical treatment at this time and were similarly abandoned by Fred Olsen and the Port Agent. This was a very frightening time for us all, and we felt very let down by the company we had placed our trust in. Having complained to Olsen's the attitude was uncaring and patronising. Passengers beware - if you get ill and are put ashore, Fred Olsen will just sail away and you will be left chasing up everyone for help and advice. You will be on your own. Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
REVIEW OF FRED OLSEN'S BLACK WATCH, 6th JAN- 16th MARCH 2015 BACKGROUND This was our first cruise with Fred Olsen and we did it in style with a 69 day cruise called South American Discovery. We've cruised with various lines ... Read More
REVIEW OF FRED OLSEN'S BLACK WATCH, 6th JAN- 16th MARCH 2015 BACKGROUND This was our first cruise with Fred Olsen and we did it in style with a 69 day cruise called South American Discovery. We've cruised with various lines over the last 8 years including P&O, Celebrity, Princess, Cunard and RCCI to a wide range of ports and although we'd read less than positive reviews about the ship we chose the cruise on the basis of the itinerary. I was one of the youngest passengers having recently retired and my OH is a few years older. EMBARKATION As usual we stayed overnight at the Premier Inn West Quay as it's so convenient for the city centre and cruise terminals. We left the hotel at 1:30 and arrived just before the advised time of 2:00 p.m. It was fairly chaotic at the City Cruise Terminal where refurbishment was taking place so it was an uncomfortable and cold wait till we boarded about an hour later. On a positive note we chatted with some of our fellow cruisers as we waited and we also saw the CD and DCD greet previous cruisers. FIRST IMPRESSIONS As we boarded we immediately noticed how dark the ship was and this feeling didn't change throughout our cruise. The outdated anaglypta wallpaper, 1980s colours and poor lighting were to blame for that. We had a partially obstructed balcony cabin on deck 8 and we must say the bookings people at FO very helpfully emailed us photos to allow us to choose the balcony with the least obstruction. As we looked out from the small balcony, to our right a couple of cabins along was a lifeboat and to our right a rack of liferafts and of course Deck 7 with its promenaders lay below us. The cabin was like a box room measuring 21 feet by 8 feet so there was very little floor space. As we entered, the shower room was to our left and two large fitted cupboards to our right. There was a single bed against the bathroom wall on the left then a dressing unit. On the other side, was an easy chair then the second single bed / sofa , close to our balcony doors, but with no headboard wnich was a problem. The balcony was in very poor condition and towards the end of the cruise a programme of refurbishing all the Deck 8 balconies took place with much noise as the paint was drilled off. There was no fridge as standard equipment as we had expected but when we requested one a brand new model was delivered within the hour. DINING The dining options were the MDR (Glentanar room or Orchid Room for those in suites) or the Garden Cafe. Food wasn't available throughout the day as it had been on previous cruises which took a bit of getting used to but once we did we found the quality of the food to be very good. We dined almost exclusively in the MDR and our waiter was very efficient if a bit formal but our Assistant waiter was friendly and fun. We had requested a table of 6-8 but were allocated a table for 2, although this had been remedied by day 2. For dinner there was always a choice of 2 starters, 2 / 3soups 2 salads, 5 mains and 4 desserts. There were always alternative mains if nothing on the menu took our fancy and they included omelette, pasta with tomato sauce, grilled chicken or fish of the day. The steaks and roast beef were always exceptional and the highlight for us, although only available occasionally. They were also fairly flexible in mixing and matching from the menu which was another plus. We had breakfast most days in the Glentanar but mainly ate from the plentiful buffet rather than order from the menu. We also particularly liked the MDR buffet at lunchtimes which was much better than any we had experienced on P&O, Cunard etc and we definitely preferred the Glentanar atmosphere over the Garden Room which we found noisy and the chairs uncomfortable. We occasionally had lunch in the Grill and can particularly recommend the Outback Wedge Salad and the crispy fries! ENTERTAINMENT AND SPEAKERS There was a wide range of entertainment during the day with the usual quizzes and deck games, dancing lessons, bridge and whist etc. Occasionally more unusual classes took place with, for example, ballet lessons or ukelele (bring your own ukelele!) There was a guest choir mistress onboard and this is definitely something other cruise lines should consider. Margaret Rae was expert in improving the choir's performance but also making it great fun being in the choir. The performances were very well attended The show company were very good but greatly restricted in what they could do due to the lack of a stage. This also meant you had to be early to get a seat with a good view. The company singers also did occasional cabaret in the Lido Lounge and this was always very popular. On other nights the Lido could be almost deserted which was a crying shame because Glen Monie (pianist) and Sam and Andy (instrumentalists / vocalists) were outstanding and deserved better. Ronald Apora played well in the Braemar but we were less keen on the Rosario Trio in the observatory. The guest entertainers in the Neptune were of varied quality, ranging from excellent to dreadful so no different to other lines, with the comedians being the least popular. We were disappointed that with so many sea days there was no films (other than on cabin television) during the day. Films were usually shown in the Marina in the early evening when there were better things on offer. I must also mention the Black Watch Orchestra which consists easily of the worst musicians we have heard at sea, especially the trumpeter and guitarist who wouldn't have made it into a school band – honestly! I would however praise the number of local acts who came to perform for us and which provided us with an insight into the Arts culture in quite a few ports. We watched the port presentations on the cabin TV and felt there was too much emphasis on the history of the port / area .as the presenter struggled to fill the allotted 45 minutes. There were also numerous factual inaccuracies for independent explorers like us and his style of presentation was very dull and repetitive. Guest speakers were generally aimed at an older audience (bearing in mind the average age on this cruise was 74!) but it would have been good to see these on Cabin TV as well because there was a limited number of channels to view. ITINERARY What can I say other than the itinerary was absolutely amazing and we cannot recommend it highly enough. We left home just after the New Year and now it's nearly Easter but the time passed so quickly. We had most looked forward to Rio, the Chilean fjords, Cape Horn and seeing penguins and these didn't disappoint. However other highlights were Buenos Aires, one of the most beautiful cities we've visited, Lima which blew us away, the amazing wildlife and desert at Paracas (General Saint Martin) and quirky Valparaiso. I'm going to write a review of what we actually did in the ports where we mainly organised things ourselves before we set off, but included some ship's tours which were on the whole excellent and very good value. On the down side however we felt cheated by the time we were given in some ports. For example “Early morning” as per the brochure could mean 10:00 a.m.; late p.m. generally meant all aboard by 4:30; and there was no late night in Antigua as promised in the brochure. OVERALL Fred Olsen has very, very many die-hard cruisers who have never cruised with any other line. The line offerS great itineraries and other pluses for us were the fact that on a small ship we were able to see a glacier close up, excellent weather , the food, the great people we met, the staff being responsive to any issues we raised and the versatility of the staff e.g. entertainers serving food in the MDR during the Norovirus outbreaks. However the ship is well past its 'best-by' date and its poor condition provides a breeding ground for the bugs which created the Norovirus outbreaks and the chest infections / bronchitis which were rife for several weeks during this cruise. There was a constant smell of fumes from the funnel or paint in our cabin. The wifi (although fairly cheap) was extremely frustrating for the many people using tablets and only available in three hot spots. The evenings were a particular let-down with virtually no-one in aNy of the lounges after 10:30. The idea that the staff are friendlier than on any other lines is, IMO, simply not true as we have met outstanding staff on every line and the first captain we had was probably the least people-friendly we've come across. We never say never but particularly because of the high level of illness (from which we're still recovering) it's unlikely we'll cruise with Fred Olsen again. If they are attract the next generation of cruisers they must offer more than just a very old small ship with an interesting itinerary. Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
Just returned from 35 day cruise on Boudicca to the Amazon and the Caribbean. Overall, it was wonderful and we thoroughly enjoyed the ports and excursions. Unfortunately, even though we all were very vigilant about washing and sanitizing ... Read More
Just returned from 35 day cruise on Boudicca to the Amazon and the Caribbean. Overall, it was wonderful and we thoroughly enjoyed the ports and excursions. Unfortunately, even though we all were very vigilant about washing and sanitizing our hands throughout the voyage, a large percentage of the passengers seemed to have contracted bronchial problems and sore throats. I feel sure that the air conditioning on this lovely but old ship helped to make things worse, especially as we had to spend 9 days at sea at the end of the cruise due to missing out on our last port of call - The Azores. As the weather was not as warm during this period, most people had to remain inside and hence be in this air conditioned environment. This did rather take the shine off things, as some passengers had come on the cruise specifically to see the Amazon and the Azores. We never did find out the real reason for not stopping at the Azores and no apology came from the captain. However, I must praise the chefs and the waiting staff, who made every meal a delight. Our cabin stewardess was also very pleasant and hardworking. The reception staff were also very attentive and helpful. Most of the lectures were most entertaining and informative, especially Professor Tony Rice's - the Oceanographer. Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
Our cruise began with a charter flight from Gatwick to Santiago which was an unpleasant experience for all concerned: a long flight was made even more uncomfortable and protracted by the refuelling stop in Teneriffe during which all ... Read More
Our cruise began with a charter flight from Gatwick to Santiago which was an unpleasant experience for all concerned: a long flight was made even more uncomfortable and protracted by the refuelling stop in Teneriffe during which all passengers were confined to their seats with no air conditioning operating. There was a serious lack of toilet accommodation on board because of a malfunction which was not rectified during the refuelling stop: consequently long queues formed throughout the night to use the facilities. On arrival in Santiago the transfer from airport to the ship in Valparaiso involved a fascinating tour past some Chilean vineyards and seaside resorts with a well informed escort on board. The itinerary followed by 'Balmoral' for the next three weeks was an attractive and interesting one. The shore excursions were well organised, informative and varied. Two of the advertised ports of call were not available because of industrial action in Chile on the one hand, and the refusal of the Argentinian authorities to allow entry to Buenos Aires by a vessel which had previously called at Port Stanley in the Falkland Islands on the other. Alternative venues and excursions were provided at short notice.Our cabin was reasonably well appointed although we had to specifically ask the stewardess for a supply of toiletries as these had been overlooked. The dining arrangements were disappointing: during open seating sessions the service was inconsistent and at times poor. The menus were rather tired and unimaginative and the food quality was on occasions mediocre (for instance, Yorkshire puddings only half cooked, greasy and inedible). The port lectures were full of information, but most of it had apparently been downloaded from the inter-net: they were over long and lacked any personal input or knowledge of the places we were shortly to visit. We found the rest of the 'lecture' programme to be of only limited interest to us. During the third and final week of our cruise my wife developed a condition which required treatment from the on-board medical staff: this was done professionally and competently. When she was confined to the cabin she quickly discovered the limitations and inadequacies of the arrangements for 'room service' in such circumstances.On the day of our planned disembarkation it was decided that my wife was unfit to travel home and needed to be transferred to a local hospital for further treatment. After settling our not inconsiderable medical bill on board we were moved to an empty and vacant cabin to await transport to hospital. In the event we were abandoned there for 16 hours with no further medical attention. Our treatment by the ship's authorities on our final day on board 'Balmoral' was both disgraceful and inexcusable. Subsequent correspondence about this matter with the Company's headquarters in Ipswich has proved to be a deeply frustrating and unsatisfactory experience. Consequently we have resolved that we shall never again cruise with Fred.Olsen! Read Less
Sail Date February 2012
I Flew to Montego Bay from London (Gatwick)on a Pullmantur charter Boeing 747 in premium (business) class. Excellent travel on this flight and on the return. The "Balmoral" is an older vessel but has been well maintained over ... Read More
I Flew to Montego Bay from London (Gatwick)on a Pullmantur charter Boeing 747 in premium (business) class. Excellent travel on this flight and on the return. The "Balmoral" is an older vessel but has been well maintained over the years. It is comfortable and is unpretentious. The itinerary took to Colon, Panama - transited the Panama Canal - visited Costa Rica, Nicaragua and El Salvador in Central America. We then turned South to visit Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Falkland Islands, Uruguay and Brazil in South America. The accommodation was very comfortable. I had an outside, single cabin which was spacious, very clean and with a large picture window. The air conditioning was very effective and the cabin was very quiet. There was ample storage facilities. The cabin was serviced twice daily to a very high standard. The Officers on the ship were mainly Scandinavian (the captain Norwegian) and the domestic staff mainly from Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia and India. The entertainment staff were mainly British. The staff were friendly, helpful and most courteous. Passengers were primarily British but there was a significant number from the Netherlands and smaller numbers from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, Germany, South Africa, Australia, India and Japan. The food on board was excellent. I dined in the Spey restaurant which had the added advantage of spectacular views. The food in the other restaurants was equally good. Drinks prices were very reasonable with no service surcharge. Most ports of call were interesting. The most spectacular was the two-night visit I took from Lima (Callao) to Cuzco and Machu Picchu. The visit in Chile to Santiago from Valparaiso was also fascinating. We rounded Cape Horn on calm seas and bright sunshine although there was a cold wind. The call at Stanley, Falkland Islands was also blessed with glorious sunshine which contributed to the enjoyment of visiting those desolate islands.Montevideo is a lovely city and a joy to visit. Due to the tensions in the South Atlantic we were denied berthing in Buenos Aires, Argentina presumably because of our call in the Falklands. We visited Santos, Ilhabela and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Ilhabela was particularly attractive with beautiful scenery, lovely beaches and refreshing sea. Our brief call in Rio prior to the flight home gave us a chance to visit the statue of Christ the Redeemer and Ipanema and Copacabana beaches. The on board entertainment was mixed but rather disappointing. The tango show in Uruguay was spectacular. This was a most enjoyable cruise. Read Less
Sail Date February 2012
My husband and I have cruised many times before and this was our third cruise with Fred Olsen. Having enjoyed our two previous FOCL voyages we had high expectations for this one and we were not disappointed. We flew from Manchester ... Read More
My husband and I have cruised many times before and this was our third cruise with Fred Olsen. Having enjoyed our two previous FOCL voyages we had high expectations for this one and we were not disappointed. We flew from Manchester to Bridgetown with Thomas Cook airlines and I have to say the whole embarkation procedure, from start to finish, was very streamlined and efficient. Once we'd checked in our bags at Manchester we didn't see them again until they were in our cabin. On arrival at Grantley Adams Airport we were off the plane, onto the bus and taken straight to the ship, bypassing all the usual airport queues. We boarded the Braemar just after 4.00pm and had our first glimpse of our cabin, a balcony one on Deck 7. While clean, comfortable and nicely decorated, our only complaint was that storage space was very limited; tiny wardrobes and drawers and very few shelves. The bathroom was also small but functional. The Braemar has a good choice of places to eat or drink. We were allocated the Grampian Restaurant on Deck 8 and the food was always very nice, well presented and well served by our smiling waiter. For breakfast and lunch we tended to frequent the more casual Palms Cafe on Deck 6, which also allowed you to eat your meals outside at the ship's stern, affording great sea views. There was also the Marquee Pool Bar, which served casual meals (fast food) and snacks as well as drinks. There was always an excellent choice of dishes on offer, as well as lots of salad, vegetables and fruits if you were going for the healthier option. To enjoy a drink, you could go to the Morning Light Pub (more like a normal lounge than a pub, I would say), the Lido Bar at the stern of the ship, the pool bar, the Observatory or the Skylark Club (which served as the nightclub and disco and hosted quizzed every night, and sometimes karaoke). The entertainment was, in general, geared towards the older (60+ cruiser) cruiser so while it was very good, it wasn't exceptional. There was a comedian who told ancient jokes, a magician who actually grew on me throughout his two performances, an old-fashioned singer (very Frank Sinatra or Matt Munro) as well as the Braemar Show Company and ship's orchestra. We tended to go to the Neptune lounge for the evening's cabaret, but there was also another show featured each night in the Coral Lounge, so at least you had a choice. We spent the first three days at sea en route to the Amazon and crossed the Equator at Macapa, for which the entertainment team put on a hilarious "Line Crossing Ceremony". Ports of call along the Amazon included Santarem, Parintins and Manaus on the way down (the ship stayed overnight in Manaus). Then on the way back north we dropped anchor at the tiny villages of Boca da Valeria and Alter do Chao. As we expected, some of the villages and towns were very primitive compared to what we're used to in Britain, but this was the whole point, and the attraction, of coming to the Amazon. The weather was very hot and humid and we did have some days where it rained all day, but was still warm. Well it was the rainforest after all, and it didn't spoil our enjoyment of the cruise; there was still plenty to do below decks. We found all of the staff and crew to be very friendly and polite and they smiled all the time. They would do anything to help. I would say that Fred Olsen Cruise lines do pride themselves on their excellent service and they did not let us down. We were also surprised and pleased at the complimentary drinks "on Fred" that pop up here and there; as well as the usual Captain's cocktail parties there were three occasions on which we had a free "champagne" breakfast as well as bottles of wine we won in the quiz. We had a brilliant cruise on a lovely little ship in unusual surroundings and will certainly cruise with Fred Olsen again in the future. Read Less
Sail Date February 2011
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