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413 Fred. Olsen Cruise Reviews


Sue0812 avatar

Sue0812

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

60th birthday cruise

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We chose this cruise as it fitted in with my husbands shifts and as it was close to my 60th birthday. We did not enjoy the "fine dining" experience but that was personal choice. We preferred the flexibility of ...
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Sail Date February 2020


Mark Richards avatar

Mark Richards

1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

Must Do Better

Very first cruise so chose a very short 2 night trip Southampton – Honfleur just to get a taste. We were told in advance that boarding would be from 13.00 (or 13.30) and we would board at 16.30 (different times ...
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Sail Date December 2019


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feljen

5 Reviews Written

41 Helpful Votes

Beware this cabin!

There were lots of good things about this cruise. Embarkation and disembarkation were wonderfully swift and painless. there was no pressured up-selling, such as we'd experienced on other, more high-profile cruise ...
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Sail Date November 2019


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twotravellersLondon

4 Reviews Written

130 Helpful Votes

Fred's charging so much more for so much less

We had really been looking forward to this cruise since we had booked it for a small fortune on a special loyalty members’ booking day almost two years earlier! Fred’s promo promised “some of the most ...
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Sail Date September 2019


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luitata

1 Review Written

5 Helpful Votes

Harmony and relax atmosphere

it's my first cruise, due to i am a solo traveler. Cruise line who provided solo cabin not many choose: Fred Olsen, P & O and Cunard- Queen Mary 2. I choose Fred Olsen finally because i saw comment with Fred ...
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Sail Date September 2019


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Nitropodder

2 Reviews Written

70 Helpful Votes

Great destinations but beware Olsen cutting times in ports by up to 3 hours

Saturday, embarkation Upon arrival in Southampton by car ABP parking met us right by the ship. The porters who unloaded us were very slick and in no time we were at arrivals then straight on board. Very ...
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Sail Date June 2019


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nigemarie

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Baltic cruise 31/7/19

Every thing was so easy. Arrived at Queen Elizabeth terminal and cases were collected from us and car taken to be parked. Walked straight into arrivals with no queue. Quick check in, told cabin was ready for us and ...
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Sail Date July 2019


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Martyn 33

1 Review Written

25 Helpful Votes

First and last cruise with Fred Olsen

Cruise L1917 Isles of Scotland 1.8.2019 This was our first ever cruise and we had expected much better considering the cost. The M.S. Balmoral had its last refit some 10/11 years ago and it is looking very tired. ...
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Sail Date August 2019


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JCN51

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Wonderful staff, great food, excellent trip!

Fred Olsen were recommended by family members. The fact that Balmoral sailed from Rosyth (near Edinburgh) was so handy for us and saved us a flight to Southampton. Our cruise to Norway far exceeded our ...
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Sail Date July 2019


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Caroline27

1 Review Written

13 Helpful Votes

Worst service and food ever

Restaurant and staff in outside bar are offish and service for drinks slow Restaurant staff. You catch their eye and they immediately walk away Yet rush you when eating to Move you on as quickly as they can ...
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Sail Date June 2019


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Hamslab

1 Review Written

23 Helpful Votes

Fjords for elderly June 2019

We choose this cruise for the destination and size of ship, it was a very special occasion for our friends, their golden wedding anniversary we are all fast approaching 70, young at heart and outgoing but this was ...
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Sail Date June 2019


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Ceilidh8

2 Reviews Written

8 Helpful Votes

Improvement

Delighted to say that on this cruise the regular afternoon teas were a huge improvement on last years which were a disaster. Someone must have read my last report.Still an unacceptable waiting time for orders taken ...
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Sail Date June 2019


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WendyJ4444

1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

First cruise experience

I enjoyed my visit to Iceland first cruise with Fred Olsen Balmoral. The Balmoral is a nice country feel ship. I liked that it has just over 1000 passengers and not thousands and thousands of people. Saying this I ...
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Sail Date June 2019


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kennivw48

1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

Excellent Cruise on the Balmoral

Having just returned from our 5th Fred Olsen cruise, this time 11 nights from Rosyth to Iceland on the Balmoral, I can say without reservation the experience was excellent in all respects, having given some "room ...
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Sail Date June 2019


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henderj26

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Wonderful, well worth every penny!

Sailed from Rosyth, local for Edinburgh Short cruise, just right for a first cruise, staff all charming and nothing was too much trouble. Food was great, ship was very clean, entertainment excellent.. Shore ...
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Sail Date June 2019


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Loriga

1 Review Written

27 Helpful Votes

Care Home at sea

I chose this cruise because it went from the port of Southampton, I could get a cabin for single use and it went to the countries I wanted to see, which were all wonderful and very clean. Some difficulty getting ...
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Sail Date May 2019


Alan707 avatar

Alan707

1 Review Written

12 Helpful Votes

A fine ship but with some odd contradictions

We live in Edinburgh, the sailing was from Rosyth, and the itinerary was very interesting. The check in went slowly but smoothly, parking procedure very good. The gangway was very steep, very narrow and entirely ...
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Sail Date June 2019


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Sheilatay

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Great Scenic cruise

Always wanted to see the Fjords and this ship seemed like a good size to experience this .We has a good midship cabin near to lifts etc . the dining onboard we could not fault exceptional . The shows were all very ...
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Sail Date May 2019


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jeanniedance

4 Reviews Written

35 Helpful Votes

Boring old ship

Very dated ship. Mainly elderly passengers. Nothing on during the day except bridge bingo and handicrafts. More like a floating care home. Tour operator extremely unhelpful.. Don't book flam railway through olsen ...
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Sail Date May 2019


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JunoAtSea

1 Review Written

8 Helpful Votes

"Isn't it good? .......,"

Isn't It Good? Day One, 18 May 2019. This cruise is to Norway, hence the cryptic title. Brilliant arrangements for boarding the Braemar. We arrived at noon, were met and greeted by the car parkers and porters, ...
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Sail Date May 2019


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JG6000

2 Reviews Written

7 Helpful Votes

Spain, Portugal and the Seville fair

Embarkation went very smoothly from 101 berth in Southampton, the cabin was ready when we boarded which was great, so we could leave our things there, explore the ship and have a bite to eat. The cabin was quite ...
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Sail Date May 2019


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juldowler

1 Review Written

11 Helpful Votes

My experience with Fred Olsen

We booked this cruise at the last minute, we paid a lot for the trip. I was in a single room which was located on deck 2 at the front, the room was very nice being an inside cabin, well equiped and the bed was very ...
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Sail Date May 2019


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Robin and Karen

2 Reviews Written

16 Helpful Votes

Boring boring Sweden

Been with Fred before and loved the friendliness of the staff, the food, the service and the Balmoral is not too massive and plenty of room to sit and relax. The excursions were very disappointing. This is not a ...
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Sail Date April 2019


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Fubbs

1 Review Written

9 Helpful Votes

1st time with Fred

We chose Fred's Braemar as a short break and the opportunity to try out a different cruise operator. Braemar is a well laid out ship in good overall condition for its age, they are currently doing an upgrade to ...
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Sail Date May 2019


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jolai1

4 Reviews Written

32 Helpful Votes

Not value for money

I consider the price we paid for the itinerary, distance travelled, entertainment, drinks package and cabin comfort (superior interior) was far too much. The A/C in the cabin was rubbish we had the setting off the ...
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Sail Date April 2019


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