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70 Fred. Olsen Cruise Reviews


Mark Richards avatar

Mark Richards

1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

Must Do Better

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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


Martyn 33 avatar

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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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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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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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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tricia3704

1 Review Written

14 Helpful Votes

A Re-Positioning Cruise

We thought it would be fun to cross the Atlantic and a 16 day Re-positioning Cruise offers quite good value for money, We flew to Barbados, visited Antigua, Tortola and St Kitts and, after 6 days at sea crossing ...
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Sail Date March 2019


Sarah D avatar

Sarah D

3 Reviews Written

7 Helpful Votes

Couples cruise Xmas 2018 Europe Balmoral

Staff – some good some bad, certainly not at the level across the board of the more expensive cruise lines but a lot of the staff where great. Drinks – the drinks package includes so little variety I ended ...
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Sail Date December 2018


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SLM8W

1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

Mixed feelings

This was our first Fred Olsen cruise having previously sailed with Royal Caribbean and P&O. Not long after booking we got a call offering us a tour of the ship, I asked the lady to call back the next day as I needed ...
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Sail Date November 2018


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swanpool

1 Review Written

12 Helpful Votes

OK but Could and Should Do Better

We chose this cruise because the sailing date and the itinerary suited us. The cabin on deck 4 was very small but well designed and the large window was beneficial. The food was excellent and the service also ...
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Sail Date October 2018


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teddytwo

1 Review Written

5 Helpful Votes

Cabin experience

The reason for choosing this cruise were many One the embarkation and disembarkation port was only half hour from home so we did not have any extra travel to join the ship.TwoThe ship Balmoral, we have sailed on ...
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Sail Date October 2018


Barbara Mills avatar

Barbara Mills

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

First and last cruise

I’ve always wanted to try a cruise so picked this one as I’ve always wanted to go to the Shetland Islands and it was short so gave us a chance to experience cruising. Arrived on the boat to our very expensive ...
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Sail Date August 2018


teeandjay avatar

teeandjay

2 Reviews Written

9 Helpful Votes

Mixed feelings

A bit of a mixed bag. We had been on Balmoral before and it was not as good this time. Superficially the cabin appeared spotless but there was a large accumulation of dirt under the beds and it obviously had not ...
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Sail Date July 2018


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Fochabers

1 Review Written

11 Helpful Votes

Old Folks Home from Home!

We selected the cruise because the itinerary met our requirements, and the cruise did meet our expectations in this respect, although a storm kept us out of the scheduled first port of call. Cabin very good, as ...
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Sail Date June 2018


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Tytheiron

1 Review Written

18 Helpful Votes

24 years cruising but 1st time with Fred Olsen

Its small just over 24000 tons but has 900 plus passengers, still tidy and well laid out, it was a “cut & shut” which makes it quite long (4 times around prom deck to a mile) but only 8 decks high. Our cabin on ...
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Sail Date April 2018


RhondaS avatar

RhondaS

4 Reviews Written

14 Helpful Votes

Great Staff -- Poor Organisation

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 ...
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Sail Date January 2018


Steve and sue avatar

Steve and sue

1 Review Written

21 Helpful Votes

Very disappointed

30th anniversary .spoilt by inferior cabin.not reaching Jamaica.there was unrest but the captain said Ochoa Rios safe but weather was poor this was not the case ,we then had 3 days at sea doing nothing. Santiago ...
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Sail Date January 2018


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Portreathboy

1 Review Written

46 Helpful Votes

Fred Olsen-losing the plot

We sailed with Fred Olsen on the Braemar. We are not usual Olsen guests, probably slightly too young in our early fifties! we prefer more modern vessels. There are a number of issues; The ship is tired, built in ...
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Sail Date January 2018


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twotravellersLondon

4 Reviews Written

130 Helpful Votes

Fred's Food Failed

I chose this cruise for the Caribbean itinerary and also because I expected to experience the fine dining boasted about in the brochures and on the internet. The public spaces and our cabin were immaculately ...
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Sail Date January 2018


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Privatespinney

1 Review Written

9 Helpful Votes

Some points good, couple of negatives sadly

Excellent check in for self and car parking arrangements. Cabin a little tired. Well kept by stewardess great professional attitude and smile everyday. Food good services chaotic at times never offered wine with ...
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Sail Date September 2017


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jeanniedance

4 Reviews Written

35 Helpful Votes

Poor service

Chosen as embarked Newcastle.Embarkation first class suitcases outside cabin on arrival.Stayed in oceanview deck 4 quiet cabin 4116 first time in many years of cruising there was a bath if you had time to wait for ...
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Sail Date August 2017


jolai1 avatar

jolai1

4 Reviews Written

32 Helpful Votes

Mostly OK

Fred Olsen have earned good reputation and as they were sailing ex Newcastle which is near for us we decided to give it a try. We have done 9 cruises with Thomson, which we would highly recommend but thought we ...
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Sail Date July 2017


jemjax avatar

jemjax

1 Review Written

15 Helpful Votes

It was ok

We chose this cruise because of the river features. It was more expensive but we wanted a luxury cruise. We found out from this site it was a flat bottom boat. We would never have booked as my husband is a poor ...
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Sail Date June 2017


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mikejudy

1 Review Written

24 Helpful Votes

Some things were excellent and some very poor

First we found out after boarding the ship that she was flat bottomed which of coarse meant there was much more movement in when cruising. Poor sailors beware. The cabins were very clean, the size adequate. ...
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Sail Date May 2017


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