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Cruises with Fred. Olsen

Affordable, traditional and quintessentially British, Fred. Olsen Cruises have established themselves as experts in the industry since 1848. Since their small beginnings, they've gone from strength to strength with small and mid-sized cruise ships- ranging from Braemar and Balmoral to the larger Borealis and Bolette- that voyage around the world.

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Fred. Olsen: Life on-board

  • Total cruises 203
  • Fleet: 4 Ships
  • Destinations: 27

Popular with well-travelled cruisers as well as those just dipping their toes into the cruising world, Fred. Olsen Cruises create a friendly environment for all passengers. No matter where you're going, staff will go above and beyond to ensure your cruise is a home away from home.

Family

Looking to bring the whole family on your Fred. Olsen cruise? No problem! Children of 6 months and over are welcome onboard, making it a great cruise line for multigenerational holidays. Kids between 5 and 11 will be delighted by the Little Skippers Club, a fantastic kid's club supervised by fun and friendly hosts and hostesses. From making pizzas to going on treasure hunts, there's always a jam-packed programme of activities at the kid's club.

Little Skippers kids' club is available on peak-time cruise holidays.

Dining

Renowned for their outstanding service, dining onboard a Fred. Olsen cruise can be as laid back or as elegant as you wish. Begin your day with a light breakfast delivered to your room, or go for something hearty like a full English. At lunch, enjoy a range of hot and cold dishes and finally, at dinner, indulge in a five-course a la carte feast. Prone to feeling peckish late at night? Grab a light snack to keep you going. As well as inside dining at the ship's main dining room, guests will also be able to enjoy al fresco meals at The Grill, a speciality restaurant found on each ship.

Entertainment

Once the sun goes down, Fred. Olsen Cruises invite you to simply sit back and watch the show - literally! From hilarious stand-up comedy acts to glamorous cabaret, nighttime is a real highlight onboard any cruise. Once the show is over, the fun doesn't have to stop. Stop by a lounge for your favourite cocktail, dance the night away, or simply relax with some live music providing the perfect backing track to your evening.

Recreation

Fred. Olsen Cruises have carefully crafted their onboard entertainment programmes to be just as memorable as your time onshore. Whether you like to stay busy or are just looking for a relaxing afternoon activity during a peaceful sea day, there's plenty to suit every kind of cruiser. On board leisure facilities include swimming pools, Jacuzzis, a gym and spa treatments, so lounging by the pool whilst reading a book has never been easier.

During the day, you'll find programmes dedicated to immersing you in the history and culture of the region, as well as arts and crafts, quizzes, performances and fitness classes. What's more, there's an emphasis on enrichment through insightful lectures by expert guest speakers, workshops and language classes, meaning you'll come away from your cruise holiday with not only memories, but knowledge and new skills as well. Looking to stay active while at sea? Join a yoga or pilates class, or take part in a fun dance class. No matter what you choose to do with your time, you're free to be as sociable as you wish and are guaranteed to make like-minded friends.

Fred. Olsen Ships

Intimately sized and elegant in decor, comfort is at the heart of each Fred. Olsen cruise ship. From your stunning stateroom to the lounges and bars, each area is designed to be homely and spacious.



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Fred. Olsen Destinations

Whether you're sailing from the UK or embarking on a fly cruise, Fred. Olsen brings passengers to the world's best destinations. Thanks to the small ship sizes, you'll be delighted by unique ports and immersive shore excursions.

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  • All Fred. Olsen cruise ships are fitted with European 2 pin electrical plug sockets. If you don’t have an adaptor, there is a limited number available at guest services you can borrow or purchase in the onboard shop. Some cabins may have UK three pin electrical sockets but this cannot be guaranteed. Only Boudicca has electric shaver sockets in the bathrooms.

  • Each Fred. Olsen sailing typically has two formal nights as well as a special “British” themed night. Men are to wear black tie suits for formal nights and simple smart-casual such as a polo shirt and chinos the rest of the time. Meanwhile, women can show off their best cocktail dress on formal nights and casual separates or summer dresses otherwise.

  • Included in your Fred. Olsen fare is the following:

    • Dining including all main meals, afternoon tea, snacks and room service
    • Accommodation
    • Tea and coffee
    • All entertainment
    • Swimming pools, Jacuzzis and gyms
    • UK taxes
    • Flights

  • On a number of sailings, Fred. Olsen Cruises offer entertainment and activities perfect for families. On these family-friendly cruises, kids can take part in the Little Skippers Club for 5 to 11 year-olds, supervised by friendly, expert staff.

  • Fred. Olsen mostly consist of no-fly cruises from the UK. Fred. Olsen cruise out of the following ports around the British Isles.

    • Southampton
    • Dover
    • Liverpool
    • Newcastle
    • Rosyth (Edinburgh)

  • Yes, you’ll find self-service laundry facilities across the Fred. Olsen fleet with washing machines and products, driers and ironing equipment. The use of the machines requires a token which can be bought at reception for a reasonable price. Alternatively a laundry service is provided upon request.

    • Southampton
    • Dover
    • Liverpool
    • Newcastle
    • Rosyth (Edinburgh)

  • Guests can order room service between 10am and 10pm.

Booking and Excursions

  • Shore excursions are not included.

  • Due to the limited supply of single occupany cabins onboard the Fred. Olsen fleet, it is highly recommended solo travellers book far in advance. Twin rooms are available for solo travellers, however, there will be a single supplement.

  • While Fred. Olsen Cruises are not all inclusive as standard, it is possible to upgrade to an all inclusive package. Prices start from just £15 per person per day, and packages can include a variety of drinks.

Fred. Olsen Covid-19 safety measures

Vaccination and Testing Requirements

Vaccination Policy

In order to sail with Fred. Olsen, all guests must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 at least 10 days before sailing. Proof must be provided in the form of an NHS letter or through the NHS app.

Covid-19 Testing

All guests are required to have a lateral flow test at the cruise port before check-in. When returning to the homeport, any tests done are as per government guidelines for that time.

Further detail around requirements specific to your cruise will be provided to you prior to departure and can be checked on the cruise line pages here.

Please see the itinerary page for exact details that apply to your sailing.

Health and Safety Procedures

Face Masks

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines expect that, as they first return to service, face masks will be required. Face masks must be medical standard rather than face shields. If guests are not able to wear a mask due to medical reasons they must have a GP letter confirming their exemption. They will then be given a card to carry throughout their cruise to prove this exemption.

Cleaning

On their return to service, enhanced, hospital-standard cleaning processes will be in place. This will include a dedicated sanitation team who will frequently clean surfaces and areas throughout the ship using antiviral products. Cabins will be cleaned out daily, while deep cleaning will take place between each cruise. There will also be regular audits by a Sanitation Office, involving UV and swab testing. Crew will be thoroughly trained in all cleaning protocols to ensure that high standards are maintained.

Reduced Capacity

Through reduced guest capacity, including in restaurants and other onboard venues, Fred. Olsen will ensure that guests and crew are kept safe during their cruise./p>

Medical

Each ship has a medical centre with a team of nurses and doctors. Fred. Olsen will use processes developed by Public Health England to treat any guests with symptoms should the need arise.

Crew

As well as industry-approved training, crew must undergo preboarding testing and regular tests throughout their time onboard.

Excursions and Going Ashore

Guests will only be able to disembark at each port of call on an official cruise line shore excursion as these will be organised in cooperation with the relevant authorities in the destination to ensure that they are safe. Shore excursions will be limited to just 25 guests, and must be booked in advance.

Please see the itinerary page for exact details that apply to your sailing.

Insurance and Passport Requirements

Insurance

Fred. Olsen's preferred insurance provider is Holiday Extras. This is available to guests who meet their health criteria (including over 70s) and will include cover for coronavirus, so medical assistance. repatriation costs and accommodation for you and a companion will be covered should you become ill and need it during your cruise.

Passports

Even for sailings which do not leave British waters, all guests must have a passport with a minimum of six months validity to travel.

Please see the itinerary page for exact details that apply to your sailing.

Cancellations and FCC Vouchers

Cancelled Cruises

Cruises onboard Bolette and Borealis have been cancelled through June 2021. Cruises onboard Balmoral are cancelled up to and including 30th November 2021 and Braemar cruises until Spring 2022. The following have also been cancelled:

  • 2022 World Cruise
  • Bolette cruise to Latin America (and all sectors) from Southampton on 4th January 2022
  • Balmoral on 25th January 2023

If affected, we will be in touch soon with details on your options.

Future Cruise Credit

If affected by cancellations, you can receive an FCC of 110% of your fare to rebook on an alternative available sailing up to April 2022. Please note that if the new booking is lower in value than the original, the future cruise voucher will be 10% of the new booking value. If the new booking is equal to or higher in value than the original, the future cruise voucher will be 10% of the original cancelled cruise.

These offers apply only to the cruise element of bookings where PlanetCruise.com are the tour operator of the holiday.

Flexible Booking Terms


Risk Free Booking- transfer your cancelled Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines sailing to another date or receive a full refund.

Flexible Terms- if you are unable to sail due to a positive coronavirus test you can transfer to a later date with no admin fees.

Covid Insurance- if you meet insurance partner Holiday Extras' health criteria, including those over 70 years, you'll be covered by a new policy. This means that if you become ill on your cruise, medical assistance, repatriation and accommodation for you and a companion will be covered.

Satisfaction Guarantee- if you booked your five night or longer cruise at least 12 weeks in advance and decide you don't want to continue sailing within 48 hours after departure, Fred. Olsen will pay for your return flight to the UK from the next port and refund your cruise.

T&Cs apply - please see the itinerary page for details


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