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Fred. Olsen cruises is a traditional British cruise operator, consisting of four small-mid-sized ships, Balmoral, Black Watch, Boudicca and Braemar. The company started trading commercially in 1966 after acquiring Black Watch and Black Prince. They sail all around the world, including Northern Europe, Baltics, Mediterranean, Adriatic, Canaries, Caribbean, Africa, Canada, USA and South America.

The affordable, traditional, British-style cruising is popular amongst many well-travelled cruisers. Attention to detail with service is important, with waiters remembering your favourite drink, along with ensuring a friendly, cosy atmosphere is created.

The classic cabaret acts and comedy nights will keep you entertained, whilst the string trios and expert musicians will add to the peaceful ambience rarely executed with the more robust cruise lines. 

Dining is varied; tuck in to a buffet, or go al fresco. An Afternoon Tea in the lounge by the piano is also an option, followed by a delightful evening dinner. Whether it’s marinated salmon or lamb shanks, the quintessentially British menu will ensure you leave with a fulfilled appetite with its 5-course menu spectacular. 

Comfortable en-suite cabins provide a TV, hairdryer, air conditioning and a safe for all your valuables. For the extra-special occasions, enquire about the Suite Dreams package, in which a welcome bottle of sparkling wine will be added, along with afternoon canapés and shuttle coach vouchers, amongst other benefits.

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.

Fred. Olsen Oceans Club members can benefit from a range of cruise rewards such as discounts on future cruises to priority cruise news and more. Oceans Club members can still claim their benefits when booking future Fred. Olsen cruises through Planet Cruise.

What's included

  •  Morning and afternoon tea
  • Gala buffet
  • Special interest programme
  • All meals and snacks
  • Daily onboard activities
  • Fitness centre

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Fred. Olsen cruise ships each offer their own unique dining experience and eateries. With some global influences, familiar favourites and quintessentially British menus, each ship hosts an array of restaurants with their own personalities and many come with awe-inspiring ocean views.

On any Fred. Olsen cruise ship you can guarantee gourmet satisfaction and the great company of like-minded cruisers and attentive staff alike.

Here are some of the restaurants you may expect to find aboard a classic Fred. Olsen cruise ship:

Ballindalloch Restaurant – available on Balmoral – The stylish main restaurant onboard the Balmoral, includes delicious and varied menus and is home to the lavish Gala dinner.

The Spey Restaurant & Avon Restaurant – available on Balmoral – These sister restaurants aboard Balmoral provide panoramic ocean views with a sumptuous a la carte menu to make your mouth water.

The Thistle Restaurant – available on Braemar – The main dining restaurant on Braemar, this stylish venue is surrounded by ocean views and provides Fred. Olsen’s iconic a la carte menus daily.

Grampian Restaurant – available on Braemar – More formal than its sister eatery, The Thistle Restaurant; this dining restaurant allows for a grand culinary voyage, bathed in the ocean surrounds and alongside existing and new-found companions.

Four Seasons Restaurant – available on Boudicca – Gourmet and freshly prepared meals concocted by award winning chefs – the main dining room onboard Boudicca is large and inviting and will be the focal point of any Boudicca cruise.

Tintagel Restaurant – available on Boudicca – Host to an intimate and cosy setting with high quality cuisine, great service and fabulous company.

The Heligan Room – available on Boudicca – Named after the ‘lost gardens’ this eatery is a wonderland of botanical art with a formal setting and high quality cuisine.

Secret Garden Café – available on Boudicca – An oriental styled self-service restaurant with a far-eastern ambience and a delicious array of cuisine.

Marquee Bar – available on Balmoral, Boudicca & Black Watch – Enjoy casual dinner al fresco on deck, fresh fish & chips are one of the favourite delicacies.

The Palms Café – available on Balmoral & Braemar – With a relaxed buffet-style service for those more casual evenings, the Palms Café is sure to impress with its homely favourites to the high Fred. Olsen standards you will come to expect.

The Glentanar Restaurant – available on Black Watch – The main dining restaurant aboard the Black Watch, host to panoramic ocean views and great food cooked by award-winning chefs.

The Orchid Room – available on Black Watch – An oriental-styled restaurant with an intimate feel and gourmet food.

The Braemar Garden Café – available on Black Watch – a casual lounge and bar area with a taste-tantalising buffet to keep you going throughout the day or as a casual alternative to a formal evening.

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