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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 181
  • Fleet: 4 Ships
  • Destinations: 25

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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 accomodation 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 (24 hours on a Brabant River Cruise), Fred. Olsen will pay for your return flight to the UK from the next port and refund your cruise.

Refundable Deposit - for new bookings made now for a cruise departing in 2021, change your mind about travelling nearer to the embarkation date and you'll be able to move your deposit to a different cruise with no admin fees or receive a refund of your deposit in full.

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Fred. Olsen Covid-19 safety measures

  • Insurance

    Fred. Olsen's preferred insurance partner, Holiday Extras, offers cover which includes coronavirus. If you become ill during your cruise, medical assistance. repatriation costs and accommodation for you and a companion will be covered if needed. This policy is available to all guests who meet Holiday Extra’s health criteria, including those aged over 70.

  • Cleaning

    Every surface in every venue will be cleaned using antiviral and antibacterial solutions, overseen by a Sanitation Officer who will carry out regular audits. Cabins will be cleaned every day, and deep cleaned between cruises. As well as this, guests can enjoy 100% fresh air throughout the fleet of small ships, with little requirement for air recirculation.

  • Medical

    The specialist medical facilities onboard Fred. Olsen ships are operated by doctors and nurses. Working with Public Health England, they are developing processes to ensure any guests showing symptoms can be isolated and treated onshore and onboard.

  • Ashore

    Tour partners are pre-approved, and will only visit attractions where Fred. Olsen's tour providers are sure that safety standards are being met. Tour groups are limited to 25 guests, while having smaller ships than other lines mean more port options should an itinerary have to change.

  • Onboard

    The onboard experience with Fred. Olsen Cruise Line will be adapted so that, whilst still enjoying a relaxing and memorable voyage, guests can be safe, including at mealtimes, entertainment and when moving throughout the ships.

  • Crew

    So that a high level of hygiene is maintained onboard, all crew will be trained in the new protocols.

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