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Fred. Olsen Cruises

478 Reviews
Fred. Olsen Cruise Line

About Fred. Olsen Cruises

A family business since 1948, Norwegian-owned Fred. Olsen Cruises caters mainly to mature Brits, offering midsized ships sailing from U.K. ports as well as fly-cruises all over the world. The line is known for its classic style of cruising, with a fashionable but unflashy atmosphere.

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Fred. Olsen Cruises Tips, Activities, and Overview

Who goes on Fred. Olsen cruise ships?

Fred. Olsen appeals mainly to Brits over 65, with entertainment and activities geared to this demographic. A smattering of North Americans can also be found onboard, and in summer, multigenerational families are encouraged to join cruises operating in the school holidays.

Cruisers who choose Fred. Olsen want comfort rather than glitz and are not overfussed about fripperies like balcony cabins, butler service and multiple dining choices. The friendly atmosphere onboard also means a lot of solo travelers are attracted to the line.

Do I have to dress up on a Fred. Olsen cruise?

Yes, there is a dress code. Most evenings are smart-casual, which means collared shirts and chinos or smart jeans for men and dresses or separates for ladies -- just no shorts, sleeveless T-shirts or tracksuits.

Formal nights -- usually one per cruise -- require black tie or black suit and tie for men (and the tie rule is enforced in the dining room!) and cocktail or long dresses for ladies. There are also occasional theme nights, like a red, white and blue British night.

Is everything free on Fred. Olsen cruises?

No. Drinks, crew tips, spa treatments, some exercise classes, specialty restaurants, the formal afternoon tea and excursions cost extra.

What are Fred. Olsen’s most popular activities?

Passengers on Fred. Olsen tend to be traditional, so classic cruise activities, including quizzes and lectures, bridge lessons and tournaments, and arts and crafts sessions, are, by far, the most popular. Dancing is also in demand, with gentlemen dance hosts onboard and regular ballroom and Latin American sessions.

Why go with Fred. Olsen?

  • Midsized, midpriced classic ships with onboard activities geared to British tastes
  • Departures from a wide variety of U.K. ports to destinations worldwide
  • Known for the friendliness of the mainly Filipino crew

Best for: Mature, budget-minded Brits who don't need brand-new ships to keep them happy

Not for: Party animals, anyone looking for cruising's latest and greatest high-energy activities

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines Cruiser Reviews

A stormy voyage

The showtime group put on three energetic and popular shows.The meeting of all three of Fred Olsens ships.Read More
Fredworcester

10+ Cruises

Age 77s

A lovely cruse round Roman Spain

The swimming pool near the spa was good but rather awkward to get into, even for someone who’s fairly fit.The free classes offered in the gym were really good.Read More
SeekingSerenity

2-5 Cruises

Age 70s

A great 'Fleet in Funchal' cruise on Bolette

In fact the weather and various other unfortunate happenings meant that we on Bolette were the only ones who had a cruise that went to plan but, in the event, all three ships were in Funchal for the get-together and we all enjoyed a great day of fun and frolics.Being given free drinks vouchers to imbibe on other ships was a nice touch and it was great to meet up with a couple of crew member friends from past cruises on Balmoral as well as to have a good look at Borealis which we had not yet been aboard.Read More
AdeAfloat

10+ Cruises

Age 74s

One thing was even better than Saga!

Our previous cruise had been on Saga so it’s best not to compare the two, just treat them as different holidays, but the one thing Fred did better than Saga was to provide a little dish for used tea bags in the cabin.When we had an early start, we would get breakfast delivered to our cabin – we found the pastries, cereal etc enough to keep us going and appreciated it being included in the cruise fare.Read More
Eurovisionfan

10+ Cruises

Age 63s

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