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Fred. Olsen Cruises

489 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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  • Who goes on Fred. Olsen cruise ships?

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

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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

Excellent Experience

Only suggestion I have for improvement is to allow waiting list people in to first sitting if , after two or three nights original bookers have not shown up.There were a lot of empty places in first sitting and people couldn’t get allocated to it.Read More
SeekingSerenity

couple2-5 Cruises

Age 71s

First time with Fred Olsen and won't be the last.

I would put Fred Olsen at least as good as P&O and maybe jusy a bit better even.Entertainment was very good, talented ship theatre company and very good guest performers.Read More
MikefromWales

many10+ Cruises

Age 78s

Comparing a smaller ship to the larger ones!

The Martini Experience was great for £22 pp and hubby loved the Whiskey tasting (£40pp).or just search Fred Olsens Bolette in YouTube and you'll fine some great vlogs online.Read More
Taste Trekker Tales

few6-10 Cruises

Age 54s

Great Cruise After A Shaky Start

In fact, apart from my cold buffet lunch that day and one dry, overcooked chicken breast later in the cruise the food was excellent.Four of the six were first time solo cruisers and it was nice on the last night when they said how much the company at dinner had contributed to making it a nice cruise.Read More
Steddiguy

couple2-5 Cruises

Age 57s

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