fred olsen cruise lines

Founded in 1848 in Huitsyen, Norway. Started by 3 Olsen brothers, Fredrik Christian, Petter and Andreas, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has a long history of over 150 years.

The brothers began an international shipping company and, in 1901, the business first ventured into taking passengers abroad. Now in it’s fifth generation of the family, Fred. Olsen pride themselves on having adopted a traditional British style of cruising, offering a more intimate and attentive service.

Fred. Olsen Cruises set themselves apart from the current trend of 'bigger is better'. For those seeking a 'home away from home' Fred. Olsen is the perfect choice of cruise line due to their smaller ships. The smaller sized ships mean that guests can visit a wider range of destinations across the world. From the shimmering shored of the Mediterranean to their grand voyages in Africa and the Indian Ocean, every itinerary ensures that guests receive the best possible experience in each port of call. 

No matter which ship you choose, you will be sure to find everything you need to enjoy your cruise holiday. There is a variety of traditional entertainment, bars, lounges, salons, gym and swimming pools, not to mention the exceptional range of fine dining venues on board.

Cruises range from 2-119 nights; the fleet of 4 ships calls at 240 ports in 78 countries. Fred. Olsen’s rich heritage and traditional cruising principles has made them one of the most popular cruise operators among British passengers today.

Why Cruise with Fred. Olsen Cruise Line?

On selected cruises, special interest themed excursions are on offer, where a range of activities and entertainment will be provided regarding a particular point of interest or subject. A selected guest speaker will talk about their subject and ‘Shore Tours’ providing guests with all the information they need. 

A ‘Shore Tour’ is a tour of a particular destination that will help bring to life and give a better understanding of the particular theme/subject that is being taught. One example of a shore tour is the tour of the wine regions of Bordeaux and Rioja while wine expert Jilly Goolden delivers talks onboard and there is the opportunity to take part in wine-tasting activities and entertainment.

The majority of theme programs are free of charge, however relevant materials and ‘Shore Tours’ may have an additional cost.

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Meet the Fleet

Balmoral
The largest and most recent addition to the Fred. Olsen fleet
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Black Watch
Black Watch was first launched in 1972, offering a more traditional cruising experience
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Braemar
Braemar is a small destination ship with 7 decks able to cater for around 900 guests
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Boudicca
Boudicca offers a classic British feel capable of accommodating up to 900 passengers
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