Founded in 1848 in Huitsyen, a small town on Oslofjord in Norway, 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.

A variety of traditional entertainment, relaxation and fine dining may be found onboard. Owning smaller ships then a lot of their competitors, they can access ports larger ships are unable to visit.

Cruises range from 1-109 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 amongst British passengers today.

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Balmoral

Launched: 1987
Tonnage: 43,537
Length: 218
Total Crew: 510
Occupancy: 1,350
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The largest and most recent addition to the Fred. Olsen fleet, Balmoral offers passengers a classic, relaxing cruise experience. First launched in 1987, and refitted in 2008, she can accommodate over 1,300 passengers across 10 decks.
Blending modern and traditional elements, she provides a mixture of casual and formal dining across four restaurants and cafés. A host of entertainment and relaxation is on offer, including cabaret, dancing, live music and spa treatments.

Black Watch

Launched: 1972
Tonnage: 28,613
Length: 205
Total Crew: 330
Occupancy: 804
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Sister ship of Boudicca, Black Watch was first launched in 1972 and fully refit at the end of 2016. Offering a traditional cruising experience, she welcomes up to 804 passengers across her 8 decks. 

Black Watch is sleek, intimate and harks back to the days when cruise ships were revered for their style and charm. Focusing on providing a traditional cruise experience rather than gimmicks such as climbing walls and on board bumper cars, Black Watch feels friendly and familiar. This is further enhanced by the attentive staff who strive to offer service with a smile and remember the important things, such as your name and favourite tipple and how your like your eggs cooked at breakfast.

Able to accommodate up to 804 guests, there are a selection of suites and ocean view rooms to choose from, providing ample room and everything you need for a comfortable enjoyable and stress-free stay; and spacious public rooms bathed in natural light and retaining the elegant style of a traditional cruise ship. Black Watch has four restaurants options, including the stylish Glentanar Restaurant and beautiful Orchid Room which has a wonderful oriental look and feel. Before dinner you could delve into a good book in the well-stocked library, relax in the warmth on the Sun Deck, sample a great selection of premium gin at the Marquee Bar, or even devour a premium afternoon tea. Don?t miss the extravaganza of music, dance and comedy at evening shows in the Neptune Lounge.

Black Watch sails from ports all around the UK, and thanks to her new Terrace Balcony Rooms, offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy unforgettable sights and experiences as you cruise the world?s most spectacular waterways to a string of stunning destinations.

Boudicca

Launched: 1973
Tonnage: 28,388
Length: 205
Total Crew: 329
Occupancy: 880
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Up to 880 people can enjoy a cruise onboard Boudicca ? not the thousands to be found on most ships these days ? so there?s plenty of space for everyone. And Boudicca is small enough to reach shores many rival cruise ships cannot.

Inside, indulge yourself at the Tintagel and Four Seasons Restaurants. Lounge around on the Deck, or in one of the two Jacuzzis, or splash around in one of their three pools. And when the sun?s shining, the tasty poolside buffet will hit the spot. You'll have days and nights to remember onboard Boudicca.

Braemar

Launched: 1993
Tonnage: 24,344
Length: 196
Total Crew: 371
Occupancy: 929
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Launched in 1993, refitted in 2008, Braemar is a small destination ship with 7 decks able to cater for around 900 guests. With large windows, polished wood, shining brass fittings and classic fabrics, she offers a charming, traditional feel. Designed with more mature cruising passengers in mind, a range of dining, entertainment and relaxation facilities are onboard.