May 17th, 2017 by Francesca Bandini
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines have just announced their exciting new programme, European River Cruising. The new cruises will depart between April and November 2018 and are on general sale from the 26th of May. What to expect from Fred. Olsen river cruising?
Brabant – the way to Fred. Olsen river cruising
The line’s river ship is a 156-guest vessel, named Brabant. This small vessel, 110 meters long, confirms the importance of an intimate atmosphere on board for Fred. Olsen River Cruises. However, on board there is plenty of space both in the public areas and on deck, so guest can admire the panorama in comfort as they sail by.
Brabant was built in 2006 and its name is dear to the Fred’s heirs: “the name Brabant harks back to Fred. Olsen’s historic passenger ship of the same name from the 1920s” as Justin Stanton, Sales and Marketing Director, stated.
Brabant has a country house hotel feel to it, the elegance of the cherry wooden interiors is contrasted by modern and vibrant colours. The atmosphere is elegant yet everything is made to enhance relaxation and enjoy never seen before views. In fact, many staterooms feature a Juliette balcony with panoramic views. The homely feel will be spread throughout the four decks with less than 80 rooms and suites and with 40 crew members.
The Fred.’s difference translated into Fred. Olsen river cruising
- The British market is still the focus: the traditional British style of cruising will not be left out Brabant, English will be the main language on board and the cuisine will certainly have a British flair.
- Sterling on board: the cruise line will maintain pounds as a currency.
- ‘Home-from-home’ atmosphere: the friendly and welcoming atmosphere will continue on river cruising, your needs will always be a priority aboard.
- Award Winning Customer Service: friendly. efficient and personal customer service will be another feature of Fred. Olsen River Cruise.
- Scenic cruising: with more time dedicated to daily cruising, allowing guests to experience astonishing panoramic views.
- Unmissable excursions: Fred. Olsen is transporting into river cruising their passion for excursions that give guests the chance to collect unforgettable memories, get closer to the local culture and pepper their holidays with a bit of adventure.
- Enjoyment Promise: you can buy with confidence with the Enjoyment Promise, by booking your cruise at least 12 weeks before departure, and within 24 hours of sailing, you can decide to return home. And your flight will be paid and your cruise fare reimbursed.
Sneak peek of the Fred. Olsen River Cruises brochure
Curious to know what is yet to come? Here is an idea of what you can expect, when the cruises go on sale. One of our top picks is the Springtime Dutch Discovery – A fantastic cruise discovering some of the most picturesque and less known spots of Europe, cruising the Pannerden Canal and the remarkable Dutch countryside. This cruise is the perfect way to try out river cruising and you will also be amongst the first to travel with Fred. Olsen River cruises, plus the starting price is only from £999pp*!
Brabant will be visiting the most iconic ports of Europe, itineraries include, Düsseldorf, Germany to Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Düsseldorf to Nuremberg, Germany; Nuremberg to Budapest, Hungary; Budapest to Hirsova (Bucharest), Romania; Düsseldorf to Basel, Switzerland; and Hirsova (Bucharest) to Düsseldorf. The cruise duration is varied too to accommodate all the liking, from 5 to 25 nights. Flights and transfers will be included in the fare, but there is the option to purchase cruise only.
We bet that Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines lovers will book a river cruise onboard Brabant immediately. In fact, we think cabins will sell out fast once on general sale, on the 26th May, so contact us today to ensure priority booking. Remember, our best price promise guaranteed: we will be able to give a discount to the brochure fare.
Good luck to Fred. Olsen River Cruises too for this brave new venture!
*Terms and conditions: Prices shown are subject to availability based upon 2 adults sharing the lowest available grade within the stateroom type specified. Offer is subject to availability and can be withdrawn at any time. The promotion is applicable to new bookings only. Cruise line terms and conditions apply. Errors and omissions excepted. Prices and availability are correct at time of publishing and may go up or down. Including flights from London. Other airports available at a supplement.
November 14th, 2016 by Francesca Bandini
Cruisers’ favourite ship “Black Watch” will undergo a multi-million pound refurbishment on the 20 November 2016 to get ready for the 2017/2018 cruises. The ship will be undertaking upgrades to the public areas as well as the cabins, also the usual maintenance work will take place. As Mike Rodwell, Managing Director of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said:
“Our significant investment in refurbishing and upgrading Black Watch will ensure that our guests will be able to enjoy her classic looks and unique, intimate ambience for many years to come.”
Are you curious to see what is going to change on Black Watch? Don’t miss the boat and explore all the upgrades that will take place.
What are the major changes of the Black Watch of the future?
After the refurbishment, Black Watch will certainly have a fresher look and everyone is looking forward to seeing the end result. The main areas to be tackled will be the public lounges.
- A new Interactive TV system will be installed in the 423 cabins across the ship
- All the bathrooms are due to be refurbished
- Safes and mini-bars as standard will be located in the cabins
- The Garden Cafe is being converted into a new restaurant, ‘Brigadoon‘ in keeping with Fred’s scottish connections: The new restaurant will offer a stylish dining experience (for up to 54 guests)
- The Braemar Courtyard will turn into a speciality dining restaurant called ‘The Black Watch Room’, providing an à la carte menu: for example steaks cooked to order (for up to 46 guests)
- The Glentanar restaurant will be also transformed completely with a new organisation and new look
- The Morning Light Pub will be relocated on the actual Braemar Lounge, a new bar will be installed and there will be new furniture and fabrics
- New Neptune bar in place of the old Morning Light Pub, and all the bars will be modernised
- 3D movies and shows will be projected in the Marina Theatre
Black Watch will depart soon to the Blohm + Voss shipyard in Hamburg, she will be refitted in 26 days. Her first sailing will be a festive cruise to the German Christmas market on December the 15th from London Tilbury.
Similar upgrades are expected to the rest of the fleet – Balmoral, Braemar & Boudicca in the coming years.
Image credit: Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
October 3rd, 2016 by Francesca Bandini
We all know how it is important to feel comfortable around other people and the way you dress certainly influences your self-confidence. Cruise lines adopt various dress codes and before packing you should know what is the expected dress code for your cruise. Read below to discover the dress codes for each cruise line.
Cunard Cruises dress code
This cruise line envisages a quiet formal dress code throughout the various night cruises. In fact the dress codes varies from elegant, formal up to semi-formal. For men, jackets are not always required and this will be specified in the on board journal. Having said that there is the possibility to adopt a more informal dress code in certain areas of the ship such as the lido area. Swimwear is not allowed anywhere in the ship.
P&O Cruises dress code
There are two dress codes to be observed on P&O Cruises: Evening casual and Black tie, both apply after 6 pm in the main venues. These will be announced in the on board journal and prior to departure in your booking details. During the day time you can wear what you would be wearing during a holiday, shorts are permitted.
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines dress code
The dress code for the evenings vary. Every cruise will include one or more formal nights, whilst on the other nights the dress code required is smart casual, where a pair of smart trousers or black jeans together with a shirt or a polo t-shirt are accepted. In the daytime you can wear what you prefer to feel at ease.
Norwegian Cruise Line dress code
NCL is well known for its Freedom at sea campaign, they in fact envisage a free style of cruising and this reflects in the dress code. You can wear what you like in the evenings and at formal restaurants. NCL asks you only to be considerate and avoid wearing the following items on dining areas: tank tops (for men), flip flops, visors or baseball caps, jeans with holes or below the hips.
Celebrity Cruises dress code
Celebrity Cruises envisage a smart casual dress code throughout most of the evenings on board. There will be a chic evening or more (depending on the duration of your cruise), and in that occasion you are required to dress to impress, without the need of being too formal.
Cruise & Maritime Voyages dress code
The dress code is smart casual on most of the evenings, requiring shirt and trousers for men and a smart outfit (dress/trousers) for women. On formal nights, guests are required to comply with the dress code, wearing a suit with a tie for men and an evening gown for women. Although the dress code is casual during the day, swimwear and similar should only be worn in the designated areas.
Royal Caribbean International dress code
The general dress code on board is smart casual for the evenings. There are formal nights on board with cocktail dresses or elegant trousers for woman and suit for men (black tie is optional) as part of the dress code. During lunch time flip flops, shorts and t-shirts are allowed on board and at restaurants.
Saga Cruises dress code dress code
Saga Cruises are exclusively reserved to over 50s and the dress code is relaxed with an extra touch. On evenings ladies are required to wear cocktail dresses and smart jacket/cardigan. For men chinos and shirt are perfect. There is the chance to wear a more elegant attire on formal nights. During daytime light trousers and smart tops are OK, ideally accompanied by nice jewelry or scarves.
Princess Cruises dress code
Princes Cruises recommend to dress as if you were going to a stylish land-based resort. There will be smart casual evenings requiring shirt and trousers (for men), and on cruises of more than 4 days there will be some formal nights as well. During the day time you can dress according to the climate therefore a more relaxed outfit is fine.
Voyages to Antiquity dress code
The dress code is very informal throughout your cruise. During the day you are advised to dress for the climate and any excursions you are taking part in. As for evenings, a more smart casual dress code is required, but very far from formal. However, if you fancy dressing up for a night, you get the chance to on the Captain's Cocktail night.
Regent Seven Seas dress code
The recommended dress code for the evening is Elegant Casual resort wear (tie is not required), whilst trainers and jeans are not permitted. The dress code may range from semi-formal to formal on cruises of 16 nights or more. Before 6pm the dress code is definitely more relaxed, requiring a more casual style.
MSC cruises dress code
Overall the dress code is casual. However on formal nights men are required to wear ties and jackets and women cocktails dresses. There are also specific themed evenings, and guests are encouraged to comply with the theme.
Seabourne dress code
The dress code on board applies after 6pm. Casual smart outfits are required throughout the ship (trousers and shirt, dresses). During formal nights an appropriate formal code is required in the restaurants.
September 30th, 2016 by Francesca Bandini
To avoid disappointment, it is good to know in advance the alcohol policy of your cruise line. Read below to discover the alcohol policies for each cruise line.
Cruise lines’ alcohol policies
Cunard Cruises alcohol policy
You are allowed to bring a bottle of wine on board on embarkation day, but beers and spirits need to be purchased on board. However, alcohol bought at ports or shops on board can be consumed in your cabin with no restrictions.
P&O Cruises alcohol policy
You are allowed to bring a small quantity of alcohol on board. There isn’t an official restriction, but the cruise line reserves the right to confiscate alcohol. When you buy alcohol at duty free shops, you can collect your purchase only on disembarkation day.
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines alcohol policy
Guests cannot bring their own alcohol. Alcohol bought at ports or at duty free will be retained by the cruise line and given back at the end of the cruise.
Norwegian Cruise Line alcohol policy
Guests are allowed to bring Champagne or wine on board, but no spirits or beer.
Celebrity Cruises alcohol policy
Passengers can bring two bottles of wine or Champagne each, but beers and and spirits are forbidden. If alcohol is purchased at ports, it will be retained by the cruise lines and released on the last day.
Cruise & Maritime Voyages alcohol policy
Guests are not allowed to carry any alcohol on board. In regards to alcohol purchased at duty free shops, it will be given to customers at the end of the cruise.
Royal Caribbean International alcohol policy
For private consumption guests can bring up to two bottles of wine/champagne per cabin.
Princess cruises alcohol policy
On embarkation day each guest can bring only one bottle of wine/Champagne. Alcohol purchased during the cruise will be kept by the cruise line and given back at the end of the cruise.
Voyages to Antiquity alcohol policy
Wine and Champagne bought on the shop on board or a shore can be keep in the staterooms, other alcoholic beverages will be kept by the cruise line and deliver back on the date of departure.
Saga cruises alcohol policy
Saga doesn’t have a strict alcohol policy as other cruise line, guests are allowed to consume in their cabin alcohol bought ashore or aboard, so the custom will exercise rule.
Regent Seven Seas alcohol policy
The cruise line does not restrict alcohol carried on board.
MSC Cruises alcohol policy
Guests are not allowed to bring their own alcohol on board. Alcohol purchased ashore will be held until the end of the cruise.
Passengers can bring up to three bottles of wine/Champagne on board, but spirits and beers are not allowed.
Seabourne alcohol policy
The cruise line does not restrict alcohol carried on board.
Cruise Lines alcohol policy are updated at the time of publishing and may change at any time.