Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has defined and refined the cruise experience, and judging by the number of passengers that come back time and again, they seem to have styled it to perfection.

Many of today's ships are so vast that passengers feel removed from the very essence of a cruise. Not so with the four distinctive Fred. Olsen vessels. Rather than impersonal floating leviathans, Braemar, Black Watch, Boudicca and Balmoral are smaller ships where the emphasis is on you - a welcome guest and not just a cabin number.

By operating smaller vessels they can moor in the very heart of things where it is often a short walk down the gang-way to shore rather than a lengthy tender ride to port. What's more you will be able to come and go as you please, maybe to pop back for lunch or drop off your shopping bags before you head back ashore to explore some more.

The Fred. Olsen Difference
* Personal & friendly service
* Traditional British cruising
* English speaking crew
* Sterling currency on board
* 218 single cabins across the fleet
* Value for money (see What’s Included)
* Cruises of all durations (2–119 nights)
* High customer loyalty
* Fantastic cuisine
* Great entertainment
* We visit over 200 exciting destinations

Smaller, Friendlier Ships
* Interesting and more varied itineraries; Fred. Olsen ships can sail to smaller ports that bigger ships cannot reach
* Less tendering; more time ashore
* Family run business
* More sociable atmosphere on board than ships with thousands of passengers
* Friendlier service where guests are remembered by name, not just a number

What’s Included
*Comfortable en suite room accommodation, including TV, hairdryer, individual air conditioning, and in-room safe (or use of free safety deposit boxes).
*Fine dining, informal buffets and late-night snacks throughout the day and early evening.
*Complimentary tea and coffee during the day and early evening at selected venues.
*Morning coffee with biscuits, and afternoon sandwiches and cakes.
*In-room sandwiches and snacks.
*All evening entertainment, including cabarets and dancing.
*Captain's cocktail party and gala buffet.
*On board leisure facilities, including swimming pools, Jacuzzis and use of gym equipment.
*Daily on board activities and free lectures.
*Vistas special interest programmes, or Music & Laughter headline entertainers on many cruises (relevant Shore Tours and some add-ons may be chargeable).
*All port taxes for UK ports, Scottish ports of call and UK airport departure taxes (where collectable in advance).

UPGRADE TO ALL INCLUSIVE
Fred. Olsen cruise is always great value, with so much included in the price. Now you can add even more value to your holiday by upgrading to All Inclusive from just £10 per person, per night.

You can enjoy selected beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks, all for one set price. Plus, you will be entitled to 50% discount off premium and branded drinks too.

Ships

  • Sailing on: 20th Oct 2017
  • Departing from: Southampton, England
  • Arriving at: Southampton, England
  • Starting from: Request Online
  • Duration: 14 nights
Braemar, Authentic Andalusia ex Southampton Return

14 Night Cruise sailing from Southampton roundtrip aboard Braemar.

  • Sailing on: 29th Oct 2017
  • Departing from: Southampton, England
  • Arriving at: Southampton, England
  • Starting from: AU$6,081 per person, twin share*
  • Duration: 32 nights
Balmoral, A Caribbean Discovery ex Southampton Roundtrip

32 Night Caribbean Discovery cruise departing roundtrip from Southampton onboard Balmoral.

  • Sailing on: 31st Oct 2017
  • Departing from: Harwich, England
  • Arriving at: Harwich, England
  • Starting from: AU$1,857 per person, twin share*
  • Duration: 10 nights
Black Watch, Captain's Mystery Cruise ex Harwich Return

10 Night Captain's Mystery Cruise departing roundtrip from Harwich onboard Black Watch.

  • Sailing on: 3rd Nov 2017
  • Departing from: Southampton, England
  • Arriving at: Southampton, England
  • Starting from: AU$1,350 per person, twin share*
  • Duration: 7 nights
Braemar, Waterways of Belgium and Holland ex Southampton Return

7 Night Cruise sailing from Southampton roundtrip aboard Braemar.

  • Sailing on: 10th Nov 2017
  • Departing from: Harwich, England
  • Arriving at: Harwich, England
  • Starting from: AU$505 per person, twin share*
  • Duration: 3 nights
Balck Watch, France & Belgium Break ex Harwich Return

3 Night France & Belgium cruise departing roundtrip from Harwich onboard Black Watch.

  • Sailing on: 10th Nov 2017
  • Departing from: Southampton, England
  • Arriving at: Southampton, England
  • Starting from: AU$3,209 per person, twin share*
  • Duration: 13 nights
Braemar, Andalusia & the Algarve ex Southampton Return

13 Night Cruise sailing from Southampton roundtrip aboard Braemar.

  • Sailing on: 13th Nov 2017
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  • Arriving at:
  • Starting from: AU $2,592 per person, twin share*
  • Duration: 18 nights
SUN, SOUKS & SIESTAS

  • Sailing on: 13th Nov 2017
  • Departing from:
  • Arriving at:
  • Starting from: AU $4,619 per person, twin share*
  • Duration: 18 nights
** SINGLES OFFER ** SUN, SOUKS & SIESTAS

  • Sailing on: 13th Nov 2017
  • Departing from: Tilbury, England
  • Arriving at: Tilbury, England
  • Starting from: AU$2,533 per person, twin share*
  • Duration: 18 nights
Black Watch, Sun, Souks & Siestas ex Tilbury Return

18 Night Sun, Souks & Siestas cruise departing roundtrip from Tilbury onboard Black Watch.

  • Sailing on: 16th Nov 2017
  • Departing from: Port Louis, Mauritius
  • Arriving at: Port Louis, Mauritius
  • Starting from: AU$3,462 per person, twin share*
  • Duration: 14 nights
Boudicca, Islands of the Indian Ocean ex Port Louis Return

14 Night Indian Ocean Cruise departing roundtrip from Port Louis onboard Boudicca.

  • Sailing on: 30th Nov 2017
  • Departing from: Port Louis, Mauritius
  • Arriving at: Port Louis, Mauritius
  • Starting from: AU$2,533 per person, twin share*
  • Duration: 14 nights
Boudicca, Islands of the Indian Ocean ex Port Louis Return

14 Night Indian Ocean Cruise departing roundtrip from Port Louis onboard Boudicca.

  • Sailing on: 30th Nov 2017
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  • Starting from: AU $778 per person, twin share*
  • Duration: 8 nights
CRUISING EUROPEAN CITIES

  • Sailing on: 30th Nov 2017
  • Departing from: Southampton, England
  • Arriving at: Southampton, England
  • Starting from: AU$809 per person, twin share*
  • Duration: 8 nights
Balmoral, European Cities ex Southampton Return

8 Night Cruise sailing from Southampton roundtrip aboard Balmoral.

  • Sailing on: 1st Dec 2017
  • Departing from: Tilbury, England
  • Arriving at: Tilbury, England
  • Starting from: AU$843 per person, twin share*
  • Duration: 6 nights
Black Watch, Scottish Winter Warmer ex Tilbury Return

6 Night Scottish Winter Warmer cruise departing roundtrip from Tilbury onboard Black Watch.

  • Sailing on: 5th Dec 2017
  • Departing from: Southampton, England
  • Arriving at: Bridgetown, Barbados
  • Starting from: AU$1,857 per person, twin share*
  • Duration: 16 nights
Braemar, Voyage to the Caribbean ex Southampton to Bridgetown

16 Night Cruise sailing from Southampton to Bridgetown aboard Braemar.

  • Sailing on: 7th Dec 2017
  • Departing from: Tilbury, England
  • Arriving at: Tilbury, England
  • Starting from: AU$843 per person, twin share*
  • Duration: 6 nights
Black Watch, Christmas Markets & Rivers of Germany ex Tilbury Return

6 Night Christmas Markets & Rivers of Germany cruise departing roundtrip from Tilbury onboard Black Watch.

  • Sailing on: 13th Dec 2017
  • Departing from: Tilbury, England
  • Arriving at: Southampton, England
  • Starting from: AU$117 per person, twin share*
  • Duration: 1 nights
Black Watch, Southampton Short Break ex Tilbury to Southampton

1 Night Southampton Short Break cruise departing from Tilbury to Southampton onboard Black Watch.

  • Sailing on: 14th Dec 2017
  • Departing from: Southampton, England
  • Arriving at: Southampton, England
  • Starting from: AU$843 per person, twin share*
  • Duration: 7 nights
Black Watch, City Lights & Overnights ex Southampton Return

7 Night City Lights & Overnights cruise departing roundtrip from Southampton onboard Black Watch.

  • Sailing on: 14th Dec 2017
  • Departing from: Port Louis, Mauritius
  • Arriving at: Port Louis, Mauritius
  • Starting from: AU$2,364 per person, twin share*
  • Duration: 14 nights
Boudicca, Indian Ocean Islands & Zanzibar ex Port Louis Return

14 Night Indian Ocean Cruise departing roundtrip from Port Louis onboard Boudicca.

  • Sailing on: 14th Dec 2017
  • Departing from: Port Louis, Mauritius
  • Arriving at: Cape Town, South Africa
  • Starting from: AU$5,405 per person, twin share*
  • Duration: 28 nights
Boudicca, Indian Ocean Islands & South Africa ex Port Louis to Cape Town

28 Night Cruise sailing from Port Louis to Cape Town aboard Boudicca.

Dining to suit every taste...

Enjoy a taste of our superb food, made the way you like it, at every meal you take on board one of our cruise ships.

One of the highlights of a Fred. Olsen cruise is the food. Expert chefs lovingly produce great dishes night after night. Every day menus are something special, with appetisers like herb-marinated salmon or crab cocktail and indulgent main courses like sirloin steak with a choice of sauces, pan seared red snapper with scallops, slow roast duckling confit or balsamic braised lamb shank.

Of course there are vegetarian dishes and healthy choices too, with an emphasis on fish dishes inspired by our Norwegian heritage; so even if you’re watching your diet, you’re in for a treat!

The desserts are every bit as tasty (think white chocolate parfait or mango apple tart) and the sugar free option means no-one has to miss out.

The Maitre d’ on board allocates your dining table arrangements. You can request first sitting (6.30pm) or second sitting (8.30pm) at time of booking. When you arrive on board you will find a Restaurant Seating Card in your cabin, which will advise you of your table number and dining time. This will be your allocated table for the duration of the cruise.

The main restaurants are:

Black Watch Glentanar Restaurant

Boudicca Four Seasons and Tintagel Restaurants

Braemar Thistle and Grampian Restaurants

Balmoral Ballindalloch, Avon and Spey Restaurants.
Ballindalloch is the main restaurant on Deck 6, whilst the Avon and Spey are more
intimate restaurants on Deck 10. Menu and service are identical.

Mealtimes are as flexible as possible – after all you are on holiday. Breakfast is normally served between 7.15 and 10.00am and lunch between 12.00 and 2.00pm in the main restaurants. A buffet breakfast and lunch will also be served in the Palms Cafe on both Braemar and Balmoral, and weather permitting, in the Poolside Cafe and Marquee Pool Bar on Black Watch.

‘Open Sitting’ evening dining is offered as an informal option in the Garden Cafe on Black Watch, The Secret Garden on Boudicca, and in the Palms Cafe on both Braemar and Balmoral. These informal restaurants operate on a self service basis, but a bar service is available.

Dress Code
Generally speaking, the style is informal, with gentlemen wearing jacket and tie (lounge suit or sports jacket is fine) and ladies smartly dressed. On ‘Formal’ evenings, gentlemen will prefer to wear ‘black tie’ with ladies elegantly dressed in cocktail or evening dress. As a guideline there are usually four formal nights on a two-week cruise. Details will be supplied with your travel documents.

Dining times

Meal Normal Sitting Late Sitting
Breakfast 7.15am - 9.30am 7.30am - 10.00am
Lunch 12.00pm - 2.00pm
Dinner 6.30pm - 8.30pm 8.30pm - 10.30pm

What is your procedure for tipping on board ?

Gratuities are not included in the cost of your holiday. However, we pride ourselves on the service offered to our guests, and are confident that you’ll wish to reward staff on board for this service, although tipping is entirely at your discretion.

As a general rule, gratuities are charged at £4.00 per person, per day for guests aged 12 and over. This is split between your stewardess and restaurant waiter, and will be automatically added to your on board account. Please remember that our gratuities, while very much appreciated, are voluntary and therefore can be adjusted or removed completely at Guest Services on board the ship if you wish.

For your convenience, you are also able to pay gratuities before your cruise. At the time of booking you will be asked if you’d like to pay prior to travel. If so, you’ll pay 15% of the charge as part of your deposit, and pay the rest when the final balance of your cruise is collected.

If you do not pre-pay at the time of booking, but wish to pay your gratuities before you join the ship, simply call our reservations department at least 5 days before departure and the team will be happy to help.

Do You Cater for Children ?

On peak holiday cruises, we will arrange a variety of family orientated childrens activities. These activities will include arts and crafts, disco’s, treasure hunts and similar events, which will be advertised in the Daily Times on board. Separate family pool times will also be advertised.

Whereas these activities will be run by our team of hosts and hostesses, they will not be supervised and will require the parent/guardian to be in attendance at all times. These activities are designed to promote family fun, and whilst the target age is 5-11 years, all family members are welcome.

Babysitting
Unfortunately no baby-sitting services are available on any of the Fred Olsen Cruise Line ships.