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Fred. Olsen Cruises have established themselves as a cruise line with an excellent reputation for interesting and varied itineraries, becoming synonymous with comfortable, friendly and traditional cruising aboard their much-loved ships. With a fleet of smaller-sized ships, including Borealis and Bolette, the country club atmosphere means that Fred. Olsen not only transports guests right to the heart of each destination, but service across their fleet is both attentive and personalised, making you feel at home from the moment you step onboard. From perfectly cooked meals to engaging and enriching entertainment, Fred. Olsen Cruises truly have it all.

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Dining

Dining onboard with Fred. Olsen offers a great variety, designed to suit your needs and mood. Whether you're looking for a casual mealtime, waiter service or dishes delivered directly to your room, the experienced team of chefs onboard are dedicated to bringing guests some of the best dining at sea.

Fred. Olsen Included Dining

  • Casual Dining- offered throughout the day onboard Fred Olsen's ships, there is casual, open seated buffet dining where guests can enjoy dishes from around the world at breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Main Dining Rooms- the main dining rooms offer an elegant, traditional feel, as well as the comfort of dining at the same time and table throughout your cruise, alongside fabulous cuisine and impeccable service. Whether dressed for a less-formal evening, or enjoying a black-tie gala night, the restaurants ooze the quintessential charm of a British run cruise line. Each ship in the fleet offers at least two dining rooms, where you can enjoy wonderfully served breakfast, long lunches and elegant evenings throughout your cruise. There are two dinner sittings to choose from, making it a flexible dining option throughout your cruise.

Fred. Olsen Speciality dining

If you want to try something different from the main dining rooms during your cruise, each ship offers decadent specialty dining options, including Colours & Tastes, that features delicious Asian Fusion cuisine and Vasco which grants a taste of India in an intimate setting.

Fred. Olsen Afternoon Tea

One of Fred Olsen's most popular treats, available at a small additional cost, is the Afternoon Tea. Head to the Observatory Lounge, where classical musicians add to the ambience, while being served a selection of premium teas, from Taylor of Harrogate, along with finger sandwiches, fresh scones and pastries.

Entertainment

Every night Fred. Olsen Cruises provide lively and diverse onboard entertainment, ensuring an evening to remember:

  • Live music, cabaret and stand-up comedy in the main show lounge
  • Have a dance to the resident band, with dance hosts on hand should you need them

Alternatively, if your idea of a memorable evening is something a little more laid-back, have a drink and make new friends in the cosy onboard bars and lounges.

Destinations

Fred. Olsen Cruises depart from the UK, from the departure ports of Southampton, Dover, Liverpool, Newcastle, Rosyth on Med cruises, Canary Island cruises, Scandinavia cruises and Baltic and Fjords cruises. With these sailings you can avoid flying, and begin your holiday the second you step onto a Fred. Olsen cruise ship. In addition, exotic holidays with Fred. Olsen can be all inclusive for a small additional cost!

Read our recent blog - Top Things to do in Iceland for some useful travel inspiration; a destination visited by Fred. Olsen Cruises.

Fred. Olsen's 2026 Grand Voyages

Fred. Olsen have just announced that they will be offering incredible Grand Voyages in 2026, visiting some of the world's most extraordinary destinations, from Bora Bora to Sydney and Egypt. Sailing on Bolette or Borealis, these world cruises will be unlike anything you've experienced before:

Things to do

Spa and fitness

Whether you're a fitness enthusiast or would just like to burn off that extra dessert you indulged in at dinner, Fred Olsen Cruises' sports and fitness facilities are perfect for everyone. Go for a run, a row or lift some weights at the onboard gym or get involved in a group exercise class. Alternatively, the large deck space is perfect for a brisk stroll in the sea air.

Alternatively, for a holiday treat, check out the Atlantis Spa. Open from 8am-8pm, the wide range of beauty and spa treatments, including facials, hairdressing and manicures, will leave you feeling brand new.

Recreation

For those free hours you have onboard, why not take the time to learn a new skill, relax with a good book or learn something interesting from guest speakers and port talks? Other activities include ballroom dancing, arts and crafts, guest speakers and quizzes.

All of Fred. Olsen's ships now also offer unique Signature Experiences, including Treats of the Region dining experiences, fascinating commentary about the destinations you visit and itinerary insights given by enthusiastic guest speakers.

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Fred. Olsen Suites

When you cruise with Fred. Olsen you can make your freetime even more restful by discovering one of the fleet's impressive suites. With sizes varying from single suites to more spacious rooms, and most even boasting a balcony, you're sure to feel at home whichever you choose. From the single Balcony Suite, ideal for those sailing alone, to the Premier Suite which comes with a bedroom and separate lounge area, there's no better place to enjoy some peace and quiet than in your sumptuous suite.

Loyalty scheme

Loyal Fred. Olsen Cruises guests can join Fred. Olsen Oceans Club to be the first to hear about the latest news and receive exclusive cruise benefits and rewards. One point is earned for each night spent onboard and contributes towards your membership tier.

See our blog - A Quick Guide to Fred. Olsen’s Oceans Club to find out more!

Booking Onboard with Fred Olsen

Fred Olsen is one of the best cruise lines to book onboard at the moment. Take advantage of this useful service while sailing to enjoy exclusive deals and benefits for your next getaway.

Cruising Solo with Fred. Olsen

Fred. Olsen is one of the top cruise lines for solo cruises and a fantastic option for any singles wanting to explore some stunning destinations around the world in comfort. With a selection of spacious balcony suites available on Fred. Olsen ships and a series of events designed specifically for solo travellers, you’re in for an unforgettable holiday on any one of these sensational cruise ships.

Fred. Olsen FAQs

  • Fred. Olsen shore tours are not included in your standard cruise fare.

  • Fred Olsen Cruises is not an all-inclusive cruise line as standard but you can upgrade to an all-inclusive drinks package from £24.99 per person, per night (£35 per person, per night on cruises that last 5 nights or less and Specialty Sailings) to enjoy a selection of beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks. By opting for an all inclusive drinks package, premium drinks and cocktails are also available at half price. This allows you to enjoy a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks throughout the day and is extremely popular with Fred. Olsen guests.

  • Fred. Olsen Cruises have single occupancy staterooms on all of their ships but these are limited. There are also twin rooms available for solo cruisers usually with a single supplement plus some sailings do have sole occupancy deals.

  • Fred. Olsen Cruises do provide facilities and entertainment for families on a number of sailings as well as providing adults-only itineraries. If on a family-friendly Fred. Olsen cruise, you’ll find Little Skippers Club for 5 to 11 year-olds in the daytime and evenings. This fun kids club is supervised by the dedicated host staff and under 5s are welcome if with a parent or guardian.

    Please note, on sailings from 1st April 2022 Fred. Olsen’s child policy is:

    • Infants (under 2 years) - no longer accepted on any sailings
    • Children (2-11 years) - can only travel on cruises with less than 72 concurrent hours at sea
    • Youths (12 -17 years) - can travel on any sailing accompanied by at least one adult

  • Although mostly known for their no-fly cruises from the UK, Fred. Olsen do have a number of fly cruise packages both to the UK and to international airports from London Gatwick, Manchester and some select Scottish airports. To international destinations, such as the Caribbean or Asia, fly cruises are usually sections of a longer no-fly sailing such as a world cruise. If taking part in a fly cruise, Fred. Olen take care of your transfers from airport to cruise port and vice versa.

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