Cooke - Answered a Question by Williams (10 Oct 08 08:27)

Please don't worry about how to behave. You are the customer and you are always right! I've not sailed with FO but I'm sure most operators follow a similar pattern of about four formal nights on a two week cruise - usually sea days. It's quite easy to dress for day time - just take your cue from the weather. Formal nights - DJ/lounge suit for men, cocktail dress or trousers for women. Semi-formal - Jacket and tie for men, smart dress/trousers for women. Casual nights - often when in port - smart casual, no shrts/flipflops etc. If you eat in the buffet, please yourself. You'll get a news sheet every evening with the list of activities for the next day, including the dress code for the evening. In our experience, everyone is so friendly all your worries will have disappeared after dinner on the first evening aboard. You don't say how old you are, but if over 50 consider Ocean Majesty. Have a lovely cruise. Judith.

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Leake - Answered a Question by Williams (10 Oct 08 09:29)

I have sailed with Fred Olsen many times (twice on the Balmoral) and I can assure you that vast majority of the passengers are extremely friendly although you alaways get a few professional moaners onboard. My advice is behave normally! There is usually four formal nights on two week cruise (dinner jacket or suit for men and cocktail dress for the women), five or six semi-formal nights tie and jacket for men, and four or six casual nights often themed (topical night, 60's and 70's night, dressing up in these styles is optional). However, you will recieve notification with you tickets on the number of nights for each, so you can pack accordingly. However, if you do not want to dress up you can avoid this by eating inot in the main resturant in the alternative buffet venue (the Palms cafe). The ship never feels too crowded inside except for the theatre when their is a popular show on. Usuable deck space is limited and on a nice sea day the sunlounges are quickly taken. Much of the upper deck is too exposed to the wind to allow for sunbathing comfortably. As with all cruise ships expect some minor delays in disembarkation and for self service buffets at peak times. I'm sure you will have a great time, however, you may consider that Fred Olsen does attract a more mature passenger so if you wish to cruise with younger people (20 or 30's) consider another line.

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Miller - Answered a Question by Williams (10 Oct 08 09:44)

I agree entirely with Mr. Cooke. I am about to depart on the "Balmoral" for my first cruise on this ship but my 23rd with Fred. olsen. You will thoroughly enjoy the experience.

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Riley - Answered a Question by Williams (10 Oct 08 22:55)

Hi, I agree totally with the previous answers regarding dress codes , as for behavouir "us yorkshire folks can mix with the best of em" , seriously the staff are so excellent they will put you at your ease all you need to do is relax and enjoy.Fred Olsen does attract the more mature passengers as stated however we sailed on the Braemar a few years ago when my daughters were ages 7 and 13, they were so spoiled by all the staff especially the entertainment team , that my youngest stills talks about it now and would love to go back on again despite having been on other ships including most recently the QE2 .

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