Fred Olsen Cruises

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Fred. Olsen - Introduction

The Fred. Olsen story begins all the way back in 1848, and this family-run cruise line still adheres to a strong sense of maritime heritage and tradition. With a welcoming, friendly reputation and a worldwide roster of destinations, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines aspires to create the jovial atmosphere of a British country house at sea.

Popular Routes

Whether you’re dreaming of crystal clear Caribbean waters, rugged Norwegian fjords or storybook European scenery, there’s plenty of routes to choose from. Explore the exotic islands of the Indian Ocean or venture into Southeast Asia to learn more about the rich culture and history there. One of Fred. Olsen’s more unique offerings are its Arctic cruises, allowing you to set sail for this remote and intriguing continent. You can also opt for European river cruises aboard a smaller boat, making your way leisurely down the Seine or cruising past tranquil Scottish Lochs.

Dining Options

Fred. Olsen pulls out all the stops when it comes to delicious dining options, so meal times are always a class act! This begins every morning with your choice of a hearty full English or a lighter continental breakfast, moving on to soups, salads and fresh seafood for lunch and elegant multicourse meals at dinner. There are a couple of main restaurants on each ship to accommodate all your mealtime needs, with a selection of buffet and a la carte menu items. Breakfast and lunch are open seating in the main dining room, with two seating times for dinner.

If you prefer a relaxed dining experience, visit the onboard buffet restaurant and help yourself to whatever takes your fancy. A number of specialty dining options are also on hand when you’re in the mood for something a bit different.

  • The Grill – This sophisticated steakhouse offers cooked-to-order seafood and premium steaks.
  • The Poolside – Dine on regional cuisine featured on themed menus pertaining to the region you’re cruising through.
  • Afternoon Tea – Complimentary afternoon tea is on hand every afternoon, with tempting sandwiches, buttery scones and yummy cakes. You can book a premium tea experience with live musical accompaniment, white gloved waiters and exclusive tea from Taylors of Harrogate.

Naturally, room service is also available up until 11 pm each evening, for those moments when you just want breakfast in bed or a relaxing evening in.

Drinks Packages

Cruising can work up a thirst! Upgrade to the All Inclusive package and you’ll enjoy unlimited access to a bevy of beverages in the onboard bars, lounges and restaurants. This includes soft drinks, mineral waters, wine or Cava by the glass, beer, cider, and house spirits. Guests who have opted for the All Inclusive upgrade can also sip on premium or branded drinks at a 50% discount.

Entertainment

Unwind in the evenings with your choice of laid back lounging or upscale theatre. The Neptune Lounge is the venue of choice on many Fred. Olsen ships for live music, cabaret acts, and side-splitting comedy. A resident band is on hand to crank out the dance tunes, with dedicated Dance Hosts at your disposal to make sure the ballroom floor is always busy and upbeat. Are you looking for great conversation and a sense of refinement? Visit the lush Oriental Tea Room for specialty teas and an intimate atmosphere. Here are a few other venues to visit:

  • Observatory Lounge – Situated on the upper decks, this lounge offers sweeping ocean views and a grand piano tinkling in the background.
  • Morning Light Pub – This charming, friendly casual pub blends Scandinavian décor with a traditional English ambience, making the ideal place for grabbing a pint with newfound friends.
  • Bookmark Café – This onboard café is a must-visit for anyone with a sweet tooth, dishing up champagne truffles and Taylors of Harrogate coffees.
  • Marquee Bar – Situated poolside, this bustling bar is a hotspot for daytime entertaining and cool drinks.

Amenities and Activities

Boredom is not an option on a Fred. Olsen cruise, so you can brighten up your downtime with as many (or as few) activities as you prefer. There’s a full programme of guest speakers, performers, quizzes, and art and craft lessons to help you pick up a new skill or two. Improve your fancy footwork with ballroom dancing lessons, prepare for your next port with language tutorials, or pay tribute to the stirring seascapes with watercolour painting.

  • Spa and Fitness

Feel energised with a walk around the open deck, or boost your endorphins in the Fitness Studios where you can hit the treadmill, use the rowing machine or stay strong with weight machines. A tennis court, Pilates, aerobics and yoga lessons are all on hand to spice up your fitness routine. Alternately, relax in the Atlantis Spa where you can choose from a luxurious menu of massages, manicures, pedicures, facials and hairdressing. Try out a new style for the evening or soothe tired muscles with a full body massage.

  • Luxury Amenities

Your stateroom is a home away from home with all the amenities one would expect from a world-class hotel. Each room and suite comes equipped with individual climate control, tea and coffee making facilities, a TV and en suite bathroom with complimentary toiletries and hairdryer.

Service Charges

Gratuities are voluntary, with a suggested charge of £5.00 per person, per day throughout your stay. This is added automatically to your onboard account, but you can adjust or remove it if you wish. These service charges are shared between the staff, including the stewards and waiters. You also have the option to pre-pay gratuities if you prefer.

Dress Code

Fred. Olsen dress codes fit the cruise line’s traditional atmosphere. By day, you can dress in comfortable casualwear to partake in on-deck activities. Most evenings have a standard smart casual dress code. For men, this means smart jeans, trousers or chinos with a button-down or polo shirt. Ladies have plenty of options as well, ranging from summer dresses to tailored trouser suits. Shorts, T-shirts, tracksuits and trainers are banned from evening restaurants. There are also a couple of formal nights on each cruise, when you can lay on the glamour with cocktail dresses, ball gowns and dark suits and ties.