Founded in 1848 in Huitsyen, Norway. Started by 3 Olsen brothers, Fredrik Christian, Petter and Andreas, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has a long history of over 150 years.
The brothers began an international shipping company and, in 1901, the business first ventured into taking passengers abroad. Now in it’s fifth generation of the family, Fred. Olsen pride themselves on having adopted a traditional British style of cruising, offering a more intimate and attentive service.
A variety of traditional entertainment, relaxation, and fine dining can be found onboard. Owning smaller ships than a lot of their competitors, they can access ports larger ships are unable to visit.
Cruises range from 2-119 nights; the fleet of 4 ships calls at 240 ports in 78 countries. Fred. Olsen’s rich heritage and traditional cruising principles has made them one of the most popular cruise operators amongst British passengers today.
Why Cruise with Freds Olsen Cruise Line?
On selected cruises, special interest themed excursions are on offer, where a range of activities and entertainment will be provided, regarding a particular point of interest or subject. A guest speaker will talk about their subject and ‘Shore Tours’ will take place.
A ‘Shore Tour’ is a tour of a particular destination that will help bring to life and give a better understanding of the particular theme/subject that is being taught. One example is a tour of the wine regions of Bordeaux and Rioja while wine expert Jilly Goolden delivers talks onboard and there is the opportunity to take part in wine-tasting activities and entertainment.
The majority of theme programs are free of charge, however relevant materials and ‘Shore Tours’ may have an additional cost.
Meet the Fleet
|Balmoral||The largest and most recent addition to the Fred. Olsen fleet|
|Black Watch||Sister ship of Boudicca|
|Braemar||Launched in 1993 she was refit in 2008|
|Boudicca||Named after the warrior queen of the British Iceni tribe|
Cruising From the UK
With cruises leaving from ports all across the UK, it couldn't be easier to join a Fred. Olsen voyage. Find out about some of the UK ports by clicking below.