29 Good Reasons Not to be a Fred. Olsen Virgin

30 Jan 2024

Like so many of our guests, I am a dedicated fan of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines. Often, Fred. Olsen virgins ask us why many choose to cruise with Fred. Olsen time and again. As a loyal guest for 25 years, I have experienced firsthand the allure of Fred. Olsen cruises, and I'm eager to share my 29 reasons to embark on a journey with them:

1. Human Touch
Fred. Olsen is as personable as a cruise line can be. With their inherent fun and care, the Filipino crew will ensure every guest feels special.

2. A Second Home at Sea

Aboard Fred. Olsen's smaller, beautifully maintained classic ships, such as the Fred Olsen Balmoral, it feels like visiting a beloved second home. The moment you slip on your slippers in your cabin, you're home.

3. Traditional British Experience

Fred. Olsen offers an authentic British cruise experience, from the entertainment to the cuisine, and the cabins. You'll enjoy British staples like afternoon tea, formal nights, set dinner sittings, and even the Captain's cocktail parties.

4. Value for Money

Although Fred. Olsen cruises, including the much-anticipated Fred Olsen Cruises 2025 and Fred Olsen Cruises 2024, might initially seem a bit more expensive, they are value-packed. Onboard expenses are reasonable, and both the drinks package and excursions are well-priced.

5. Mature, Likeminded Company

Your fellow guests are usually mature, good company, and share similar interests. Many friendships I've cherished were formed on Fred. Olsen cruises.

6. Family-Friendly
While primarily for adults, Fred. Olsen is also great for grandparents taking their grandchildren on a holiday. Selected cruises offer children's clubs, which my kids have enjoyed since they were infants.

7. Bolette and Borealis

The sister ships, Fred Olsen Bolette and Fred Olsen Borealis are slightly newer, wonderfully spacious, and in excellent condition, offering larger-than-average cabins and a retractable roof over the pool.

8. The Charm of Balmoral
The Fred Olsen Balmoral has a very loyal following. Its slightly older, more traditional style and cozy public rooms make many guests feel right at home.

9. Easy Travel to Ports

Travelling to the port is hassle-free, as many Fred Olsen cruises depart from various UK ports, including Southampton. A convenient coach network serves some ports, and your luggage is taken care of from coach to cabin.

10. Amazing Itineraries for Fly-Cruisers
For those flying in, Fred. Olsen offers exceptional cruises to exciting and educational destinations, ensuring you arrive on the perfect day for a memorable visit.

11. Intimate Smaller Ships Experience

With fewer guests the crew really get to know you. The ships have a lovely atmosphere on board and can access more interesting places and dock in the heart of many fascinating cities.

12. British Cuisine at Its Best

Fred. Olsen is renowned for its excellent British fare, with local delicacies featured on the menus. They cater to various diets, including gluten-free options.

13. Alternative Dining Choices

The onboard restaurants Vasco and Colour & Tastes offer delightful Indian cuisine and Asian Fusion options. A visit here is highly recommended.

14. Endless Onboard Activities

Whether it's cookery demonstrations, quizzes, or deck sports, there's always something to do. Alternatively, you can relax in a comfy chair and enjoy the peace.

15. Stargazing Nights

On clear nights, Fred. Olsen hosts educational and relaxing stargazing sessions, a truly unique experience.

16. Dancing Delights

Dancing is a popular activity, with many guests enjoying the chance to dance with the dance hosts and participate in lessons.

17. Traditional Formal Nights

The formal nights are a throwback to the classic days of cruising, complete with the Captain's warm welcome and excellent dining options like beef wellington or filet mignon.

18. Varied Entertainment Options
Throughout the ship, you'll find diverse entertainment, including shows, musicians, comedians, and magicians.

19. Bridge Visits and Navigation Sessions

The reception desk organises visits to the bridge, and for a small fee, you can join the Captain and senior crew for navigational and chart reading sessions.

20. Leisurely Cruising
Fred. Olsen adopts a 'leisurely Sunday afternoon drive' approach to cruising, allowing guests to enjoy scenic views of lochs, lakes, fjords, and more.

21. Norwegian Expertise

Fred. Olsen's expertise in Norwegian cruises ensures you visit the best sights and have ample time for perfect photos.

22. Solo Traveller Haven

Fred. Olsen is one of the best lines for solo travellers, with dedicated tables for solo guests and plenty of opportunities for socialising.

23. Luxurious Accommodations

The Bolette and Borealis boast impressive owner's suites, complete with a kitchen, dining area, lounge, bedroom, bathroom, and balcony.

24. Premier Suites

The 570 sq feet premier suites offer luxury with a large bedroom/lounge, dressing area, balcony, and bathroom.

25. Human Interaction Over Technology

Unlike most cruise lines, Fred. Olsen values human interaction over relying on mobile phones for bookings and information.

26. Accommodating Smokers

Fred. Olsen is one of the few lines that cater to smokers, with designated smoking areas on each ship.

27. Satisfaction Guarantee

Fred. Olsen's unique guarantee promises guests that if they're not satisfied, they can disembark early with a cruise fare refund, subject to certain conditions.

28. Personalised UK Service
Fred. Olsen's UK team often goes above and beyond their terms and conditions to assist guests.

29. Better Deals with Ocean World Travel
Booking a Fred. Olsen cruise through Ocean World Travel is always more economical than booking directly.

If you have any reasons to add, or experiences with Fred. Olsen Cruises you'd like to share, please let us know at [email protected]. We'd love to hear from you.

Happy Cruising!

Michele Dance, Director, Oceanworldtravel