Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

As a family-run cruise line, we really take your experience personally. Our Chairman, Fred. Olsen Jnr, is very hands on. It is his passion and attention to the smallest detail that ensures a wonderful journey, each time you sail with us.

While the cruise industry has gone for bigger ships, brimming with more and more people, we have always believed that smaller is better. We treat passengers as guests, we dock at smaller ports in more interesting places and we avoid overcrowding both aboard and ashore. At capacity, our smaller ships will only ever sail with between 900 and 1,400 guests.

We have a small team of specialist itinerary planners. They take great pride in handcrafting each journey, to ensure we show you hidden gems as well as highlights on each of our sailings. It is a passion that has won us the Cruise Critic award for Best Itineraries every year since 2015.

Cruise from eight regional UK ports to hundreds of destinations worldwide in the classic style and comfort of our smaller-sized ships. For most of the year, the ships are based in Britain, with cruises departing from Rosyth (Edinburgh), Newcastle, Liverpool, Dover, Southampton, Portsmouth, Tilbury and Belfast.

Balmoral, 10 Night French Rivers & Bordeaux Ex Dover, England Return

Departure: 25 Oct 2022 From: Dover, England Cruise line: Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines Cruise Ship: Balmoral.

10 Night Cruise sailing from Dover, England onboard Balmoral

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Bolette, 14 Night Vistas & Volcanoes Of Azores & Madeira Ex Tilbury, England Return

Departure: 26 Oct 2022 From: Tilbury, England Cruise line: Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines Cruise Ship: Bolette.

14 Night Cruise sailing from Tilbury, England onboard Bolette

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Balmoral, 14 Night In Search Of The Northern Lights Ex Dover, England Return

Departure: 04 Nov 2022 From: Dover, England Cruise line: Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines Cruise Ship: Balmoral.

14 Night Cruise sailing from Dover, England onboard Balmoral

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Bolette, 8 Night Remembrance Beaches & Battlefields Ex Tilbury, England Return

Departure: 09 Nov 2022 From: Tilbury, England Cruise line: Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines Cruise Ship: Bolette.

8 Night Cruise sailing from Tilbury, England onboard Bolette

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Borealis, 11 Night In Search Of The Northern Lights Ex Liverpool, England Return

Departure: 13 Nov 2022 From: Liverpool, England Cruise line: Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines Cruise Ship: Borealis.

11 Night Cruise sailing from Liverpool, England onboard Borealis

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Bolette, 15 Night Ancient Walls Of The Med With Malta Ex Tilbury, England Return

Departure: 17 Nov 2022 From: Tilbury, England Cruise line: Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines Cruise Ship: Bolette.

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Balmoral, 14 Night Morocco And Southern Spain Ex Southampton, England Return

Departure: 18 Nov 2022 From: Southampton, England Cruise line: Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines Cruise Ship: Balmoral.

14 Night Cruise sailing from Southampton, England onboard Balmoral

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Borealis, 11 Night Discover Portugal With Madeira Ex Liverpool, England Return

Departure: 24 Nov 2022 From: Liverpool, England Cruise line: Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines Cruise Ship: Borealis.

11 Night Cruise sailing from Liverpool, England onboard Borealis

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Bolette, 19 Night Islands Of Cape Verde Ex Tilbury, England Return

Departure: 02 Dec 2022 From: Tilbury, England Cruise line: Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines Cruise Ship: Bolette.

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Balmoral, 8 Night European Christmas Markets Ex Portsmouth, England Return

Departure: 02 Dec 2022 From: Portsmouth, England Cruise line: Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines Cruise Ship: Balmoral.

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Borealis, 9 Night Explore Western Europe Cities & Rivers Ex Liverpool, England Return

Departure: 05 Dec 2022 From: Liverpool, England Cruise line: Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines Cruise Ship: Borealis.

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Balmoral, 12 Night Festive Spain & Portugal Ex Portsmouth, England Return

Departure: 10 Dec 2022 From: Portsmouth, England Cruise line: Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines Cruise Ship: Balmoral.

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Borealis, 8 Night Festive Spanish City Break Ex Liverpool, England Return

Departure: 14 Dec 2022 From: Liverpool, England Cruise line: Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines Cruise Ship: Borealis.

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Bolette, 13 Night White Christmas In Norway Ex Tilbury, England Return

Departure: 21 Dec 2022 From: Tilbury, England Cruise line: Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines Cruise Ship: Bolette.

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Borealis, 14 Night Christmas Celebrations In The Canaries Ex Liverpool, England Return

Departure: 22 Dec 2022 From: Liverpool, England Cruise line: Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines Cruise Ship: Borealis.

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Balmoral, 14 Night Christmas Celebrations In The Canaries Ex Portsmouth, England Return

Departure: 22 Dec 2022 From: Portsmouth, England Cruise line: Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines Cruise Ship: Balmoral.

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Bolette, 14 Night Winter Warmth In The Canaries Ex Tilbury, England Return

Departure: 03 Jan 2023 From: Tilbury, England Cruise line: Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines Cruise Ship: Bolette.

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Borealis, 16 Night Borealis Searches For The Northern Lights Ex Liverpool, England Return

Departure: 05 Jan 2023 From: Liverpool, England Cruise line: Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines Cruise Ship: Borealis.

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Balmoral, 78 Night Exploration Of South America And The Antarctic Ex Southampton, England Return

Departure: 05 Jan 2023 From: Southampton, England Cruise line: Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines Cruise Ship: Balmoral.

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Borealis, 15 Night Borealis Searches For The Northern Lights Ex Liverpool, England Return

Departure: 05 Jan 2023 From: Liverpool, England Cruise line: Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines Cruise Ship: Borealis.

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Dining to suit every taste...

Enjoy a taste of our superb food, made the way you like it, at every meal you take on board one of our cruise ships.

One of the highlights of a Fred. Olsen cruise is the food. Expert chefs lovingly produce great dishes night after night. Every day menus are something special, with appetisers like herb-marinated salmon or crab cocktail and indulgent main courses like sirloin steak with a choice of sauces, pan seared red snapper with scallops, slow roast duckling confit or balsamic braised lamb shank.

Of course there are vegetarian dishes and healthy choices too, with an emphasis on fish dishes inspired by our Norwegian heritage; so even if you’re watching your diet, you’re in for a treat!

The desserts are every bit as tasty (think white chocolate parfait or mango apple tart) and the sugar free option means no-one has to miss out.

The Maitre d’ on board allocates your dining table arrangements. You can request first sitting (6.30pm) or second sitting (8.30pm) at time of booking. When you arrive on board you will find a Restaurant Seating Card in your cabin, which will advise you of your table number and dining time. This will be your allocated table for the duration of the cruise.

The main restaurants are:

Black Watch Glentanar Restaurant

Boudicca Four Seasons and Tintagel Restaurants

Braemar Thistle and Grampian Restaurants

Balmoral Ballindalloch, Avon and Spey Restaurants.
Ballindalloch is the main restaurant on Deck 6, whilst the Avon and Spey are more
intimate restaurants on Deck 10. Menu and service are identical.

Mealtimes are as flexible as possible – after all you are on holiday. Breakfast is normally served between 7.15 and 10.00am and lunch between 12.00 and 2.00pm in the main restaurants. A buffet breakfast and lunch will also be served in the Palms Cafe on both Braemar and Balmoral, and weather permitting, in the Poolside Cafe and Marquee Pool Bar on Black Watch.

‘Open Sitting’ evening dining is offered as an informal option in the Garden Cafe on Black Watch, The Secret Garden on Boudicca, and in the Palms Cafe on both Braemar and Balmoral. These informal restaurants operate on a self service basis, but a bar service is available.

Dress Code
Generally speaking, the style is informal, with gentlemen wearing jacket and tie (lounge suit or sports jacket is fine) and ladies smartly dressed. On ‘Formal’ evenings, gentlemen will prefer to wear ‘black tie’ with ladies elegantly dressed in cocktail or evening dress. As a guideline there are usually four formal nights on a two-week cruise. Details will be supplied with your travel documents.

Dining times

Meal Normal Sitting Late Sitting
Breakfast 7.15am - 9.30am 7.30am - 10.00am
Lunch 12.00pm - 2.00pm
Dinner 6.30pm - 8.30pm 8.30pm - 10.30pm

What is your procedure for tipping on board ?

Gratuities are not included in the cost of your holiday. However, we pride ourselves on the service offered to our guests, and are confident that you’ll wish to reward staff on board for this service, although tipping is entirely at your discretion.

As a general rule, gratuities are charged at £5.00 per person, per day for guests aged 12 and over on our ocean cruise ships and £8.00 per person, per day for guests aged 12 and over on our river ship Brabant. This is split between your stewardess and restaurant waiter, and will be automatically added to your on board account. Please remember that our gratuities, while very much appreciated, are voluntary and therefore can be adjusted or removed completely at Guest Services on board the ship if you wish.

For your convenience, you are also able to pay gratuities before your cruise. At the time of booking you will be asked if you’d like to pay prior to travel. If so, you’ll pay 15% of the charge as part of your deposit, and pay the rest when the final balance of your cruise is collected.

If you do not pre-pay at the time of booking, but wish to pay your gratuities before you join the ship, simply call our reservations department at least 5 days before departure and the team will be happy to help.

Do You Cater for Children ?

On peak holiday cruises, we will arrange a variety of family orientated childrens activities. These activities will include arts and crafts, disco’s, treasure hunts and similar events, which will be advertised in the Daily Times on board. Separate family pool times will also be advertised.

Whereas these activities will be run by our team of hosts and hostesses, they will not be supervised and will require the parent/guardian to be in attendance at all times. These activities are designed to promote family fun, and whilst the target age is 5-11 years, all family members are welcome.

Babysitting
Unfortunately no baby-sitting services are available on any of the Fred Olsen Cruise Line ships.

Information on this Web Site has been obtained from the Cruise Companies represented. However, the cruise industry is constantly changing and should be used as a guide only. We are unable to take responsibility for incorrect information and you must confirm all details at the time of booking.