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The Fred Olsen Difference

Fred. Olsen understands what makes a cruise holiday so special. It’s sailing to incredible destinations far and wide in pure comfort with like-minded travellers, enjoying fabulous food as you glide across the ocean, discovering out-of-this-world experiences and forging friendships that will last a lifetime. Each cruise is carefully crafted – from weekend breaks in Dublin to 108-night voyages around the globe – to ensure your time on board is simply unforgettable.

Fred. Olsen don’t like to make a fuss – you won’t hear them shouting about expensive technology on board the fleet – and the ships aren’t as new as the megaships which are flooding the market, but they quietly concentrate on making sure the key elements of your cruise holiday are done right. Younger doesn’t always mean better and by using their extensive experience and knowledge of the industry, the aim is to help you explore, learn, discover and make the most of every destination you visit.  Fred. Olsen are committed to making sure that every cruise is an enjoyable, engaging and memorable experience, no matter how many times you’ve cruised before. This is all part of ‘the Fred. Olsen difference’. 
Smaller-Sized, Classically Designed Cruise Ships
Fred. Olsen take immense pride in their fleet of smaller-sized, understated vessels. Balmoral, Braemar, Boudicca & Black Watch may not boast a daunting list of gimmicks such as climbing walls, surf simulators and zip wires, but what they do have is a welcoming, home-from-home feel and the style and ambience of a more traditional liner, or country house hotel. This is what matters more importantly to Fred. Olsen's loyal guests. 

Sharing your cruise adventures with hundreds – not thousands – of others, you can relax in ample space and pure comfort on board our ships without feeling overcrowded. In fact, you’ll feel like part of a family as you cruise the world with your friends, loved ones and like-minded people that share your interests and attitude to life. Fewer guests also means Fred. Olsen are always able to provide the personal, attentive service you deserve from the moment you embark. 

Get Closer to the World’s Greatest Destinations
Another advantage of smaller cruise ships is that they can sail to the astonishing landscapes of Norway, the glorious white-sand beaches of the Caribbean and almost everywhere in between. Calling at over 200 ports worldwide, Fred. Olsen ships can glide along narrow, picturesque fjords and winding waterways that megaships can’t access and take you straight to the heart of incredible destinations. This means tiny, hidden villages and delightful cities such as Seville and Bordeaux can be explored from the moment you step foot off the ship. 

Friendly, Attentive Staff
All the Fred. Olsen team have been carefully selected for their warm and welcoming personalities and receive more positive feedback about their staff than anything else. Every member of the team understands that your enjoyment is paramount, which is why they go out of their way to provide service with a smile and ensure you have a great time on board. It’s the little things that matter, so don’t be surprised when they remember your name, favourite tipple and even how you like your eggs at breakfast – it’s what Fred. Olsen do. 

Award-Winning Cruises
There’s never been a better time to cruise with Fred. Olsen who strive to give you the holiday of a lifetime– but don’t just take our word for it.  Fred. Olsen have won awards for ‘Best for Itineraries’; ‘Britain’s Best Cruise Line for Food 2015’; silver for both ‘Best Small Ships Cruise Line’ and ‘Best Cruise Line for Customer Service; and five categories in the influential 2015 Cruise Critic UK Cruisers’ Choice Award. And, although they are a small company, Fred. Olsen were joint-second in the most recent Which? Cruise Survey, receiving a rating of 85% – an achievement everyone at Fred. Olsen is very proud of. 

Finally, and most importantly, in over 15,000 reviews from past guests, 95% rated Fred. Olsen as Excellent or Good, with Feefo awarding a Gold Trusted Merchant Accreditation – in recognition of excellence in customer service – for the second year in a row. Perhaps that’s why most people who try Fred. Olsen once choose to cruise with them again and again.

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