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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines hale from humble surroundings in Norway back in the mid-1800's, and since then they have grown to operate not only a successful international shipping company but also one of the UK's most popular cruise lines. Fred. Olsen operates a fleet of four ships from ten ports around the UK, providing traditional British cruising with a personal service and great value for money. They appeal predominantly to adult couples and groups of friends over the age of 65 who enjoy the smaller ship size, and they are very popular with single travellers who are able to make use of the single cabins that don't incur hefty single supplements. Fred. Olsen have one of the highest levels of repeat passengers of any cruise line and this is due to the excellent levels of service you receive onboard and the fantastic choice of leisure, entertainment and dining facilities.


The entertainment onboard a Fred. Olsen ship ranges from swimming pools and sunbathing, to live performances and shows, to deck games and card tournaments, meaning there really is something to suit everyone. All of the ships have the well-appointed Atlantis Spa and Salon, where you can book in for an indulgent spa treatment or new hair style for the Gala dinner, and the open decks have swimming pools, whirlpool jacuzzis and ample space for sunbathing in warmer climates. Quizzes, competitions, games tournaments such as backgammon and bridge, deck games including quoits and shuffleboard, and golf nets are available on a daily basis. Each ship has a well-stocked library with a range of novels and books, and the duty-free shops sell perfume, cosmetics, jewellery and souvenirs. In the evening, the bars and lounges feature live entertainment from solo musicians, live bands, cabaret acts, musical shows and other entertainers. Most cruises will have a number of different themed nights, like 'Tropical', 'British' and 'Rock and Roll' night, where the entertainment will fit in with the theme and passengers can join in by dressing up. On a typical two week cruise there will usually be four formal nights where you can get dressed up in tuxedos and cocktail dresses, and often there are special menus in the restaurants on these nights. The formal nights aren't mandatory though, so if you don't want to join in then there will be alternative restaurants without the dress code.

Food And Drink

There are at least two main dining restaurants on each Fred. Olsen ship, all offering excellent fine dining. The main dining restaurants have fixed-time seating for dinner at two set times, whilst breakfast and lunch offer a choice of a la carte and buffet-style dining with an open seating choice. There are also self-service buffets, cafes and pool-side grills for more casual dining, and room service is available in cabin at selected times. Complimentary tea and coffee making facilities are available in all cabins and there are self-service machines in the buffet restaurants. All drinks onboard are priced in British Pounds and are very reasonable, with a glass of house wine around £3.95, a gin and tonic around £3.60 and a pint of beer or lager around £3.25. Extensive wine lists are available in all bars and lounges. You can also buy an All Inclusive Package which can be added on to selected cruises at the time of booking. The package starts from £10 per person, per night and includes soft drinks, house wine by the glass, selected branded canned and draught beer and selected spirits.


Fred. Olsen sail to over 240 ports across the globe, including destinations in Northern Europe, the Mediterranean, Africa, Canary Islands and Norway. The ships depart from several UK ports including Dover, Southampton, Liverpool, Newcastle, Greenock and Harwich and they also offer a select number of Fly-Cruises to the Canary Islands from Gatwick and Manchester. Black Watch will be sailing a World Cruise 2016 and 2017, ranging from 56 nights to 115 nights and visiting a combination of South America, the Pacific, Australia and Asia.

Fred Olsen Ships

Fred Olsen Balmoral Balmoral

1,350 passengers | 510 crew

Fred. Olsen's Balmoral is light and airy with a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere onboard. There is no shortage of fantastic entertainment available in the day and during the evening, ranging from informative talks and deck games to live music and dancing, plus a choice of four fantastic restaurants serving a varied choice of cuisine.

Fred Olsen Black Watch Black Watch

804 passengers | 330 crew

As one of the smaller ships in the Fred. Olsen fleet, Black Watch will take you off the beaten track to smaller, more unusual ports of call where you can immerse yourself completely. Onboard Black Watch you'll find fantastic restaurants, great entertainment, and plenty of leisure activities to keep you entertained when you aren't off exploring ashore.

Fred Olsen Boudicca Boudicca

880 passengers | 329 crew

Boudicca is light, bright and airy with plenty of open deck space and comfortable bars and lounges. The onboard atmosphere is friendly and informal, with great staff that go above and beyond to make your cruise a memorable one. Boudicca visits some of the most exciting destinations in Europe, the Mediterranean and around the world.

Fred Olsen Brabant Brabant
Not Yet Rated

156 passengers | 40 crew

Step aboard Brabant, Fred. Olsen’s dedicated river cruising boat. Built in 2006, this elegant and comfortable vessel is in keeping with the fleet of our ocean-going cruise ships. Brabant’s bright and spacious public areas and 79 well-equipped rooms and suites, spread across four decks, provide the intimate, home-from-home feel which Fred. Olsen’s guests already know and love.

Fred Olsen Braemar Braemar

929 passengers | 371 crew

Braemar is a fantastic ship for those who want a relaxed and sociable atmosphere on their cruise. The stunning atrium has great sea views and adds to the feeling of light and space in the numerous bars and lounges. The wide open decks provide plenty of sunbathing space and there is a great choice of British and International cuisine available in the restaurants.

Fred Olsen Dining


Fred. Olsen prides themselves on offering a superb choice of food onboard all of their ships, with many popular British and International dishes available in each restaurant. Indulge with a freshly-prepared cooked breakfast in the main dining room, enjoy an al fresco lunch out on the open deck, or take the relaxed approach in the informal buffet restaurant for a themed dinner. Many dishes can be made to suit your particular tastes and there are always vegetarian choices and healthy options available for those who are watching the waistline!

Main Dining (Fixed Seating Dining)

Fixed seating dining is available in the main dining rooms and means that you will dine at a set time each evening. When you book your cruise, you will be given a choice of first or second seating at either 6.15pm and 8.30pm on Boudicca, Black Watch and Balmoral, and 6pm and 8.15pm on Braemar. This time is then booked for the duration of your cruise, and you can also request a preferred table size of 2, 4, 6 or 8.


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Alcohol Policy & Beverage Packages

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