General Information

Travelling AloneHere you will find answers to any other questions about life on board a Fred. Olsen Cruise ship.

What are your opening hours?

The Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines Reservations Department is open daily and our team of friendly cruise advisors are ready to offer advice, answer your queries and help you book your perfect cruise holiday.

Our opening hours are as follows:        
Monday to Friday:08:00hrs - 20:00hrs
Saturday:        09:00hrs - 17:00hrs
Sunday:          10:00hrs - 16:00hrs
Please note: The Reservations Department Opening Hours are subject to change on Christmas, New Year and Bank Holidays.        
If you would to find out more information about our Shore Tours, you can contact our Shore Tours Department directly by calling 01473 292444 and selecting 'Option Two' when prompted.        
Our Shore Tours Department are open Monday to Friday and the opening hours are as follows:        
Monday to Friday:        09:00hrs - 17:00hrs

I am going on a cruise. Can family & friends track our progress?

Your friends and family can track the progress of your cruise by viewing the ship locator on our website. This provides a real time view of where your cruise ship is located

What is there to do on a Fred. Olsen cruise?

On a Fred. Olsen cruise, you can do as much or as little as you like, the choice is yours.

At what point on our cruise will the safety drill be undertaken?

For your safety before we sail we have to carry out a passenger muster drill. This ensures that you are fully aware of all the on board safety and emergency procedures. This includes fitting your life jacket and finding your muster point.

I like to read on my cruise, do you have a library where I can borrow books?

All four of our cruise ships have a well-appointed library on board offering a wide variety of books, including some large print books. There is also a selection of board games for use during your cruise holiday. Audio books are also available, but please remember to bring your own CD player.

I have lost my Ocean’s Membership number – how can I find out what it is?

If you have misplaced your Oceans membership number do not worry. There are several ways in which you can obtain your Oceans number:

Which items are prohibited from bringing on board?

To ensure a safe and secure environment for our guests and crew, there are strict regulations regarding items that may be considered to be an offensive weapon (in particular knives, including skean-dhu's with a blade over 7cm). 

My itinerary times are listed as am or pm, why aren't they more specific?

Precise timings for your stay in port vary from place to place and from sailing to sailing. Arrival and departure times can change as your cruise progresses, so we display them as approximate periods rather than exact times. These are as follows:

Period                      Arrive or Depart from
early am                   05:00 - 09:59
late am                     10:00 - 11:59
early pm                   12:00 - 15:59
late pm                     16:00 - 19:59
late night                  20:00 onwards 


Where is the ship docking at ports?

You will find information about the port your ship is docking at in the Daily Times once you are on board. However, if you wish to know prior to embarking on your cruise, our Guest Services Department will be able to advise you of the berth name or number, although please note this is always subject to change. 


Do you provide shuttle buses in ports where it is not possible to walk to the town centre?

When your cruise ship is berthed some distance from the centre of town a shuttle bus service is often provided to assist with your visit and save you money on taxi fares. All day tickets (for which a small charge is made) can be bought from Guest Services. However, for those guests who are booked on a Freedom Fare offer, this charge is included.

Shuttle buses do not operate in ports where we feel it is easy/more economical for guests to use independent transport such as taxis, or when we are prohibited from running a service – this is particularly the case in the Caribbean.

Do you have dance hosts/hostesses on board?

We have dance hosts available to ensure that our single guests are never too long without a dance partner. On each of our cruise ships there are usually four dance hosts available.

We aim to ensure the entertainment on a Fred. Olsen cruise holiday is as memorable as the cruise destinations you'll visit.

Are bathrobes available to hire on board?

Bathrobes are provided for guests who are booked in relevant Suite grades under our Suite Dreams package.

Bathrobes are available to use on board for guests in other room grades, subject to availability. A refundable deposit is required and a charge is made to cover laundry costs.

How can family members get in touch with me?

Family members and friends can get in touch with guests on board via one of the following ways:

Via telephone: Balmoral, Boudicca, Black Watch and Braemar phone number: 0800 028 5089.
The caller will be required to know which ship the guest they're contacting is travelling on and their cabin number. Calls to this number are charged at £1.50 per minute.
Via email - directly: We have wi-fi on board all four ships, so guests can easily connect their mobile devices, phones, tablets etc. to keep in touch and up to date.
Via email - indirectly: You can email Fred. Olsen at (please include the name of our guest, the ship and room number if available and your email will be passed on).  Please note this email inbox is only manned Monday-Friday, 0900-1700hrs.

Do you provide a fridge for my insulin and sharps box for my syringes?

If you are an insulin dependent diabetic you can request the use of a fridge for your insulin and a sharps box for your needles. Your request can be made at the point of booking and will be noted by our reservations team or your travel agent.

Please note the number of fridges are limited on board each ship, so medication can be stored at the Medical Centre should there not be a fridge available for your room.

How do I make a complaint?

We're confident that you'll have no cause for complaint when on your cruise, but should you need to raise an issue, please contact our Customer Relations Department, either by email at, or in writing to:

Customer Relations
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
Fred. Olsen House
Whitehouse Road

If you would prefer to speak to one of our friendly Customer Relations team, please contact 01473 746177 between the hours of 09.00 - 17.00, Monday to Friday.

Do you have any travel advice information?

For the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information, please take a look at their website, which gives you the most up-to-date information on the countries you may visit on your cruise.


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