Cruising isn't just a holiday, it's more than that. It's about having time to relax and make the most of some well-deserved time away; about enjoying delicious food and fantastic entertainment as you sail beautiful waterways; about discovering the world with loved ones and like-minded travellers; and about creating friendships and memories that will last long after you've returned home. This is why every aspect of our expertly-crafted cruise holidays has been carefully planned to ensure your time with us is simply unforgettable from beginning to end.
Having won Best for Itineraries in the Cruise Critic UK Editors’ Picks Awards for two years in a row, I am confident that we continue to stand out from other lines. Our smaller, friendly ships are not as large or as new as the leviathan ‘megaships’ flooding the market today, and they don’t feature gimmicks such as climbing walls and surf simulators, but their size advantage allows us to present guests with enriching and exhilarating experiences around the world. It's something we excel in.
We bring the world closer by sailing enchanting waterways that larger ships simply cannot navigate, from charming Scottish lochs and narrow, breathtaking Norwegian fjords, to size-restricted canals and rivers that are your gateway to captivating cities such as Seville, Bordeaux and Amsterdam. Aboard Brabant – our dedicated river cruise boat and the newest addition to the fleet – you can enjoy memorable journeys through Europe via the Danube, Main, Moselle and Rhine rivers, taking in places like the Iron Gates Gorge and the Danube Delta, and historic cities including Cologne, Budapest, Vienna and Strasbourg along the way.
I believe our Authentic cruises, attraction-packed Grand Voyages and epic World Cruises are something really special. Take in once-in-a-lifetime experiences and capture the excitement of world-famous events. The icons of California and Mexico, such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Hollywood, Alcatraz, Baja California and Acapulco Bay; the spectacular New Year celebrations in Sydney; the Monaco Grand Prix and the Cannes Film Festival; the Edinburgh Military Tattoo; and Seville’s Feria de Abril – these are just a few of the many highlights awaiting your discovery when you cruise with Fred. Olsen.
Equally exciting and rewarding are our fantastic Fly-Cruises, I'm proud to say we've created our most extensive and innovative programme yet, giving guests more choice than ever before. From exotic Indian Ocean islands, including the Seychelles, Mauritius and the Maldives, to intoxicating Latin America; from Australia and New Zealand to the jewels of India, Arabia and the Emirates – we bring some of the world’s most beautiful destinations closer and allow you more time to explore your chosen region of discovery.
Of course, as important as the destinations is the time you spend on board with us. Our staff provide personal, attentive service with a smile every time and the warm, friendly atmosphere we’re renowned for is enjoyed by staff and guests alike across the fleet. Sharing your journey with like-minded companions makes the Fred. Olsen cruise experience so much more rewarding.
To further enhance your holiday with us, we are putting our fleet of ocean-going cruise ships through a thorough dry dock for improvements. Black Watch was fully refurbished in late 2016 – read more about the updates made to Black Watch here; improvements to Balmoral, Braemar and Boudicca will be made in late 2017 and early 2018. Whether you’ve cruised with us before, or are planning to explore the world’s waterways on board one of our friendly ships for the first time, you can rest assured that the fleet will retain the timeless elegance and friendly, home-from-home atmosphere that our guests know and love.
We are all on life's journey. I thank you for choosing to spend a little bit of yours in the company of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines. On behalf of our officers, staff and crew, may I wish you the holiday of a lifetime.