About us

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines' unique maritime heritage and knowledge of British cruising tastes means we perfectly serve our discerning and valued guests, and provide unrivalled holiday experiences creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Fred. Olsen originated in Hvitsten, a small town on the shores of Oslofjord, Norway, in 1848 when three Olsen brothers – Fredrik Christian, Petter and Andreas – bought their first ships and began an international shipping company. Over 150 years later, and now into the fifth generation of the family, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines operate cruises from the UK and inspirational fly-cruises aboard four smaller, intimately-sized ocean-going ships, as well as European River Cruises aboard a dedicated river cruise ship, and sail to some of the world's greatest and most authentic destinations to provide guests with simply unforgettable holiday experiences. 

Alongside Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, the Fred. Olsen group also operate a variety of other companies, including Fred. Olsen Travel and Fred. Olsen Express ferries in the Canary Islands, and has interests in the luxury hotel, aviation, estate management, electronics and offshore energy industries. Fred. Olsen offices are spread throughout the globe, although the group's main headquarters remain firmly in the family's hands in Oslo and Tenerife. Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is based in Ipswich, the county town of Suffolk, England.

Company Reg. No: 2672435. Registered Name & Office: Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines Ltd, 2nd Floor, 64-65 Vincent Square, London, SW1P 2NU. Place of registration: England and Wales. VAT Number: 927 5336 08