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What To Do On Board a Cruise Ship

What To Do On Board a Cruise Ship

Wondering what activities await you on board a Fred. Olsen cruise ship? From rejuvenating spa sessions to unique Signature Experiences, we’ll explore all the cruise ship activities on offer. So, let us show you all the reasons why the journey is just as exhilarating as the destination.

Signature Experiences

If you’re looking to learn more about the destinations you’re visiting on your cruise, our Signature Experiences are the perfect answer. From discovering more about the local culture to exploring the cuisine, we’ve got a host of enthralling experiences lined up.

Scenic discoveries: Uncovering natural wonders

Humpback whale breaching the water

Fred. Olsen cruises are all about exploration. Many cruise lines aim for the quickest route from Point A to Point B. But Fred. Olsen is keen on taking the most scenic, most interesting one. 

So, whether you’re journeying through magnificent fjords, or meandering between islands, our on board experts provide you with insights into local folklore, culture, and ecology. They're also your go-to for identifying marine and bird life, so you can learn as much as you want to. Also, thanks to our partnership with marine wildlife charity ORCA you could have an active part in marine life conservations and assist ORCA volunteers as they try  to locate whales and dolphins, and observe their behaviour.

Itinerary insights: History and culture come alive

Fred. Olsen cruises include a series of talks delivered by enthusiastic guest speakers. Local history, architecture and even politics come to life during these fascinating experiences. Held in the ship's dedicated theatre spaces, you’ll uncover new insights and learn more in the Q&A sessions that follow. It’s the perfect way to enrich your appreciation and knowledge of the surroundings.

Treats of the Region: Exploring local flavours

Key Lime Pie in Kitchen Creations

Fred. Olsen cruises are renowned for the excellent cuisine on offer. Yet the on board dining experience is about more than enjoyment. It’s also designed to help you immerse yourself in all the delicious flavours of your destination.

Our talented chefs prepare a range of authentic dishes, often demonstrated in live cookery sessions, meaning you can learn the art and science behind each dish. These events are more than just food tasting. They're a cultural experience, offering you not just a delicious meal but also tell a story and a tradition.

The ship and the ocean: Exploring maritime tradition

Navigational Chart Reading

Fred. Olsen’s maritime heritage dates back to 1848, and this rich history is celebrated on board. Activities like ' an audience with the Captain' offer a glimpse into what running a modern cruise ship really takes. Plus, discover interactive sessions about navigation and chart-reading for a unique educational opportunity.

If you're keen to see how the ship operates behind the scenes, you can opt for a guided tour for a small additional charge. These tours are led by crew members who can provide firsthand accounts and insights into the inner workings of the ship.

The sky at sea: Gazing at the clear night sky

Guests star gazing out on board

One of the most simple yet awe-inspiring experiences you can have on a cruise ship is the simple act of looking up. The absence of light pollution makes for incredible stargazing opportunities. 

On clear nights, experts lead stargazing sessions. So you’ll find it easy to spot constellations, planets, and other celestial bodies. All you have to do is recline on the open deck, snuggled in a warm blanket with a hot chocolate in hand. Certain cruises even offer the chance to witness natural phenomena like the Northern Lights or the beauty of the midnight sun.

Cruise Ship Entertainment

Entertainment Team

Apart from our Signature Experiences, even more engaging activities await you on a Fred. Olsen cruise ship. Check the Daily Times newsletter once on board for full details of the Treats and Pastimes available each day.

Music, dance and more: Discover hidden talents

Your cruise ship holiday is a great time to explore those hidden musical talents. Whether you are singing a karaoke classic or gliding across the dance floor at a silent disco, now’s the perfect time.

The great part is that it’s easy and fun to get involved in the friendly, social setting. So get ready to meet new people and have a little fun.

Gastronomic delights: A journey in flavour

Executive Chef briefing waiting staff

What better way to become acquainted with a region than through its cuisine? Fred. Olsen offers tasting sessions that delve into the flavours and ingredients specific to the regions you'll be visiting. Not just this but you can also sample rare teas and wines on board, which again will take inspiration from the region you find yourself in.

The artist's paradise: Where creativity flourishes

The Olsen Art Studio

On board Borealis and Bolette, you’ll find purpose-built art studios that are an artist's dream come true. The spaces are bathed in natural light, creating the ideal atmosphere for painting and drawing. Easels, brushes, and a variety of other art materials are provided, allowing you to immerse yourself in your artistic endeavours.

Spa & wellness: A sanctuary at sea

Atlantis Spa

Unwind and relax in a beautiful and tranquil setting. Fred. Olsen's on board spas offer a luxurious range of treatments delivered by a team of professionals. Plus, the spa’s floor-to-ceiling windows offer a serene backdrop of endless skies and blue waters. So take the time to enjoy a massage, facial or other relaxing treatment. You’ll also be able to take advantage of our thermal suites on Borealis and Bollette. These spaces include heated ceramic relaxation beds and heated mineral baths which will help you truly unwind.

Fun and games: Activities for all

Love a classic deck game like quoits, deck tennis, and shuffleboard? Enjoy them all with a gentle sea breeze and ocean views. Plus, take part in one of our quizzes. They’re an especially fun way to challenge your brain and get social with fellow travellers.

Live shows: The stage is set

Bolette show team singer

The spotlight shines brightly in the evenings with the ship’s Theatre Company. Musicals and other live shows all come to life. But the entertainment doesn’t stop there. Professional artists, comedians, and illusionists are also invited onboard for a range of diverse entertainment to suit all tastes. 

Love live music? Performances occur throughout the day, ranging from classical recitals to jazz sessions Not just this but if you have ever wanted to flex your own musical muscle then you can take part in things such as ukulele lessons which are available on selected cruises. And those with dancing feet can find their groove on the dance floors. Plus, whether you’re a seasoned dancer or a beginner, dance hosts are available to guide you through the steps or accompany you.

Speciality dining: A new world of flavour

Guests enjoying a meal in Colours & Tastes

Dining on board a Fred. Olsen cruise is not just a meal, it's an experience. Specialty restaurants like Vasco offer an authentic taste of Goa. The blending of flavours and spices will create aromas and dishes that will tantalise and entice before you have even started to taste.

On the other hand Colours & Tastes provides an eclectic mix of Asian Fusion, with signature dishes from Japan, Thailand, China and the Philippines. From sushi to bao buns and more you will be transported to Asia with a culinary experience you won't soon forget. Your cruise holiday is certainly incomplete without trying these exclusive culinary offerings.

Your most enjoyable cruise yet

Whether you’re exploring the British Isles, Scandinavia or the Mediterranean, a Fred. Olsen cruise holiday is all about discovery, enjoyment and a chance to get involved. Ready to find your perfect cruise? With cruise options all over the world, you’ll be sure to find your ideal experience.

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