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Do you offer a children's menu and are there high chairs in your restaurants?

In the main restaurants on board we offer a Children's menu featuring a selection of appetising choices for our younger guests. We also have a limited number of highchairs on each cruise ship. If your child requires use of a highchair, please advise us at the time of booking. You may also be interested in finding out more about our Little Skippers Club. Providing entertainment and activities for children aged 5 to 11, the Little Skippers Club operates on cruises in peak holiday season.  More dining information

Do you have a non-alcoholic drinks package?

A selection of soft drinks are available in the All Inclusive package, however we do not offer a non-alcoholic drinks package. In the bars on our ships, we offer a selection of soft drinks by the glass: post-mix Pepsi, lemonade, tonic water, juices and mineral/spring water. In the restaurants & buffet areas, a selection of soft drinks, mineral/spring water & juices by the glass are available too.

Do your cruises cater for guests with specific dietary requirements?

On board all of our ships, we do our best to accommodate most dietary requests. So, vegetarian, low fat, low cholesterol, low salt, dairy-free, lactose-free, wheat-free and gluten-free food are all catered for. For anyone with food allergies/intolerances, you will have the opportunity at the beginning of your cruise to meet with the Maitre'd or Executive Chef to discuss any special requests. We also kindly request that you make us aware of any special dietary requests at the time of booking. We’ll do our best to source exact products, or provide certain foods, such as diabetic desserts. Please note that we may not be able to source specific brands given our location or the availability at local ports. 

Can I bring my own alcohol on board?

Fred. Olsen does not permit guests to bring their own alcohol on board for consumption. Any alcohol purchased shoreside during a cruise must be handed to the ship's security staff for safe storage. It will be then returned to guests at the end of their cruise.

What are the dining times / restaurant opening hours?

We endeavour to make mealtimes on a Fred. Olsen cruise as flexible as possible - after all, you are on holiday, so you should be able to dine at a time that suits your schedule. Breakfast: Normally served between 7.15 and 10.00am in the main restaurants. Lunch: Normally served between 12.00 and 2.00pm in the main restaurants. Dinner: Please request either the first or second seating (6.15pm or 8.30pm) when you make your booking. You can also request your preferred table, but we can’t always guarantee this. Your restaurant seating card will be in your room when you board, which confirms your table number and dining time. Casual Dining: A buffet-style breakfast, lunch and dinner will also be served in the Palms Café (Braemar and Balmoral), Secret Garden Café (Boudicca), The Brigadoon (Black Watch) and, weather permitting, in The Poolside. On some nights, we have themed dining evenings in the buffet restaurants. These evenings are often very popular so we recommend you book in advance to secure a table. More information on dining

What style of dining should I expect on board?

Each of our ships feature a selection of stylish dining venues, all serving a range of indulgent, expertly-prepared dishes. At breakfast, lunch and dinner, you’ll always find delicious treats which will tempt your taste buds. And, as all food is included on your cruise, you can indulge as much or as little as you like. Start the day with eggs made to order; a hearty full English, or a lighter breakfast from the buffet if you prefer. Lunchtime offers a select á la carte menu alongside a tempting buffet for you to indulge in up to three courses. Experience evening dining just how it should be in the spacious restaurants on board, serving up a sumptuous five-course á la carte menu each evening. Alternatively you can opt to dine in our self-service restaurant on each vessel, for a more relaxed experience. As each evening winds down, our buffet restaurants open for late-night snacks if you’re still feeling peckish. For an extra special dining experience, you can pay a small supplement and enjoy made-to-order á la carte dishes including perfectly cooked steak and seafood at The Grill; or book a table at The Poolside, offering themed menus based on your cruise destination. More dining information

How much do drinks cost?

The good news is, unlike some other cruise ship operators, we don't charge a small fortune at the bar. We continually try to keep our pricing in line with local pub prices back in the UK, so you don't have to worry about the cost of enjoying yourself. For example, you'll pay around £4.05 for a glass of house white, £3.70 for a pint of lager, and £3.80 for a gin & tonic (prices are subject to change and your brand of choice). Whether it's an aperitif or a bottle of wine, our Drinks Menu and Wine List will give you plenty to pour over. Bar Menu > Wine Menu >

What's included in the All Inclusive package?

The Fred. Olsen All Inclusive Upgrade is a great way to save on the cost of your trip. Guests can enjoy a selection of beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks from just £15 per person, per night* (£34 per person, per night on one to four night sailings). By upgrading to All Inclusive, you can also treat yourself to premium drinks and cocktails at half price. In the bars: Selection of soft drinks by the glass: post-mix Pepsi, lemonade, tonic water, juices and mineral/spring water. Selected red, white and rosé house wines by the glass. Selected Cava by the glass Selected branded beers in cans or on draught. Selected cider in cans. Selected house spirits: white rum, gin, vodka, whisky and brandy. The Bar Manager's selections (varies from cruise to cruise) In the restaurants & buffet areas: Selection of soft drinks, mineral/spring water & juices by the glass. Selected red, white and rosé house wines by the glass. Selected branded beers in cans. Regular tea & coffee Premium drinks available at 50% discount: selected premium & branded drinks, red and white wines (excluding Champagne or sparkling wine), cocktails, bottled water (rooms or public areas). Once on board our staff will know that you've selected the upgrade as it will be indicated on your key/security card. Just hand it over to our friendly team when purchasing drinks, and they'll do the rest! *Terms and conditions apply.

What is the premium Traditional Afternoon Tea service?

Nothing beats the quintessential experience of afternoon tea on board a cruise. Guests who take the opportunity to enjoy our premium Traditional Afternoon Tea service will take in views from our stylish Observatory Lounge with musical accompaniment from our on board pianist and other classical musicians. A selection of premium teas from Taylors of Harrogate will be offered, served in porcelain pots, along with elegant finger sandwiches, dainty pastries and warm scones with jam and cream. As this truly civilised treat is particularly popular, Guests are asked to pre-book once on board, by contacting Guest Services or the Observatory Lounge Manager. Please note: This service incurs a nominal fee of just £7.95 per person, and is a supplement to our existing afternoon tea service of delicious sandwich and cake options, which will continue as usual on all our ships.