Food & Drink

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.  Find out more about Little Skippers and see menu  > More dining information >

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. If you'd like to order wine, champagne or spirits when on board, you are able to do this via Room Service or on your Room Shopping Form. > Drink prices

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. You can request a table size at the time you make your booking, although this cannot be guaranteed. 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.  Of course, you can also order room service up until 11pm every day. 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. Don't forget to download our app, so that once on board you can see all the breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. More dining information

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, vegan, 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. 

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 £8.95 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.

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. Afternoon Tea: Each day, complimentary afternoon tea is served at around 3.30pm, with sandwiches, savouries, scones and cakes, along with fresh tea and coffee.* 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. This will be your allocated table for the duration of your cruise. Please note that evening dining times may vary on One Night Cruises.  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. The cafés on board will be open for breakfast and lunch at the same times as the main restaurants.  For those guests requiring a more casual dinner option, the Palms and Secret Garden Cafés and The Brigadoon will be open from 6.30pm to 9.00pm. 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. *Please note this is not the Tradtional Premium Afternoon Tea service, which is available on selected days in the Observatory Lounge for just £8.95 per person. More information on dining

How much do drinks cost?

Unlike some other cruise lines, we don't charge a small fortune at the bar. We want you to relax and enjoy your holiday, and we know that many of you prefer to have a drink in your hand while making the most of your time away. You shouldn't have to worry about the cost of enjoying yourself, which is why we always ensure that our drinks are reasonably priced. For example, a glass of house white costs just £4.35 and a pint of lager is £3.80, while a gin & tonic is around £4.05 (depending on the brand of gin)*. Fred. Olsen Drinks Prices Price From Glass of wine (175ml) £4.35 Pint of lager £3.80 Cocktails £5.05 Glass of champagne £10.25 Spirits (25ml) £3.05 Soft drinks £1.25 View our Bar List > Bars & Lounges >      

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 £19 per person, per night* (£35 per person, per night on cruises of five nights or less and Speciality 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. Cocktail of the Day (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! > Drinks prices > Find out more about the All Inclusive Drinks Upgrade *Terms and conditions apply.

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. > Find out more about the All Inclusive Drinks Upgrade package > Bar Menu Prices