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Fred. Olsen difference

At Fred. Olsen, we understand what makes a cruise holiday so special. It’s sailing to incredible destinations far and wide in pure comfort with like-minded travellers, enjoying fabulous food as you glide across the ocean and along beautiful rivers, discovering out-of-this-world experiences and awe-inspiring sights and forging friendships that will last a lifetime. This is why we carefully craft each and every one of our holidays, from weekend city escapes and river cruises through the heart of Europe to epic around the world voyages and exotic fly-cruises, to ensure your time on board with us is simply unforgettable.

We don’t like to make a fuss – you won’t hear us shouting about expensive technology on board our fleet – and our ocean-going ships and river boat aren’t as new as some on the market, but we quietly concentrate on making sure the key elements of your cruise holiday are on point.


We believe that younger doesn’t always mean better and with our extensive experience and knowledge of the cruise industry, we aim to help you explore, learn, discover and make the most of every destination you visit with us; both during the time you spend on board and ashore. We are committed to making sure that every Fred. Olsen cruise is an enjoyable, engaging and memorable experience, no matter how many times you’ve cruised before. This is all part of the ‘Fred. Olsen Difference’.

Smaller-Sized, Classically Designed Cruise Vessels

We take immense pride in our smaller-sized, understated ocean-going cruise ships, which is why we have extensively refreshed and refurbished the fleet to ensure they are at their best for many years to come. Balmoral, Braemar, Boudicca and Black Watch may not boast a daunting list of unnecessary gimmicks such as climbing walls, surf simulators and zip wires, but what they do offer is ample space and comfort, a welcoming, home-from-home feel and the style and ambience of a country house hotel. These understated qualities are the essence of Brabant, our dedicated river cruising boat, too.

Sharing your adventures with hundreds – not thousands – of others, you can relax on board and enjoy a memorable cruise experience without feeling overcrowded. In fact, you’ll feel like part of a family as you explore the world with your friends, loved ones and like-minded people that share your interests and attitude to life. Fewer guests also means we are always able to provide the personal, attentive service you deserve from the moment you step on board.

Get Closer to the World’s Greatest Destinations

Another advantage of our smaller cruise vessels is that they can take you closer to some of greatest destinations on earth and help you discover towns, cities and scenic wonders that may be out of reach to larger ships and boats.

Balmoral, Braemar, Boudicca and Black Watch can sail the world’s oceans to idyllic islands and breathtaking countries, into narrow Norwegian fjords and along size-restricted rivers into the heart of delightful cities such as Seville and Bordeaux where a plethora of highlights await your discovery from the moment you step foot off your ship.

Aboard Brabant you can experience incredible journey’s through the winding valleys of the Rhine, Main and Moselle rivers, taking in fairytale-esque castles, forts and cities along way; sail the Danube all the way to the Danube Delta, stopping in captivating capitals such as Vienna and Budapest en route; and negotiate impressive lock-laden canals and picturesque gorges.

Friendly, Attentive Staff

All of the Fred. Olsen team have been carefully selected for their warm and welcoming personalities and we receive more positive feedback about our staff than anything else. Every member of the team understands that your enjoyment is paramount, which is why they go out of their way to provide service with a smile and ensure you have a great time on board with us. It’s the little things that matter, so don’t be surprised when we remember your name, favourite tipple and even how you like your eggs at breakfast – it’s what we do.

Award-Winning Cruises

There’s never been a better time to cruise with Fred. Olsen and we’ll strive to give you the holiday of a lifetime – but don’t just take our word for it. Pleasingly, this has been recognised by Fred. Olsen winning a number of high profile awards over the past few years, including Cruise Critic’s ‘Best for Itineraries’ for three consecutive years, and gaining the highest rating for cruises under £200 per night in the 2018 Which? Cruise Survey.

Most importantly, from over 19,000 independent guest reviews Fred. Olsen has a guest experience rating of over 4 out of 5 – along with being awarded Feefo’s Gold Trusted Merchant status, for the fourth time. Perhaps that’s why people who try us once so often choose to cruise with us again. There’s never been a better time to experience the Fred. Olsen Difference.