Dining & Restaurants

Speciality Premium Dining

Dining in our elegant restaurants and dining venues is a high point of every Fred. Olsen cruise. There are deliciously-tempting dishes – expertly crafted by our chefs – on offer throughout the day, presented with the personal touch of Fred. Olsen's famous on board service. [ReadMoreMob]With something light like fresh fruits and cereals or perhaps something more substantial, like a hearty 'full English', you can tailor your breakfast to suit the day ahead.

At lunchtime, there are varied and interesting menus, complemented by hot and cold buffet options. Savour scrumptious sandwiches, scones and cakes during complementary Afternoon Tea, before the main event – a fabulous, five-course á la carte feast. For those who may be peckish at bedtime, our late buffet will get you through the night.


Dining included:

Breakfast À la carte & buffet
Lunch À la carte & buffet
Afternoon Tea À la carte & buffet
Dinner À la carte & buffet
Supper Club Buffet



Speciality Dining | £10pp before cruise departure | Booked on board £15pp
Traditional Afternoon Tea | £11.99pp
The Bookmark Café | Coffees & Chocolates

Each of our ships has two or three main restaurants serving buffet and à la carte breakfast and lunches, as well as sumptuous five-course à la carte dinners every evening. Both breakfast and lunch are open seating while there are two seatings for dinner.

The table in the main restaurant will be allocated by the Maitre’D; we will happy take requests should you have a preference, although these are not guaranteed. During the day the dress code in all restaurants is casual; the evenings are usually smart-casual, apart from Formal Nights.

Bolette | Bloomsbury & Terrace Restaurants

Borealis | Borealis & Aurora Restaurants

Balmoral | Ballindalloch, Avon & Spey Restaurants

Braemar | Thistle & Grampian Restaurants

For a more flexible, relaxed experience, with a casual dress code at all times, there is the option to eat in the buffet restaurant on each ship. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day, you’ll find a wide variety of quality dishes, which our crew are more than happy to serve to you.

Bolette | The View Buffet Restaurant

Borealis | The View Buffet Restaurant

Balmoral | Palms Café

Braemar | Palms Café

While the main restaurants are always popular, during your cruise you may be tempted to try something different for an evening or two. When you’re in the mood for something extra special, each ship in our fleet features speciality dining (a small supplement applies).

Bolette Colours & Tastes - £10pp
Vasco - £10pp
Borealis Colours & Tastes - £10pp
Vasco - £10pp
Balmoral Colours & Tastes - £10pp
Vasco - £10pp
Braemar The Grill - £10pp

Booking ahead is highly recommended at our speciality dining venues and this can be done using the pre-book button in your 'My Cruises' account from 13 weeks before and up to 1 day prior to departure. Please note, there is a £10 per person supplement for this dining option, speciality dining booked on board is chargeable at £15 per person.

All rooms and Suites have tea and coffee making facilities as standard, so you can enjoy a pick-me-up first thing, and a relaxing drink at the end of the day. For those times when you’d like something more while you’re in your home-from-home at sea you can also order room service up until 11pm every day.

Continental breakfast can be ordered in advance for delivery at your preferred time, while snacks are available from 10am onwards. Should you prefer not to head to the restaurants, short lunch and dinner menus are also available. Whatever the time of day, you’ll never be hungry on a Fred. Olsen cruise.

Each day complimentary afternoon tea is served, with sandwiches, scones and cakes, along with fresh tea and coffee, always a popular choice.

During sea days guests can book a very select experience: Traditional Premium Afternoon Tea*. Enjoy beautiful views from the stylish The Observatory Lounge, with musical accompaniment from our on board pianist and the careful attention of white-gloved waiters.

Your choice from a selection of premium teas by Rare Tea Company is served in porcelain teapots, along with elegant finger sandwiches, pastries and warm scones with jam and clotted cream – all for only £11.99 per person*.

*Chargeable to your on board account. Please note our Traditional Afternoon Tea service takes place on sea days only at 3pm and must be booked at least 24 hours in advance. 

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