The Fred. Olsen Difference

Fred. Olsen Difference

Brabant’s classic design is a little smaller than many river ships, so you’ll enjoy all the usual hallmarks of Fred. Olsen’s approach to cruising. In line with our ocean-going fleet, this smaller-scaled vessel has the style, ambience and understated quality of a country house hotel. [ReadMoreMob]With the fifth generation Fred. Olsen as Chairman, we believe we have crafted the perfect formula to ensure you get the very best out of your holiday. Now our extensive experience and knowledge has been applied to a new programme of river cruises.

A more personal, intimate and comfortable river cruise experience…

With around only 150 fellow guests on board, you’ll find Brabant is personal and intimate. Cruise ship staples such as swimming pools, a number of lounges and on-going activities are not in evidence, making way for a comfortable and welcoming ambience, complemented by relaxing and roomy public areas where occasional daily entertainment, leisurely drinks and engaging conversation with new-found friends is the norm.

Typically & familiarly British...

Cruising on Brabant is a distinctly British experience. Unlike on some European river cruise ships, our friendly, attentive crew speak English and guests can pay for any purchases made on board in pound sterling. What's more, the food and fantastic service enjoyed on board, as well as the shore tours on offer, have been specifically tailored to suit British taste.

So, while you journey through Europe via breathtaking rivers, you'll always feel right at home.

Tea on deck

Get closer and discover more…

On many of our expertly planned itineraries time has been allowed for scenic cruising in daylight hours. And, at every stop on our river cruises Brabant will moor as close as operationally possible to the heart of the city, town or village to ensure the local attractions are within easy reach.

We even have bicycles on board our ship which guests can hire, with our compliments, to make the most of their opportunities to explore ashore. 

Brabant docked in Cochem, Germany

Service with a smile…

Each member of our crew are dedicated to making your time away as relaxing, rewarding and enjoyable as possible. The experience of our staff – many of whom have worked on board river ships for many years – coupled with their warm and welcoming personalities, will ensure you’ll be in for a great holiday, as you would expect from Fred. Olsen. 

A key part of the restful, engaging and enjoyable experience enjoyed by guests on every single Fred. Olsen holiday.

Service on deck

Cruise with confidence


If you favour a welcoming, ‘home-from-home’ atmosphere, friendly, smiling staff and like-minded fellow guests with whom you can share a good story or two over a glass of your favourite tipple, you’ll like to find the Fred. Olsen experience to your taste. You don’t have to just take our word for it though: we’re so confident you’ll like cruising with us that we offer our Enjoyment Promise as standard. [ReadMoreMob]

Simply book at least 12 weeks in advance on cruises of five nights or more and if you find that it’s not for you within 24 hours of sailing, just let us know and we promise to arrange and pay for your flight back to the UK from the next port and repay the cost of your cruise. Peace of mind and relaxation starts from the moment you choose to cruise with Fred. Olsen.

**Conditions and limitations apply. You must read our Terms and Conditions before booking. 

Fred. Olsen's Enjoyment Promise