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RiverSong

Fred Olsen Launch 20 New Adult Only Cruises For 2016/2017

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Since the Adonia has moved to Fathom Travel we have speculated as to whether P&O will introduce a new Adults Only Ship?  But it looks like Fred Olsen has now made the move to capitalize on this in their new 2015-2016 brochure, and will now be offering 20 cruises designed for passengers aged 18 or above.  You could argue that Fred Olsen is primarily catering for that market anyway as you only find children’s clubs on certain dates depending how many are booked on board.  So will branding these 20 sailings make any difference to the bookings or would it make you consider a cruise with them.  What I think is more interesting is that being smaller ships they are looking to expand their itinerary’s with 23 maiden ports of call and more regional ports like Liverpool and even Belfast to embark/disembark.

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Definitely a clever move by Fred Olsen looking to take advantage of P&O losing Adonia from the fleet. I genuinely thought Fred Olsen would suffer in recent years as I often saw prices for their cruises that were not too far off the likes of luxury operators such as Regent yet Regent are obviously all-inclusive therefore a greater value for money overall. It appears I was wrong though and credit where credit's due as they seemed to have rejuvenated themselves with specialist itineraries and created a bit of a differentiation from other brands. Takes some doing so fair play to them for that.

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I think this is a great announcement from Fred Olsen, especially for those who have been left a heartbroken about Adonia leaving the P&O fleet to begin its new journey with fathom.

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I've never cruised with Fred Olsen as if I'm honest, they have never really appealed to me but I praise them for taking advantage of Adonia leaving the P&O fleet, I'm sure it will prove to be a shrewd move.

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Hi  I agree with most of the comments on this thread Fred. Olsen are successfully finding a niche market in the UK market catering for those passengers who wish to sail on small vessels without the "thrills" of having a theme park atmosphere.  There's room for all types of cruise ambiences and they are wise not to try to compete against Carnival's corp. and RCI's fleets and offer something unique now that P&O has decided that this market is of little interest in their plans at this time. .

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It would appear to be a move with limited downside, while appealing to RCI "refuseniks".

Not convinced that in the long term there will be that much competing for the "theme park" market.

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Good idea for Freds to do this, however, if they use different departure points will there still be a cruise link like Eavesway as not many want to drive to the ports. Having never used them I don't know what provisions are already in place for this. I do hope that P & O have something else planned to replace Adonia though.

 

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I like the idea of adult only cruises and I've always thought Fred Olsen do some extremely interesting ports. When I've checked out the cabins though the decor looks really old fashioned and it's always put me off. I like the idea of cruising to and from Liverpool though, instead of driving down to Southampton.  

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I’ve been with Fred Olsen my friend used to work on board.  The atmosphere is excellent so friendly and the service is of the best I’ve experienced.  Yes the ships are older and this can reflect in the decor but for me it all added to the charm.  I would defiantly sail with them again if they offered something I wanted to do.

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As they say never judge a book by its cover… So I wouldn't let the old fashioned decor put me off too much! Recently I've heard great things about Fred Olsen and how surprised people actually that the demographic of the passengers was much lower than originally anticipated.

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I agree with you both that I shouldn't judge them based on hear say and from first glance but sometimes I can't help it. As they say, perception is reality and for Fred Olsen I perceive them to be a different type of cruising experience to what I am looking for. This is not to say I would not try them or pose any negative comment towards them at all, I simply prefer to look elsewhere. Perhaps I'm losing out but when working hard to afford a cruise, I want to be happy with what I am booking not filled with uncertainty.

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I've never cruised with Fred Olsen as if I'm honest, they have never really appealed to me but I praise them for taking advantage of Adonia leaving the P&O fleet, I'm sure it will prove to be a shrewd move.

You should try Fred, they are great, caring, and offer more than P & O and the other bigger lines.  We tried Adonia when P&O took it (Minerva2) from Swan Hellenic, we have sailed on it with Swan many times.  P & O had spoiled it by packing in more cruisers poorer quality food and less organization.  Fred is now the preferred cruise line of choice.

 

The only fault I have with Fred is that it has recently increased it's ports of sailing from in the south of England at the loss of Scotland's ports.

 

I am sailing in November on Fred for 35 Days to Dublin and the Caribbean.  I know I will have a fantastic time and never be board. This will be my 12th cruise with them out of my 61 cruises 

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Good idea for Freds to do this, however, if they use different departure points will there still be a cruise link like Eavesway as not many want to drive to the ports. Having never used them I don't know what provisions are already in place for this. I do hope that P & O have something else planned to replace Adonia though.

 

I hope that my post has been of use….:unsure:

We did a Fred cruise in June & looked at various ones however we wanted to get to the port by coach & from here in the midlands we were limited to departures from Dover or Southampton. That was with Eavesway.

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