The Fred. Olsen history runs as deep as the ocean, with the line’s Norwegian heritage dating back to 1848. Originating from the town of Hvitsten, a small village on the Oslofjord, brothers Fredrik Christian, Petter and Andreas began their international shipping company many years ago, with the purchase of three ships. From these humble roots, Fred Olsen has grown into one of Britain’s favourite cruise lines, its elegant ships and imaginative itineraries setting it apart.
Fred Olsen place destination at the forefront of all they do and are unique in the manner that they offer itineraries to their guests; while many cruise lines are classed as either sea cruising or river cruising, Fred Olsen’s small ships allow them able to break boundaries and combine the two. Travelling on board a Fred Olsen ship, passengers can traverse the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, sail Mediterranean seas and even negotiate the narrow passages of the Guadalquivir River and some of Europe’s most beautiful waterways.
Offering unrivalled choice and flexibility, combined with a reputation for the friendliest and most welcoming service on the seas, Fred Olsen is the cruise line of choice for those who seek a holiday filled with new experiences and undiscovered lands.
Fred Olsen is a UK based cruise line, so there are a huge number of exciting voyages setting sail from the UK on a regular basis. Recent expansion sees Fred Olsen operate from 6 ports around the UK: Belfast; Bristol; Dover; Edinburgh; Glasgow; Harwich; Liverpool; Newcastle; Southampton and Tilbury. This expansion places 90% of the UK population within just 90 minutes of a Fred. Olsen cruise and puts the cruise line’s diverse itineraries at your fingertips. Rather than focusing attentions on innovative facilities on board, Fred. Olsen are making strides with their inspirational itineraries and opening the door to the world; all while sailing directly from the UK.
For those who dislike flying, or who simply prefer their holiday to begin the moment they leave the house, Fred Olsen’s UK departures are ideal. Take time to leisurely explore historical port towns close to home, before setting sail on explorations of more distant shores. Itineraries sailing from the UK include Baltic, European, Norwegian Fjords, the Caribbean and even World Cruises.
Fred. Olsen’s fly-cruises are the most exciting and rewarding way to discover some of the world’s most exotic, far-flung and inspirational destinations, with unforgettable sights and once-in-a-lifetime experiences featured on every expertly crafted itinerary.
Book an immersive Fred. Olsen fly-cruise and you can fly straight to your chosen region of discovery for a holiday like no other, for a chance to take in a cocktail of delights and highlights, with all the comforts of your smaller, friendly ship to return to along the way.
On Fred. Olsen’s peak holiday season cruises, they operate the ‘Little Skippers club’. Run by professional hosts, the Little Skippers Club is designed to ensure children aged between 5 and 11, and their parents or grandparents, get the most from their holiday. They will keep them entertained with a variety of creative and exciting activities and events, such as arts and crafts sessions, deck games, treasure hunts, quizzes, cookie and pizza making and much more.
All activities, plus timings for children-only pool sessions, are advertised in the Little Skippers Club’s ‘mini’ version of the Daily Times, which is available in Guest Services each day. So, you can plan your time relaxing by the pool, in your favourite bar or even the soothing Atlantis Spa, safe in the knowledge that your children are enjoying their time on board too
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