Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines Reviews

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Whether it’s exploring Norway’s fjordland, finding paradise at idyllic islands or finding iconic cities, Fred Olsen brings some of the world’s greatest destinations and experiences closer with their expertly crafted cruise itineraries. Opt to sail from one of five local departure ports – Southampton, Dover, Liverpool, Newcastle and Rosyth (Edinburgh) – or head on a fly-cruise to exotic locations around the globe.

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Joined sector of world cruise Brisbane to Mumbai
By Valerie Cope on 12 February 2019
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines | Black Watch Reviews

The ship is old and it shows. It’s the first cruise we’ve done where we were given a key to open the cabin door. They were changing the doors throughout the cruise though. The ship was very rusty and there was a lot of mastic holding in windows. A lot of the deck was rotting. The cabin and en-suite were fine though. The food was very good and the service in the dining room excellent....


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Christmas on Balmoral
By Penny Nicholson on 14 January 2019
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines | Balmoral Reviews

Embarkation was good so thought we were in for a good cruise – wrong. Christmas Eve was good with carol service with the staff followed by port, sherry and mince pies. Christmas morning was most enjoyable with reindeer racing with senior officers and deck party with mulled wine. Then downhill. Christmas evening meal consisted of plenty of turkey, one sprout cut in half, no parsnip, carrot or stuffing. My husband had thin slice of parsnip...


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Mystery Cruise
By Jim Manson on 04 December 2018
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines | Balmoral Reviews

Disappointed to learn during the cruise that formal evenings were mandatory dress. Had we known this we would not have booked. The attitude of the head waiter was pretty poor. We were on second sitting, (we did not request this) and because we were refused entry to the restaurant, we only had 20 minutes to eat at the cafe. On making a formal complaint the following morning, ( there was no one available at the...


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Good value for money
By Linda Milson on 06 November 2018
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines | Balmoral Reviews

This was our first cruise with Fred Olsen. We had a premier suite which was really lovely. Decor throughout was excellent. Food overall was good but only ever 2 starter choices! Also if you opted to go to the Palms cafe for dinner, the food was very limited and often dried up or lukewarm. The cafe is way too small for the guests. People were bumping into one another everywhere and there was often a...


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Uncrowded Baltic
By Lynn Moss on 29 October 2018
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines | Balmoral Reviews

Thoroughly enjoyed our second cruise aboard Balmoral. This is a happy friendly ship with brilliant crew. We were not too impressed with Gothenburg but enjoyed our visits to Copenhagen, Tallin, Helsinki, St. Petersburg and Oslo. St. Petersburg was very busy so I can imagine that it is a nightmare to visit in the summer months. are some amazing cathedrals and waterways in St.Peterburg and it is worth the visit. The entertainment on board was again...


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Canada in the Fall
By Michael and Dorothy Wolstencroft on 29 October 2018
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines | Black Watch Reviews

Friendly service, good food, clean cabins ,quality beds and linen. At 46 years young the ship needs a lot of continuing maintenance to the superstructure and the constant chipping, grinding and banging reverberated into the cabin and around the ship. Sound insulation between cabins is poor. Norovirus impacted on swimming pools, jacuzzis and food service in the dining rooms for the final ten days of the trip with the crew making heroic efforts to isolate...


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Canada in the Fall
By J P Ashworth on 29 October 2018
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines | Black Watch Reviews

We went to experience new destinations and this was achieved very well. Most of the ports on the St Lawrence Seaway and on Newfoundland are very different from your average cruise destination. The timing was exactly correct for the autumn colours. Sailing from Liverpool was highly convenient. Unfortunately, the weather on both Atlantic crossings was mostly very poor but the ship handles it well. My wife was only rolled out of bed once! The crew...


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Middle East Magic
By Margaret Bonthrone on 12 October 2018
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines | Boudicca Reviews

This was a magical cruise in the Middle East. Fred Olsen came up trumps once again. Eleven cruise lines tried but only one come out top, that is Fred Olsen. This was my 28th with them. The Middle East is so different and spectacular, from all the other places in the world that I have cruised too. To add to the special experience I was upgraded 5 times from an interior cabin on deck 4...


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Four ships in Cadiz
By M Lovegrove on 01 October 2018
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines | Boudicca Reviews

The captain described Boudicca as “A middle-aged lady in need of daily make-up – that’s why you will always see the crew at work with a paintbrush”. This is old style cruising in an older ship which is nevertheless maintained to a high standard with cabins and suites regularly “refreshed”. The cuisine is above average and staff in all departments are very attentive. Entertainment facilities are limited so if you want large ” glittering” West...


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Holiday
By Margaret Steen on 27 September 2018
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines | Braemar Reviews

This was a very special cruise which excelled all expectations the effort that the crews from the various ships on the 10 September was exceptional and the treasure hunt was good fun. Seville and Malaga were both amazing Almeria and Lisbon were good but could have bypassed Gibraltar for me. Our waiter Jeffrey and his assistant Josef were the best we have had on any cruise. The bridge was enjoyable but disappointing with the number...


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Spain,Portugal and Morocco
By John Smith on 25 September 2018
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines | Balmoral Reviews

The staff were as usual very friendly and efficient. The weather was good with calm seas most days, The Captains in Cadiz day was especially good with a flamenco dance demonstration, fun games, music and the opportunity to visit the other three ships. We enjoyed all of our shore excursions.


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Captains in Cadiz
By Gillian Rodgers on 25 September 2018
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines | Balmoral Reviews

We had a great holiday food, service ports of call all really enjoyable. Only set back was our newly refurbished interior cabin 8058 had a separate toilet Jack and Jill sinks and a shower cubicle at the expense of any real hanging space at all. When I asked the Manager to look for himself as he claimed not to understand what the problem was he agreed one narrow closet with no full length hanging space...


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Favourite Ship
By Helen Hodgkiss on 11 September 2018
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines | Balmoral Reviews

Just returned from our second cruise on Balmoral this summer, both trips to the Scottish Highlands and Islands with our teenage children. The best aspect of smaller ship cruising is the more personal service and attention you receive from the crew, something we have found lacking on other cruise lines with much larger ships. It is also nice to be able to sail much closer into destinations and to be able to get on and...


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First time cruisers
By Mr /mrs Carey on 11 September 2018
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines | Balmoral Reviews

Wonderful time on the Balmoral ship. Everything was perfect. Even our seventeen-year-old granddaughter really enjoyed herself. Can’t wait to book another cruise. Norway was amazing.


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Greenland iceland
By Graham Holden on 11 September 2018
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines | Black Watch Reviews

Just returned from Greenland lovely staff and ship food was WOW!! Entertainment brilliant, ports of call well thought out!! Lots to do on the sea days we really enjoyed it.


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Scottish Highlands and Islands ref L1826
By Terence Chappell on 11 September 2018
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines | Balmoral Reviews

Our first cruise with Fred Olsen. Public areas, the layout of the ship and level of service very good. Spey and Avon restaurants were quite special compared with Ballindalloch. Entertainment was good with now fairly rare live orchestra backing in the Neptune Lounge. The cabin was perfectly clean with excellent shower room and unobtrusive stewarding. Cabin no. was 5175, and we found the L-shape bed layout strange, the transverse one having no bedside table or...


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Vague disappointment…
By Pauline Finney on 22 August 2018
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines | Boudicca Reviews

Over many years I have enjoyed cruising with Fred Olsen, particularly home from Australia on the Black Watch in 2005. Haven’t cruised with Fred Olsen for about 4 years now, however, I was on the inaugural Boudicca cruise when she was first acquired by Fred Olsen with usual, expected, “creases to be ironed out” then – which was quite acceptable. However, this time (even after refurbishment I understand) there were several unfathomable atmospheres aboard; restaurant...


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Norway the easy way
By Geoffrey B. on 20 August 2018
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines | Balmoral Reviews

We have been cruising for 10 years, but this was our first time with Fred Olsen. We chose our first cruise to Norway because of good reviews and an easy drive to Newcastle – only about 105 miles from our West Yorkshire home. The port experience was good, with easy car parking and speedy and efficient check-in. Our cabin was ready as soon as we boarded, about 14.30. Balmoral proved to be friendly, well maintained,...


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Wonderful destination
By Janet Barber on 16 August 2018
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines | Black Watch Reviews

The cruise was wonderful but I feel that Black Watch needs to look at their entertainment as there are too many piano’s needs to get a bit more modern like her sister ship Braemar. We went to Iceland/Greenland/ and Norway.


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Cruise to Iceland and the Faroe Isles
By Rita Parks on 13 August 2018
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines | Braemar Reviews

Excellent cruise. Efficient helpful staff, a very clean ship and excellent food. The entertainment was some of the best that I have experienced on board and this was my 18th cruise. Have booked to go again.


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