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I've just been reading that Fred Olsen are going to start doing river cruises.

My parents are looking to cruise with Fred Olsen and have also been looking at river cruises for next year and in particular a cruise on the Rhine. According to the info there are 30 sailings on the Rhine, Moselle and Danube.

It looks like Fred Olsen will release itineraries to loyalty club members on May 24, before going on general sale on May 26.

Anyone else interested in River Cruises with Fred Olsen or have any tips to share on river cruising in general, which rivers, ports are the best?

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Hi  I have sailed with Fred Olsen on quite a few cruises  and as I haven't seen their new river cruise sailings  I cannot comment on these.  However, unless they are leasing or buying new river vessels they will not be sailing on the more interesting parts of the Rhine, Danube as their current ocean vessels will not be able fit in the locks or get under the bridges.  If your parents wish to undertake a river cruise on these interesting destinations I would suggest that they consider booking with experienced  river company.  I have sailed on the Nile, Rhine and the Danube with different companies and I have enjoyed all the voyages.  One company (Viking) as advertised its river cruising vessels extensively in UK but they are only one of many companies who operate this type of holiday.   I can recommend Riviera Travel and they can offer both fly cruise or train departures to the embarkation port.  They are a little cheaper than some of the competitors.  If the main reason to undertake this type is to visit the interesting itineraries  it really doesn't matter which company you use as they all tend to undertake similar excursions using the same local tour companies.

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26 minutes ago, Land Ahoy said:

Hi  I have sailed with Fred Olsen on quite a few cruises  and as I haven't seen their new river cruise sailings  I cannot comment on these.  However, unless they are leasing or buying new river vessels they will not be sailing on the more interesting parts of the Rhine, Danube as their current ocean vessels will not be able fit in the locks or get under the bridges.  If your parents wish to undertake a river cruise on these interesting destinations I would suggest that they consider booking with experienced  river company.  I have sailed on the Nile, Rhine and the Danube with different companies and I have enjoyed all the voyages.  One company (Viking) as advertised its river cruising vessels extensively in UK but they are only one of many companies who operate this type of holiday.   I can recommend Riviera Travel and they can offer both fly cruise or train departures to the embarkation port.  They are a little cheaper than some of the competitors.  If the main reason to undertake this type is to visit the interesting itineraries  it really doesn't matter which company you use as they all tend to undertake similar excursions using the same local tour companies.

 

I have been reading and they are leasing a river cruise ship so the itineraries will be fine!

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 Hi  I have just read a little pre-launch information about Fred Olsen river cruises and it appears that the ship is the Amadeus Princess built in 2006 but it isn't going to have refit before being re-marketed as the Bradant.   A very unusual feature (and not to my liking) is that shore excursions are not to be included in the boarding fare.   Flights are to be included in the cost but it hasn't been announced whether they will have an extensive local departure programme or use a few major UK airports.

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i love Fred Olsen and wondered if they were going down this route. I've been send information that they are doing the normal Danube, Moselle & Rhine area and are leasing a

ship. Looks like just London departures though.

 

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On 17/05/2017 at 0:21 PM, Land Ahoy said:

Hi  I have sailed with Fred Olsen on quite a few cruises  and as I haven't seen their new river cruise sailings  I cannot comment on these.  However, unless they are leasing or buying new river vessels they will not be sailing on the more interesting parts of the Rhine, Danube as their current ocean vessels will not be able fit in the locks or get under the bridges.  If your parents wish to undertake a river cruise on these interesting destinations I would suggest that they consider booking with experienced  river company.  I have sailed on the Nile, Rhine and the Danube with different companies and I have enjoyed all the voyages.  One company (Viking) as advertised its river cruising vessels extensively in UK but they are only one of many companies who operate this type of holiday.   I can recommend Riviera Travel and they can offer both fly cruise or train departures to the embarkation port.  They are a little cheaper than some of the competitors.  If the main reason to undertake this type is to visit the interesting itineraries  it really doesn't matter which company you use as they all tend to undertake similar excursions using the same local tour companies.

Thanks Land Ahoy. I've passed on all the information I've seen so far on Fred's announcement and I think they are going to wait until the 26th to see what the itineraries and prices are like.

I'm sure this move from Fred will be very popular and will give loyal passengers something new to experience.

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Found this information on Bolsovers web site:

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has announced the launch of its first river cruise programme with sailings in Europe from 2018. The programme will go on sale from 26th May 2017 and will operate from April to November next year.

The 156-guest river boat, Brabant, will take in some of Europe’s most beautiful rivers, including the Danube, Rhine, Main and Moselle – on a total of 30 departures in 2018, with durations ranging from five to 25 nights.

Fred. Olsen will be bringing its unique style of ‘destination exploration’ to the river cruise market, with exciting itineraries visiting some of Europe’s most stunning rivers, canals and valleys. Guests can choose to sail the breath-taking Danube, taking in the major cities and wildlife-rich Danube Delta; savour the highlights of the heart of Europe, along the twists and turns of the Moselle, Rhine and Main valleys; or enjoy a ‘taster’ cruise to Amsterdam, when the tulips are in full bloom.

Justin Stanton, Sales and Marketing Director for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said:

“At Fred. Olsen, we specialise in creating a ‘home-from-home’ atmosphere on our ocean cruises, and we are proud to be bringing our many decades of expertise and rich sailing heritage to the river cruise market for the very first time. In fact, the name Brabant harks back to Fred. Olsen’s historic passenger ship of the same name from the 1920s.

“Guests can rest assured that the new Fred. Olsen river cruises will be underpinned by the usual high standards, award-winning customer service and understated elegance that they have come to expect of our ocean-going offer. We firmly believe that we have crafted the perfect formula to ensure that our new river cruise guests can get the most out of their holiday with Fred. Olsen.”

From bright and spacious public areas, to well-equipped bedrooms and ample deck space, from which to enjoy the superb views, Brabant has everything guests need for a comfortable river cruise. With just four decks, and fewer than 80 rooms and suites, staffed by 40 crew members, Brabant has the intimate and friendly feel that Fred. Olsen’s guests know and love.

Cherry wood interiors and contemporary colours combine to make guests feel relaxed from the moment that they step on board. Juliette balconies with panoramic windows are a feature of many of the rooms, so that guests can enjoy expansive views of Europe’s most impressive waterways.

Fred. Olsen guests will feel right at home on board Brabant, with English spoken throughout and all transactions conducted in Pounds Sterling. The British taste will also be reflected in the cuisine, customer service and shore tours on offer.

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On 5/18/2017 at 8:38 AM, cruise chef said:

The Douro in Portugal seems to be the up and coming River to sail on so I would fancy a trip along it, the most popular River seems to be the Danube.

We have been on the Douro, 2 days to start with in Lisbon then bused up to the boat on the Douro for another 8 days.  We have toured the Rhine and the Mosel with our touring caravan and we thought the Douro was superior.

Lincolnite

 

  

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On ‎18‎/‎05‎/‎2017 at 2:38 PM, cruise chef said:

The Douro in Portugal seems to be the up and coming River to sail on so I would fancy a trip along it, the most popular River seems to be the Danube.

One is tempted to ask what PORT you would prefer to begin and end with ?? LOL!

Beautiful area. Only seen it by coach and train. I am sure the river would be equally revealing and likely, more relaxing too.

My Sister & Bro in Law are more into River cruising, but I could certainly be tempted back there again!

Peter. ;)

 

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Make sure you check what you are getting for your money, I think I saw that excursions were 'optional' ?, quite often on River Cruises at least some are included.

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11 hours ago, Brijoy said:

Make sure you check what you are getting for your money, I think I saw that excursions were 'optional' ?, quite often on River Cruises at least some are included.

Hi  I received a copy of the Fred Olsen river cruise brochure yesterday and it does not mention that shore excursions are included in the boarding fare.  For some ports this is not important as you can stroll into the town from the moored river vessel to see the sights, however, to visit Salzburg, Melk etc on the Danube you would have to book the optional excursions.  No itineraries are mentioned in the brochure nor are the costs so it is impossible to say whether they will be good value.  Interestingly the duration of the cruises vary from 5 to 25 nights on board with fares from £999 to £6674.  They will not be sailing on the river Douro (as I expected)  the vessel can not transfer from the Rhine/Danube to Portugal so those wishing to cruise on this river will have to look elsewhere.

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