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674 Fred. Olsen Cruise Reviews


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dsbd47

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Disappointing

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We chose this cruise as Our 50th Wedding Anniversary celebration, we chose FO as it promotes itself as a family run concern, but they are only interested in making money. Most of our disappointment does not ...
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Sail Date March 2020


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TheGardener

3 Reviews Written

14 Helpful Votes

Black Watch Cruise to Andalucia and Cadiz Festival

This was our second cruise with Fred Olsen and the more we see of the FO fleet the more we love them. Fred Olsen's innovative choice of ports is a great attraction to us. After completing thirty cruises with other ...
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Sail Date February 2020


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Sue0812

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

60th birthday cruise

We chose this cruise as it fitted in with my husbands shifts and as it was close to my 60th birthday. We did not enjoy the "fine dining" experience but that was personal choice. We preferred the flexibility of ...
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Sail Date February 2020


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DannyYoung

1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

Officers Breached Maritime Safety Law on RIB Trip?

My partner booked this cruise for me as a last minute Xmas present to sea the Northern Lights, we could have flown but I have a naval background. Black Watch is a lovely ship in good condition for her age. We ...
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Sail Date January 2020


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seaventurer

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Epic 14 day adventure to Norway and the Arctic, chasing the Northern Lights

FRED. OLSEN CRUISES BLACK WATCH - 14 Nights, Norway & The Arctic Ålesund, Trondheim, Tromsø (overnight), Alta (overnight), Kristiansund I am on a mission. After sailing on over 50 ships, 150+ cruises and ...
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Sail Date January 2020


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Mark Richards

1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

Must Do Better

Very first cruise so chose a very short 2 night trip Southampton – Honfleur just to get a taste. We were told in advance that boarding would be from 13.00 (or 13.30) and we would board at 16.30 (different times ...
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Sail Date December 2019


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feljen

5 Reviews Written

41 Helpful Votes

Beware this cabin!

There were lots of good things about this cruise. Embarkation and disembarkation were wonderfully swift and painless. there was no pressured up-selling, such as we'd experienced on other, more high-profile cruise ...
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Sail Date November 2019


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MargaretP

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

My third Fred Olsen cruise - another excellent itinerary (Indonesia)

I choose Fred Olsen because of the itineraries and because I don't like huge ships (I actually prefer those with around 300 passengers, so Fred Olsen ships are still bigger than I like, ideally). Boudicca is ...
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Sail Date November 2019


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HRJEN

1 Review Written

13 Helpful Votes

A voyage of disasters

Background: We had booked a 14-day fly/cruise package directly through Fred Olsen leaving from Cape Town, visiting Port Elizabeth, Richard’s Bay, Mayotte, Madagascar and the Seychelles. Flights: Instead of ...
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Sail Date October 2019


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twotravellersLondon

4 Reviews Written

130 Helpful Votes

Fred's charging so much more for so much less

We had really been looking forward to this cruise since we had booked it for a small fortune on a special loyalty members’ booking day almost two years earlier! Fred’s promo promised “some of the most ...
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Sail Date September 2019


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luitata

1 Review Written

5 Helpful Votes

Harmony and relax atmosphere

it's my first cruise, due to i am a solo traveler. Cruise line who provided solo cabin not many choose: Fred Olsen, P & O and Cunard- Queen Mary 2. I choose Fred Olsen finally because i saw comment with Fred ...
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Sail Date September 2019


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andrewlgc

6 Reviews Written

32 Helpful Votes

Fine cruise to the Fjords of Greenland

We boarded Boudicca at the beginning of August in Dover for her Fjords of Greenland cruise. We had booked a superior outside cabin but were upgraded to a junior suite some weeks before departure. This cabin, 5009, ...
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Sail Date August 2019


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Nitropodder

2 Reviews Written

70 Helpful Votes

Great destinations but beware Olsen cutting times in ports by up to 3 hours

Saturday, embarkation Upon arrival in Southampton by car ABP parking met us right by the ship. The porters who unloaded us were very slick and in no time we were at arrivals then straight on board. Very ...
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Sail Date June 2019


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nigemarie

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

Baltic cruise 31/7/19

Every thing was so easy. Arrived at Queen Elizabeth terminal and cases were collected from us and car taken to be parked. Walked straight into arrivals with no queue. Quick check in, told cabin was ready for us and ...
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Sail Date July 2019


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Martyn 33

1 Review Written

25 Helpful Votes

First and last cruise with Fred Olsen

Cruise L1917 Isles of Scotland 1.8.2019 This was our first ever cruise and we had expected much better considering the cost. The M.S. Balmoral had its last refit some 10/11 years ago and it is looking very tired. ...
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Sail Date August 2019


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JCN51

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Wonderful staff, great food, excellent trip!

Fred Olsen were recommended by family members. The fact that Balmoral sailed from Rosyth (near Edinburgh) was so handy for us and saved us a flight to Southampton. Our cruise to Norway far exceeded our ...
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Sail Date July 2019


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mandeville2019

1 Review Written

18 Helpful Votes

Floating Travelodge

We chose this cruise because it left from Dover, which is to near to home, and because it visits the Norwegian fjords. Norway is amazing, but I overheard Boudicca being dubbed HMS Dignitas, and that was ...
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Sail Date July 2019


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Caroline27

1 Review Written

13 Helpful Votes

Worst service and food ever

Restaurant and staff in outside bar are offish and service for drinks slow Restaurant staff. You catch their eye and they immediately walk away Yet rush you when eating to Move you on as quickly as they can ...
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Sail Date June 2019


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jays175

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Great first time family cruise

As first time cruisers we wanted a short trip on a smaller ship as we were travelling with young children, ages 7 and 11, and were not sure how they would be. They totally loved it and have already asked when we ...
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Sail Date July 2019


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KPCruiser1234

1 Review Written

7 Helpful Votes

Fabulous Fjords

Fabulous to sail away from Liverpool. Very smooth and quick to embark and disembark. Our terrace balcony cabin 7024 was really lovely with a large lounge area and separate bedroom. Our steward kept the room ...
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Sail Date July 2019


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csg devizes

1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

Very enjoyable

Chose this cruise because of the itinerary . The fact that it sailed from Liverpool was an added bonus as we have always wanted to visit the city. We were not disappointed with our three night stay before boarding. ...
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Sail Date June 2019


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rcem

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Diamond Wedding Celebration

The main reason was sailing from Liverpool and a return visit to the Fjords. From our arrival at Pier Head all went smoothly. Our Balcony Suite was perfect, spacious, clean plenty of wardrobe and drawer space, met ...
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Sail Date July 2019


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Hamslab

1 Review Written

22 Helpful Votes

Fjords for elderly June 2019

We choose this cruise for the destination and size of ship, it was a very special occasion for our friends, their golden wedding anniversary we are all fast approaching 70, young at heart and outgoing but this was ...
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Sail Date June 2019


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Ceilidh8

2 Reviews Written

8 Helpful Votes

Improvement

Delighted to say that on this cruise the regular afternoon teas were a huge improvement on last years which were a disaster. Someone must have read my last report.Still an unacceptable waiting time for orders taken ...
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Sail Date June 2019


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WendyJ4444

1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

First cruise experience

I enjoyed my visit to Iceland first cruise with Fred Olsen Balmoral. The Balmoral is a nice country feel ship. I liked that it has just over 1000 passengers and not thousands and thousands of people. Saying this I ...
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Sail Date June 2019


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