First time on Bolette

We went for the first time on Fred Olsen’s new ship, Bolette. We sailed from Dover and as we live nearby it is a very easy port for us. Boarding was very pleasant, live music to greet us and a fast and efficient boarding procedure. We were shown to our cabin, which was a Superior […]…

Bolette in Northern Europe

Alan Fairfax sets sail with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, this time visiting Amsterdam, Hamburg and Antwerp Stepping aboard Fred Olsen’s flagship Bolette at Southampton was as if I had only left it a few days ago, the truth is, it’s over 7 months since I was last on board. Did I enjoy my second cruise […]…

In Search of the Northern Lights

The Northern Lights are high on the bucket lists of most people these days, so when Fred. Olsen announced a series of cruises with the aurora borealis as their principal focus, it was an obvious choice. The far North of Norway is, of course, home territory for Fred. Olsen and even their new and slightly […]…

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines

I have just returned from a cruise on Bolette, Fred Olsen’s new ship and despite Covid I felt very safe. We had to have had both vaccines in order to travel and a lateral flow test before boarding (no cost). We had to wear face masks while moving round the ship but not in restaurants […]…

Black Watch

My very first cruise was with the Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, on Black Watch (which was an old ship and now is not in operation) :(. However, it was the best holiday I have ever had and certainly gave me the ‘cruising bug’! My last cruise, booked for my birthday last March, was cancelled due […]…

Amazon

For those who want to experience the world’s largest tropical rainforest, but without the inclination to trek through the jungle, a cruise down the Amazon could be the answer. The Amazon has a mythical allure with images of deep forests, brightly coloured birds and howler monkeys. But don’t expect your ship to be squeezing its […]…

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines

Being chased by a large scary, poisonous dragon in Indonesia was one of many memorable moments experienced whilst cruising the east coast of Australia to Kuala Lumpur.
I was on a Fly Cruise on Fred Olsen’s Braemar and joined around 800 fellow passengers ready for an adventure. 
Before setting sail from Sydney we visited the breathtaking […]…

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines

Avery special occasion and Fred Made it the Tops. Our Golden Wedding Anniversary. In our lovely little cabin when we boarded there on the dressing table was a posy of golden yellow Roses. On the actual day mid-afternoon there was a knock on the door and there was room service with a pretty carrier bag. […]…

Eastern Caribbean with Fred. Olsen

If anyone told you that you were going to have an extra week added to your cruise, at no extra cost, you’d be delighted – in normal circumstances! However, if you think about the date we left on this cruise and what was happening globally with Covid-19, you might realise the extra week wasn’t all […]…

Balmoral

Two weeks from Southampton over Christmas and New Year. Yes, the ship is old and a bit tatty in areas but the cabins and public areas were clean and the staff super friendly in the main. Reception staff flawless. This is a ship for people who just want to take life slowly – and that […]…

Balmoral

Standing in the magnificent ballroom inside the Catherine Palace south of St Petersburg, it was easy to imagine it filled to capacity with elegantly dressed courtiers and guests back in the 18th century. Built as a summer palace for the Tsars, more than 100 kilograms of pure gold were used to gild the 300m long […]…

Boudicca

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, was at the front of the ship and was large, warm and very comfortable. The only noise to […]…