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Brand new 2021 sailing brings 4 Fred’s to Lisbon

This weekend the 4 Fred Olsen Ships were due to meet in Funchal, with lots of celebrations planned for guests on board.

We know many guests were disappointed that the event had to be cancelled, which is why Fred Olsen Cruise Lines have been working hard to plan a similar event for 2021 when the 4 sister ships will come together again.

We are excited to let you know that with the launch of Balmorals new itinerary, you can join ‘Four Fred.s in Lisbon’ in October next year.

Join Fred Olsen on your favourite of the 4 cruises below and you'll be treated to a host of activities and entertainment, both on board and ashore when Balmoral, Boudicca, Braemar and Black Watch meet again in Lisbon.

*Terms and conditions apply – see the Campaign Terms for full details.

New Cruise Programme

We’re delighted to announce the launch of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ new 2021/22 itineraries, designed to not only allow you to explore the world, but experience it too. Travel with Fred. Olsen worldwide to over 200 destinations – including 13 maiden calls – and nearly 100 areas of scenic cruising across 86 countries.

As Fred. Olsen's ships are smaller, they can take you on the finest cruises in the world, to places out of reach to larger vessels, and much closer to the heart of the destination. Immerse yourself in the rich culture of the Americas or beauty of New Zealand; sail Greece’s Corinth Canal, French and Spanish rivers, or explore Norway’s glorious fjordland; experience Venice Carnival or a night at the Russian ballet in St Petersburg; discover paradise in the Caribbean; and much more.

Book any 2021 or 2022 cruise by 3rd June 2020 and you’ll benefit from: the following:

  • Choose your cabin
  • Choose your restaurant and dining time (book extra early to guarantee this one as dining places are limited!)
  • Low deposit – just 15%
  • Priority booking for Shore Tours
  • Priority on board arrival and departure
  • Free shuttle bus to local centre (where operating)

PLUS, ALL Tips included*

We’ll take care of your Tips for the Cabin Stewardess and Waiter for the duration of your cruise.

PLUS, at least £50 per person to spend on board*

Book now and we’ll arrange a minimum of £50 per person FREE On Board Spend to be waiting in your cabin account when you get on board

On Sale:

Wednesday 4th March 2020 – Diamond Elite, Platinum, & Gold Oceans members.
Thursday 5th March 2020 – Silver Oceans members;
Friday 6th March 2020 – Bronze Oceans members;
Monday 9th March 2020 – general on sale date.

*Terms and conditions apply – see the Campaign Terms for full details.

Booking Reassurance Guarantee

Fred. Olsen understand and appreciate that some of their guests might be worried about booking a cruise or travelling right now.

What are Fred. Olsen doing and why?

With the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19), guests are naturally being cautious about going on holidays of any kind. Following the substantial amount of press coverage about the Diamond Princess in Japan, this is particularly true of cruise holidays.

As information on Coronavirus is changing daily, to help reassure guests and to encourage new bookings, Fred. Olsen want to give them the most amount of flexibility possible when booking a cruise with them. Whilst Fred. Olsen continue to monitor their prices on a daily basis they don’t believe that offering a blanket deeper offer or low deposit is the answer here because this does not address the problem; that guests are worried about the spread of the COVID-19 virus. As a family-run and more caring cruise line, Fred. Olsen feel that they need a different approach.

They are therefore introducing a new guarantee to reassure guests and allow for more flexibility on travel dates. They will now be able to book with the confidence that they can change their plans and move to another cruise subject to certain terms and conditions.

When they book by Tuesday 5th May for any Ocean or River cruise currently on sale, their booking will be covered with our “Booking Reassurance Guarantee”. So, if guests decide nearer the time of travelling that they want to change their plans due to concern about the COVID-19 virus, we guarantee that they can cancel with no penalty. They will be able to move 100% of the total payments made to any other Ocean or River cruise with us. For 2020 cruises, their future cruise must be taken within 2020.

Cruises departing up until 31st May 2020

  • Guests can transfer up until 48 hrs prior to departure
  • Applies to all existing bookings and new bookings made up until 5th May 2020
  • Transferred cruise must be of the same value or higher
  • Transferred cruise must depart in 2020
  • Must be same lead guest
  • No admin fee
  • Can only transfer once
  • Includes Brabant bookings
  • Excludes tour operator bookings

Cruises departing between 1st June and 31st December 2020 For transfers less than 90 days prior to departure

  • Guests can transfer up until 2 weeks prior to departure
  • Applies to all existing bookings and new bookings made up until 5th May 2020
  • Transferred cruise must be of the same value or higher
  • Transferred cruise must depart in 2020
  • Must be same lead guest
  • No admin fee
  • Includes Brabant bookings
  • Can only transfer once
  • Excludes tour operator bookings

*Terms and conditions apply – see the Campaign Terms for full details.

Brexit Promise

Brexit Promise. We’re so confident that Brexit won’t affect your Fred. Olsen cruise, should the cruise be cancelled due to the UK leaving the EU, we will give you a full refund and a free cruise. What’s more, once a cruise has been booked and the deposit paid, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines also promises that there will be no additional supplements or surcharges directly related to Brexit, on the confirmed price. There is the security of ABTA and ATOL protection and our Enjoyment Promise giving real peace of mind. Plus Shore Tours and purchases on board our ships are priced in Pounds Sterling – so you can explore the world without worrying about exchange rates. With 170 years of sailing heritage behind us we’ve seen many changes over the years, but what has never changed is our focus on giving guests the best possible experience, wherever and whenever they sail with us. With Fred. Olsen you can always book with confidence.

*Terms and conditions apply – see the Campaign Terms for full details. Exclusions apply.

A mark of Distinction.

Welcome to the Fred Olsen fellowship.

Fred. Olsen cruises are operated by a family-run company, proud of their fleet of smaller, more intimate cruise ships which is made up of vessels called Black Watch, Braemar, Boudicca and Balmoral. This unique cruise line understands that passengers like a more personalised experience and one that is unashamedly British.

The personable and long-serving crew are well-versed in ensuring you relax the moment you step aboard. For many passengers, it is the happy blend of agreeable companions that is the Fred. Olsen distinction. Wherever you choose to cruise, you will soon feel part of the fraternity and enjoy some friendly ‘home-away-from-home’ camaraderie. Featured destinations include much of Europe as well as some outstanding Africa cruises, whilst there is also the possibility to explore Scandinavia and the Arctic Circle.

You expect quality on a good cruise ship, but Fred Olsen knows from their vast experience, and from listening to their customers, what makes a special cruise; one that is a real emotional experience and one that leaves us wanting more. On-board these cruises, everyone is treated as the individual they are. The staff has a real interest in the passengers, their likes and their dislikes, and have an amazing desire to please. We know that the home we leave at the end of each cruise will be the home we enter next time we board a Fred. Olsen Cruise Ship.

Top deals from Fred. Olsen

Cruise Ship - Brabant


11th Oct 2020 | 14 nights

On board Brabant

Ports of call: Budapest - Vukovar - Belgrade - Donji Milanovac - Vidin - Ruse - Galati - St George, Romania - Fetesti - Turnu Severin - Novi Sad - Kalocsa - Budapest
Cruise Ship - Braemar

Europe, Iberian Peninsula

11th Oct 2020 | 15 nights

On board Braemar

Ports of call: Southampton - La Coruna - Cartagena, Spain - Ibiza - Barcelona - Marseille - Mahon - Cadiz - Lisbon - Southampton
Cruise Ship - Black Watch


16th Oct 2020 | 9 nights

On board Black Watch

Ports of call: Liverpool - Rotterdam - Antwerp - Rouen, France - Honfleur - Liverpool
Cruise Ship - Balmoral


13th Nov 2020 | 5 nights

On board Balmoral

Ports of call: Southampton - Rotterdam - Amsterdam - Antwerp - Southampton
Cruise Ship - Braemar

Caribbean, Transatlantic

13th Feb 2021 | 16 nights

On board Braemar

Ports of call: Bridgetown - Castries - St. Kitts - St John's, Antigua - Philipsburg, St Maarten - Ponta Delgada, Azores - La Coruna - Southampton
Cruise Ship - Boudicca

Scandinavia, Polar Regions

14th Aug 2021 | 28 nights

On board Boudicca

Ports of call: Dover, UK - Andalsnes - Svolvaer - Tromso, Norway - Honningsvag, Norway - Longyearbyen - Reykjavik - Narssarssuaq - Nanortalik - Isafjordur - Akureyri - Dover, UK
Ports of call: Southampton - Malaga - Malta (La Valletta) - Aghios Nikolaos, Crete - Rhodes - Ermoupoli - Patras (for Olympia) - Katakolon - Argostoli - Ibiza - Cartagena, Spain - Lisbon - Southampton

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Blogs about Fred. Olsen

Helen Worthington – 18-05-2015 – Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, Black Watch

A journey to Liverpool to see ‘Black Watch’ in her home port for a series of 14 sailings in 2015, completes the set for Helen Worthington of visiting or sailing on all four Fred Olsen ships.


Peter Ruck – 26-03-2015 – Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines - Boudicca - Northern Lights Cruise

It was a bright and sunny day in February. My wife, Sue, and I set sail from Southampton for 16 nights on Fred. Olsen’s Boudicca, in search of the Northern Lights.


Fred. Olsen – 21-02-2014 - Iceland and why it should be on your "bucket list"

If you’re looking for a destination that is unique and at the same time offer you fantastic sights then Iceland has got to be a place for everyone’s list of "must see" places. By far the best way of seeing this fascinating country is by visiting the place on a cruise ship.


Gary Jenkins – 09-01-2014 – Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines - Balmoral

Gary Jenkins recently enjoyed a 4 day cruise holiday onboard Fred. Olsen Cruise Line’s Balmoral – here’s what he got up to…


Ian Warren – 27-11-2012 – Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines - Braemar

My wife Ellena and I booked this 3 night cruise, with a couple of ports in France as a short break ahead of Christmas. We left Southampton on a very wet and windy Friday, and then on Saturday we were in Cherbourg and it rained most of the day.


Ian Warren – 27-05-2011 – Fred. Olsen Cruise Line - Balmoral

Although I had never cruised on Balmoral before, I did spend some time onboard at the recent UK Cruise Convention in Southampton. In fact I was lucky enough to be the video presenter for Travel Weekly and Travel TV, and spent 3 hours filming around the ship.

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