How THIS cruise line will get you closer to the action

Smaller ships and hand-crafted itineraries! How THIS cruise line will get you closer to the action as you discover the world’s most beautiful landscapes

  • Enjoy the journey as much as the destination with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines 

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Imagine exploring the most remote corners of the world, discovering off-the-beaten-track sites and experiencing new cultures all on an unforgettable voyage of discovery.

With five generations of seafaring heritage and a desire to do things their own way, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines puts the emphasis on the journey as much as each amazing destination and believes that travel should be about warm hospitality and exploring the unknown. 

And that’s why when you sail with Fred. Olsen, you’ll step aboard a smaller, friendlier ship, where elegant design and a welcoming atmosphere create a home away from home.

The combination of smaller ships and carefully curated itineraries means you can access places other ships can’t reach, bringing you closer to some of the world’s most incredible destinations. Glide deeper into magnificent fjords and sail through narrow rivers and waterways for unmatched scenic cruising just not possible for larger cruise lines.

In fact, you’ll dock so close to the centre of many ports of call, you can simply hop straight off and explore.

Borealis sailing at sunset

This same attention to detail is just as apparent when yo step on board a Fred. Olsen ship. Stylishly designed, every area, from the cabins to the lounges, has been crafted by hand, while the service is attentive and personal with a crew who’ll not only remember your name, but your favourite drink too.

From the forested valleys of Canada to the sunny shores of southern Spain, and from whale watching in Iceland to discovering ancient ruins in Rome, Fred. Olsen has carefully designed these immersive tours to bring you the best of each destination and a truly authentic experience. 

Crafted from scratch every year, Fred. Olsen itineraries are planned to coincide with seasonal events and to take guests off the beaten track, with enriching tours that go beyond the usual tourist trails.

There is still time to join a 2022 cruise, too. Simply take your pick and set sail for a holiday you’ll never forget.

A Spanish sensation

The Discover Spanish Traditions cruise takes you from treasure to cultural treasure

Departing from Liverpool on September 16, this captivating 12-night Discover Spanish Traditions cruise takes you from treasure to cultural treasure and was carefully crafted by Fred. Olsen’s itinerary planners around each port’s links to Spain’s fascinating history and culture as well as its delicious cuisine.

Explore a 2,000-year-old amphitheatre, ancient fortifications and city walls in the Roman city of Cartagena, before exploring Gaudi’s playground in Barcelona. The otherworldly Sagrada Familia basilica and the charming gingerbread houses of Park Güell will give you an insight into the incredible imagination of this iconic architect.

Next, savour the taste of authentic paella and explore the labyrinth of the Old Town in sunny Valencia. Discover the Mudejar and Moorish heritage in Motril and the magnificent Alhambra Palace in Granada, before heading to Cadiz, your gateway to flamenco nights in Seville and sherry tasting in Jerez.

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Norwegian Fjords & Home of the Olsens 

Join Fred. Olsen’s ship Bolette for the Norwegian Fjords & Home of the Olsens adventure

Join Fred. Olsen’s ship Bolette at Dover on September 14 for a seven–night Norwegian Fjords adventure. You’ll meander along the glassy waters of Oslofjord – 100km of birdwatcher’s paradise – where you’ll catch a glimpse of the Olsen family home and the wooden church they gifted the village in 1903.

And thanks to her smaller size, Bolette will divert to see Fureberg waterfall up close (make sure you head out on deck for this breath-taking experience) and can easily navigate hard-to-access areas like Lysefjord, formed by glaciers 10,000 years ago and lined with staggering cliffs and cascading waterfalls. 

Charming orchards and tiny hamlets await on the world-famous railway in Flam, and in Eidfjord, you’ll have the opportunity to kayak on its tranquil waters. 

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Autumn colours in Canada

See the breath-taking autumn foliage on the Canada in the Fall cruise

Perfectly timed to see the peak of the autumn foliage that paints the landscape in golden ambers, rich reds and bright yellow hues, this 15-night cruise, Canada in the Fall, aboard Borealis departs Liverpool on September 28. After traversing the great Atlantic, you’ll arrive in St John’s, Newfoundland, for a whale-watching adventure.

In Gaspe, explore the forested landscapes of the Forillon National Park before discovering Gaelic-speaking Old Sydney, Nova Scotia. In Baie-Comeau, wonder at the glacier-formed landscape and the impressive Manicouagan crater, a unique ring-shaped lake. Visit the cascading Montmorency Falls in Quebec, before sailing up the Saguenay Fjord. It’s a truly breath-taking journey from start to finish.

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Iceland & The Faroes

Discover other-worldly landscapes on the Dramatic Coastlines of Iceland & The Faroes cruise

Borealis sets sail from Liverpool on September 5 for the Dramatic Coastlines of Iceland & The Faroes, taking in cascading waterfalls, bubbling geysers and the tranquil Blue Lagoon. And on this 11-night tour, wildlife conservationists from marine conservation charity, ORCA are on board to help you identify whales, dolphins and other marine life as you journey into these other-worldly landscapes.

Cruising the Western Fjords, you’ll pass by snowy mountains and other mystical scenes that most visitors never see. You’ll spot migratory birds in Hornstrandir and dragons in Drangaskord and even traverse the Arctic Circle in the land of the midnight sun. Embrace Viking heritage at the Waterfall of the Gods, Godafoss, on a tour from Akuyeri, and in The Faroes, you’ll sail past the rugged coastline and dramatic cliffs of Vestmanna and Gasadur.

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A Roman Legacy

From Naples, one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world, you’ll visit Pompeii and the Herculaneum, preserved by the ash of raging Vesuvius

Departing from Dover on September 27, Bolette takes you to the heart of the Roman Empire to spend 15 days exploring the remnants of its former glory. In fact, every destination has been chosen specifically to get you closer to the ancient monuments that tell its fascinating story.

As part of the Rediscovering Roman Legacy cruise, in Galicia, you’ll pass the only Roman lighthouse to have survived to this day, while Malaga offers a Roman amphitheatre and access to the incredible Alhambra Palace.

From Naples, one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world, you’ll visit Pompeii and the Herculaneum, preserved by the ash of raging Vesuvius. And while in Rome, you’ll go behind the scenes at the Colosseum for an immersive insight into gladiator-life. 

In Sardinia, Bolette’s smaller size means she’ll take you to within a mile of the island’s capital, Cagliari, the gateway to lesser-known Roman sites, like the Temple of Antas. 

Before heading home, explore the charming maze of ancient sites, ceramics and picturesque streetcars in Lisbon.

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Life on board with Fred. Olsen

Indulge in a traditional afternoon tea in The Obervatory

As soon as you step onto a Fred. Olsen ship, you’ll be immersed in a warm and comforting atmosphere and surrounded by like-minded people.

Able to journey to places other ships can’t, the smaller ships and hand-crafted itineraries bring you to fascinating destinations and immersive adventures, from Mediterranean waters to stunning Norwegian Fjords and Italian beaches to quaint Canadian villages. 

All with the warm and inviting feel of a family that loves what they do. 

And there’s never a dull moment on board. 

Why not join the in-house sommelier for a wine-tasting session, or learn to cook your favourite on board dishes in The Auditorium where you can watch a live cooking demo? 

And from the choice of lounges to the observatory, there’s a great mix of spaces where guests can enjoy live entertainment, or just find a quiet corner to relax and take in the view. 

If you’re in need of a bit of pampering then book an indulgent treatment at the on board spa. Massages, manicures, facials and hairdressing are all available and will ensure you unwind as you sail to your next destination.

Bolette’s Oriental Tea Room is the perfect spot to catch up with new friends after a day of adventures on land

Enjoy incredible cuisine before enjoying fantastic evening entertainment

Speciality dining awaits at the on board restaurants. 

At Colours & Tastes you can sample modern Asian Fusion dining, inspired by Fred. Olsen Jnr and his love of Asia, while at Vasco you’ll enjoy indulging in delicious seafood, curry and grilled meat dishes inspired by Goa’s culinary traditions, all with a modern twist.

Wherever you choose to dine, you’ll be sure to return with almost 90% of guests rating the cuisine dining ‘Good’ or ‘Excellent’.

After dinner enjoy fantastic live music, dazzling cabarets and quick-witted stand-up comedians, wrapping up a wonderful day of discovery, fun and new friends.

So where will your next cruise take you? 

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Fred. Olsen’s Bolette at sea

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