Why THIS cruise line is doing things differently

Small ships and hand-crafted itineraries. Why THIS cruise line is doing things differently (and some of the amazing journeys you should be taking in 2022!)

  • From Swedish fjords to the rugged Icelandic coastline, Spain’s rich culture to hidden Roman sites in Italy, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines do things differently 

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If you want to discover the wonders of the world in comfort, there’s no better way than a cruise.

After spending the day exploring on land, you can relax aboard your ship, before setting sail to the next thrilling destination. 

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines believes that at its heart, travel should be about shared adventures, 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 truly unique experience. 

Not to mention the unparallelled personal service from crew who remember your name, as well as how you like your favourite drink.  

And it’s thanks to these smaller ships that you’ll have the chance to visit the most interesting places in the world, to travel deeper into narrow rivers, fjords and waterways, and to dock so close to the centre of many destinations, you can simply hop straight off and explore.

When you take a Fred. Olsen cruise, you’re welcomed aboard as friends for an intimate adventure on the high seas

As a family-run business that stretches back five generations and almost 200 years, Fred. Olsen is proud of its maritime roots.

They do things their own way, designing bespoke itineraries from scratch each year with guest feedback helping to shape every aspect, ensuring that every journey is an adventure.

All you have to do is choose where to go. So here is our pick of the most thrilling cruises to take next year…

Smaller is better 

Fred. Olsen ships are smaller so can access parts of the world off limits to the bigger cruise ships. From docking close to the heart of your destinations to scenic cruising in hard-to-reach waterways, these are experiences you just can’t have on larger ships.

So take a look at our pick of Fred. Olsen itineraries that prove small really is beautiful.

Classic Norwegian Fjords

Norway’s fjords are best explored on a smaller ship like Fred. Olsen’s Bolette

There are more than 1,000 fjords in Norway, making it the best place in the world to see these awe-inspiring waterways, with your smaller ship offering outstanding scenic cruising.

A cruise to Norway’s west coast reveals some of the most beautiful of all, including Lysefjord, which can only be accessed by a small ship, such as Bolette. This close encounter will give you the chance to witness its steep, jagged mountains, before you journey to picturesque Nordfjord where the sight of Hornelen – North Europe’s tallest sea cliff – awaits you. 

At the Briksdal Glacier you’ll see the vast ice formations and enjoy the untouched peace of Lovatnet Lake. You can even ride the Loen Skylift for breath-taking panoramic views of Nordfjord. 

So if you’ve always wanted to see the Nordic fjords, let the experts at Fred. Olsen show you the way.  

7th April 22 | 7 nights | Sailing from Southampton. Click HERE to discover more.

French Rivers and Bordeaux

Next autumn why not set out on a journey to enjoy all that France has to offer?

Taking in five cities, this new itinerary will ensure you experience the very best of the culture, food and history of France. After sailing the Gironde and Garonne Rivers, your ship Balmoral is small enough to dock alongside the promenade in Bordeaux, so you simply step off and head out into the city to explore.

Or why not tour one of Medoc’s small, family-run vineyards where you’ll learn about the region’s wines and taste them straight from the barrel?

You’ll cruise the scenic River Seine to Rouen too, a route off-limits to larger ships, before taking a tour of Paris to see iconic sights like the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre. And elsewhere there are visits to Brest and Honfleur where trying camembert and Calvados is a must!    

25th Oct 22 | 10 nights | Sailing from Dover. Click HERE to discover more. 

Scenic Swedish Waterways

This 11-night itinerary is the perfect way to combine the culture of Sweden’s renowned cities with the beautiful coastal scenery

This 11-night itinerary is the perfect way to combine the culture of Sweden’s renowned cities with the less-heralded, yet marvellously beautiful coastal scenery. 

And Balmoral is the perfect ship to deliver this unique experience. Thanks to its small size it can dock within a mile of destinations like Trelleborg, while at Gothenburg, you’ll dock a mile closer than other, larger ships can, making exploration a breeze. 

Another highlight will be your journey through the sprawling Stockholm Archipelago, as your ship navigates a route through its thousands of craggy islands and islets. 

From the medieval Hanseatic town of Visby with its merchants houses and magnificent churches to quaint Lysekil, where you’ll find a picturesque harbour and charming town centre, each day brings a different adventure.

1st Sep 22 | 11 nights | Sailing from Newcastle. Click HERE to discover more.

Hand-crafted, not mass produced 

Fred. Olsen itineraries are created from scratch every year by a small team of passionate journey planners. Each sailing is thoughtfully put together to ensure you’ll see hidden gems, as well as enjoy plenty of scenic cruising. 

Remote Iceland & Greenland

Travel among glistening glaciers and soaring fjords aboard Borealis

Join this cruise aboard Borealis, which takes you far from the tourist trail and more well-trodden routes into the untamed landscapes of Iceland and Greenland. 

See soaring mountains and glaciers as your ship diverts to Prins Christiansund – rated Fred. Olsen guests’ best scenic cruising experience – before taking a boat tour of Qooroq ice fjord to see awe-inspiring icebergs up-close. 

You’ll then enjoy an evening of scenic cruising through Tunugdlliarfik Fjord’s unspolit landscapes and have the chance to experience authentic culture and Norse history at Nanortalik.

The adventure just keeps going in Iceland. Tour the Godadoss ‘Waterfall of the Gods’ and tranquil Lake Mývatn and don’t miss the opportunity to join a boat tour seeking out humpback and minke whales, dolphins and porpoises in their natural habitat.

The capital Reykjavik is your gateway to the Gullfoss Waterfall and gushing Geysir hot springs, or why not search out the population of elves that according to local folklore, live in huge numbers in Borgarfjordur Eystri?

One thing that’s guaranteed is each part of this journey will afford unforgettable scenic cruising, so every second on board will be as magical as the time you spend on land. 

26th July 22 | 14 nights | Sailing from Liverpool. Click HERE to discover more. 

Discover Spanish Traditions

This is the perfect trip for anyone with a love of Spain or those keen to explore every aspect of this culturally rich country

From the magnificent Moorish Alhambra Palace in Granada to the home of paella in Valencia and Roman ruins in Cartagena, each destination on this hand-crafted 12-night itinerary has been carefully chosen to explore a different element of Spanish culture and history. 

Sample Galician seafood in beautiful La Coruña, marvel at Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia in Barcelona and berth right by the historic city of Cadiz.

This is the perfect trip for anyone with a love of Spain or those keen to explore every aspect of this culturally rich country. 

13th May 22 | 12 nights | Sailing from Liverpool. Click HERE to discover more.

Rediscovering The Roman Legacy

In Rome itself you can take a ‘behind the scenes’ tour of the Colosseum

Sail back in time aboard Bolette on this 15-night voyage specially designed so guests can uncover the history of the Roman Empire. 

The carefully selected destinations will offer an insight into the rule of the Romans and the legacy they left behind. 

From the port of Civitavecchia you’ll spend time exploring the ancient sites of Rome. From the Forum to the Palatine Hill and even a ‘behind the scenes’ tour of the Colosseum, you’ll get an in-depth look into this fascinating civilisation.

Bolette will also dock close to the centre of Sardinia’s capital from where you can visit lesser-known Roman sites like ancient Nora and the Temple of Antas, as well as taking you to beautiful Tuscany allowing for visits to Florence and Pisa.   

And trips to the ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum from the port of Naples are the perfect way to end your Italian adventure. 

27th Sep 22 | 15 nights | Sailing from Dover. Click HERE to discover more. 

Your adventure awaits…

Aboard, guests can relax in elegant, hand-crafted interiors as they enjoy the best scenic cruising in the world

The Olsen Way

At Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, they do things differently. 

Instead of one-size-fits-all travel itineraries, it’s about focusing on the experience and hand-crafting each voyage with care, all backed by almost 200 years of experience. 

With fewer guests and a family-run atmosphere, friendly crew and carefully designed ships that can take you to places other vessels can’t reach, Fred. Olsen is reinventing the travel experience for cruising. 

They sail their own course. Will you join? 

Sailing with Fred. Olsen 

The Fred. Olsen team have lovingly hand-crafted every element of the interiors on board their ships, from the decks to the cabins and the shared spaces where you can meet like-minded travellers.

Bolette is Fred. Olsen’s fast new flagship, with just 690 carefully designed cabins.

Bolette offers a rich mix of spacious and comfortable public spaces where guests can find live entertainment, a spot to chat with new-found friends or a quiet corner to relax in peace with a drink and a good book

 Or watch the world as you set sail from The Observatory

Bolette also offers a rich mix of restaurants and lounges. Take in a cooking demonstration in The Auditorium, join an enrichment talk from a specialist, or simply relax and take in the views.

Sister ship Borealis, another new addition to the fleet, promises a haven of style and elegance and like Bolette, her fast cruising speeds makes her ideal for longer voyages. 

With 702 cabins, she remains small and friendly, but with ample room to explore. From the luxurious spa to the swimming pool, The Auditorium to the six restaurants and 11 bars and lounges, a voyage aboard Borealis offers plenty of comfortable spaces to unwind after full days discovering the most fascinating corners of the world. 

With six restaurants and 11 bars and lounges, guests are spoiled for choice onboard Borealis

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