One of the world’s most recognisable cruise operators, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines offers small ship cruise holidays that depart from regional ports throughout the UK.

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines is a firm favourite with many of our clients, and it’s easy to see why. The perfect alternative to ‘big ship’ cruising, Fred Olsen truly believes that smaller is better and provides guests with an intimate onboard environment that never feels overcrowded. The unique blend of Norwegian heritage, Oriental-style hospitality and a British country club-style atmosphere ensure that a Fred Olsen cruise is unlike any other type of holiday at sea.

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines sail to many of the world’s most popular cruise destinations. From the picturesque ports and harbours of the Mediterranean to remote regions such as the Arctic and the Indian Ocean, you will find an extensive variety of itineraries available, many of which operate from a port in the UK. While ashore, you will enjoy a range of small-group excursions designed to ensure you get the most out of your time away.

At The Cruise Line, we highly recommend Fred. Olsen to couples and older families seeking a classic cruise experience with like-minded people. They are also perfectly suited to solo travellers, providing single guests with bespoke accommodation and a range of tailored experiences.

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines Fleet

There are four ships in the Fred Olsen Cruise Lines’ fleet. Balmoral, Bolette, Borealis and Braemar. Bolette and Borealis joined the fleet in 2020 and replaced the two longest-serving vessels, Black Watch and Boudicca.

Cabins & Suites

Fred Olsen’s ships offer a capacity of up to 1,409 guests and are smaller than many ocean-going cruise vessels. The stylishly decorated accommodation is comfortable and homely, offering everything you will need throughout your cruise. Most cabins and suites on a Fred Olsen ship boast ocean views via a large picture window or a private balcony.


Dining on a Fred Olsen ship is a real treat, with various choices available in the ship’s fantastic restaurants and eateries. The Main Dining Room provides an elegant atmosphere to enjoy the delicious cuisine prepared by Fred Olsen’s expert chefs. Those seeking an alternative option will love the speciality experiences in The Grill or The Poolside.

Entertainment & Activities

Daily life on a Fred Olsen ship is informal and unhurried. During days at sea or for those times when you’d rather stay on board during a port visit, you can choose to relax on the pool deck or in one of the ships’ many lounges. Alternatively, you may wish to book a treatment at the Atlantis Spa or participate in organised quizzes, cookery lessons, and fitness sessions.

When night falls, Fred Olsen’s ships provide a range of entertainment options. You can take in a show or musical performance in the theatre, try your luck in the casino or dance on deck to live music.

Fred Olsen Cruises From The UK

Fred Olsen has always been an attractive option for UK cruisers, owing to the many departures available from various ports in the UK. So whether you live in the South-East or further north in Scotland, choosing Fred Olsen means you don’t need to worry about flying – unpack once and get ready to enjoy an unforgettable holiday.

Fred Olsen currently sails from the following UK ports:

  • Belfast
  • Dover
  • Liverpool
  • Newcastle
  • Portsmouth
  • Rosyth (Edinburgh)
  • Southampton
  • Tilbury

*Flights may be required on selected long-haul Caribbean and South America itineraries.

Fred. Olsen Cruises 2024/2025

Fred Olsen’s 2024 cruise collection showcases an array of captivating highlights. From a Beatles-themed world cruise departing from Liverpool to the return of the popular ‘Mystery Cruise’ itineraries, there’s no shortage of unique options, especially if you prefer a no-fly cruise holiday. Among the new additions for 2024, you’ll find a 15-night voyage aboard Balmoral, offering guests the opportunity to visit the Azores while enjoying the best chance of witnessing the Perseid Meteor Shower. Additionally, there’s a 14-night Northern Lights cruise departing just before Christmas.

Looking ahead to 2025, Fred Olsen will kick off the year with a 106-night World Cruise aboard Bolette, setting sail from Southampton. This remarkable voyage retraces the path of 16th-century explorers Elcano and Magellan, taking you to various destinations across South America, the Pacific, and Australia. If you can’t find the time for a full circumnavigation of the world, why not explore a little closer to home? New additions for 2025 include 5-night Norwegian Fjords sailings, in-depth tours of the Scottish Islands, and two-night mini-cruises. Alternatively, you can indulge in a sun-kissed cruise along the Amalfi Coast or venture further afield to destinations like Australia or Indonesia.

Included with Fred Olsen Cruises:

While not a fully inclusive cruise line, Fred Olsen is renowned for offering fantastic value for money.

The following elements are included in the price you pay at the time of booking:

  • Comfortable accommodation with private ensuite bathroom facilities
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks
  • Self-service tea and coffee
  • All entertainment and onboard activities
  • Captain’s Drinks Party and Gala Buffet
  • All UK port taxes
  • Flights – where applicable

Additional extras, such as drinks packages and shore excursions, are available to purchase during your voyage.

Book your Fred Olsen cruise with us

We are one of the UK’s original luxury cruise specialists and would be delighted to help you find your perfect Fred Olsen cruise. To speak to our Voyage Consultants, please call 0800 008 6677 or submit an online enquiry for your preferred sailing on our website.