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The company originated in Hvitsten, a small town on Oslofjord in Norway, in 1848 when three Olsen brothers – Fredrik Christian, Petter and Andreas – bought their first ships and began an international shipping company.
Now into the fifth generation of the family, they operate companies skilled in various aspects of the cruise and passenger shipping trade as well as aviation, ships’ crewing, shipbuilding and offshore industries.
Aside from the transportation industries, the Fred Olsen group also has interests in the luxury hotel sector, estate management, property development, and electronics companies.
Named after the Scottish home of the Royal Family. Still smaller than most cruise ships today, there are 710 cabins and suites and generous public space for the 1,300 guests on board.
The main restaurant is Ballindalloch (named after the Speyside village and castle), while the two other formal restaurants are Avon and Spey – named after two of Scotland’s most beautiful salmon rivers.
There’s a comfy pub with occasional live music or comedy, cabaret and shows in the Neptune Lounge, or drift away with a cool drink and spectacular seascapes in the Observatory Lounge.
Cruise ships were once famous for their style and charm. And our Black Watch cruise ship is a hark back to those days, when quality and service were taken for granted. Sleek and intimate, with cabins and suites for 804 people, Black Watch has a warm welcome waiting for you.
Black Watch was voted 'Best for Entertainment' in the 2012 Cruise Critic 'Cruisers' Choice UK Awards’*. Only UK cruisers voted, and they were especially impressed with our service: “they consistently went the extra mile”.
So, be captivated by the entertaining cabaret at the Neptune Lounge,and fire-up your taste buds for a treat at the Glentanar Restaurant. Or, share a relaxing drink over panoramic views across the ocean in our Observatory Lounge.
Boudicca was the heroic warrior queen of the British Iceni tribe. And we like to think our truly British, world class cruise ship lives up to the name.
Up to 800 people can enjoy a cruise on board Boudicca – not the thousands to be found on most ships these days – so there’s plenty of space for everyone. And our cruise ship is small enough to reach shores many rival cruise ships cannot.
Inside, indulge yourself at the Tintagel and Four Seasons Restaurants. Lounge around on the Lounge Deck, or in one of our two Jacuzzis. Or splash around in one of our three pools. And when the sun’s shining, our tasty poolside buffet will hit the spot.
There’ll be days and nights to remember on board Boudicca.
Braemar will capture your senses - with large windows, polished wood, shining brass fittings and decadent fabrics. A five-deck high atrium area and cascading decks at the stern give Braemar space and intimacy in perfect balance.
Have a tasty lunch at the Palms Café and a delicious dinner at our grand Thistle and Grampian restaurants. Refresh at the Marquee poolside bar, or have a cosy drink in our Morning Light Pub. Spin to the music at the Neptune Lounge, and take afternoon tea at the Coral Club. Leave the world behind in our serene Atlantis Spa, and surround yourself with horizon, as you walk the promenade.
Celebrate in style
Sailing with Fred Olsen Cruise Lines means looking forward with confidence to a truly unforgettable holiday. An if your cruise marks and especially important occasion, there are also some extra little personalized touches we can provide to complete the magic and memories of the moment
Celebrating your anniversary warrants special attention. Indeed so many people choose to cruise to mark the event. Our package is designed to create a luxurious feeling, from the moment you board.
Flowers or chocolates will await you in your cabin when you arrive. You can elect to choose which one you would prefer or leave it to us – by way of an additional surprise! From time to time however, in remote destinations, it can prove difficult to guarantee fresh flowers, so please check if the for special day itself, you will be pampered by champagne and canapes served in the privacy of your cabin and you will receive a surprise anniversary gift and a souvenir photographic memento, as a keepsake. Finally to wrap proceedings a cake will be delivered to your table for you to share with your dining companions.
Birthdays can come and go when you celebrate them a them at home, but when on holiday it is a real chance to push the boat out! Start the day is true pampering style with a champagne breakfast served in your cabin at a time of your choosing. During the course of the day there are further treats in store A.
Souvenir photograph will be taken – which can a formalized portrait or shot in ‘reportage’ style – as arranged with our on board photographer. A birthday gift and card are naturally order of the day, as is a celebratory cake, served at dinner, to share with your dinning companions.
If you really want to treat the one you love or should friends or family being travelling without you, or Welcome Aboard package is the perfect start to any cruise and to show how much you care. A floral bouquet will be placed in the cabin, together with delicious chocolates, a generous fruit basket and champagne and canapes. A card will be placed in the cabin to say whom the gift is from, or if you would like to forward your own message instead we’ll be happy to ensure it is place in the cabin.
Atlantis Salon offers a full range of beauty treatments and services, performed by trained therapists, performed for both ladies and gentlemen.
There is a good range of facials and messages to choose from, in addition to hairdressing, manicures and pedicures. A dedicated booklets available listing the services they offer. Call administration Department for a copy.
Marking an occasion!
Anniversary Celebration – flowers or chocolates in the cabin await your arrival, champagne and canapes are served on your special day; an anniversary gift; a celebration cake and a photographic session with our onboard professionals. £90 per couple.
Birthday Celebration – A champagne breakfast served in your cabin, birthday gift and card, plus a celebration cake at dinner and a souvenir photograph as keepsake £45 per person.
§Welcome Aboard – includes a floral bouquet on arrival; champagne and canapes; handmade chocolates and a fruit basket – all placed in your cabin. £50 per package.
Call our Cruise Consultant for more details
Extra treats for you, family or friends
Flowers from £25
Fruit basket from £15
Handmade chocolates from £12
Champagne from £24
Onboard Spend from £10
Atlantis Salon Treatments – for Ladies or Gents
Gift vouchers from £5 - £50
Hair Styling from £10
Facial from £15
Treatment or massage from £15
The choice is yours
We appreciate that it is not always appropriate to organize a large celebratory gift and that sometimes, a smaller gesture is more keeping. With this host of treats and packages available, to mark a special event, why not spoil the one you love, or treat yourself!
Prices are current at the time of going to press.
Fred Olsen's Distinction
Welcome to the Fred Olsen fellowship
As a family-operated company, we are justly proud of our fleet of smaller, more intimate ships as such as our successful art of cruising. We understand our passengers like a more personalized experience, one that is unashamedly British. Our personable and long-serving crew are well-versed in ensuring your relax the moment you step aboard. For many passengers, it is the happy blend of agreeable companions that is our distinction, a point wholly endorsed by one of our loyal Oceans club members below. Wherever you choose to cruise with out you will soon feel part of the Fred Olsen Cruise Lines’ fraternity and enjoy a friendly ‘home-away-from-home’ camaraderie.
Reassuringly ‘there’ every time
Manny cruise ships visit the same or similar places, so why we always choose “Fred Olsen”? You might as well as ask me why I married my wife! It is all about emotions. You expect quality on a good ship, but Fred Olsen knows from very long experience, and from listening to their customers, what makes a special cruise; one that it a real emotional experience, and one that leaves us wanting more. We are never processed; everyone is an individual. The staff has a real interest in their passenger, 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. Can one ask for anything more?
At home the world over
The staff are themselves a very happily family, but we become part of their family and they become part of ours. The chemistry between staff and passengers creates a sense of belonging, a genuine feeling or warmth. Everyone on board has their part to play and everyone joins in. And we know we shall always be welcomed back as friends – not just as passengers. I remember we once stood in Main Street Gibraltar and the rain was tippling down. We looked at each other and said “Oh lets go home” – and we meant the ship. You do not believe me? Home is where the heart is!.
Golf - Great courses the world over
The relaxing yet invigorating pursuit of golf is the perfect complement to cruising. What better way to play renowned courses than when your Captain calls at ports where 18 landscaped holes are but a short putt away? On all our ships we have tee times at a host of challenging courses at many destinations worldwide.
Links, parkland and heathfield courses, some designed by Jack Nicklaus and Robert Fream, offer tight fairways that lead past heavy rough to signature holes, Braemar’s Caribbean golf programme offers championship pay on several Robert Trent Jones’ designed courses where water hazards and manicured greens are aplenty.
+ A happy medium
During rounds ashore, our resident PGNA Pro will play with you, offering advice and course management tips. We appreciate that the make-up of the playing group is important to player’s enjoyment and we strive to ensure a happy medium is made – sometimes good players are grouped together, other times the social element of playing with new found friends is more important.
By way of a special we delighted to offer video lessons with the aid of our easy to use advanced video swing analysis system – ‘cSwing’. For a small additional charge these half-hour lesson provide immediate visual feedback that hopefully will result in lower scores!
+ Mediterranean Golf
It is hard to imagine a more agreeable region in which to play golf than in the Mediterranean. Helped by an extremely pleasant climate, an attractive diversity of landscapes and a great range of t – on course facilities, the Med brings together the many elements that golfers look for in their holies. The courses included will generate a number of golfing stories – those monster drive, those birdie chances and hopefully not too many missed putts.
+ Canaries Golf
The ideal setting of golf – warm sun weather year-round and some of the most breathtaking scenery anywhere in the world. The Canary Islands are a long –establish golfing destination, hosting several PGA events each year.
+ Caribbean Golf
The Caribbean serves you year-round golf with generous helpings of sun, sand, wind and water, plus the skill of the top architect's with most courses being on the cost of the Caribbean islands, a ‘links’ feels extend to many – with the associated challenges – although perhaps with more consistent weather. Not two courses or island are alike. There are mountains, volcanoes, rainforests, coral cliffs, sandy beaches, marshland and even desert-like terrain.
+ Baltic Golf
The up-and-coming golfing destination in the golfing world! In recent years, the vision of talented course architects has been successfully employed to attract visitors who want to sample something more avant-garde than the longer- established golfing destinations. Warm weather and long, light evenings mean condition for playing golf are excellent. Some courses are still young and developing, yet the natural terrain makers for beautifully landscaped challenges for players of all levels.
+ Book early
The number of places available on our cruises, particularly onboard Black Prince are limited, so early booking is recommended
Prices and what is included
Flagship Golf packages include
* 4 rounds of golf including Green Fees and transportation for /from each course
* A welcome party for golfers and partners
* Free practice facilities on board
* Up to five sessions of tuitions with our resident PGA Pro (time and conditions permitting)
* On-board lectures on a variety of golf subjects
* Fun competitions on-board, and on the course
* End of cruise price-giving
Caribbean fly/cruises. A valid handicap certificate is required, as is a relevant golf insurance.
Golfers will be responsible for payment of all the golf course, including club hire, buggy hire, caddies etc. These items need not be booked in advance and can be ordered at the course on the day of play. Golfing in the Baltic, the Canary Island, the Mediterranean and the Caribbean may often be much warmer than in the United Kingdom. It is always advisable to carry some bottled water, although some golf courses do provide a roving drinks buggy!
A dedicated brochure is available on Flagship Golf. As for a copy, see your travel agent or visit the special section on our website.
Life on Board
The civilized way to travel
Your holiday begins the moment you embark; you unpack only once and in no time, an array of destinations are almost delivered to your cabin door. As the cruise progresses you choose whether to relax or on board or head off in search of new experiences. No one insists you make an acquaintance with ports that lie at the bottom of the gangway, the choice is entirely yours; there is compulsion to indulge in organised activities, you make your own schedule; you need not dress up every night, as there are no strict regimes. What there is the best – the most relaxing – holiday at sea, on the ultimate touring resort.
Variety, the spice of life
Life at Fred Olsen is colonial in the true sense, and as you ply the world’s oceans you soon unwind and learn to take life less seriously, more sedately. Relax around the swimming pool; read a best-seller borrowed from the library; stay in touch with friends at the Internet Centre; enjoy a classical concert; improve your golf or bridge technique under the guidance of our experts, pamper yourself in the beauty salon, keep fit at our fitness classes; or perhaps some shopping? By day and by night, when our ships are at sea, this special time is devoted to you.
As the sun dips towards the horizon and the afternoon dissolves slowly into dusk, the shipboard mood changes as our programme begins to focus on the pleasures of the evening ahead. Every night on board our ships is an occasion: whether is be cocktails with new-found friends in your favourite bar; a sumptuous five-courses a la carte dinner in our formal restaurants; lively and diverse entertainment in the revue show; traditional dancing to the accompaniment of our band; an amble around the open decks under a star-kissed sky – we make it a night to remember. It’s like having a night on the town – every night.
Make the most of your cruise with Arts Club
One each ArtsClub cruise you can look forward to travelling with our team of chosen experts, selected for their world-renown; and, in keeping with the Fred Olsen philosophy, for their personal touch. Each is a celebrated master in their own field, yet they have a passion for sharing their knowledge in an informative, yet informal way.
Something that we know you will also have in common with them is that they too love cruising! You will enjoy a fine balance of performances and lectures, discussions, practice sessions and social get-together, And arrangements are never intrusive, so your travelling companions are free to enjoy the cruise as suites them best.
+ Best of the both worlds
Indeed more than anything else, a Fred Olsen cruise is about friendship and companionship. But is also about choice. Our Artsclub cruises therefore combine the very best of both holiday worlds – indulging a special interests close to your heart with a supremely relaxing cruise, offering all the traditional pleasures of shipboard life. Equally, enthusiasts and non-enthusiasts alike can savour a relaxing break – together, without compromise on their part!
*Typical ArtsClub Programmes
Our ArtsClubs programme operates mainly during days at sea. Programmes vary depending on the subject and the number of artists involved. For example, ArtsClub Antiques cruises include lectures and presentations, practical hints and tips sessions on how and where to buy antiques, and also occasionally, our own ‘All-at-Sea Antiques Roadshow’ – a nautical version of the popular antiques TV programme. ArtsClub Music cruises enable you to listen and learn form classical performers through a programme of concerts and recitals, open rehearsals, Desert Island Discs interview sessions, music quizzes and the increasingly popular passenger choir. Selected themes lend themselves to shore tours when it is hoped our experts will escort visits ashore.
Overall the programmes are diverse, and offer a great deal of choice – however far you decide to participate.
*The cruise for your favourite interest
Find out more
If you are interesting in booking one or our ArtsClub cruises, you will be naturally keen to discover more about the programme for your preferred them and to enquire about any special shore tours. Full details about confirmed artists will be available when you call us about your booking. A dedicated brochure is, also produced regularly as new information becomes available. Just as for a copy to be sent, or ask your travel agent. Alternatively, if you visit our website, ArtsClub enjoys its own section with all the latest information, links to other sites, and from where you can download an electronic version of ArtsClub brochure.
Welcome abroad and prepare master your art!
Wine & Dine
Superb cuisine and attentive service
Offering a range of dining choices is our speciality. Start the day with a full English breakfast in the conviviality of our main restaurants - water served, of course; or perhaps a continental collation in the privacy for your cabin. Lunch can be a casual, al fresco affair at the poolside Lido, or in our brasserie – style cafes, but the restaurants are always open, awaiting your pleasure. Come night time the mood assumes an air of dignity, especially in our tastefully-appointed restaurants. From the lavish affairs that are the Captain’s dinners, to the less formal options, our award-winging chefs have a feast in store.
Simply the best food
Unlike many other cruise lines we appreciate the British plate. By using only high quality provisions our celebrated chefs prepare menus that are a varied as they are delicious. Dine in grand style in our formal restaurants; indulge in an array of Oriental and Indian themed treats in our less formal, but nonetheless refined cafes; then push then push the boat out and savour our late-night feasts. Catering to your whims and caprices, our chefs will ensure everything is cooked to your looking; you only have to ask. When it comes to gala occasions, our speciality nights and celebrity menus are second menus are second to none.
Enjoying your wine
In response to passenger requests we now have a celebrated and commended wine list which offers a comprehensive range of eminently-drinkable vintages. This list includes a selection of high-quality wines from the New World as well as classic Old World favourites. What better opportunity to indulge in the juice of the grape from differing countries than when you are cruising? In additional there are several Champagnes for that special occasion; and a section of ports as the perfect digestif. And the list is reasonably – priced for your drinking pleasure at every meal; not just on gala nights. Many now take advantage of our pre-order service each day, to ensure the wines are served in optimum condition.