Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

Founded in 1848 in Huitsyen, a small town on Oslofjord in Norway, by 3 Olsen brothers, Fredrik Christian, Petter and Andreas, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has a long history of over 150 years.

The brothers began an international shipping company and in 1901 the business first ventured into taking passengers abroad. Now in it’s fifth generation of the family, Fred. Olsen pride themselves on having adopted a traditional British style of cruising, offering a more intimate and attentive service.

A variety of traditional entertainment, relaxation and fine dining may be found onboard. Owning smaller ships then a lot of their competitors, they can access ports larger ships are unable to visit.

Cruises range from 1-109 nights; the fleet of 4 ships calls at 240 ports in 78 countries. Fred. Olsen’s rich heritage and traditional cruising principles has made them one of the most popular cruise operators amongst British passengers today.

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines' Ships

More about Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

On selected cruises, special interest themed excursions are on offer, where a range of activities and entertainment will be provided, regarding a particular point of interest or subject. A guest speaker will talk about their subject and ‘Shore Tours’ will take place. 

A ‘Shore Tour’ is a tour of a particular destination that will help bring to life and give a better understanding of the particular theme/subject that is being taught. One example is a tour of the wine regions of Bordeaux and Rioja while wine expert Jilly Goolden delivers talks onboard and there is the opportunity to take part in wine-tasting activities and entertainment. 

The majority of theme programs are free of charge, however relevant materials and ‘Shore Tours’ may have an additional cost.

269 Cruises · 4 Ships

Cruise Regions

  • Africa
  • Arctic
  • Atlantic Islands
  • Black Sea/Med
  • Caribbean
  • East US/Canada
  • Far East
  • Indian Ocean
  • Mediterranean
  • Middle East
  • N Europe
  • Repositioning
  • S America
  • Transatlantic
  • World-wide

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Reasons to Book

Fred. Olsen offers a classic style of cruising featuring the finest traditions at sea, from daily afternoon tea and fine dining to elegant surroundings and refined entertainment. Thanks to the size of its ships, the line offers an experience that ensures passenger an intimate and sociable atmosphere. That’s also why they can cruise into ports which are inaccessible to larger ships.

Passengers have a choice of formal dining in the main restaurants, or in a more relaxed atmosphere, in the open-seating eateries.

The line’s large luggage allowance of 90 kg per person lets you pack as much as you want without having to worry. Plus, they also offer a selection of fly cruises so you can start exploring as soon as your land. 

Members Club

Oceans Membership

Your level of membership is determined by the number of Cruise points you have.

You will earn 1 Cruise point for every night you have spent on board cruises that have departed since 1st January 2000 (subject to some exclusions detailed in the Membership Guidelines). As you take more cruises and earn more Cruise points, you will automatically be upgraded to the next level of membership.

Each level carries its own benefits, as follows, but please note there may be terms and conditions for certain benefits.

Bronze Level (1-30 points)

  • E-card only
  • Advance notice of future cruise programmes
  • Closer magazine
  • On-board Representative
  • Lead time to qualify for 5% Cruise Discount (12 months)
  • Introduce a Friend Reward Scheme (£25.00)

Silver Level (31-100 points)

  • Membership Card
  • Advance notice of future cruise programmes
  • Closer magazine
  • On-board Representative
  • Lead time to qualify for 5% Cruise Discount (9 months)
  • Introduce a Friend Reward Scheme (£25.00)
  • On board spend discounts (5%)
  • Oceans cocktail party on cruises of 5 nights or more

Gold Level (101 - 250 )

  • Membership Card
  • Advance notice of future cruise programmes
  • Closer magazine
  • On-board Representative
  • Lead time to qualify for 5% Cruise Discount (6 months)
  • Introduce a Friend Reward Scheme (£25.00)
  • On board spend discounts (5%)
  • Oceans cocktail party on cruises of 5 nights or more
  • Pre-book shore tours discount (5%)
  • Complimentary refreshments at Dover & Southampton
  • Welcome aboard gift
  • Personalised luggage tags
  • Dedicated phone line to Oceans department
  • Highest points award scheme

Platinum (251 - 500 points)

  • Membership card
  • Advance notice of future cruise programmes
  • Closer magazine
  • On-board Representative
  • Lead time to qualify for 5% Cruise Discount (3 months)
  • Introduce a Friend Reward Scheme (£35.00)
  • On board spend discounts (10%)
  • Oceans cocktail party on cruises of 5 nights or more
  • Pre-book shore tours discount (7.5%)
  • Personalised luggage tags
  • Complimentary refreshments at Dover & Southampton
  • Welcome aboard gift
  • Dedicated phone line to Oceans department
  • Highest points award scheme
  • Exclusive event on cruises of 14 nights or more
  • Priority dedicated phone line to reservations

Diamond Elite (501 plus)

  • Membership card
  • Advance notice of future cruise programmes
  • On-board Representative
  • Lead time to qualify for 5% Cruise Discount (3 months)
  • Lead time to qualify for 5% Cruise Discount (any time)
  • Introduce a Friend Reward Scheme (£50.00)
  • On board spend discounts (15%)
  • Oceans cocktail party on cruises of 5 nights or more
  • Pre-book shore tours discount (10%)
  • Complimentary refreshments at Dover & Southampton
  • Welcome aboard gift
  • Personalised luggage tags
  • Dedicated phone line to Oceans department
  • Highest points award scheme
  • Exclusive event on cruises of 14 nights or more
  • Priority dedicated phone line to reservations
  • Milestone awards scheme
  • Confirmed table number for dinner prior to departure
  • Streamlined embarkation
  • Free bag of laundry - wash and fold service
  • Personal bon voyage call pre-departure
  • Personal welcome aboard visit from Oceans Representative
  • Closer magazine