Ever wondered why there’s a full stop in Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines? Fred Olsen Cruise Lines is the second-oldest established cruise line in the world. This family-owned company specialises in traditional cruising and operates mainly out of the UK, with British and European officers. It’s fleet has four mid-size ships, Balmoral, Black Watch, Braemar and Boudicca, which have an English atmosphere. The full stop is to highlight the abbreviation of Fredrik and means the cruise line is sometimes referred to only as “Fred dot”!.


There’s cabaret, dancing or stand-up comedy from top-class talent on every cruise. Also, choreographed West End reviews. Depending on the duration of the cruise, there is theme nights such as ’60s rock or Country and Western.


Start the day with a full English breakfast in one of the restaurants or choose a Continental option, delivered to the cabin. Have lunch alfresco by the pool or in one of the cafés, while in the evening enjoy something more formal – elegant cocktails followed by a magnificent dinner.


Try a fitness class or the onboard gym. Improve your golf swing in the practise nets. Indulge at the spa or play a few rounds of bridge in the card room. Keep in touch with family and friends at the Internet Centre, or take in a quiet book in the extensive library.


OUTSIDE CABIN (BALMORAL)Approx 15.35 sqm, Featuring porthole window SUPERIOR BALCONY CABIN (BALMORAL)Approx 17.67 sqm, Featuring balcony SUPERIOR SINGLE OUTSIDE CABIN (BRAEMAR)Approx 13 sqm, Featuring picture window


All ships cruise from England during the Northern Hemisphere summer, to the Baltic, Norway, the North Cape, Iceland, Greenland, Mediterranean, Black Sea, West Africa and the Canary Islands. Cruises range from 7 to 23 nights. The ships also embark on World Cruises to destinations including Australia, South America and the Amazon.

Established: 1848

Vessels: Balmoral, Black Watch, Braemar, Boudicca

Star rating: 3.5 star

Tonnage: 24,000 – 43,000

Passengers: 800 – 1,350


Accommodation, All meals, Entertainment, Port taxes, Government fees, Room service, On board activities, Lectures/presentations.


Balmoral recently underwent a major refit including being extended to add more suites and public space. Braemar has also been extended and refurbished.