Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has defined and refined the cruise experience, and judging by the number of passengers that come back time and again, we seem to have styled it to perfection.

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.

Offices for the company are spread throughout the world, although the company headquarters remain firmly in the family’s hands in Oslo and Tenerife. Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is based in Ipswich in Suffolk.

Cruise Ships

Step on board our friendly, welcoming Fred. Olsen ships and start your cruise holiday with a smile. Our cruise ships are smaller and more personal, so you’ll feel relaxed and at home straight away. You’ll soon get to know the crew and your fellow passengers: what could be better than seeing the world, except enjoying it with new-found friends? Explore Balmoral, Braemar, Boudicca and Black Watch and you’ll find out why we like to think our cruise ships are a little bit special.




Named after the Scottish home of the Royal Family, the Balmoral is the newest ship in the Fred Olsen fleet and also the largest at 34,000-tons. The ship’s updated interior is inviting and warm, offering spacious public areas and comfortable staterooms. Guests can spend their days relaxing at the spa, lounging by the pool, exploring the ship’s library or enjoying grand views from the Observatory Lounge. At night, guests can choose from a range of dining options, including the convenience and casual atmosphere of the Yacht Club Café, or the sophistication and impeccable service of the ship’s main restaurant



Fred. Olsen cruises are all about friendliness and intimacy, and the 850-passenger Boudicca provides just that. The light and airy design and abundance of windows gives guests a sense of space and freedom. Take a stroll around the teak promenade deck to enjoy the views and ocean breeze, or go for a swim in the heated indoor swimming pool. In the evening, relax and be entertained by the spectacular cabarets in the Neptune lounge. Boudicca presents a wide range of dining selections on board, from formal nights in the main dining room to the more relaxed and informal buffet in the Secret Garden Café. Guests can participate in port lectures, classical music and dancing, or relax with a book from the ship’s library.


Black Watch

Comfortable in atmosphere and sophisticated in style, Black Watch is truly a ship of relaxation and intimacy. Whether you are washing your troubles away in a Jacuzzi or simply having a cup of afternoon tea in one of the many lounges onboard, Black Watch offers a cruise of leisure that you will not soon forget. With just 435 cabins, Black Watch is exceptionally generous in the ratio of ship to passenger; where it is always easy to find a quiet corner, and where you will never be overcome by crowds. Whether your nightly calling is the excitement at the onboard casino, a movie in the 150-seat movie theater, or just to sit and relax in one of the many bars and lounges such as the nautical themed Lido Lounge or the Scottish Piper’s Bar,

Braemar Braemar

The Braemar continues the tradition of small-ship intimacy many have come to expect from Fred. Olsen. The ship offers deluxe suites with private balconies, and most of the outside cabins onboard feature large picture windows. The Braemar also offers cabins that have been refitted especially to accommodate single passengers. In both the main dining rooms, Thistle Restaurant and Grampian Restaurant, as well as the more informal Palms café, guests will enjoy cuisine prepared by award-winning chefs while being made to feel like royalty by the attentive crew on hand. The elegant decor of the Braemar is enhanced by light from the expansive windows, large open decks and terraces, and the breathtaking five-deck atrium.