Placed firmly at the "traditional" end of the scale, Fred Olsen cruises are all about a relaxed and old-fashioned British cruising experience - even the on-board currency is pounds sterling rather than the usual dollars! Passengers must dress for dinner - including black tie on formal nights - and entertainment is traditional singing, dancing and cabaret without the modern bells and whistles.
Days on board can be spent enjoying quiet time on deck, reading in the library or learning something new at the ArtsClub where they offer a daily enrichment programme. Sessions cover everything from gardening to wine tasting and painting to history, so you're sure to find something to suit. Expect sailing days to be relaxed affairs and enjoy the lack of distractions.
Thanks to the traditional on-board atmosphere, Fred Olsen Cruises are popular with retired cruisers, although during the school holidays you will also find plenty of families on board. During these times you will find kids' activities added to the daytime programme.
Wherever you want to go, you can be sure that there is a Fred Olsen cruise that goes there! They cover popular destinations in the Caribbean, the Mediterranean and the Norwegian fjords, plus many more besides.
If you want to stick close to British shores, then how about a mini cruise, or a UK and Ireland itinerary? You can also head a little further to Northern Europe or maybe even as far as the refined architecture of the Baltic capitals.
Further afield, Fred Olsen offer cruises to the Canary Islands and west coast of Africa, as well as to Spain and Portugal. If all that sun sounds too hot for you to handle then perhaps an Arctic Circle and Greenland cruise is more up your street?
Fred Olsen even offer cruises on the vast Amazon river, allowing you into the heart of the huge rainforest. If you just can't decide, how about them all? A Fred Olsen world cruise lasts up to 114 nights and includes sights like the Panama Canal.
You might expect all of Fred Olsen's tradition and "stiff upper lip" to cost the earth, but that simply isn't the case - plus if you keep your eyes open you can bag a bargain like "buy one cruise, get one free"! Find out whether prices are inclusive of flights where necessary so you aren't surprised by any expensive additions.
To get the best deals it's well worth booking early, and by early we mean at least a year in advance. In fact, if you can manage to get things sorted even earlier than that is when you'll find some of the best offers - as well as great availability across all choices of accommodation.
Bear in mind that extras on board can also really add up - drinks and dining are usually two of the biggest factors here. It can often make sense to buy a drinks package in advance so that you needn't worry about the final bar tab.
Updated 11th January 2017
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