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Their Signature Experience

Fred. Olsen have designed five new signature experiences for 2023, which you will find on every sailing.

Each experience has been created to encapsulate what they think is special about the way they cruise and to make sure that those who love to travel get the most out of their journey and the destinations they visit with Fred. Olsen.

Details of our five new signature experiences are explained in details below:




Designed by their Culture Curators and Nature Scouts, their programme of talks and events with enthusiastic speakers and lecturers has been planned to give you a deeper understanding of each destination. From lively lectures to smaller, entertaining talks, they will introduce you to the culture, history, architecture and hidden gems of the area, so you are fully prepared to get the most out of your visit.

There is nothing quite like a sunrise or sunset at sea. Join their Nature Scout on their wide open decks to enjoy these magical moments. On clear nights Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines also host entertaining stargazing events. Sit back on the open deck, snuggled up in a warm blanket with a hot chocolate or toddy and listen as the Nature Scout or visiting Astronomer brings the night-sky to life. And on special itineraries they will seek out the beauty of the Northern Lights or witness the Midnight Sun together.

Fred. Olsen love to bring a taste of the region’s food, drink and culinary traditions on board. From tapas in Spain to smorgasbords in Sweden. Culinary tastes and treats are available at lunchtime and in the main restaurants at dinner where you will find delicious regional dishes on the menu. Perfect for those who feel ‘eating local’ is an important part of the travel experience. On Bolette and Borealis, you can also join them for cookery talks and demonstrations in The Auditorium where their chefs will show you how to prepare local dishes. Everyone attending will be offered a little taste and a recipe to take home to try for themselves.



While other cruise lines prefer to take the fastest route from A to B, Fred. Olsen prefer to travel the most fascinating way. Their Scenic Discovery routes are designed to take in all the islands, ports, waterways, lochs and lakes, fjords and interesting seascapes that are out there. Their Nature Scouts host inspiring talks in The Observatory and you’ll also find them out on deck, pointing out the geology and wildlife and sharing interesting stories from the places we are sailing past

Maritime is in Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines DNA, as their history in shipping goes back almost 200 years. Join their Maritime Guide and explore their ships on a small private tour. If you’re curious about what it takes to run a cruise ship, join them in The Neptune Lounge and The Auditorium for their ‘Audience With’ programme. This is where you can learn all about the intricate workings from their Captain and key members of their crew.


A Fred. Olsen cruise is about making the most of your time away from it all. This is why they provide a variety of experiences, events and classes for their guests, to ensure that every day enjoyed on board our smaller ships is as rewarding, varied and memorable as possible. 

Activities vary from cruise to cruise, and are highlighted each day in your copy of The Daily Times. They could include insightful lectures from expert guest speakers; engaging arts and crafts sessions, such as watercolour tutorials; dancing and singing lessons; and much more.

On Bolette and Borealis, cookery demonstrations from their expert chefs showcase their skills and teach you how to make your favourite Fred. Olsen dishes at home.

Find out more below about some the highlights.




Lots of Fred. Olsen’s guests like to use their sea days or longer voyages to try their hand at something they haven’t done before, so they host sociable activities like learning to play the ukulele or singing in a choir. Or you can refine your craft skills, practice your watercolours and learn some photography skills in their new Olsen Art Studio.

On board Bolette and Borealis, their expert chefs and teams from the Galley host cooking demonstrations to showcase their culinary craft and provide a taste of the skill and passion that goes into every meal served at the dining venues.

Guests can take a seat at the spacious Auditorium to watch, listen and learn how to make some of their favourite Fred. Olsen dishes, as the chefs take them through each step of their creation, from preparation to plate. 

For many of their guests, the time spent on the dancefloor is one of the highlights of their days on board our smaller ships. So its no wonder that their Dance Classes – hosted by our wonderful Entertainment teams – always prove popular.

Our instructors teach a variety of dancing styles, from line dancing to ballroom and sequence dancing, helping guests to learn and perfect their steps and moves before they head for their ship’s lounges in the evening to dance the night away. 




Whilst a Fred. Olsen cruise is about relaxing and enjoying some time away from daily life, they understand that many of their guests like to continue their fitness routine even when they’re on board their smaller ships.

This is why their ships feature fully-equipped Fitness Centres, and they offer a wide range of complimentary fitness classes – perfect for beginners and experience gym-goers alike – too. Guests can join their instructors for Pilates, Yoga, Fitball and much more, and all at no extra cost.

Often joined on board their ships by port experts and guest speakers to talk guests through a range of subjects and topics, such as history, geography, aviation, wine tasting and foods of the world.

On all cruises their informative Port Talks will be available for guests to enjoy in preparation for arrival into each port. Their knowledgeable lecturers share information to help guests make the most of their time ashore, while on some sailings, there are lectures that delve deeper into specific destinations on the itinerary too.

Come and enjoy their Treats of the Region sessions where you can meet their chefs who will show you how to prepare local dishes from the destinations you are visiting.

*To join the Tasting Sessions, there is an additional charge and this can vary on the type tastings on offer, full details can be found in your Daily Times once on board. 




Each of their ships has a relaxing spa where you can enjoy everything from soothing massages, manicures and pedicures to hair treatments and styling in their salons. On their new ships, Bolette and Borealis, you can also book a private Thermal Suite for an extra special treat.

They know many guests look forward to fun and games on board. Their Entertainment Hosts will organise traditional deck-game tournaments like quoits, skittles, deck tennis and shuffleboard. They love a good quiz and it is a great opportunity to be sociable and meet fellow guests.

Unlike other cruise companies who sail the same routes year after year, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines are constantly researching and hand-crafting new itineraries. On every cruise they run a programme designed to inspire travel, where you can find out about the development of their new itineraries. Don’t worry, these are not sales talks or “exit through the gift shop” ruses – just an opportunity for travel enthusiasts to daydream about what is yet to come.

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