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What are the dining times/restaurant opening hours?

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines endeavour to make mealtimes on your cruise as flexible as possible – after all, you are on holiday, so you should be able to dine at a time that suits your schedule.


Normally served between 7.30 and 10.30am in the main restaurants and casual dining venues.


Normally served between 12.00 and 2.00pm in the main restaurants and casual dining venues.

Afternoon Tea:

Each day, complimentary afternoon tea is served between 3.45 and 4.45pm in the buffet service restaurant, with sandwiches, savouries, scones and cakes, along with fresh tea and coffee.*


Please request either the first or second seating (6.15pm or 8.30pm) when you make your booking. You can also request your preferred table, but this can’t always be guaranteed.

Your restaurant seating card will be in your room when you board, which confirms your table number and dining time. This will be your allocated table for the duration of your cruise.

Please note that evening dining times may vary on our One Night Cruises. 

Casual Dining:

A buffet-style breakfast, lunch and dinner will also be served in the Palms Café (Braemar and Balmoral) The View and The Poolside (Bolette and Borealis). 

For those guests requiring a more casual dinner option, The View and Palms Cafés will be open from 6.30pm to 9.00pm. Dining at the Poolside is available throughout the day between 10.00am and 7.00pm.

On some nights, they have themed dining evenings in the buffet restaurants. These evenings are often very popular so they recommend you book in advance to secure a table.

*Please note this is not the Tradtional Premium Afternoon Tea service, which is available on selected days in the Observatory for just £11.99 per person.

Speciality Dining: 

For an even more indulgent and memorable dining experience, each ship in the Fred. Olsen fleet offers speciality dining in an exclusive venue. The Grill (on Braemar) offers a premium menu of everything from grill favourites to sweet desserts, whileVasco and Colours & Tastes (on Bolette and Borealis) take inspiration from traditional Indian cuisine and modern Asian Fusion dining.

Speciality dining venues are open from 6pm on the days advertised in The Daily Times. 

You can pre-book speciality dining via My Cruises from 13 weeks and up to 24 hours before departure, for £10pp*. If you wish to book once on board, speciality dining will be charged to your on board account at £15pp*. 

*Prices are subject to change without notice.

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