The Fred Olsen Cruise Lines is a famous family-operated company, justly proud of their fleet of ships. For many clients, Fred Olsen's distinction lies in the happy blend of agreeable companions and their long-serving crews, who are well-versed in ensuring you relaxation the moment you step aboard.
The Fred Olsen Cruise Company originated in Hvitsten, a small town on Oslofjord in Norway, when the three Olsen brothers, Fredrik Christian, Peter and Andreas bought their first ships and began an international shipping company in 1848. Four generations later, the family is operating companies, skilled in various aspects of the tanker, liner, cruise and passenger trade, as well as aviation, ships' crewing, shipbuilding and offshore industries.
The companies' offices are spread throughout the world; however, the company headquarters remain firmly in the family's hands in Oslo. Fred Olsen Cruise Lines is based in Ipswich in Suffolk.
With a Norwegian heritage of the seamanship, the Fred Olsen Cruises have consistently defined and refined the cruise experience. Itineraries are carefully planned and often include many remote anchorages, frequently bypassed by other ships. Overnight stays are a feature of several cruises affording more in-depth shore excursions. A family-operated company, Fred Olsen observes traditional values of proper attire when the sun sets.
The Fred Olsen Cruise areas are Europe, the Mediterranean, the Canary Islands, the Baltic Sea, Russia, Norway, South America, the Caribbean and the United States Seaboard. On the World Cruise Fred Olsen also sail the South Pacific, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the Ivory Coast.
Currently, the Fred Olsen Cruises sails itineraries that include lengths as short as a three or four night mini cruise to the Grand World Cruise of hundred and five nights! Cruises in solitude with only fifty of other guests, or enjoy the party atmosphere of 3,500 holidaymakers aboard a floating entertainment centre. Make a choice of language - American English, English, German, French, multi-national? Select a style - holiday fun or sophisticated traveling? Lots of ports or lazy days at the sea? - The planning process alone is enough to require some vacation time! Thus, make up your mind and choose one of the most truly memorable cruises.
The Fred Olsen Cruises is one of the few companies offering Mini Cruises. There are not many mini cruises in the cruising year. They are rare and hard to find. However, they are a great way to try out a different ship or to try cruising for the first time. When they appear, they are usually of a great value, far better than any weekend break in Europe. Even those mini cruises out of the European capitals offer a superb value. For a start, they are full-board. It could cost a fortune in extras to bring a weekend break up to the standard of a cruise ship. For instance, on the 18 of December 2005, the Fred Olsen Cruise Lines offers a Mini Cruise to Ireland and France. The duration of the journey is three nights. This unforgettable weekend break with the Fred Olsen Cruise Lines would cost you only $197 (the brochure price is $394, so you save $197).
'Long Voyages' conjures up a myriad of destinations in hot and sunny climes and none could be more so, than the leisurely voyages of the Fred Olsen Cruises to distant parts of the world, including South America in 2006. From Argentina to Uruguay, from Copacabana to the girl from Ipanema, South America is simply wonderful. It is a colorful, vibrant world - many worlds - of glorious beaches, astonishing wilderness, magnificent mountains and incredible cities. Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, the very names dance before you. There is history, adventure, romance and music to stir your very soul. The wildlife in the seemingly limitless rainforests is overwhelming. It is no less colorful in the restaurants and nightclubs. From the great architecture to the stupendous waterfalls, from the bossa nova to the churches and cathedrals, South America is a place you simply have to visit. The food, the fruit, the markets, not forgetting the carnivals, national parks, handcrafts and the Pampas cowboys are incredible. They all are waiting for you in South America. Sixty nine nights on the Cruise ship "Black Watch" would cost you $10,395. The departure date is 5 January 2006. Thus, hang up your wardrobe, only once, and you are off. The world comes to you with the Fred Olsen Cruise Lines!