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Fred. Olsen cruises

Cathy's verdict:

With smaller ships, solo dining options and no single supplements on selected voyages, Fred. Olsen cruises are ideal for those travelling alone. Specialising in northern European routes and the Baltics, there are also sailings to the Caribbean, Pacific and Arctic, along with dinner hosts and companions for guaranteed company when you want it.

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Iglu.com says

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is one of the most popular choices amongst older solo travellers (50+), whether you want to meet others or simply enjoy a relaxing cruise. This is a cruise line which really understands the needs of those cruising on their own and the smaller size of their ships makes for a more friendly and inclusive atmosphere that you might not find on other cruise lines.

  • dining options for solos
  • no single supplement on selected dates
  • perfect for over-50s

On all Fred. Olsen cruises there are activities and some social gatherings specifically for singles. You will be paired with other solo travellers for dinner – the dress code is formal in the main restaurants but there are more casual free-seating options for dinner too. Gentleman dinner hosts and companions for shore excursions are available if you wish.

All ships have some single inside and outside cabins, a few of them with a balcony, and there is no single supplement on selected sailings. If you would prefer a twin cabin for single occupancy, the single supplement is less than 50% of the double rate.

Fred. Olsen offers cruises throughout the world from the Med to the Pacific, the Caribbean to the Arctic. However, nobody covers the Baltic states and Northern Europe so comprehensively as Fred. Olsen and there’s so much to discover each day as you visit a new destination. Departures are from a range of UK ports including Southampton, Liverpool, Dover, Rosyth, Newcastle and Greenock, and there are fly-cruise options on some dates.

You can choose from a two- or three-night mini-cruise or a longer cruise for two weeks or more.

Check out our latest deals for solo travellers with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines and other cruises.

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