Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has recently been named ‘Best for Solo Travellers’ in the Cruise Critic ‘UK Editors’ Picks Awards 2017’, the first time the independent cruise review website has run this dedicated category.
Adam Coulter, Managing Editor of Cruise Critic UK, commended Fred. Olsen for its commitment to solo travellers, “Cruise Critic’s editors were really impressed with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines for waiving single supplements on selected voyages, and providing cabin upgrades, as well as unique ‘Single Cruises’ on a wide selection of sailings.”
The relatively small size of Fred. Olsen’s four ocean ships – Balmoral, Braemar, Boudicca and Black Watch and the warm, relaxed atmosphere on board make Fred. Olsen cruises especially attractive for those travelling solo. Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, added “We recognise that, for some, taking the plunge and travelling solo might seem daunting, which is why our attentive staff make guests as welcome as possible, with friendly, efficient service and attention to detail every step of the way. From matching up solo guests with like-minded fellow cruisers, to providing dance hosts and dance couples, and offering a great range of solo deals throughout the year, Fred. Olsen is the ideal choice for the discerning solo cruiser”
Once on board a Fred. Olsen ship, solo travellers will find gatherings exclusively for them, to enable them to get to know each other, and staff will seat them together for dinner, and arrange companions when going ashore, if required. There are also dance hosts and dance couples on board the ships to provide dancing partners for solo guests.
Fred. Olsen has a number of room options available on each of its four ships, covering all grades, from ‘Single Interior’ and ‘Single Ocean View’, to ‘Single Balcony Suites’. With 10% of all rooms in the Fred. Olsen fleet being dedicated to solo travellers, it has one of the highest proportions of dedicated accommodation for solos within the industry.
Overall, the Fred. Olsen fleet has 190 dedicated rooms for solo guests: Braemar offers 40, Black Watch and Boudicca each have 43, and Balmoral has 64.