Size is everything, and bigger is not always better especially in the Cruise World – the race is on for the largest cruise ship at sea, floating hotels have become floating resorts.

Fred. Olsen is one company bucking the trend with three ships from their fleet of four, carrying fewer than 1000 passengers.  Let the super liners, gaudy and glitzy, scoop up families and bargain cruisers – Fred. Olsen has a lot to favour for a small ship experience.

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I went to the Christmas Markets in Amsterdam and Bruges on Fred. Olsen’s Boudicca. The atmosphere on board was very friendly and I felt like part of a big family. Everything was in easy reach and how nice to be able to walk between decks rather than have to wait an eternity for the lift to arrive!

The entertainment was excellent. Finding a seat was easy in the theatre, and because it was smaller, everything was so much more intimate and close up.

The food on board was very British – no fancy “nouvelle cuisine” on this ship, just good wholesome hearty fayre – perfect on this Christmas Market cruise.

Fred. Olsen’s passengers are more discerning, more mature, and very loyal. With so many repeat customers – there’s a testimonial in its own right. If you’re tired of being treated like a number on the large ships try a Fred. Olsen cruise – you’ll be pleased you did!

If you’d like to know more email me: dorothy@hallmarktravel.com

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