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Life on the Ocean Wave

Aug 21, 2014



As you settle into ‘cruising life’ a few days into the trip, faces become familiar and names, you establish a sort of routine and you can decide to take part in as little or as much as you please. Whether you are travelling alone, in a couple or as part of a group it doesn’t matter as you are never really alone if you want company to pass the time.

Planning your day is fun, aside from the excursions or trips you may have booked ashore.  On a Fred. Olsen cruise, nightly you’ll receive an update delivered to your cabin at turndown along with a chocolate on your pillow. This daily newsletter details the layout of the day ahead from your time of arrival and departure in port to where the rest of the fleet are currently positioned to what activities and nightly entertainment are to be featured. This can range from anything including a talk on the history of the port you are visiting next to vegetable carving, quizzes and trying a new hobby to bridge.



If you are a single traveller or a first time cruiser there are also events you can go to if you want to meet new friends and take part in activities ashore or on-board and even a single traveller’s dining table if you decide not to opt for a larger mixed table of up to eight persons.



Imagine you’ve arrived in port and had a day visiting the attractions upon arrival back at the ship you can change for dinner and meet up with your table and share your day over a glass of wine, then later a show or a film, a bit of shopping or an early night.

On sea days aside from activities you’ll find fellow passengers have a vast range of interests, some find a quiet corner and read (there are numerous lounges to sit in and plenty of comfy seating), others head for the bar for a few drinks, some take a swim or a few turns around the deck to keep fit or head for the spa for a treatment. No day at sea is the same!

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Our Connoisseur escorts will be on hand during their working hours to assist should guests have a query or want to talk about their plans for their next voyage. They are travelling alone too and have often taken several cruises with the company on-board their vessels as well as selling the cruises so are there to help and share their knowledge.

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Weather on-board can be changeable – don’t expect it to be flat calm ever day – it would be dull if it was and some people actively look forward to the brisker days and crest of the wave. Find somewhere to watch the world go by and enjoy your surroundings, it’ll pass.

On-board everyone has a different story to tell, people travel from across the UK to take a cruise from Scottish ports and the interesting thing is that they have all had different cruising experiences so it can be scintillating to hear their stories.



There are several formal nights on-board. Aside from the Connoisseur Cocktail Welcome Party the highlight for many is the Captain’s Reception. On the Black Watch 10 August 2014 cruise our Captain is very convivial and has just joined the company last year. He and several of his crew are from Croatia. On my last cruise the captain was about to retire. He was a very accomplished musician and played a trumpet at the Captain’s reception.

Many people say a cruising day gives them time to catch up with laundry, have a treatment in the beauty salon, meet up with friends and get to know the ship so looking at an itinerary and choosing a cruise doesn’t mean trying to find one with a port each day as that can be tiring. A day in between works well.

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Most guests say that they will typically have cruised with several cruise companies before the find the right one for them. To help find the right one first time round consider what your hobbies and interests are and speak to your travel agent about the type of duration, dining preference and destinations you prefer. Describe your budget and what you normally look for in a hotel.  You’ll know when you’ve found the right company as you’ll want to return year after year and will feel like you are travelling with like-minded individuals.


Most popular comments made by guests on-board and that my experiences on-board as a representative and that of my colleagues in the Connoisseur team would echo are as follows.


  • We love small ship cruising – we have been on other ships and we were lucky if we saw the same person twice
  • We love the friendly atmosphere on-board – everyone says hello and feel we are amongst friends
  • There’s always somewhere to sit and take five minutes to take in your surroundings
  • It’s easy to get around the ship and find the on-board facilities
  • The food is very good and varied
  • The all-inclusive offers value for money
  • The shop sells a good selection of items and duty free and in port often has souvenirs which you can buy if you don’t get time to do so ashore. The duty free is really reasonable
  • The drinks on-board are similar to local prices at home for a night out
  • The staff on-board are really helpful and friendly
  • The shore tours team run a very slick operation  - they know in advance of the arrival of port exactly where the land agents will be waiting and the tours run to time and return to ship in good time


If you are interested in cruising with Fred Olsen or any other cruise lines – give us a call and we’d be happy to help or search our online cruise section for further information on deck plans, itineraries and special offers.

Category: Ocean Cruises