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Fred olsen charter their own aircraft and are normally reasonably comfortable. In the past they have their own in flight menu's and all beverages have been part of the package.Also i believe, that they still operate an airport to cabin baggage service, plus one gets a higher baggage allowance (25Kgs p.p)with them. It's a nice way to start a cruise. You will enjoy.
We flew to Barbados two years ago with Fred Olsen It was a charter flight but reasonably comfortable. The drinks were on Fred Olsen all the way.
I went on a very last minute Caribean Olsen cruise last December. It was reasonably priced and the flight arrangements were excellent. Special labelling of luggage meant that after checking it in at Gatwick I didn't have to handle it again until it arrived outside my cabin door. The same happened in reverse for homegoing - luggage had to be outside cabin by 2 am and was collected in the night, all customs etc seen to and nothing more to be done till I picked it up again at Gatwick. This was a godsend. The flight was a special charter for Olsen cruise passengers and was perfectly acceptable. Altogether very good.
We flew Manchester to Barbados for 2 weeks on Braemar. Fred Olsens arrangements were exellent, our luggage was checked in and next seen at our cabin door. On the return customs came on board cleared us before we left the ship. Just a gentle walk through the airport straight on to the plane. Free drinks both ways!!!!!!
We flew home from Barbardos last February with Fred Olsen and it was a schedule flight with Virgin
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My husband and I agree that our Fred Olsen Transatlantic flight was made part of our holiday right from take off. We were so well looked after and treated extremely well. The food was delicious, good films and even a choc ice as we watched. The cabin crew could not have been more helpful and went out of their way to make sure we had everything we could possibly need.
E McCullough Belfast 30th November 200.
We have just returned from a 51 night cruise with Fred Olsen on the Black Watch. DONT go on the Black Watch. For info on this look at cruise reviews for Black Watch Fred Olsen, Sept 23rd to November 13 - it was disasterous. Wouldn't use it again. Can't help you for flights I'm afraid.
We also travelled Fred Olsen. It was a Thomson charter flight. We are travelling with them in 2008 to the Med and have been told they are now using Monarch. They arn't the best, but had worse. (Thomas Cook) Premium class is better but expensive at around £500 per couple. You get your own back of seat tv and a nice little travel pack. Fred Olsen may have a differant agreement with Fred as ours was a Thomson holiday this year and Standard class had to pay for there drinks. When we flew with Thomson to Barbados drinks were included.Hope this is some help to you...
The Fred Olsen cruises are superb, and the flights are specially chartered by Olsen, the food is above average and your baggage will arrive at your cabin after you hand it in at the airport.Ignore the comment by Aukit of Malaga. Some people seem to forget that problems can occur at sea [ look at the Explorer for example]. I was on the same Black Watch cruise and agree that there were problems, but only caused by the weather, and then by some passengers as a result. C W Cope Llandudno.
We flew from Manchester Airport to Montago Bay Jamaica last October 2006,their representatives were at Manchester Airport to guide us.We paid extra for premium seats(for more legroom).Everything was well planned,and the staff on Braemar were great.This cruise boat is modern,and not too big.Would travel again with Fred Olsen.