The Fred, Olsen cruise line, based in Ipswich (U.K) currently has four small ‘classic’ ships: Black Watch, Braemar, Boudicca and Balmoral.
Curiously in June 2016 Fred. Olsen e-mailed past customers saying: “We just wanted to share with you the exciting news that Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is making a significant investment across its fleet and moving in a different direction…”.
Now we do know that the fleet will be renovated, which is probably part of the ‘significant investment’ mentioned, however Olsen never made a further announcement about the “new direction”.
All four of Olsen’s charming vessels were purchased second-hand, but there is a strong internet rumour going around that Mr. Olsen. Jnr. is thinking of building a new ship.
I can’t confirm this, but it does not sound beyond the realms of possibility that this could be the “new direction”.
I did wonder if there was going to be Fred Olsen’s ‘River Cruises’, but there are no rumours about that.