Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

ABTA Member Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines offers a friendly, classic cruise experience across its fleet of four stylish, more intimate ocean ships – Balmoral, Braemar, Boudicca and Black Watch – and new river cruise addition, Brabant. Fred. Olsen visits over 200 destinations around the world each year, covering nearly 80 areas of scenic cruising. Fred. Olsen is proud to have been named ‘Best for Itineraries’ by Cruise Critic experts three years in a row, in recognition of its high-quality, ‘closer’ itineraries.

Remove, reduce & reuse

As part of its focus upon waste minimisation and recycling across its fleet, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines introduced a ban on the use of plastic straws on its four ocean ships in June 2018. Plastic cutlery has also been removed throughout its fleet.

Thomas Rennesland, Hotel Operations Director of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said:

“As a cruise line, we make our living out of the sea. We need to do our utmost to conserve this precious environment and make sure that it is safeguarded for marine life and the enjoyment of generations to come.

“There are three key elements to the environmental measures that we are undertaking across our fleet: to reduce and – where possible – eliminate single-use disposable plastics; to reduce the amount of plastics used operationally; and finally, to influence our supply chain in their behaviours.

“We have been listening to guest feedback and asking our staff how we can work together to reduce, and wherever possible, remove our reliance upon single-use plastics. On board Boudicca, for instance, we have been able to reduce the use of cling film by 32%; this is being replicated across our other ships.”

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has also been implementing other waste-saving initiatives on board its ocean ships, such as:
- Removal of single-use coffee cups
- Plastic jam, butter and milk portions to be replaced
- Replacing plastic laundry bags with linen ones
- Reducing the consumption of cling film
- Using ropes to secure items during rough seas rather than plastic

Beach cleans

Fred. Olsen staff are always looking at ways in which they can work together to conserve and enhance their natural environment. As such, in September 2018, 30 staff from Fred. Olsen in Ipswich, Suffolk will be undertaking a ‘Beachwatch’ beach clean event with the Marine Conservation Society to pick litter from a stretch of foreshore along the River Orwell, close to its Head Offices.   

Next steps

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is also considering measures that can be undertaken by its river cruise ship, Brabant, to reduce and eliminate single-use plastics on board.