1951 & 1953
Blenheim, named in honour of
Sir Winston Churchill, who was
born at Blenheim Palace, the
Churchill family seat, is introduced
to the fleet, followed two years
later by Braemar, named in tribute
to Scotland and the British Royal
Family. The new ships are among
the most eye-catching liners of
The third Thomas Fredrik – and
current Fred. – takes over the
running of the companies at the
age of 26 after his father,
Thomas, falls ill.
A new Black Watch sails to the
Canary Islands on her maiden
voyage from the Fred. Olsen
terminal, Canary Wharf, West
Indian Docks, London. Sister ship
Black Prince embarks on the
same route the following month.
A ‘reborn’ Black Prince begins her
career as a ‘sunshine cruiser’,
sailing to Cádiz, Casablanca, the
Canary Islands, Madeira and
Gibraltar from Southampton (all
destinations still visited by Fred.
Olsen ships). The officers and
crew on board are noted for being
very friendly and well-liked by
their guests – a trait that has
continued to this day as one of
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ most
Beginning of the first brain
revolution: marking the end
of manufacturing as we have
known it, with software replacing
machines as the driver for
innovation. Black Watch joins
the Fred. Olsen fleet after
Braemar is sent to the Blohm
& Voss shipyard in Hamburg to
undergo a major refurbishment,
ready for her new role as the
second member of the fleet.
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
purchases a new, elegant ship
which, following a complete
refurbishment, is renamed
Boudicca after the great
British warrior queen.
Boudicca visits the Canary
Islands on her maiden
Fred. Olsen voyage.
A yet-to-be-renamed ship arrives
at Hamburg’s Elbe 17 Dry-Dock
to undergo an ambitious refit
and redesign programme,
involving the fitting of a new
30-metre extension to give the
‘stretched’ ship extra rooms and
improvements to guest facilities.
The ‘stretched’ ship is renamed
Balmoral on entering service.
All four Fred. Olsen ships
converge for the first time ever.
The event in Bergen, Norway on
28th July celebrates the 200th
anniversary of the birth of
Fredrik Christian Olsen.
April 5th marks the start of
Fred. Olsen’s new programme
of European river cruises
On 10th September the
‘Captains in Cádiz’ festivities sees
the four ocean cruise ships dock
in southern Spain to celebrate
170 years since Fredrik Christian
began shipping operations.
Join ‘Four Fred.’s in Funchal’ for
what’s sure to be a memorable
occasion as the guests of
Balmoral, Braemar, Boudicca and
Black Watch all come together in
the same port on the same day.
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