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Fred. Olsen is crowned ‘Britain’s Best Cruise Line for Food’ in the Holiday & Cruise Channel’s prestigious ‘Telly’ Awards

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Fred. Olsen is crowned ‘Britain’s Best Cruise Line for Food’ in the Holiday & Cruise Channel’s prestigious ‘Telly’ Awards

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is delighted to be crowned ‘Britain’s Best Cruise Line for Food’, in the Holiday & Cruise Channel’s prestigious ‘Telly’ Awards, which are voted for entirely by viewers. Fred. Olsen won the accolade by a considerable margin, registering nearly 10,000 votes.

Every quarter, the Liverpool-based Holiday & Cruise Channel – which broadcasts on Sky Channel 256 and Freeview Channel 55 – runs a poll on its website, to find out what its viewers think about selected areas of cruising, and the winner wins one of its coveted ‘Telly’ Awards. In the last quarter, the channel asked ‘Who is Britain’s ‘Best Cruise Line for Food’, and Fred. Olsen came out as the resounding winner!

Fred. Olsen offers a range of restaurants and dining experiences across its fleet of four smaller, more intimate ships – Balmoral, Braemar, Boudicca and Black Watch – to suit the tastes and appetites of its predominantly British clientele.

John Cooper, Commercial Director of the Holiday & Cruise Channel, said:

“Our viewers are a very discerning lot; after all, being the only television channel in the world dedicated to holidays and cruises, they know a thing or two when it comes to what they like.

“Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines are right to be proud of winning this award. Food is a major part of any cruise experience, and to be voted the best in Britain in the ‘Telly’ Awards is a badge of honour they should wear with pride.”

Dirk Helsig, Corporate Executive Chef for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said:

“All the Executive Chefs and their teams are over the moon to have won this award, and we are very proud to work for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines.

“Whether they are washing pots or removing garbage, it is a team effort from all the individual Galley staff, but we should also not forget the Restaurant team’s important contribution to this success.

“We will continue to work with the very best British ingredients to create feasts for all of our guests to enjoy as they take an exciting Fred. Olsen cruise!”

Fred. Olsen’s award-winning cuisine includes hearty cooked breakfasts, fresh fruit, delicious buffets, ‘Traditional Afternoon Tea’ – with white glove service – mouth-watering five-course à la carte menus and speciality grilled meat and seafood dishes in the new Grill restaurants, which have been introduced across the fleet.

Fred. Olsen also offers an array of vegetarian and healthier choices, too, with an emphasis on fish and seafood dishes, inspired by the company’s Norwegian heritage.

Fred. Olsen also caters to vegetarians and those with special dietary requirements. All guests are asked about any special needs when they complete their booking form, so that the Executive Chef and his team are made aware, and they are always happy to discuss menus with these guests while on board.

Fred. Olsen’s team of four Executive Chefs from each ship also shared their views on what makes it such a renowned cruise line for food:

Martin Grabenhofer, Executive Chef on board Braemar, said:

“Our guests are our number one priority here at Fred. Olsen. Working together with our friendly and dedicated Restaurant team, we are driven by satisfied customers and positive feedback. With good, honest British ingredients, it is a pleasure to serve high-quality food around the clock and to create mouth-watering dishes ship-wide.

“We will continue to do our utmost to work as a team and provide an award-winning culinary experience across the fleet.”

Mathieu Loos, Executive Chef on board Black Watch, said:

“We are honoured to receive this accolade, voted for by our distinguished guests. Through our passion for fine cuisine and hard work, we have set a standard for others to follow. Using mostly British produce and ingredients, we pride ourselves on giving guests a taste of the ‘Best of Britain’, and to create a tantalizing culinary experience on every voyage, to every corner of the globe.

“Thank you to all who have voted for us and may you experience more culinary delights on your next Fred. Olsen voyage.”

Alain Henry, Executive Chef on board Balmoral, said:

“As proud members of the Galley team, it is encouraging to receive this award, as it means that our guests are recognising the considerable efforts of all the chefs, cooks and utility staff across the fleet.

“We are committed to providing the best variety and quality of cuisine that we can. We will continue to do our very best in the Galley to provide an exceptional culinary experience, in keeping with the Fred. Olsen philosophy.”

Sara Sipek, Executive Chef on board Boudicca, said:

“We are humbled and excited to have won this award. We could not achieve this without the loyal Galley crew members across the fleet, some of whom have worked at Fred. Olsen for many years.

“It is an incredible honour to be a part of this team; we are proud to work for this company, and we would like to thank all the public who voted for us.”

Fred. Olsen offers more regional UK departures than any other cruise line, sailing from ten convenient ports in 2015: Southampton, Dover, Harwich, Tilbury, Avonmouth (Bristol), Liverpool, Newcastle, Greenock (Glasgow), Rosyth (Edinburgh) and Belfast.

Photo captions:

‘Britain’s Best Cruise Line for Food’ award 1: Andrew Runacres, Managing Director of the Holiday & Cruise Channel (left), and John Cooper, Commercial Director of the Holiday & Cruise Channel (right), present the impressive ‘Britain’s Best Cruise Line for Food’ ‘glass TV’ trophy to Nathan Philpot, Sales and Marketing Director for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, on board Black Watch in Liverpool on 23rd July 2015.

‘Britain’s Best Cruise Line for Food’ award 2: Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ Corporate Executive Chef, Dirk Helsig (sixth from left), and his team of chefs receive the Holiday & Cruise Channel’s prestigious ‘Britain’s Best Cruise Line for Food’ ‘glass TV’ trophy in Bergen, Norway, as the fleet’s four ships – Balmoral, Braemar, Boudicca and Black Watch – come together for the first time ever, on 28th July 2015.

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Fred. Olsen Cruise Line operates in the UK with four intimately sized ships for a more personal cruising experience.


Ellis Orchard

Ellis Orchard

Press contact Public Relations Manager Public Relations 07557672265
Georgina May

Georgina May

Press contact Public Relations Executive Public Relations
Lauren Gardner

Lauren Gardner

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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

At Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines we are very proud of our smaller ships – Bolette, Borealis and Balmoral - and the imaginative and unusual itineraries they allow us to offer. Every cruise is hand-crafted from scratch by our team of in-house Journey Planners to make sure you are not only visiting the best destinations, but at the best time to experience them.

For us, it’s not just about where we go but how we take you there. We put as much time into planning scenic cruising as we do in choosing the destinations themselves. On board, our Signature Experiences showcase the history, culture, nature and flavours of the destinations you’ll visit – from Treats of the Region, where you can enjoy local delicacies, to our Sky at Sea star-gazing sessions where you can relax with a hot toddy out on deck while our astronomer talks you through the night sky.

Plus, with each ship carrying 1,300 guests or less, our ships are small enough for us to offer a warm, friendly and personal service where nothing is ever too much trouble, as we visit a host of exciting ports in every corner of the globe.

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

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