The roots of Fred. Olsen trace back to 1848 in Hvitsen, a small village on the Oslofjord in Norway. The first Olsen family ship-owner was a certain Fredrik Christian Olsen, who operated a fleet of sailing vessels.
Fast forward to 1987 and Fred. Olsen had its first sunshine cruise ship, the Black Prince. Sailing to Cadiz, the Canary Islands and Madeira among others, the officers and crew on board that first cruise were very friendly and well-liked by their guests – a trait that continues today.
By 2008 Fred. Olsen had four cruise ships, the Black Watch, Braemar, Boudicca and Balmoral. In 2015 Fred. Olsen celebrated the 200th anniversary of Fredrik Christian Olsen which saw all four vessels together for the first time in the port of Bergen, Norway. Today, Fred. Olsen Jnr is the chairman of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines and the Olsen family are still very heavily involved in the running of the business.