Fred Olsen Mini Cruise to Rouen

Trevor Smith on 28 August 2009
Another Fred Olsen Cruise with my Mum & Dad and what a great mini break it was. From leaving home to arriving on board the Balmoral in Dover took less than ninety minutes, with plenty of time to explore the ship before leaving the port of Dover. Dover is great for us as we live in Kent and it is such a short time from leaving home to boarding any ship in the fantastic Cruise Terminal in Dover.

Our third cruise with Fred Olsen, and what a coincidence, was the same Captain as we met on our Norway Cruise in 2008! Three nights on board with two days in Rouen was the break we all needed after such a busy summer. A relatively short distance but the slow pace and the warm welcome received made this short break one to remember. And a must to view the brochures for other mini cruises available - this is a great way to discover the fantastic value of cruising without being on board too long and not being happy - I would recommend a mini cruise to everyone now as they are some of the best value holidays around.

Special moments on this cruise include being personally met in the Cruise Terminal by our wine waiter to order our wine to go with our first evening meal, being met by our fantastic cabin stewardess and of course all the crew and entertainment staff that we met along the way.

A good point with Fred Olsen’s smaller cruise ships is that we were able to navigate into the centre of Rouen along the River Seine which many of the larger liners cannot do.

Rouen itself is full of history; being where Jean or Arc had many interesting days back in the fifteenth century. The old town centre is full of Gothic architecture of interest combined with the usual mix of modern present in any city. Rouen itself is Europe's third largest port for the exportation of wheat! You will get a better view of Rouen with the photos attached to this travel diary. We enjoyed two days in Rouen with overnight sailings from Dover to Rouen and vice versa.

My mother and father are both in their late sixties now and the ease of boarding at Dover with the combination of Fred Olsen hospitality go hand in hand to give them a thoroughly good time, and of course which I enjoy as well seeing great places by cruising. Contact me any time to talk through what your own thoughts are of cruising in Europe and around the world.