FRED OLSEN CHAT – the chat site for those loving these small classic ships

Cruise Chat is the greatest way to share and discover. Fred Olsen Cruise group by Doris Visits on the Facebook platform is the place to meet friendly like-minded cruisers. Cruisers who like cruising. Our friendly Fred Olsen family has members who are new to cruising right through to some very experienced sailors. There is always someone to help with questions or even a member to share specialist knowledge from diet to mobility. Our Doris Visits chat groups are not a place to moan, even if we do occasionally criticise it has to be done constructively or in a helpful way. Our groups are for those cruisers who love cruising. If someone says they hate the ship, we take that as an invitation for us to remove them from the group. Actually, we don’t – the members report them, we only react.

Fred Olseon Cruise Chat – Bolette, Borealis, Balmoral, Braemar

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines prides themselves in the personal touch they can give on their smaller ships. Chat with others. Click the banner to join the chat on Facebook.

With our associated Doris Visits YouTube Cruise Port Guide Channel, presented by Jean, you will find the films we made as cruisers stopping at the world’s cruise ports. Films from fellow guests are listed here. On our YouTube channel, there are specialist playlists on shopping, botanical gardens and religious buildings at destinations. We follow cruise routes… yes, we take you there – virtually.

The main Doris Visits website has a menu for every cruise ship with filmed tours and cabin tours. The destination menu has over 1,000 world ports. We post more including insurance links, tips and PCR testing links.

For those who read on the ship – we have a menu of cozy cruise mysteries and cruise thrillers. The Cruise Ship Crime Investigators series is from us, from years of cruising and knowing the ship above and below decks. Income from the books goes back into the online platforms and widgets.

Fred Olseon Cruise Chat – Bolette, Borealis, Balmoral, Braemar

As Jean Heard and I (Stuart St Paul) sail the globe, her doing her one-woman show Royal Mistresses, and me talking about my books and movie career, we make more films.

Travel Insurance and Antigen Tests are essential. We list some cruise travel insurance companies used by guests and some Antigen Test bodies. We advise that you shop around and read ALL the small print, and use insurance and tests appropriate to your travel requirements and contracts that you are entering into.


Cruise Insurance from Just Travel    Over seventies Insurance from Just Travel

Cruise Insurance from StaySure   SAGA cruise insurance   TUI/Marella Cruise Insurance


Requirements change from day to day and country to country. Trust the information on Government websites.

My Health Checked – home tests PCR specific – click here for details

Zava Med – PCR and Antigen home tests – Click for information

Corona Test Centre – PCR and Antigen home tests – click

Flysurance – Antigen home tests – click for details

Official Rapid Tests – Antigen home tests – click for information

4 Medical Clinical Solutions – click here for details

Government advice country by country

PLF – Passenger Locator Form

This is a form that can be required to enter a country. The UK uses PLF, other countries have their own rules. CHECK CURRENT ADVICE HERE

Expect insurance companies to ask for your medical records before they payout, declare them honestly at the outset. It has always been a condition of booking a cruise that you have cruise valid insurance. Booking a cruise means you are entering and agreeing to a contract and the terms and demands.

The new UK EHICard and a UK Global Health Insurance Card (UK GHIC).

Press here for the link to take you to the government GLOBAL HEALTH page

Link the box uses is this –







P&O Arcadia  P&O Aurora Mobility challenges when cruising CRUISE READING CHAT GROUP

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