Fred. Olsen and the RNLI
Working together to raise funds and keep Fred. Olsen crews and passengers safe.
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is proud to the RNLI’s longest-standing corporate partner, with a history that spans more than 50 years.
It all started in the 1960s when RNLI volunteer Howard Bell and his wife Poppy started fundraising onboard a Fred. Olsen cruise ship.
Since then, our relationship has grown and the generosity of Fred. Olsen passengers and crew has made a lifesaving difference at the RNLI.
Fred. Olsen passengers and crews have funded five inshore lifeboats over the years, including the Pride of Fred. Olsen - a B class Atlantic 85 lifeboat which joined the RNLI’s relief fleet in 2018.
In addition, in recent years, Fred. Olsen Cruise Line guests have also funded:
- three mobile training units
- three seminar rooms at RNLI College in Poole
- the development and cost of three lifeboat launching trolleys
- mobile health check kiosks for divers
- and RNLI apprenticeships.
In 2021, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines will resume sailing with a new-look, small ship fleet, with new ships Bolette and Borealis among the ranks. So, if you’re planning a cruise, don’t forget that when you sail with Fred. Olsen, you can help raise money for the RNLI too.
We are very proud to support the RNLI across our fleet. We make our livelihoods at sea, and so to support the RNLI, which provides a vital service in the place we work, is so important to us. We know that the generosity of our guests and crew has achieved so much in recent years, and we are looking forward to continuing to support the RNLI when we return to sailing this year.