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.