Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is not well known outside Britain, despite being around since 1848. This family-operated company’s four ships revel in English and Scottish home comforts, while the Norwegian influence of the parent company is also evident — particularly in the artwork on board Boudicca. This 880-passenger ship raised the bar when she joined the Fred. Olsen fleet in 2006, offering the sleeker ambiance of a new ship rather than a spruced-up old-timer (which, in fact, she is, with more than 40 years at sea). Traditions are important to Fred. Olsen and Boudicca reflects this with set dining times and genteel onboard activities.