Braemar

Braemar cruise ship
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Cruise line
Fred Olsen

Current itinerary:
43 days, Caribbean, Amazon and West Indies Discovery
04 Feb, 2016 - 18 Mar, 2016

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Braemar Review and Specifications

Special features

Passengers Capacity989
Crew Capacity400
Passenger decks12
Dining rooms2
CasinoNo
CinemaNo
LibraryYes
SpaYes
Fitness centerYes
Lifts (elevators)4
Pools3
Jacuzzis2

Technical Specifications

BuilderUNION NAVAL DE LEVANTE S.A.
IMO number9000699
Year built1993
Speed18.5
Flagflag Bahamas
Length163.81
Draught5.41
Tonnage24344
Braemar deck plans deck icon

Review of Braemar

Launched in 1993 as Crown Dynasty, Braemar is the newest of the Fred Olsen ships, with fleetmates Boudicca, Balmoral and Black Watch. The ship cost US $86 million to build and was last refurbished in 2014.

History - construction & ownership

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is a Norwegian-owned, UK-based cruise shipping line with four ships, part of the Fred. Olsen Group. The headquarters of the company are in Ipswich, Suffolk, the UK, and it is owned by Bonheur and Ganger Rolf. The company of Fred Olsen originated in 1848 in Hvitsten, a little town on Oslofjord, Norway, by three Olsen brothers, Petter, Andras and Fredrik Christian, who bought their first ships and established an international shipping company. Today the line is into the 5th generation of the family and operates companies skilled within cruise and passenger shipping trade, ships' crewing, ship building, aviation and offshore industries. 

The 24,344-ton, 989-passenger cruise ship Braemar was originally built in 1993 as Crown Dynasty for the now-defunct Crown Cruise Lines. It joined the Fred. Olsen fleet in 2001. One of the biggest changes that past cruisers are going to note is the Braemar Room on Deck 5, leading into the new Scottish-inspired Morning Light Pub (that was released on sister cruise liner Balmoral in early 2008). Prior to the renovation, the space was more of a walkway, but now the expanded Braemar Room has become more of a public room in its own right, with Aztec and nautical-themed design of the decor. The space is also home to a new library, card room and Internet room.

Cruise itinerary program

Braemar itinerary program is based on Mediterranean and Norwegian Fjords cruises with departures from Dover and Southampton, UK, as well as on Caribbean cruises out of Barbados, with Transatlantic repositioning crossings.

Cabins

Most Braemar staterooms are 130-175-sq.foot Balcony rooms (200). There are a total of 485 staterooms in 21 categories. 4 are the wheelchair accessible cabins. The largest aboard Braemar are the Superior Suites (300 ft2).

Dining options - Food & Drinks

Most Braemar guests have dinner at the Thistle Restaurant for either 6:15 p.m. or 8:30 p.m. seating. The Thistle is an elegant, circular room with panoramic windows. Those who prefer a more intimate setting should choose the smaller Grampian Restaurant. This also has two seatings, but it's mainly for travelers staying in the upper decks. Breakfast and lunch are open-seating, so guests can order waiter-served meals at either restaurant or try the self-serve Palms Cafe.

Follows the complete list of Braemar restaurants and food bars.

  • Thistle Restaurant (main dining room; hosts the formal Gala Dinner; with 2 fixed dinner seatings at 6:15 pm and 8:30 pm, open-seating buffet-style Breakfast 8:00 - 10:00 am and Lunch 12:00 - 2:30 pm)
  • Grampian Restaurant (ship’s 2nd largest dining room, with the same menu as the Thistle; features floor-ceiling windows and intimate design)
  • Palms Cafe (alternative buffet-style restaurant, open-seating; offers Breakfast 7:00 - 9:30 am, Brunch 10:30 - 11:30 am, Lunch 12:30 - 2:30 pm, Afternoon Tea 3:30 - 4:30 pm, Dinner 6:30 - 9 pm and Supper Club 11:30 pm - 12:30 am; also features a 24-hour open tea-coffee station)
  • Lido Bar (outdoor bar for al fresco Breakfast & Lunch)
  • Marquee Bar (casual restaurant for lunch; al-fresco dining, with large, floor-ceiling panoramic windows; serves the pool area with alcoholic/non-alcoholic drinks).

Entertainment options - Fun & Sport

MS Braemar is clearly a vessel which attracts repeat cruisers, and much of this is due to the friendliness of the travelers and the camaraderie the small vessel engenders. A lot of the conversations on this cruise liner start with "Last time I was on Braemar..." or "We sailed on the cruise before the extra space was added...." But, instead of acting cliquey, the repeat cruisers are very welcoming, even offering cruising tips to Fred. Olsen newbies.

Follows the complete list of Braemar lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.

  • Arts & Crafts Room; Art Gallery 
  • Atrium (4-deck high; has a spacious seating area)
  • Port Shop (duty-paid, sells essentials, hats, swimwear, toiletries, beachwear, sweets, books, snacks)
  • Photo Gallery & Shop (offers digital images printing/transferring; personal video making; sells photo and video equipment at duty-free prices)
  • Neptune Lounge (378-seat; ship’s theater & main entertainment venue for grand-style show productions in the evenings at 8:45 pm and 10:45 pm; during the day serves the Fred Olsen enrichment program, with various lectures and seminars, multimedia presentations, dance classes, workshops, bridge lectures, cards playing tournaments)
  • Boutique Shops (duty-free luxury gifts, perfumes, cosmetics, fashion clothing, watches, fine jewelry, Fred Olsen logo merchandise)
  • Library; Internet Room 
  • Bookmark Cafe (a la carte priced patisserie; offers luxury chocolates, specialty coffees, hand-made chocolates)
  • Braemar Lounge (relaxation place with large windows); Casino
  • Morning Light Pub (features stand-up comedy acts, live music performances)
  • Coral Club (170-seat, with floor-ceiling windows and dance floor; disco nightclub)
  • Pool Deck area (swimming pool, 2 whirlpools, padding pool, sunbathing area; served by the Pool Bar)
  • The Wellness Centre (Atlantis Spa & Fitness; has treatment rooms for massages, Steam Room, Sauna, gym; the Fitness Centre hosts exercise classes Yoga/Pilates/aerobics/meditation/dancing classes)
  • Beauty Salon (part of the Wellness Centre; offers hairdresser/barber services, facial/body treatments, manicure/pedicure, massages)
  • Observatory Lounge (indoor observation lounge with piano, glass dancefloor, panoramic windows for 270-degree views; serves Afternoon Tea)
  • Golf Nets; Deck Games area (shuffleboard, quoits, darts, tennis tables); Walking Track.

Source: CruiseShipDeckPlan.com



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Braemar Itineraries 2016

The below listed Braemar cruise prices on 2016 itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Fred Olsen fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

Departure Itinerary ports Prices
04 February
14-days round-trip Amazon River Adventure
Departing from Bridgetown - 04 Feb

Santarem - 09 Feb

Manaus - 11 Feb

Manaus - 12 Feb

Parintins - 13 Feb

Iles Du Salut, French Guiana - 16 Feb

Arriving in Bridgetown - 18 Feb

04 February
43-days one-way Caribbean, Amazon and West Indies Discovery
Departing from Bridgetown - 04 Feb

Macapa - 08 Feb

Santarem - 09 Feb

Manaus - 11 Feb

Manaus - 12 Feb

Parintins - 13 Feb

Iles Du Salut, French Guiana - 16 Feb

Bridgetown - 18 Feb

Bridgetown - 19 Feb

Scarborough - 20 Feb

St Georges - 21 Feb

St Vincent, St Vincent and the Grenadines - 22 Feb

Roseau - 23 Feb

Philipsburg/Saint Maarten - 24 Feb

Basseterre - 25 Feb

Grand Turk - 27 Feb

Tortola - 29 Feb

St Johns - 01 Mar

Saint Lucia/Castries - 02 Mar

Bridgetown - 03 Mar

Bridgetown - 04 Mar

St Johns - 05 Mar

Philipsburg/Saint Maarten - 06 Mar

Ponta Delgada - 13 Mar

Arriving in Dover - 18 Mar

18 February
14-days round-trip West Indies Discovery
Departing from Bridgetown - 18 Feb

Bridgetown - 19 Feb

Scarborough - 20 Feb

St Georges - 21 Feb

St Vincent, St Vincent and the Grenadines - 22 Feb

Roseau - 23 Feb

Philipsburg/Saint Maarten - 24 Feb

Basseterre - 25 Feb

Grand Turk - 27 Feb

Tortola - 29 Feb

St Johns - 01 Mar

Saint Lucia/Castries - 02 Mar

Arriving in Bridgetown - 03 Mar

03 March
15-days one-way Caribbean & the Tropic of Cancer
Departing from Bridgetown - 03 Mar

Bridgetown - 04 Mar

St Johns - 05 Mar

Philipsburg/Saint Maarten - 06 Mar

Ponta Delgada - 13 Mar

Arriving in Dover - 18 Mar

18 March
14-days round-trip Rivers of France & Spain
Departing from Dover - 18 Mar

Lisbon - 21 Mar

Seville, Spain - 22 Mar

Seville, Spain - 23 Mar

Vigo - 25 Mar

Bordeaux - 27 Mar

Bordeaux - 28 Mar

Rouen, France - 30 Mar

Rouen, France - 31 Mar

Arriving in Dover - 01 Apr

01 April
9-days round-trip Norwegian Cities & Fjords
Departing from Dover - 01 Apr

Stavanger - 03 Apr

Flam - 04 Apr

Bergen - 05 Apr

Oslo - 07 Apr

Arendal - 08 Apr

Arriving in Dover - 10 Apr

10 April
6-days round-trip Tulips & Chocolates
Departing from Dover - 10 Apr

Kiel Canal - 11 Apr

Amsterdam - 11 Apr

Amsterdam - 12 Apr

Kiel Canal - 12 Apr

Antwerp - 13 Apr

Antwerp - 14 Apr

Honfleur - 15 Apr

Arriving in Dover - 16 Apr

16 April
9-days round-trip French River Cruising
Departing from Dover - 16 Apr

La Rochelle - 18 Apr

Bordeaux - 19 Apr

Bordeaux - 20 Apr

Saint-Nazaire, France - 21 Apr

Rouen, France - 23 Apr

Rouen, France - 24 Apr

Arriving in Dover - 25 Apr

25 April
10-days round-trip German Waterways
Departing from Dover - 25 Apr

Flensburg, Germany - 28 Apr

Travemunde - 29 Apr

Kiel Canal - 30 Apr

Hamburg - 30 Apr

Hamburg - 01 May

Hamburg - 02 May

Bremen, Germany - 03 May

Arriving in Dover - 05 May

05 May
9-days round-trip Maiden Call Mystery Cruise
Departing from Dover - 05 May

Arriving in Dover - 14 May

14 May
7-days round-trip Historic Cities of France & Spain
Departing from Southampton - 14 May

La Rochelle - 16 May

Bilbao - 17 May

Bordeaux - 18 May

Saint-Nazaire, France - 19 May

Arriving in Southampton - 21 May

21 May
14-days round-trip Cruising the Waterways of Scandinavia
Departing from Southampton - 21 May

Aalborg - 24 May

Copenhagen - 25 May

Visby - 26 May

St Petersburg, Russia - 28 May

St Petersburg, Russia - 29 May

Tallinn - 30 May

Szczecin, Poland - 01 Jun

Kiel Canal - 02 Jun

Arriving in Southampton - 04 Jun

04 June
14-days round-trip Stepping Out Into Spain
Departing from Southampton - 04 Jun

Aviles, Spain - 06 Jun

La Coruna - 07 Jun

Portimao - 09 Jun

Seville, Spain - 10 Jun

Seville, Spain - 11 Jun

Huelva - 12 Jun

Malaga - 13 Jun

Vigo - 15 Jun

Arriving in Southampton - 18 Jun

18 June
8-days round-trip Mountains, Waterfalls & Fjords
Departing from Southampton - 18 Jun

Eidfjord - 21 Jun

Skjolden - 22 Jun

Bergen - 23 Jun

Arriving in Southampton - 26 Jun

26 June
10-days round-trip German Waterways
Departing from Southampton - 26 Jun

Flensburg, Germany - 29 Jun

Travemunde - 30 Jun

Kiel Canal - 01 Jul

Hamburg - 01 Jul

Hamburg - 02 Jul

Hamburg - 03 Jul

Bremen, Germany - 04 Jul

Arriving in Southampton - 06 Jul

06 July
10-days round-trip Closer to the UK & Ireland
Departing from Southampton - 06 Jul

Dundee, Scotland - 08 Jul

Invergordon - 09 Jul

Lerwick - 10 Jul

Dublin - 12 Jul

Liverpool - 13 Jul

Rosslare, Ireland - 14 Jul

Falmouth - 15 Jul

Arriving in Southampton - 16 Jul

16 July
14-days round-trip Rivers of Spain & France
Departing from Southampton - 16 Jul

Seville, Spain - 20 Jul

Seville, Spain - 21 Jul

Lisbon - 22 Jul

Aviles, Spain - 24 Jul

Bordeaux - 25 Jul

Bordeaux - 26 Jul

Rouen, France - 28 Jul

Rouen, France - 29 Jul

Arriving in Southampton - 30 Jul

30 July
9-days round-trip Fjords of Denmark
Departing from Southampton - 30 Jul

Kiel Canal - 01 Aug

Aabenraa, Denmark - 02 Aug

Hundested, Denmark - 03 Aug

Copenhagen - 03 Aug

Copenhagen - 04 Aug

Aalborg - 05 Aug

Arriving in Southampton - 08 Aug

08 August
11-days round-trip The Great British Cruise
Departing from Southampton - 08 Aug

Falmouth - 09 Aug

Cardiff, Wales - 10 Aug

Barrow-in-Furness, United Kingdom - 12 Aug

Liverpool - 13 Aug

Lerwick - 15 Aug

Edinburgh - 16 Aug

Edinburgh - 17 Aug

Arriving in Southampton - 19 Aug

19 August
8-days round-trip Fjords of Norway
Departing from Southampton - 19 Aug

Eidfjord - 22 Aug

Skjolden - 23 Aug

Bergen - 24 Aug

Arriving in Southampton - 27 Aug

27 August
3-days round-trip Rouen & the Seine River Mini Cruise
Departing from Southampton - 27 Aug

Rouen, France - 28 Aug

Rouen, France - 29 Aug

Arriving in Southampton - 30 Aug

30 August
11-days round-trip French River Cruising
Departing from Southampton - 30 Aug

Honfleur - 31 Aug

Rouen, France - 01 Sep

Rouen, France - 02 Sep

Saint-Nazaire, France - 04 Sep

Bordeaux - 05 Sep

Bordeaux - 06 Sep

La Rochelle - 07 Sep

Lorient - 08 Sep

Arriving in Southampton - 10 Sep

10 September
28-days round-trip The Croatian & Italian Coast with Venice
Departing from Southampton - 10 Sep

Gibraltar - 14 Sep

Almeria - 15 Sep

Cagliari - 17 Sep

Dubrovnik - 20 Sep

Zadar - 21 Sep

Rovinj - 22 Sep

Venice - 23 Sep

Venice - 24 Sep

Koper - 25 Sep

Rijeka - 26 Sep

Split - 27 Sep

Kotor - 28 Sep

La Valletta - 30 Sep

Trapani - 01 Oct

Cadiz - 04 Oct

Arriving in Southampton - 08 Oct

08 October
14-days round-trip Portuguese Islands & Cities
Departing from Southampton - 08 Oct

Praia Da Vitoria - 12 Oct

Horta - 13 Oct

Ponta Delgada - 14 Oct

Funchal - 16 Oct

Funchal - 17 Oct

Lisbon - 19 Oct

Arriving in Southampton - 22 Oct

22 October
16-days round-trip Barcelona, Monaco & the Island of Elba
Departing from Southampton - 22 Oct

Malaga - 26 Oct

Barcelona - 28 Oct

Sete - 29 Oct

Portoferraio - 30 Oct

Monaco - 31 Oct

Cadiz - 03 Nov

La Coruna - 05 Nov

Arriving in Southampton - 07 Nov

07 November
3-days one-way Sailing to Lisbon
Departing from Southampton - 07 Nov

Arriving in Lisbon - 10 Nov

10 November
14-days one-way Cape Verde, Canary Islands & Morocco
Departing from Lisbon - 10 Nov

Casablanca - 12 Nov

Agadir - 13 Nov

Arrecife - 14 Nov

Mindelo - 17 Nov

Praia - 18 Nov

Gran Canaria - 21 Nov

St Cruz De La Palma - 22 Nov

Tenerife - 23 Nov

Arriving in Tenerife - 24 Nov

24 November
14-days round-trip Cape Verde & the Canary Islands
Departing from Tenerife - 24 Nov

La Gomera - 25 Nov

El Hierro - 26 Nov

Praia - 29 Nov

Mindelo - 30 Nov

Gran Canaria - 03 Dec

St Cruz De La Palma - 04 Dec

Funchal - 05 Dec

Funchal - 06 Dec

Tenerife - 07 Dec

Arriving in Tenerife - 08 Dec

08 December
14-days one-way Canary Islands to the Caribbean
Departing from Tenerife - 08 Dec

La Gomera - 09 Dec

Philipsburg/Saint Maarten - 16 Dec

Tortola - 17 Dec

St Johns - 18 Dec

Fort de France - 19 Dec

Saint Lucia/Castries - 19 Dec

Saint Lucia/Castries - 20 Dec

Bridgetown - 21 Dec

Arriving in Bridgetown - 22 Dec

22 December
14-days round-trip Christmas Caribbean Fly Cruise
Departing from Bridgetown - 22 Dec

Bridgetown - 23 Dec

St Vincent, St Vincent and the Grenadines - 24 Dec

Kralendijk - 26 Dec

Willemstad/Curacao - 27 Dec

Oranjestad/Aruba - 28 Dec

St Johns - 30 Dec

Tortola - 31 Dec

Philipsburg/Saint Maarten - 01 Jan

Roseau - 02 Jan

Fort de France - 03 Jan

Saint Lucia/Castries - 03 Jan

Saint Lucia/Castries - 04 Jan

Arriving in Bridgetown - 05 Jan

Braemar Itineraries 2017

The below listed Braemar cruise prices on 2017 itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Fred Olsen fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

Departure Itinerary ports Prices
05 January
14-days round-trip The Best of the Caribbean
Departing from Bridgetown - 05 Jan

Bridgetown - 06 Jan

Scarborough - 07 Jan

St Georges - 08 Jan

St Vincent, St Vincent and the Grenadines - 09 Jan

Roseau - 10 Jan

Basseterre - 11 Jan

Tortola - 12 Jan

Grand Turk - 14 Jan

Philipsburg/Saint Maarten - 16 Jan

St Johns - 17 Jan

Saint Lucia/Castries - 18 Jan

Arriving in Bridgetown - 19 Jan

19 January
14-days round-trip The Caribbean with Panama & Venezuela
Departing from Bridgetown - 19 Jan

Bridgetown - 20 Jan

La Guaira - 22 Jan

Willemstad/Curacao - 23 Jan

Puerto Limon - 26 Jan

Colon - 27 Jan

Cartagena - 28 Jan

Oranjestad/Aruba - 30 Jan

Kralendijk - 31 Jan

Arriving in Bridgetown - 02 Feb

02 February
14-days round-trip Amazon River Adventure
Departing from Bridgetown - 02 Feb

Santarem - 07 Feb

Boca da Valeria, Brazil - 08 Feb

Manaus - 09 Feb

Manaus - 10 Feb

Parintins - 11 Feb

Iles Du Salut, French Guiana - 14 Feb

Arriving in Bridgetown - 16 Feb

16 February
14-days round-trip The Best of the Caribbean
Departing from Bridgetown - 16 Feb

Bridgetown - 17 Feb

Scarborough - 18 Feb

St Georges - 19 Feb

St Vincent, St Vincent and the Grenadines - 20 Feb

Roseau - 21 Feb

Basseterre - 22 Feb

Tortola - 23 Feb

Grand Turk - 25 Feb

Philipsburg/Saint Maarten - 27 Feb

St Johns - 28 Feb

Saint Lucia/Castries - 01 Mar

Arriving in Bridgetown - 02 Mar

02 March
16-days one-way Caribbean & the Tropic of Cancer
Departing from Bridgetown - 02 Mar

Bridgetown - 03 Mar

Saint Lucia/Castries - 04 Mar

St Johns - 05 Mar

Basseterre - 06 Mar

Ponta Delgada - 13 Mar

Arriving in Dover - 18 Mar