Fred Olsen Braemar last position
Fred Olsen Braemar last location was at North Sea (coordinates 56.02235 N / -3.45597 W) cruising en route to ROSYTH. The AIS position was reported 1 year ago.Current Position
Specifications of Fred Olsen Braemar
|Year of build||1993 / Age: 30|
|Builder||Union Naval de Levante SA (Valencia, Spain)|
|Building cost||USD 75 million|
|Engines (power)||Wartsila (13.1 MW / 17567 hp)|
|Speed||19 kn / 35 km/h / 22 mph|
|Length (LOA)||196 m / 643 ft|
|Beam (width)||23 m / 75 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||24344 gt|
|Passengers||929 - 970|
|Decks with cabins||6|
|Former names||MS Crown Dynasty|
|Owner||Braemar Cruise Ltd|
|Operator||Fred Olsen Cruise Lines Ltd|
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The 1993-built (as "Crown Dynasty") cruise ship MS Braemar is part of the Fred Olsen's cruise fleet. The sistership (same-designed) Crown Jewel (1992-built) was later renamed to MS Gemini and time-chartered by Celestyal Cruises as "Celestyal Nefeli". As design, the Braemar ship is similar to Superstar Gemini (Star Cruises).
NEWS: On November 29, 2022, Fred Olsen announced that is looking for a buyer for the 29-year-old MS Braemar. The last AIS report was on March 9, 2022 (at 18:30 UTC) showing the boat docked/laid up in Rosyth-Edinburgh. When the announcement was made, the shipowner had a total of 45x voyages scheduled for Braemar for 2023-2024 (April 28 thru May 7).
On November 29th (2023), Villa Vie Residences (a new brand) announced a pending ship purchase agreement. The announcement was made by Mikael Petterson (the company's CEO). The vessel's name was not revealed but a video showed MS Braemar. The ship is expected to change ownership in February 2024, with a scheduled 8-day drydock followed by a 2-week drydock for refits and basic refurbishments. The residence ship's expected lifespan is 15 years (through 2039). Mikael Petterson also announced the possibility for Villa Vie Residences to acquire a second vessel, for US$100+ million.
History - construction and ownership
Fred Olsen Cruise Lines Ltd is a Norwegian-owned and UK-based cruise shipping company, part of the Fred Olsen Group (Fred Olsen & Co/shipowner, headquartered in Oslo, Norway). The company is headquartered in Ipswich (Suffolk England) and is owned by Bonheur and Ganger Rolf. The company was founded in 1848 (in Hvitsten, Norway) by the three Olsen brothers (Petter, Andras, Fredrik Christian) who bought their first ships and established an international shipping company. Today Fred Olsen Group is into its 5th family generation and operates subsidiary companies specializing in cruise passenger shipping, trade, shipbuilding, aviation, offshore industries.
Fred Olsen Group wholly owns the companies Fred Olsen Cruise Lines Ltd, Fred Olsen Travel Ltd (worldwide tours and vacations via independent operators), Fred Olsen Marine Services AS (shipowner and vessel management), First Olsen Ltd (tanker ships), Dolphin Drilling Holdings Ltd (offshore drilling rigs), Fred Olsen Express (Canary Islands-based fast ferries / catamarans), Fred Olsen Freight Ltd (cargo shipping and air freight), Fred Olsen Windcarrier AS (transport and installation of offshore wind turbines), Fred Olsen Production AS (offshore petroleum production), Fred Olsen Renewables AS, SeaRoc Group Ltd (offshore and marine consultancy and contracting services), ZephIR Lidar UK (wind measurement devices), Ganger Rolf ASA (energy and shipping). Also part of Fred Olsen Group, the company Bonheur ASA manages several fully-owned companies, among which are NHST Media Group AS (newspapers and online media) and the real estate companies Stavenes Byggeselskap, Koksa Eiendom, Fred Olsens gate 2. Part of Fred Olsen Group is also Timex Group BV - parent of several watchmaking companies, including the subsidiaries in the USA, India and Philippines).
The 1000-passenger ship Braemar was originally built in 1993 (as "Crown Dynasty" for Crown Cruise Lines, 1984-founded/2001-defunct) and joined Fred Olsen's 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, this 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. This space is also home to a new library, a card room, and an Internet room.
In 2009, MV Braemar (under Fred Olsen's ownership) was stretched by adding a prefabricated middle-section. The refit resulted in increased gross tonnage and passenger capacity. During the ship's stretching (done in Germany, at the Lloyd Werft's shipyard) were built new cabins, lounges and a restaurant, along with the 2 swimming pools (plus a paddling pool) on Marquee Deck 8 (Sun Deck).
The list of other stretched (elongated) cruise ships includes the fleet mates Balmoral, Boudicca, and Braemar, also the MSC Cruises ships Armonia, Lirica, Opera, the Phoenix Reisen's Albatros and the Royal Caribbean's Enchantment of The Seas.
Decks and Cabins
MS Braemar staterooms (a total of 485) include 19x Suites, 200x Balcony cabins, 130x Inside, in all 21 grades. Most Braemar staterooms are 130-175 ft2 Balcony rooms. The largest accommodation is the Superior Suite (300 ft2). Fred Olsen Braemar ship has a total of 40 solo cabins (single-occupancy rooms).
The boat has 8 decks, of which 7 are passenger-accessible and 6 with cabins.
Shipboard dining options - Food and 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 alfresco breakfast and 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).
Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and 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 lounge/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; Card Room; Internet Room
- Bookmark Cafe (a la carte priced patisserie; offers luxury chocolates, specialty coffees, hand-made chocolates)
- Cafe Venus
- 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)
- 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)
On Deck 8 are located the Golf Nets, a Deck Games area (shuffleboard, quoits, darts, tennis tables), the Sundeck/pool deck (2x swimming pools, 1x paddling pool, 2x Jacuzzies, sunbathing area served by Marquee Pool Bar) and the Walking Track.
Fred Olsen Braemar's itinerary program is based on ex-UK to the Mediterranean, Iberia, Canary Islands and Norwegian Fjords cruises (with roundtrip departures from England / Dover and Southampton), as well as on Caribbean fly-cruises (departures out of Bridgetown Barbados), with Transatlantic repositioning crossings.
Due to the Coronavirus crisis, the ship was passed for 3+ years (March 2020 through May 2023), restarting on April 28th from Southampton.
The ship Braemar is known worldwide for its annual (since 2019) Aegean Sea cruises passing through Corinth Canal.
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MS Braemar was launched in 1993 as "Crown Dynasty" for Crown Cruise Lines (1984-founded/2001-defunct). In the period 1993-1997, she was chartered to Cunard as "Cunard Crown Dynasty". The ship joined Fred Olsen's fleet in 2001.
The vessel (Union Naval Valencia yard/hull number 198) is powered by 4x Wartsila marine diesel engines (model 8R32E) with total power output 13,12 MW.
In 2008, the vessel was drydock reconstructed at Blohm+Voss Shipyard (Hamburg Germany) and emerged as a brand new (larger) cruise liner with an extra 31-m long midsection. All 70 new cabins were added, along with a new lounge (Observatory), Grampian Restaurant and an expanded Sun Deck (plus one new swimming pool). The biggest change is the Braemar Room (Deck 5) leading into the new Morning Light Pub (Scottish-inspired, it had a debut on Braemar's sistership Balmoral).
The Braemar ship went into drydock on Nov 12, 2014, for an 8-day general refurbishment, various engineering works, interior, and exterior painting. A new cafe was installed on Lounge Deck 5 (Cafe Venus) serving luxury chocolates and high-quality coffees. The Library area was reconfigured. The Card Room was moved on Atlantic Deck 3 and integrated with the Arts and Crafts Center.
Braemar ship's drydock 2019 (November 14-23 at Blohm+Voss Hamburg) was for general maintenance and engineering works, interior renovations (public areas) and cabin refurbishments.
In the Caribbean, Braemar fly-cruise UK deals are offered with flights from England via the Canaries. Return flights are from Bridgetown Barbados to Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Fred Olsen also offers an all-inclusive cruise package upgrade (additional fixed price PP per day) and UK fly-cruises to Canary Islands (year-round discounted airfare from Southampton, England).
In 2018, the ship offered a 14-night "Choose Your Cruise" (Baltic Sea itinerary May 29 - June 11) leaving roundtrip from Southampton UK. On the voyage, passengers were allowed to vote on call ports (choosing between 2 ports) and decide between the Baltic capitals or alternative ports (in Holland, Germany, Denmark, Finland, Estonia). After counting, ballots were delivered to the Captain, who announced the winning port. The originally scheduled itinerary only included St Petersburg (Russia) and passing Kiel Canal (Germany). The pairs with optional ports of call were Amsterdam-Rotterdam, Copenhagen-Hundested, Tallinn-Saaremaa, St Petersburg (overnight), Helsinki-Kotka, Wismar-Travemunde (Rostock). Fred Olsen also added GBP 200 pp in onboard credit and free drinks and tours on bookings made by March 1, 2018. Prices started from GBP 1,800 pp.
In 2019, Braemar set a world record as the longest ship ever to pass through Corinth Canal (Greece). The second passage (in 2021) was scheduled as the following itinerary: (booking code M2109) 25-day "Greek Islands and Corinth Canal Cruise" roundtrip from Southampton (departure April 16, 2021). Prices started from GBP 4000 per person (based on two adults sharing twin-bedded Inside cabins, inclusive of port taxes). Ports of call included Malaga, Valletta, Agios Nikolaos, Rhodes, Ermoupoli, Corinth Canal (passing), Patras, Katakolon, Argostoli, Messina Strait, Stromboli Island, Trapani, Ibiza, Cartagena, Lisbon. The third passage (booking code M2212) was scheduled as a Southampton roundtrip leaving on April 20, 2022. In 2021 were scheduled additional Corinth Canal transition cruises - Sept 23/2022 (25-days from Southampton England) and March 27/2023 (10-20-days from Valletta Malta).
Ex-Cuba itineraries 2022 (canceled)
Fred Olsen's Braemar Caribbean winter programs (2021-2022 and 2022-2023) were based on homeporting in Havana Cuba. However, both fly-cruise programs were eventually canceled (in Dec 2020 and Jan 2021).
Both seasons had to start with 30-day Transatlantic crossings (from Southampton to Havana).
Next tables show the two itineraries leaving roundtrip from Cuba.
15-day "Latin American Civilisations" itinerary
|Date / Time||Port|
|05 Jan||Departing from Havana, Cuba|
|09 Jan||Santiago de Cuba|
|11 Jan||Santa Marta, Colombia|
|12 Jan||Cartagena, Colombia|
|13 Jan||Colon, Panama|
|16 Jan||Cozumel, Mexico|
|17 Jan||Progreso, Mexico|
|20 Jan||Arriving in Havana|
14-day "Islands of the Caribbean" itinerary
|Date / Time||Port|
|19 Jan||Departing from Havana|
|23 Jan||Cockburn Town, Grand Turk Island|
|25 Jan||St Johns, Antigua|
|26 Jan||Port Zante-Basseterre, St Kitts|
|27 Jan||Road Town, Tortola Island BVI|
|28 Jan||Philipsburg, St Maarten Island|
|31 Jan||Nassau, Bahamas|
|02 Feb||Arriving in Havana|
On each voyage, prices started from GBP 2610 (EUR 3125 / USD 3585) per person with double occupancy)
Ex-UK itineraries 2023 (canceled)
When Braemar was opened for sale by Fred Olsen in November 2022, for the ship were scheduled a total of 45x voyages mainly out of the UK (homeports Southampton and Dover) as well as the Caribbean program (with homeporting in Havana Cuba) and the Mediterranean program (roundtrips from Malaga Spain and Valletta Malta).
Next are listed the canceled programs/itineraries as duration and themes.
- (Apr 28) 5 days "Discover Normandy in Five Nights" (Southampton roundtrip, US$690
- (May 3) 25 days "Greek Islands and Corinth Canal" (Southampton roundtrip, $5764)
- (May 28) 10 days "Scenic Isles, Irish Loughs and Cities" (Southampton roundtrip, $1843)
- (Jun 7) 8 days "Springtime Waterfalls and Norwegian Fjords" (Southampton roundtrip, $1324)
- (Jun 15) 17 days "Sunsets and Cities of the Mediterranean Brought Closer" (Southampton roundtrip, $3227
- (Jul 2) 8 days "Denmark with Fredericia Festivities" (Dover roundtrip, $1382)
- (Jul 10) 10 days "Europersquos Castles, Palaces and Cultural Landmarks" (Dover roundtrip, $1613)
- (Jul 20) 15 days "Scenic Rivers of France and Into the Heart of Seville" (Dover roundtrip, $2535)
- (Aug 4) 7 days "Scenic Summertime and Norwegian Fjords" (Dover roundtrip, $1324)
- (Aug 11) 14 days "Islands, Cities and Archipelagos of Scandinavia" (Dover roundtrip, $2420)
- (Aug 25) 5 days "Bank Holiday Devon and Cornwall in Five" (Dover roundtrip, $921)
- (Aug 30) 8 days "Discovering Edinburgh and Historic Isles of Scotland" (Dover roundtrip, $1497)
- (Sep 7) 7 days "Classic Norwegian Fjords" (Dover roundtrip, $1267)
- (Sep 14) 11 days "French Cities and Cruising the Seine and Loire Rivers" (Dover roundtrip, $1843)
- (Sep 25) 13 days "Cultural Capitals of Northern Europe and the Kiel Canal" (Dover roundtrip, $1959)
- (Oct 8) 8 days "German Cities and Scenic Waterways" (Dover roundtrip, $1267)
- (Oct 16) 14 days "Scenic Rivers of France and Into the Heart of Seville" (Dover roundtrip, $2305)
- (Oct 30) 15 days "Discovering Cultural Morocco with the Fleet in Funchal" (Dover roundtrip, $2420)
- (Nov 14) 5 days "Antwerp and Amsterdam in Five" (Dover roundtrip, $575)
- (Nov 19) 14 days "Exploring Southern Spain and Into the Heart of Seville" (Southampton roundtrip, $2074)
- (Dec 3) 16 days eastbound Transatlantic crossing from Southampton to Bridgetown Barbados ($1613)
- (Dec 3) 30 days eastbound Transatlantic crossing from Southampton to Havana Cuba ($4841)
- (Dec 19) 14 days repositioning from Bridgetown to Havana ($3804)
- (2024 Jan 2) 14 days "Latin American Civilisations" (Havana roundtrip, $3112)
- (Jan 16) 14 days "Islands of the Caribbean" (Havana roundtrip, $3112)
- (Jan 30) 14 days repositioning from Havana to Bridgetown ($3112)
- (Feb 13) 14 days repositioning from Bridgetown to Havana ($3169)
- (Feb 27) 15 days westbound Transatlantic crossing from Havana to Malaga Spain ($2305)
- (Feb 27) 25 days westbound Transatlantic crossing from Havana to Valletta Malta ($3688)
- (Feb 27) 35 days westbound Transatlantic crossing from Havana to Valletta ($5822)
- (Feb 27) 45 days westbound Transatlantic crossing from Havana to Valletta
- (Feb 27) 57 days westbound Transatlantic crossing from Havana to Southampton ($9569)
- (Mar 13) 10 days repositioning from Malaga to Valletta Malaga ($2074)
- (Mar 13) 20 days repositioning from Malaga to Valletta Malaga ($4150)
- (Mar 13) 30 days repositioning from Malaga to Valletta ($6283)
- (Mar 13) 42 days repositioning from Malaga to Southampton ($7839)
- (Mar 23) 10 days "Corinth Canal and Ancient Greece" (Valletta roundtrip, $2650)
- (Mar 23) 20 days "Corinth Canal and Ancient Greece (Valletta roundtrip, $4726)
- (Mar 23) 32 days repositioning from Valletta to Southampton ($6340)
- (Apr 2) 22 days repositioning from Valletta to Southampton ($4207)
- (Apr 2) 10 days "Corinth Canal and Ancient Greece" (Valletta roundtrip, $2650)
- (Apr 12) 12 days repositioning from Valletta to Southampton ($2189)
- (Apr 24) 8 days "European River Cities with Springtime Tulips" (Southampton roundtrip, $1267)
- (May 2) 5 days "Bank Holiday Escape to France and the River Seine" (Southampton roundtrip, $863)
- (May 7) 25 days "Corinth Canal and the Greek Islands" (Southampton roundtrip, $5764)
The above prices are in USD per person (based on double occupancy).