Fred Olsen Braemar

Former name: MS Crown Dynasty

Fred Olsen Braemar current position

Fred Olsen Braemar current location is at North Sea (coordinates 56.02390 N / -3.44983 W) cruising en route to ROSYTH. The AIS position was reported 39 minutes ago.

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Specifications of Fred Olsen Braemar

Year built1993  /  Age: 28
Flag state Bahamas
BuilderUnion Navale de Levante SA (Valencia, Spain)
Building costUSD 75 million
OwnerBraemar Cruise Ltd
OperatorFred Olsen Cruise Lines
Speed19 kn / 35 kph / 22 mph
Length (LOA)195 m / 640 ft
Beam (width)22 m / 72 ft
Gross Tonnage24344 gt
Passengers929 - 970
Crew370
Passengers-to-space ratio25
Decks8
Cabins485
Decks with cabins7
Last Refurbishment2019
Sister-shipsCelestyal Nefeli
Former namesMS Crown Dynasty
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Fred Olsen Braemar Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2021 Dec 07 30 days, one-way from Southampton to Havana Southampton $5161
2021 Dec 07 15 days, one-way from Southampton to Bridgetown Southampton $2278
2021 Dec 23 14 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Havana Bridgetown $4155
2022 Jan 06 14 days, round-trip Uncrowded Caribbean Islands with Havana Havana $3283
2022 Jan 20 14 days, round-trip Cultural Caribbean Discovery Havana $3350
2022 Feb 03 14 days, round-trip Uncrowded Caribbean Islands with Havana Havana $3350
2022 Feb 17 14 days, one-way from Havana to Bridgetown Havana $3417
2022 Aug 19 10 days, round-trip Revisiting Prussia Leith-Edinburgh $2030
2022 Sep 23 25 days, round-trip Corinth Canal and Greek Islands Southampton $6770

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The 1993-built as Crown Dynasty cruise ship MS Braemar is part of the Fred Olsen's cruise fleet. The vessel's sistership (by design) was named Crown Jewel (1992). It was later renamed to MS Gemini and currently chartered by Celestyal Cruises as Celestyal Nefeli.

The cruise ship cost to build was USD 75 million. The vessel was last refurbished in 2019 November.

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.

MS Braemar cruise ship (Fred Olsen)

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 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, 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.

MS Braemar cruise ship stretching

In 2009, MV Braemar (under the 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.

Cruise itinerary program

Fred Olsen Braemar 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.

Fred Olsen's Braemar 2021-2022 winter Caribbean season was based on homeporting in Havana Cuba, but this fly-cruise program was eventually cancelled (in mid-December 2020). Starting on December 7, 2021, with the 30-days Transatlantic crossing (Southampton to Havana), the program included two ex-Cuba itineraries ("Uncrowded Caribbean Islands with Havana" and "Cultural Caribbean Discovery") each with length 14-days.

For summer 2021 (May 11 through November 23), the ship had scheduled a total of 20 itineraries (all Southampton roundtrips / to Norway, Canaries, Iberia, Mediterranean-Adriatic, mini-cruises to Antwerp Belgium and Amsterdam Holland).

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).

The Fred Olsen ship Braemar has a total of 40 solo cabins (single-occupancy rooms).

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.

MS Braemar cruise ship (Fred Olsen)

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.

MS Braemar cruise ship (Fred Olsen)

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)
  • Pool Deck area (swimming pool, 2 whirlpools, paddling pool, sunbathing area; served by the Marquee 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.
 

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MS Braemar was built in 1993 as Crown Dynasty for Crown Cruise Lines. In the period 1993-1997, she was chartered to Cunard and sailed as "Cunard Crown Dynasty". The ship joined Fred Olsen's fleet in 2001.

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, MS Braemar set a world record as the longest ship ever to pass through Corinth Canal (Greece). Ship’s 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 Cabin, inclusive of port taxes). Ports of call: Malaga, Valletta, Agios Nikolaos, Rhodes, Ermoupoli, Corinth Canal (passing), Patras, Katakolon, Argostoli, Messina Strait, Stromboli Island, Trapani, Ibiza, Cartagena, Lisbon.

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good ole british cruising

by Craigscruises4u
38 Reviews written
11 days, round-trip from Southampton, England
Departure date: 01 Jun 2001
Cruise number 18 , Cruise Industry event on Fred Olsen's MS Braemar Departure date : 1 June 2001 Cabin number : 4057.- midship , deck 4 upper outside cabin Total pax : 959 , Crew : 371 : Decks : 8 Cruise - Norwegian Fjords - 10 nights Southampton return to Southampton ( see map) Good ole...

ALL CREW FROM FRED OLSEN BRAEMAR CRUISE LINES NEED TO BE CHECKED FOR CORONAVIRUS BEFORE COMPANY SEND THEM TO THEIR HOMES

by Pat1977
1 Review written
14 days, one-way from Bridgetown to La Romana
Departure date: 13 Feb 2020
We know that Fred Olsen Braemar cruise lines have some crewmembers infected with coronavirus and they arrived to England. Fred Olsen as English company need to organize with England authorities to send medical staff or send the Coronavirus tests to do for all crewmembers before the company send...

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