Joanne Stewart | July 30, 2018 | Fred Olsen Cruise Lines | Braemar
We arrived at Dover and were directed where to drop off our luggage. Straight away we were met by attendants who took our luggage away whilst we parked up. That was the last we saw of it until we got to our cabin which is brilliant.
The check in procedure was very straight forward and the staff were friendly and helpful. We were seated in the terminal building awaiting embarkation we noticed how many older people there was on the same cruise which was a little disconcerting as on previous cruises on Braemar there seemed to be more of a mixture of ages. The staff onboard were friendly and efficient.
The ship was pretty much what we had remembered however she had been refitted and lengthened in 2008 and so we were interested to see what a difference this had made.The changes did improve her. The observatory bar was a lovely addition to the ship which was perfect for relaxing with a drink whilst listening to the pianist. Also the extra deck space and additional swimming pool was a plus as the weather was hot so naturally most people sat in the sunshine. The Grampian restaurant was very elegant however we only dined there once as we felt the atmosphere was a little bit stuffy. Our cabin was an outside cabin with picture window on C deck which was lovely it was well equipped.
Braemar is a lovely friendly, intimate ship which I have always enjoyed cruising on. The standard of service is brilliant. The waiters were efficient and professional but at the same time extremely friendly. The entertainment was to a good standard but a little repetitive. There was plenty of activities going on each day around the ship but nothing that we were interested in getting involved with. We enjoyed eating in the marquee bar although the food was limited. The waiters were as efficient and friendly as ever.
I would recommend Braemar to those who just want a peaceful relaxing holiday. I wouldn’t say it was suitable for families as the facilities on board are very limited for small children up to teenagers. There wasn’t any children on our cruise. It seems to be aimed more at 60+ with quizzes, dancing classes, cooking demonstrations and egg decorating classes. My husband and I are in our early 30’s and we are quite happy sat out on deck in the sun relaxing. Plenty of sun lounges and since we had a number of days at sea this suited us. I wouldn’t recommend it to young couples, unless they were happy to just chill with a book and mix with the older generation.
We had a brilliant holiday, the ship was lovely, the itinerary was great , the weather hot and sunny.
I would say that if you are looking for a relaxing holiday and don’t want to be bothered with many children around , and if you want to enjoy the formalities of cruising whilst still retaining a friendly atmosphere then Braemar would be a good choice. She is not the most glamorous ship by any means but what she lacks in finesse she makes up for with the friendliness of the staff .
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