Spain, Portugal and the Seville fair
Jan Gray | May 23, 2019 | Fred Olsen Cruise Lines | Braemar
On the whole a lovely cruise, friendly helpful staff good entertainment, especially from the Braemar troupe, a couple of the individual acts were not so good, we just avoided those. Plenty of places to sit, I don’t think the ship was at full capacity, we never had any difficulty finding an empty sunbed or a table in one of the bars. We had a balcony cabin on deck seven which was of a good size and quiet. The one thing that let it down was the size of the bathroom, totally unfit for purpose. I don’t want to sit on the loo, wash my hands and have my feet in the shower all at the same time but believe me you could. On asking the future cruise lady about the bathrooms we were told they were all of a simular size except ones on deck eight or in a suite. Something to think about in the future.
The ports of call were good especially Seville. As the Braemar is a shallow draught ship we sailed up the Gualquivir river and docked in the heart of Seville, a wonderful journey in itself. We were there for the last day of the annual fair which was worth seeing plus the fireworks were spectacular. Highlight of the cruise I think.
The one thing that let the cruise down was the quality and presentation of the evening meal. I had to send a couple of meals back that were overcooked or dry. We have sailed with Celebrity for the last few years and I have to say the food on the Braemar was nowhere near as good. A bit strange really as they could produce nice food for the formal nights and for the lunch buffet on the last sea day, pity it was not like that for the whole cruise. I think we would consider going on the Braemar again it was nice being on a smaller ship with no music blaring out around the sun deck!
Back to Southampton and had to disembark into a tent as no terminal was available! Southampton you do cruise passengers a disservice considering all the money they bring into the city.
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