Braemar Reviews

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Comfortably accommodating up to 929 passengers, Fred Olsen’s Braemar is friendly, comfortable and appealing and attracts a loyal following all year round. Braemar is the shortest of the four ocean-going ships in the fleet and is perfect for bringing guests closer to the heart of a destination.

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Holiday
By Margaret Steen on 27 September 2018
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines | Braemar Reviews

This was a very special cruise which excelled all expectations the effort that the crews from the various ships on the 10 September was exceptional and the treasure hunt was good fun. Seville and Malaga were both amazing Almeria and Lisbon were good but could have bypassed Gibraltar for me. Our waiter Jeffrey and his assistant Josef were the best we have had on any cruise. The bridge was enjoyable but disappointing with the number...


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Cruise to Iceland and the Faroe Isles
By Rita Parks on 13 August 2018
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines | Braemar Reviews

Excellent cruise. Efficient helpful staff, a very clean ship and excellent food. The entertainment was some of the best that I have experienced on board and this was my 18th cruise. Have booked to go again.


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Not as good as expected
By Ralph Tracy on 14 May 2018
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines | Braemar Reviews

This was a repeat of a similar cruise up the French and Spanish rivers we took two years ago. The standards are dropping significantly. Most of the fairly average food was tarted up with alcohol to give it some flavour – unfortunately, I can’t digest alcohol without serious side effects and when challenged I received just a shrug of the shoulders and a suggestion to only pick from other few poor choices that I wasn’t...


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Great
By Christine Marrington on 08 May 2018
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines | Braemar Reviews

We have done 30 cruises to date and it is the first time we have cruised with Fred Olsen and were pleasantly surprised by the comfort of the ship and the friendliness of the staff and the food was perhaps the best we have experienced on any cruise. We certainly won’t hesitate in cruising with Fred again.


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Trying Out Fred Olsen Over Easter
By Wimborne Pete on 02 May 2018
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines | Braemar Reviews

We were trying out Fred Olsen for the first time with a week long cruise to Ireland over Easter. Our previous sailings had mainly been with P&O. Accepting the ships were smaller and the facilities were thus a bit less, on the whole we had no problem with the ship or the cruise line based on what we encountered. However, whoever drew up the itinerary for this cruise should take a long hard look at...


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6 days to Ireland
By sharon B on 16 April 2018
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines | Braemar Reviews

The ship is small and very friendly. Food is amazing!! Staff are so courteous and helpful. Would really recommend this ship if you want to relax and unwind. Three eating areas. Library – well stocked for such a small ship. Entertainment very good. There was not a lot of activities but what they provided was excellent. Only “tiny gripe” for us – we went on a shore excursion and came back to the ship after...


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Orange blossom
By Paul Kenneth on 09 April 2018
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines | Braemar Reviews

Booked the cruise so we could see the orange blossom. Unfortunately it was late as Spain had a month of solid rain. It was the first time we had been on Braemar for about ten years. We thoroughly enjoyed it. The food, crew and entertainment were very good. Would definitely go again.


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Carribean Christmas/New year
By Peter Burton on 16 January 2018
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines | Braemar Reviews

Superior balcony cabin was no such thing evening entertainment —-very poor food again never experienced such poor offerings ie fish cakes, FISH AND CHIPS(4 chips) SHEPHERDS PIE FOR EVENING MEALS on disembarkation, a £50 per person charge was made for a 4 hour trip around Barbados plus lunch before being dropped at the airport of course, a complete disaster 4hours turned to 2.5 hours delay in leaving, the lunch was served in a shed similar...


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Cruising on a building site with no tv
By Ms J C Hopkins on 02 January 2018
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines | Braemar Reviews

Braemar Southampton to the Caribbean 6th to 22nd December 2017. Was looking forward to this cruise on a lovely ship out of refit, what a joke. Late boarding in Southampton with no explanation was not a good start. Once on board we found that neither swimming pool and two of the lifts were unusable and the tv did not work. One pool was filled after about a week but the sundeck resembled a building site...


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Cruising in the Aegean Sept 11th – 9th Oct 2017
By Daphne Cliffe on 20 October 2017
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines | Braemar Reviews

Cruising on the Braemar was like joining a big family gathering. The ambience is fantastic, some passengers like old friends. The crew are treasures. To be greeted with “oh yes, half coffee, half hot water ma-am” by our waiter Jury after a two year break was unbelievable. The itinerary was good too (after all that’s why we chose it!!). With fantastic weather, good food and entertainment – what more could one want!!


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Islands of the Aegean Oct 2017
By L. Shadbolt on 18 October 2017
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines | Braemar Reviews

The itinerary was very good missed Santorini due to windy weather, the sun was out all day and every day for 26 days out of 28 so no complaints there. The food was not up to Balmorals standard last year but still good. The crew were up to usual high standard of friendliness which was a joy. The main gripe about this cruise was the amount of noise created below our cabin 3064 on deck...


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British Ilses – May 2017
By Nicola on 26 September 2017
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines | Braemar Reviews

We had a fantastic time aboard Braemar in May on the British Isles cruise and we were so very lucky with the British weather. We had a Superior Suite 7027 and it was just lovely. We were totally spoilt. We dined in the smaller Grampian restaurant and all the meals on board were delicious and plenty of choice. I loved that there was plenty of room for everyone, lots of comfortable seating up on deck...


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Smooth Sailing with Fred. Olsen
By Gemma on 22 September 2017
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines | Braemar Reviews

Having never sailed with Fred Olsen before I was a little apprehensive for a few reasons. I was concerned that there may not be much to keep the kids entertained & that the passengers may also have been a bit put out by having kids onboard. I also thought that the shows would be quite low key and perhaps tailored towards the generation that Freds draws in. My impressions did a total 360 degree flip!!...


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A good way to do a river cruise
By linda howrihane on 30 May 2017
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines | Braemar Reviews

We went on a French river cruise, we liked the idea of going on an ocean going liner from Southampton to the rivers, rather than fly to the continent and go on the small river boats. We sailed quite a way up the Gironde to Bordeaux and along the Seine to Rouen and had trips to Bayeaux Tapestry and Paris. for us it was a good way to see these things.


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Not the big ones!
By John Parnham on 30 May 2017
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines | Braemar Reviews

Our last cruise, 2016, was to the French rivers with Fred Olsen’s Braemar and for people of our age (80 +) was a well thought out cruise with good overnight stops. This was our 29th cruise (and probably our last) . We have cruised with many lines but have found Fred Olsen to be more suitable for our taste over the big lines which we found to be some what overwhelming. Like other other Fred...


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Wonderful French river cruise
By Brian Cook on 21 September 2016
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines | Braemar Reviews

From the pre-boarding arrangements at Southampton to luggage reclaim at end of the cruise – everything went wonderfully well! Braemar is a delightful ship that’s suits our requirements perfectly and – as only Fred Olsen ships – attracts folks rather like ourselves. As ever, the crew were first-class in their friendly & attentive service. As always, the entertainment was very enjoyable with a wide range of activities & great shows / entertainers We liked to...


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Olsen Cruise
By Dorothy Gibbons on 07 August 2016
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines | Braemar Reviews

The only slight disappointment we had was that the cabin suite that we upgraded to, although a nice cabin, it was not to the same size and standard as that on the on the Balmoral. Also the singer with the orchestra (Ricky) was far too loud, almost shouting, and the beat on many of the dances was not correct. either a bit too slow or slightly too fast. Ballroom dance has a strict tempo for...


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Excellent cruise
By Kay Kearns on 28 May 2016
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines | Braemar Reviews

Have just returned from our first cruise on a Fred Olsen ship and were very impressed. Have previously travelled with P & O, Celebrity and Princess. Although Braemar is an older ship and could do with some refurbishment everything else about it was very good. The food, service and friendliness were great. Our cabin was larger and had plenty of storage space but was dated but comfortable. The self service restaurant was such an improvemnt...


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FIRST CRUISE WITH FRED OLSEN
By George Cook MBE on 12 May 2016
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines | Braemar Reviews

VERY IMPRESSED WITH THE HIGH STANDARDS OF SHIP MAINTENANCE, QUALITY OF FOOD AND SERVICE PROVIDED BY ALL THE SHIPS STAFF. NICE TO SEE OFFICERS AROUND THE SHIP TALKING TO THE GUESTS ON A DAILY BASIS. HAVE ONLY CRUISED WITH OTHER MAJOR LINES IN THE PAST BUT WOULD CERTAINLY TRAVEL WITH FRED OLSEN AGAIN. WELL DONE


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French river cruising
By Scrimshaw on 02 May 2016
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines | Braemar Reviews

An excellent cruise by let down by the Braemar ship. This ship is too small for the number of guests on It. While the cabins are comfortable the lounges and particularly the Neptune lounge are far too small to accommodate the people on board. It was impossible to see the evening entertainment because even with a seat the vision was dreadful. We gave up. We are long time gold members of Olsen but will not...


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