Three of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ ships will undergo multi-million pound refits in preparation for the start of the 2018/19 cruise season.
Braemar and Balmoral will be refurbished before Christmas with the Boudicca to be upgraded in March 2018.
Black Watch, benefitted from extensive improvement work at the end of last year.
Mike Rodwell, Managing Director of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said: “We are very proud of our smaller, classic cruise ships and we recognise the importance of investing in ongoing upgrades to ensure that our guests can continue to enjoy them at their best. The refreshed Black Watch has been very well received by both new and existing guests so we are delighted that the rest of the fleet will also benefit.”
The scheduled upgrades include enhancements to existing public areas, including new facilities such as a new restaurants and gelato bar on Balmoral, a new dining room on Boudicca, a new buffet restaurant on Braemar, with cabin enhancements across the fleet.
Braemar will set sail from Southampton to Hamburg on 23rd November 2017 for a nine-day dry dock at the Blohm+Voss shipyard in Hamburg, Germany. Her first sailing after the refit will be a 16-night ‘Voyage to the Caribbean’ cruise from Southampton on 5th December 2017.
Fred. Olsen’s flagship Balmoral, will arrive in Hamburg on 10th December 2017 for a nine-day dry dock. She’ll then depart on a 16-night ‘Canaries Christmas & Funchal Fireworks’ sailing from Southampton on 21st December 2017.
Boudicca will undergo a more extensive 13-day refurbishment in spring 2018, entering dry dock on 16th March 2018, before leaving from Dover on 29th March 2018 on a five-night ‘Mystery Cruise’.