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Braemar is one of the most welcoming cruise ships you're likely to experience. Wherever you sit -- out on deck, in the lounges or waiting for a drink at the bar -- you are guaranteed to be able to turn around ...
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125 Fred. Olsen Braemar Cruise Reviews

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Dan'n'Sue
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed October 2014
Just got back from a fantastic cruise on the Braemar. We are in our mid thirties and the youngest by far. Not that it mattered, the staff were all fantastic, the food was very good, and we made full use of the All inclusive drinks package ... Read more
maggymog
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed August 2014
Right from the start this inaugural river cruise was beset with problems. From the second day we had the Norovirus which wiped out a lot of on-board activities and amenities including any self-service restaurant meals and closed all the ... Read more
Charley Parkes
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Hubby and I made he long journey to Dover for this cruise. We've done a few before including one on the Balmoral. We thought we'd give this one a go. The initial impression was quite good although it went on a downhill slope after the ... Read more
Miss Fortune
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed August 2014
This was the maiden voyage down the Loire followed by a further river trip down the Garonne to Bordeaux. Someone came on board with the dreaded Norovirus which meant that on 4 of the 7 days cruise we were in lockdown which spoiled the ... Read more
Perky Penguin
Member Since 2014
1 review
2 forum posts
0 helpful votes
My partner were on our first cruise. The car parking and check-in at Dover were excellent; we were given clear directions to the car-park, porters took our luggage from the car and it next turned up outside our cabin. We had a forward ... Read more

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twotravellersLondon
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We cruised on the Braemar for the first time in July/August 2014 to Svalbard and were very pleasantly surprised by the facilities on board, the friendly efficient crew, and the quality of the entertainment and the high standard of the ... Read more
Tnrerail
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Object of the cruise was to get as far north as possible and this was achieved - having said that there were several negatives. The entertainment was good but the pressure on the main shows in the Neptune Lounge was so bad that it was ... Read more
Saligo
Member Since 2009
5 reviews
98 forum posts
0 helpful votes
BACKGROUND INFORMATION This was an unusual cruise – 8 nights away, but never getting more than 175 miles from the home port, with overnight stays at all three of the ports visited and spending a significant amount of time sailing up ... Read more
Tony Collins
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
I had never been to the Baltics before and wanted to see what I had been missing, especially cities like St Petersburg in Russia which I had heard so much about from friends. Having sailed from Dover we were able to pass through the Kiel ... Read more
chelseababy
Member Since 2011
1 review
64 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Not rated Sailed June 2014
Disappointed that had to park away from previous on site parking. Cabin small but had all needed. Had packed way too much stuff as there were two small wardrobes, three drawers in desk and two very small drawers in each bedside table. ... Read more

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Hazel Marr
Member Since 2015
4 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
On the positive side, the cruise was very enjoyable, with the more unusual Canary Islands being visited - La Palma & La Gomera and also Madeira, Lisbon & Oporto, all very interesting venues. The size of the Braemar helped in being ... Read more
Cuzlin
Member Since 2012
4 reviews
1 forum post
0 helpful votes
Sailed April 2014
We have done 23 cruises in all but this was the first with Fred Olsen. We enjoyed the cruise very much but we think this was more due to the friendliness of the crew and passengers than any other feature of the cruise. The ship has very ... Read more
chrisbev
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed April 2014
Just got back from west Africa cruise on the Fred Olsen Braemar, What a fantastic cruise experience it was.We have cruised with many cruise lines including P&O, Celebrity, Princess, Thomsons, NCL,The service was excellent, nothing is ... Read more
Limejock
Member Since 2009
1 review
121 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed March 2014
Being from Canada, this was our first British style cruise. We are British ex-pats. The itinerary was not the most exciting compared to some of the cruises we have taken, but we took the cruise to meet up with friends from England. The ... Read more
roz1812
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed March 2014
I have just come back from cruising to Cape Verde, Gambia and Senegal on the Braemar and had a wonderful cruise. As a solo cruiser on my first cruise I was apprehensive but I need'nt have been as from day one everyone was so friendly, the ... Read more

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VictorMeldrew
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed March 2014
We are regular Fred. Olsen cruisers and this was one of the best experiences we’ve had with them. Let’s get the negative out of the way first – charter flights with Monarch are never good news! So little leg room. We had ... Read more
Prof de F
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We have just returned home from a lovely cruise on Fred Olsen's Braemar to Cape Verde, The Gambia and Senegal and fully understand why people travel more than once on this ship. We certainly will! Having previously travelled on P and O, ... Read more
Yachties
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We booked "cruise only" as we live too far from Manchester or Gatwick to book flights with indeterminate timings. Flew from Heathrow to N. Tenerife which also gave us chance to stay a couple of nights either side of the cruise in Santa ... Read more
treesrgreen
Member Since 2010
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed February 2014
We have cruised 20 plus times before on both small and larger ships but I have to say Fred Olsen is our least favourite Cruise Line to date. There were many people on board who have never sailed with any other cruise line, had done many ... Read more
young64
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed January 2014
Back again after 2 years attracted by intinerary which included Panama and Colombia. First mistake was not to book cruise only and fly out BA. The Monarch charter was poor to say the least even in the premium cabin. Old, scruffy planes, ... Read more

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Bollinger_Babe
Member Since 2007
17 reviews
6 forum posts
0 helpful votes
My husband and I are veteran cruisers and this was our second time on FOCL's Braemar. We have been on all the 'Fred' ships and the Braemar is my own personal favourite as she is just the right size to make a more personal experience. We ... Read more
Maudash
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed January 2014
Fred Olsen flew us to Tenerife via Monarch from Manchester. We couldn't book seats in advance as there was some kind of tension between Monarch and Fred Olsen. The Monarch plane was appalling. Extra seats had been installed and there was ... Read more
shainracy
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed January 2014
Our trip to Cape Verde, Gambia & Senegal...was not as warm and rougher seas than many on board had hoped for, still that's nature and it was a lot better than home!! We had a sleepless experience in cabin 7006 which ruined our trip ... Read more
keithhanson
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed January 2014
Having just been on a cruise with Fred starting at Tenerife to Cape Verdi and west Africa an back to Gran Canaria and Fuertaventura I am going to give it 5 star rating. The ship is good. It is not as glitzy as some but is neat, tidy and ... Read more
sammysgranny
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
60 forum posts
0 helpful votes
I've sailed with Fred Olsen a number of times before (as well as with other more glitzy cruise lines) but this was my first time on Braemar and it's now my favourite ship of the Olsen fleet. The gloom of a UK autumn had prompted me to book ... Read more

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