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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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131 Fred. Olsen Braemar Cruise Reviews

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stephenhad
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was our first cruise with Fred Olsen and we booked it because of the itinerary and because it got us away from the madness that is Christmas in the U.K. The initial itinerary was changed and the Gambia and Senegal were dropped from ... Read more
sammysgranny
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
60 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Not rated Sailed December 2014
Having done a similar cruise last year on the braemar and had a really lovely time, I decided to book a similar one which also took in the Cape Verde Islands. This turned out to be a mistake, largely because of a vile sewage stench which ... Read more
Mieleboy7
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2014
We both enjoyed the cruise despite the change of itinerary due to the very high waves and gale force winds which made it somewhat impossible to dock and explore the Island of Madeira.One must respect Captain Andreas Pooker’s decision ... Read more
Host Sharon
Member Since 2007
8 reviews
3,894 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2014
My friend and I had received letters advising us that Braemar was arriving straight from Hamburg following a refit and that we should adhere to our check-in times (4.30 for me, 6pm for her) as she would not arrive until mid afternoon. As ... Read more
agathachristiefan
Member Since 2013
5 reviews
5 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2014
A great cruise - Ship gets you right into the ports, Antwerp, Amsterdam and Rouen. So if you are used to doing your own thing, you are right in the thick of it, or if a first timer, or prefer the security of doing things with Fred Olsens ... Read more

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southamptonboy12
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
A near perfect 8 night cruise from Southampton. The first time with Fred Olsen to see if smaller ships deliver...and they did this time, pleasantly surprised with the total package...very well done to the FOCL... The whole experience was ... Read more
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

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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
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
111 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

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chelseababy
Member Since 2011
1 review
66 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
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
122 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

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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
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

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