With a ship as individual as Braemar, it's no surprise that there are 21 different types of cabins and six sizes. These range from the Superior Suite (300 square feet) to Single Inside cabins (130 square feet). Balcony Suites (225 square feet), three types of Balcony Cabins (140 to 225 square feet) and 10 types of Twin Cabins (130 to 175 square feet) fall somewhere in between. A few of the twin cabins can have the beds converted to doubles, but not all, and the number of cabins sold for sole occupancy fluctuates because some have twin beds and are sold to two people if demand is high. There are also cabins with three or four beds available -- bunk beds that fold away when not in use. Only 80 of the cabins have balconies, and some of these are in shade, so enquire when booking if you want a sunny balcony.
All cabins have ensuite bathrooms with showers, although the Superior Suites, Deluxe Balcony Cabins and Single Balcony Suites have baths, too. Cole & Lewis toiletries are provided in the suites, but our Superior Twin Outside had only a large bottle of Cole & Lewis handwash fixed to the wall near the sink and a bottle of shampoo and bodywash fixed inside the shower. You can ask for a pack of toiletries, though, which we did because we had not brought shampoo or soap with us. The bathroom, which also had a retractable washing line, was just big enough, but it was quite dreary with a plastic shower curtain, mottled creamy-pink walls and small pink floor tiles. There was a plug for shavers, two water glasses and a shelf under the sink but no other shelves for toiletries.
The rest of the cabin was fine though, with a slightly Art Deco feel to its dressing table/desk with mirrors and stylish wall lights. There were three drawers for clothes, plus a shelf in the double wardrobe which had 19 hangers -- just about enough for two people. One armchair was very comfortable and upholstered in gold and cream to match the bed's golden cover, curtains and throw cushions.
Every cabin also has a flat-screen TV; ours was fixed to a wall. It screens Sky and BBC news and sport, plus classic films. There's also an interactive button so you can find out about the ports of call, book excursions, check your account, select your dinner wine and pay to watch newer-release films. The safe in the wardrobe is free, but there is a £10 fee for pool towels not returned to the cabin. There's a thermostat and hair dryer in every cabin, although it's not a very powerful one. It's wise to pack a plug adaptor: the plugs are a mix of American two-pin and continental two-pin. All is forgiven, though, thanks to the in-cabin selection of tea and coffee, with mugs and a kettle so you can make a cup of tea whenever you want.
The suites and Deluxe Balcony cabins also have fridges, mini-bars and DVD players, with a complimentary Suite Dreams package that includes sparkling wine, fruit and flowers in your cabin when you board, plus a newspaper and pre-dinner canapes delivered to your cabin daily. Bathrobes and slippers, cabin binoculars and an atlas are also included, and there are complimentary vouchers for the laundry and pressing service, as well as the port shuttles.
Four wheelchair-friendly cabins are also available, two inside and two outside, on Decks 6 and 7, with wet rooms and adapted furniture. Motorised wheelchairs and scooters are only accepted onboard for people booked into disabled cabins, who must each be accompanied by an able-bodied passenger. It is sometimes possible to store scooters onboard for use on land, though. Solo passengers are also well-catered for, with some single cabins the same size as twin cabins.
There are six interconnecting cabins, ideal for families. Two are Superior Twin Outside Cabins, A Grade, and four are Twin Outside Cabins, E Grade.
September 2014 Charley Parkes
Cabin was not very spacious and felt a bit hemmed in if I'm honest. Did use a few of the facilities on board which were ok. I felt that parts of the ship lacked a bit of sparkle and appeared tired; a bit like some of the entertainment.
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Cabin was tatty and would I not book a cabin again on such a low deck, but this time we had no choice as that was all that was available even though we booked almost a year in advance.